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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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  1. I didn't buy my Rav4 LE AWD for the style, or the exiting driving factor, or the acceleration, or the power, or trying to be cool.

    I bought it because it will drive forever without mechanical issues, I don't care if my kids get crumbs in the backseat or if it gets a dent in the parking lot, I can haul my family and luggage comfortably, and it cost me less than $24k to get a car with AWD.

  2. I bought a RAV4 XLE AWD. I wanted a vehicle to just…work. If I wanted a CVT that will break, I would have bought the Rouge. I like the Rouge, except Nissan's reputation with the CVT is poor. Too bad. The Jeep…HA ! lol. I hope they come with a lifetime warranty and a AAA card. The Honda CRV ? It's a nice vehicle but Honda's reliability slipped a bit in the past few years. So many folks are going to turbo charged 4cyls. No thanks. Another lubricated part to wear out. Thanks Toyota for keeping it simple and reliable !

  3. Nonsense. My previous vehicle was a 2013 GLK350. Traded for a limited 2016 Rav. Steering and precision are pretty equal to the previous. Handling is excellent considering that the tires are engineered for gas economy. Acceleration is 6.7 seconds to 60 using the sport mode and shifting manually starting in 4th. Refined and quiet over most road surfaces. Did a great job last New England winter season. Outstanding gas mileage and super comfortable seats. Also, I have been driving cars, all types through the years since I was 14years old back in 1969. Have owned more than 70 vehicles in that time. As far as SUVS go, I consider the Rav to be the best of its kind.

  4. Good review. Reliable yes, fuel economy for hybrid are great. Ride comfort, handling and noise are shit. Know this since my family owns one 🙂

    Great cars regardless

  5. I own one, love everything but: steering breaking, power, winter stopping, cruise control breaking, safety brakes, or the boring experience giving me the tenancy to be super tired while driving. But the safety features will shock you back to life when you are trying to pass someone on the interstate but can't because the radar. Or the constant freaking out the system does when the slush from the road covers radar and cameras.
    I like everything but driving it. Traction is great unless you need to stop in the winter. AWD works great. The AWStop only works, when you don't want or need it to.

  6. You can keep your GARBAGE CVT transmissions, GARBAGE Direct injection and GARBAGE Turbochargers. I'd go with a Toyota instead of the competition's lastest wing ding bells and whistles that are proven headaches. Call it as boring as you like but I'll take reliability and resale value over EXCITING repair bills. There's a reason Toyotas have the reputation they do.

  7. I would simply say that buying a Toyota rav 4 car makes you confident to do so without any hesitation as it last for years & it deserves the money spent ! Thank you Toyota ?

  8. I have driven Toyota's since 1988. I have put one O2 sensor on a 241k mile Corolla. That's it !!! Never a water pump, never an alternator, never a coil, I have never had an AC problem and I live in Texas. The only thing I do is routine maintenance ( oil, filters , brakes, and wiper blades ) . While others are complaining about expensive repairs I complain about the price of wiper blades. I have a very nice home and when people ask me how I can afford such a nice house I tell them because I drive Toyota's !!!

  9. I’ve been at Toyota owner for years I had a Camry a Corolla a Toyota supra now I have a Rav4 . Simply put reliability is king by the way the other cars are still running . Handed down through out various family members

  10. Judging by the comments, you shouldn’t talk shit on the #1 best selling suv in the market. ?. And your very wrong about so many things in this vid.

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