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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

With its oversized cargo hold and exceptional fuel economy, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a great choice for adventurers who want to minimize their carbon footprint. It lags behind some rivals when it comes to refinement, leading to its position in the bottom half of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional fuel economy
  • More standard features than rivals
  • Expansive cargo area
  • Lackluster cabin styling and materials

New for 2017

  • Bundle of advanced safety features (Toyota Safety Sense) became standard

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for Families award. Currently the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid is a good SUV. Its standout attributes include one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. It keeps your crew content as well, with its comfortable seats and abundance of cargo room. For its combination of quality and value, we named this our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money.

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Our Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 20 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

Prices for a 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid range from about $24,800 to $32,600. The average list price is $28,100. That’s about $5,000 more than the median price of a nonhybrid Toyota RAV4. These estimates are based on about 120 listings for the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid on our used car site. Keep in mind that the actual listing price of each used SUV is based on factors such as mileage, vehicle condition, trim level, and regional demand.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to spend about $21,600 on insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance for the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid. In comparison, these same expenses are expected to be about $700 less for the gas-only RAV4.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New RAV4 Hybrid?

Toyota added a new base model to the RAV4 Hybrid’s lineup for 2018: the LE. It has a lower starting MSRP of $27,385. Compare that to the price of a 2017 RAV4 Hybrid, which averages $28,100, and the new RAV4 Hybrid arises as the less expensive option. A few amenities have been trimmed to keep this price low. For example, the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid LE doesn’t come with a moonroof. Even so, because this model is nicely equipped for the price, we recommend buying it over a used RAV4 Hybrid.

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When it comes to price, not many new hybrid SUVs are in the same neighborhood as the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid. The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ($27,020) is one of the few. It leads the compact SUV class when it comes to fuel economy, but it ranks toward the bottom of the pack overall because it comes up short in many other areas. A better hybrid SUV to consider is the 2018 Kia Niro ($23,340). As a smaller subcompact SUV, the Niro doesn’t offer the same amount of cargo room as the RAV4 Hybrid, and you can't get it with all-wheel drive. If you can make this smaller cargo area work, the Niro is worth a look. It has an upscale cabin, an excellent predicted reliability rating, and a class-leading warranty.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Is Best? 

The RAV4 Hybrid is a relatively new addition to the compact SUV segment; its first appearance was for the 2016 model year. Though there is nothing wrong with the debut model, it’s best to stick with a 2017 or newer RAV4 Hybrid – or buy a 2016 RAV4 Hybrid outfitted with Toyota Safety Sense P. These models come standard with a robust suite of advanced safety features, including a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with active steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The 2017 RAV4 Hybrid has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average for a used vehicle.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid has one recall. The recall, which affects around 400 vehicles, deals with an improperly inflated spare tire. Before buying a used SUV, make sure that any applicable recalls have been addressed by an authorized Toyota dealer.   

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Which Used Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

There are three 2017 RAV4 Hybrid trims to choose from: XLE, SE, and Limited. The RAV4 Hybrid SE is the athletic model in the lineup, offering a sport-tuned suspension and sportier exterior styling. Only a few amenities are added to the RAV4 Hybrid Limited, such as an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and smartphone integration. Out of the three, you’ll get the best value with the base RAV4 Hybrid XLE. It’s hardly bare-bones; the XLE is outfitted with plenty of advanced safety features, including adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection, as well as a well-equipped infotainment system and a moonroof.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the RAV4 Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid its highest honor: a Top Safety Pick+ designation. This Toyota earned top scores in every category, with the exception of the newly added passenger side small overlap front test (where it received a Poor rating). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the RAV4 Hybrid a perfect five-star overall rating, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Some models may also come with front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a bird's-eye-view camera system.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is the only compact SUV that beats the RAV4 Hybrid’s fuel economy rating, but the savings from this are minimal. While these two models are similar in many ways and have very close scores in our rankings, the RAV4 Hybrid offers some advantages. For example, the Toyota has standard all-wheel drive, much more cargo space, and far more active safety features than the Nissan.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2017 Honda CR-V?

If you aren’t committed to buying a hybrid, you should take a serious look at the 2017 Honda CR-V. It ranks among the best compact SUVs thanks to its spacious back seat and generous amount of cargo room. Even though the CR-V isn’t a hybrid, its fuel economy rating is a close second to the RAV4 Hybrid’s.

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2017 RAV4 Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Drive?

With its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, the RAV4 Hybrid has more get-up-and-go than its nonhybrid counterpart. That said, this is still a laidback SUV, and its CVT (a type of automatic transmission) can get noisy. The RAV4 Hybrid’s handling is balanced and controlled, with a smooth and comfortable ride quality.

Does the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

"Exceptional" is the best way to describe the RAV4 Hybrid’s fuel economy rating. It earns 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is not only above average, but also notable for an all-wheel-drive SUV.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Towing Capacity

The 2017 RAV4 Hybrid can tow up to 1,750 pounds.

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2017 RAV4 Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid Seat?

The RAV4 Hybrid is a 2-row SUV with seating for five people. Travelers will clamor for a spot up front, where the seats are spacious and comfortable. In contrast, some reviewers noted that the rear-seat cushions are too firm, and most other compact SUVs offer more rear-seat legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

To securely install child safety seats, the RAV4 Hybrid comes with three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued two different ratings for this SUV. Models built before April 2017 have a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for ease of use because the lower anchors are mounted too deep in the seat cushions, and connecting a seat can be challenging. Models built in April 2017 and beyond earned a top Good score. 

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Features

The RAV4 Hybrid comes with an impressive amount of standard features, and even the base model is equipped as if it’s a higher trim. The standard infotainment system includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and satellite radio. The system is easy to use, and the upgraded system is even better, thanks in part to its advanced smartphone integration.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cargo Space

The RAV4 Hybrid’s 35.6 cubic feet of cargo room is notable. It’s one of the largest cargo holds in the compact SUV class – and significantly larger than the Nissan Rogue Hybrid’s.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Length and Weight

From bumper to bumper, the RAV4 Hybrid spans 15.3 feet. Its curb weight ranges from 3,925 to 3,950 pounds, and gross vehicle weight tops out at 4,960 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Built?

Toyota built the RAV4 Hybrid in Japan.


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