Toyota RAV4 sets stage for value, style, safety

February 24th, 2017 by

By The Lowell Sun

Toyota’s popular RAV4 continues to set the stage for the compact sport-utility segment, bringing high doses of value, style, and safety to discerning drivers.

The RAV4 family gains a new luxurious Platinum grade. A redesigned front bumper cover gives the SE a more rugged look. The 2017 RAV4 now comes in five grades: LE, XLE, SE, Limited, and Platinum.

The Platinum broadens the Limited’s menu of luxurious amenities that includes SofTex-trimmed seats, dash, and door panels; heated front seats; 8-way power driver’s seat; Smart Key system with push-button start; remote power liftgate; and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. Platinum-specific standard amenities include a heated steering wheel, foot well ambient lighting, plush floor mats, and “Platinum”-badged door sill protectors.

Toyota RAV4 gasoline models are powered by a punchy 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with driver-selectable operating modes. Select Eco mode and the RAV4 optimizes powertrain operation to help maximize fuel economy. Switch to Sport mode to experience sharpened shift timing, throttle response, and steering feel.

A body structure that makes extensive use of high-strength steel provides a robust and stiff, yet light, platform and is the foundation for the RAV4’s smooth ride, handling agility, and cabin quietness. The MacPherson strut front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension allow the RAV4 to absorb bumps, ruts, and railroad crossings with composure.

Vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion electric power steering provides precision feel and quick response. The RAV4 LE rolls on standard 17-inch all-season tires. The XLE features 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, while the SE rides on 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.

Base model estimated mpg: 23/30

Estimated starting price: $24,910

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