A new level of safety 

DCH Toyota of Simi Valley knows that selecting the right compact SUV can be daunting, especially when there are so many great choices out there. We also know that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 deserves your attention, especially if you're the type of driver that values good fuel economy, advanced safety features, and exceptional build quality. 

It's no secret that the Toyota RAV4 is a perennial heavyweight in the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment for the reasons listed above. But did you also know that the 2017 version is by far the best version yet?

That's because the RAV4 gets Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) standard across all trims for 2017. The advanced safety suite is a welcome addition and features forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. A new Platinum trim level also debuts this year and comes with a heated steering wheel and foot-activated power rear liftgate.

Performance

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 powertrain comes in one of two flavors: the standard gas engine or the hybrid.

The standard gas model features a 2.5-L four-cylinder DOHC (Double Overhead Cam) engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 ft-lbs of torque. It has Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to improve efficiency, and drivers will notice the smoother ride from an upgraded suspension. It's a six-speed automatic.

Also featured is the available All-Wheel Drive system (AWD). Using Dynamic Torque Control, the system ensures maximum traction by shifting power front and rear.

For compact SUVs, the gas model RAV4 doesn't lack power, as it's capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in under nine seconds. Gas mileage is estimated at 24/31 mpg (city/highway),* and efficiency and power can be further modified with up to three selectable drive modes. ECO Mode increases fuel economy, Sport Mode gives a sportier ride, and the hybrid model offers EV Mode, which enables the engine to run exclusively on battery power.

Of course, the most efficient RAV4 models are hybrids, specifically the RAV4 XLE Hybrid and RAV4 Limited Hybrid. Not only do they increase fuel efficiency, but the hybrids' 2.5-L engine also increases power to 194 hp, which boosts performance, allowing both models to accelerate from 0-60 mph about a second faster than their gas-powered cousin.

Additionally, the hybrid models feature an electronic on-demand AWD and achieve 34 mpg in the city,* an increase of almost one-third. This efficiency can be tracked in real time with the RAV4 hybrids' comprehensive energy monitor.

Features

Starting at $24,910,** the 2017 Toyota RAV4 includes many features standard as well as additional options for higher-end models.

Standard on all exteriors are roof rails, daytime running lights and headlights with auto on/off, power outside mirrors, blind spot mirrors, and a rearview camera. Additional options include LED headlights, a power tilt-slide moonroof, front and rear parking sonar, and the impressive Bird’s Eye View Camera for those tight parking situations.

Interiors feature cruise control and audio controls integrated into the steering wheel, six speakers, three 12V power outlets, plus USB and Bluetooth®. Additional upgrades include advanced tech like a touchscreen panel display featuring the Entune® App Suite, as well as Siri integration and integrated audio navigation. For comfort, there's dual-seat climate control and individually heated seats.

For an even bigger boost in tech, and as previously mentioned, Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) is now standard in all trims. It includes forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. You shouldn't have to place a price on peace of mind -- and with the 2017 RAV4, that peace of mind comes standard.

Design

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 brings the compact SUV to stylish heights. The design features a sleek front end, as well as stylish side lower exterior panels.

The wheel design has something for everyone, as all models have their own look. These include 17-inch steel or chrome wheels, and the RAV4 Limited Hybrid comes with its own special 18-inch alloy wheels.

The interior shows all the right touches with quality materials designed for both comfort and noise/vibration reduction. It's not only a smooth ride -- it's a quiet one, too. Also standard are eight cup holders and 60/40 split rear seats that fold down to give a whopping cargo capacity of up to 73.4 cubic feet.

Safety

All 2017 Toyota RAV4 models come with four-wheel ABS anti-lock brakes standard. Also standard is tire traction control (TRAC), front and side airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Important for families, the RAV4 includes child seat anchors and child-protector rear safety locks.

Verdict 

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 keeps things on the cutting edge while still maintaining the RAV4 line's stalwart reliability. It's also safer than ever, thanks to Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), which is standard across all trims. It may seem like a small inclusion, but it tips the scales in the RAV4's favor when weighing up against the competition. 

To learn more or schedule a test drive, contact us online or visit DCH Toyota of Simi Valley at 2380 First St., Simi Valley, CA 93065. 

*2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

** Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $825 for Cars, $885 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1100 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $925 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.

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