2017 Toyota RAV4 review: What they are not telling you about this SUV


Whoa! Where’s the steering feel? And who’s responsible for that styling? Who cares? Not 2017 Toyota RAV4 owners. They’re kept this compact crossover atop America’s SUV sales heap for years. For 2017, strivers get a new flagship, the Platinum model. More important, every RAV4 buyer gets the Toyota Safety Sense system, no matter which model they choose. It’ll automatically apply the brakes to prevent a frontal collision. Oh, there’s stellar reliability, room, and comfort, too. But what if you like to drive? Is there a ’17 RAV4 for you? Get the answers in our lively video review.

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Will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 have a side camera?
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Will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 have a CVT transmission?
Will 2017 Toyota Rav4 offer new colors?
Will gas mileage improve on 2017 Toyota Rav4?
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Will 2017 Toyota Rav4 have a heated steering wheel?
Will 2017 Toyota Rav4 be updated?
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What do you think of the 2017 Toyota Rav4?
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Andrew Debasque says:

Bought a 2017 Rav4 Hybrid limited Aqua Teal over Light tan / dark grey loaded options for 35K out the door. Happy man : ))

Dan Rigsley says:

I thought Honda CR-V is the best selling? I sat in the Rav4 at the dealer and I can’t help to feel how cheap everything feel in the interior. Try harder Toyota, Honda is kicking your ass.

Eugene Walker says:

To me it’s a piece of junk. Has had to many recalls. Just cheap looking and is over priced.

Alex says:

It’s dependability. That’s what you get with the Rav4. Oil changes are all you need more the most part. Mine was an insurance car from 2006-2015. I got it in 2016 and it’s now a realtor car. I’ve doubled its mileage and the only thing that needed to be done so far was replacing the ORIGINAL battery from 2006.

s bari says:

You yanks have the worst car reviewers i truly feel sorry for you

Brett Giesler says:

I don’t believe the clickbait title was ever answered in this video.

Phuong Vo says:

The SE drives like how he like it but only 5% will pick the SE. The rest has vague steering lol what does that tell you about this guy. I love how my 17 rav4 hybrid feels, smooth and easy. I’m driving a small suv everyday and don’t need to feel like I’m working out at the gym every time I drive. If I want to feel every bump on the road and carve corners I wouldn’t buy this suv.

Todd Marten says:

I just purchased a 2017 Rav 4 XLE today. Was tired of the same Jane colours everyone has, so I chose the metallic black currant (metallic purple) it’s a great, reliable fuel efficient crossover that is hugely under rated. I traded In my 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 sport model for the RAV4. And I will never miss that gas hog.

crw7539 says:

I like vehicles with some muscle, that is why I have kept my 2012 Rav4 Limited with a genuine V6; the engine is noisy, but it has excellent pick up and excels with guts to pass cars quickly and safely, even up a mountain highway, and I still get 26-30 mpg, depending on whether there is a head wind or not.

Bill Basher bill says:

I’ve a Toyota Rav4 from new ,2002, its done175K miles and has not blinked once. What I want from a car is reliability. My next will be a Toyota.

Michael S says:

The exhaust pipes hang way too low taking away from ground clearance.



supersami100 says:

the only issue is that the head rests are terrible and the seats are too narrow.

Wolf of Crypto says:

The Rav4 is not a true AWD vehicle. Please do some research on youtube about how this AWD system does not work well. I just bought a 2017 Rav4 and very disappointed with it. I am already trading it in for a Subaru. I have owned and raved about Toyotas since I was sixteen and this car is not good in the snow or ice. The Crosstek is far superior. I will debate anyone on this issue.

Sule Bello says:

you are best in the world yes

Joel H says:

Although trying to be witty, you came of whiney. Please explain what 25-35k small SUV is race car fun? I was irritated by bashing. Can everyone in America that buys one of these be an idiot? If you want a sports car rocket you’ll buy a Mustang GT or Porsche or…..

Ron R. says:

The Toyota Rav4 does lag behind in looks and finish. However contrary to Chuck Giametta, the Engine is far more advanced than the carbon collecting Direct Injection engines adopted by other makers. Also the available tech leaves the others far behind for the value. Who is paying you Chuck….? Or or did you just not bother doing your homework…..?

dsrevo79 says:

I drove the 1996 model as a learner… man it was nice and agile… never drove a rav4 since… but now im getting a beast 2008 rav 4 v6 sport… 22 years later im owning my 1st RAV 4..yay

howlingwolf125y says:

I have been looking for a new Midsized/compact SUV. The RAV4 has the comfy ride and quiet interior that I am looking for, and nice layout of the dashboard (more tradition design). The RAV4 is nice but this (unfortunately) is more like a hatchback – it sits too low. I guess they now call these crossovers. I want a compact SUV that is a SUV – meaning it should sit up higher for better visibility and safety.. The RAV4 tries to be sport with the lower roofline (not what I am looking for). It’s a shame that I can’t buy this one.. It really is nice. (Just a note: I looked at the new Honda Pilot. It is larger and sits up nice and high like I like. I love everything about the Pilot but the dashboard design so terrible (very nontraditional) that I can’t buy that one either). Oh well, I will keep looking..

Toyota4Life says:

Actually I have heard that this Rav-4 is fun to drive it has good handling. Was this car supposed to compete against a BMW M5 or something ? why do you keep on talking about performance and exciting to drive? People who buy this Rav-4, CRV and the rest dont buy any of them because their exciting to drive. Please focus on what these cars are built for and why people buy them.

YouTube Movie Junkie says:

I have a 2017 and its perfect..pefect ac..perfect heat…engine has enough pep for living in Ny..I’d buy it again..and it holds its resale..No jeeps for me …

Anna Scot says:

I don’t understand a word he says

Kyle Lopez-Vito says:

So, what this guy is basically saying is that the Rav4 is a shitty but reliable car. Maybe not really shitty. But when alternative models are better at everything, that makes the Rav4 the shittiest of the bunch. But isn’t that what Toyota is known for?

If cars had attribute meters/stats, most Toyotas would suck at everything except durability, perceived reliability and possibly safety. Toyota has always been the tasteless, boring, safe choice. Many people know that already, but feel they don’t need to be reminded of it, especially those who highly value the brand’s perceived reliability. This is especially true in third world markets where Toyota manages to sell turd far worse than the Rav4 just because it has a “Toyota” on it. Toyota reserves all their good stuff for Lexus so they can milk more upmarket buyers.

MrRedskins0021 says:

These reviewers suck.

Jon Kleis says:

Stay out of Colorado…

ELPJM09 says:

Toyota is the best car brand in the world. They know what the majority of people want, a reliable and dependable vehicle. I own a 2016 Toyota Corolla S Premium. It’s a a great car that i feel safe in and I know won’t let me down. Who cares about performance or if it’s boring, they get you from point A to B without any problems.

adam smith says:

What do you mean it doesn’t have true four wheel drive? What do you think happens under 25mph when you push the button?

j gih says:

I purchased a 2016 RAV4 Limited Hybrid. It is a great little SUV. The only thing I am disappointed is the outdated GPS software. It leaves out many suburb city name (not match Postal Service name address). My Garmin or Magellan GPS have the correct city name.

azam mchunguzi says:

Nice vedio very informative

JRocco 36 says:

the 4cyl gas models have plenty of power.. I towed my camper down to the keys at +80mph and it did quite well without straining. that’s even going over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Yeah its not a top fuel dragster but it still gets the job done and done well. Its comfortable on long drives even pulling a trailer. It handles as it should. I turn the wheel and it goes where I want it too.

Pay Dro says:

My sister purchased a 2017 LE and although it is pretty lame on the inside, she was able to get a sporty looking red SUV with AWD for under $25,000

Audie Arce says:

If you want Sporty handling SUV go for Mazda CX5. But i dont care i like this Rav4. Styling wise and Value i’ll go for Rav 4

Marc Alexander says:

I beg to differ, the Hybrid is light years ahead of its sister gas model. I did not pay for any “Safety NON Sense” on our ’16 XLE AWD hybrid. I stay focused on the road and can do without flashing lights in my mirrors, bells and chimes going off distracting me. It’s called pay attention to the road and save yourself the cash on that “Safety NON Sense.” Don’t play with your phone or cater to your spoiled, screaming brats while driving 70 mph in a loaded 3600 lb. missile on the road, you won’t need lane departure warnings or collision avoidance. Pay attention, plain and simple. I just do not trust that extra stuff to function properly. From what I understand the Hybrid alone is on the Lexus NX platform.

TheJohnkhaz says:

It’s quiet inside??? It’s super loud!
Agree with the handling not good at all, especially since it’s the smallest SUV. The Honda CRV has much better handling and MPG and it’s not even a hybrid

ron lea says:

I have a 2011 Rav sport V6 and It is like a ROCKET SHIP, TONS of POWER…Bad thing is very basic interrior and Back door sucks with the spare tire. other then that there bullet Proof

lionsmaine8hlm says:

I thought the steering was fine. This actually has more power than others in it’s class eg 132kw compared to outlander and Forester 124Kw with 4cy engines? what are you talking about.

adam smith says:

I have a 2009 Limited with the V6 and I love it. I got this one shortly after having a WRX and it’s almost as much fun to drive. If it had a stick shift it’d be more fun.

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Ben says:

If I wanted driving excitement, I’d get an MX-5.  However, the MX-5 is noisy, hard riding, cramped and has no storage space.  On the other hand, the RAV 4 is quiet, comfortable, roomy and a pleasure to daily drive.

Jack Knife says:

The reasons why I buy Toyota – Quality, Reliability, & Reputation.

Jeff Arthur says:

I own a 2014 it’s boring and reliable. It’s 2 wd and gets great mileage 30 mpg actual combined real life . Bought it new paid $23,000 on features it’s decent considering the price . I’ve owned Subaru great till they need service then $$$$ . To summarize Toyota = boring reliability and low service costs , finally good resale
Oh the Jeep comparison REALLY?

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