2017 Toyota RAV4 Release Date, Review and Info

Generally speaking, the new 2017 Toyota RAV4 isn’t much of a standout in any specific area, but a closer look reveals an intricate balance of passenger space, features, and everyday utility. And if your priorities include a spacious cargo and passenger room, a well-sorted tech interface, a good balance between secure handling and ride comfort, you may eventually find yourself heading to the dealership to get one for yourself. Its release date should be expected in the latter end of next year.

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As any sports fan will attest, sometimes you can have a competitive level, a well-rounded team, an awesome coach, and still find glory to be an elusive aspect. Well, you guessed it right! It is a metaphor to what the RAV4 is capable of. It offers a descent drive, its well-equipped and comfortable, and versatile, and to its credit, still holds the benchmark for reliability.

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But its trouble lies in the solid competition in its category which is hard to beat on certain areas. But for 2017, Toyota seems to have mastered the ingredients to success in this fiercely fought over segment through its myriad of updates. For one, Toyota has tinkered with its overall appeal such as the subtly massaged exterior and the well-appointed interior. The former is hoped to make the RAV4 to achieve a more streamlined look that contemporizes its mien.

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Needless to say, the RAV4 is spacious and versatile and well-suited for most utility tasks such as carrying a box for a Little Tikes playhouse or lugging around a vivacious Weimaraner. Combine this with its dependability and spacious interior, and you get yourself an excellent crossover.

In light of the above, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the only vehicle in the segment that offers bells and whistles. Others with a polished resume include the 2017 Honda CR-V, the rugged 2017 Subaru Forester, and the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

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Offered Trims – Toyota RAV4

The compact SUV which seats five is offered in base LE, XLE, SE, and Limited Trims. Also reviewed elsewhere on the blog is the RAV4 Hybrid.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Exterior Colors & Interior Changes

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The base LE model offers the following features as standard; adaptive cruise control, a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, air-conditioning, a rear privacy glass, an integrated driver blind-spot monitoring, 17-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, an auxiliary audio jack, and a 60/40-split reclining and folding rear seat.

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The Entune Audio Plus package is optional for the LE and adds smartphone app integration, HD and satellite radio, the Scout GPS Link navigation, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.

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Next up is the XLE trim model which further adds automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable power liftgate, 17” alloy wheels, bolstered front seats, a sunroof, heated mirrors, and foglights.

Upgrading to the SE allows your access to LED exterior lighting, keyless entry and ignition, different exterior and interior styling, a sport-tuned suspension system, synthetic leather, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot monitoring system, leather upholstery, front heated seats, and 18-inch wheels.

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On top of what the RAV4 SE offers, the RAV4 Limited adds smartphone app integration, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch display, 18-inch wheels, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and chrome clad exterior trim.

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The interior design features pronounced lines and angles that result in a modern-looking and streamlined dash. However, some might find the climate and audio controls slightly flimsy.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Engine Specification

Motivating the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a four-cylinder 2.5L engine. The power generated – 176 hp and 172 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to either the FWD or the optional AWD via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Toyota RAV4 engine

With an AWD system, it only takes about 9.2 seconds to get past 60 mph. Fuel consumption according to EPA estimates is 30/23/26 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the FWD RAV4, and 29/22/25 mpg with the 4WD.

Price Estimate & 2017 Toyota RAV4 Release Date

Various sources allege the 2017 Toyota RAV4’s release date should be expected in the latter half of 2017. When we come to the price estimate, expect to be set back by a base MSRP of $24,350.

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2017 Toyota Camry Sedan Release Date, News & Specs

With its recently improved handling and cabin quality, buyers will certainly find the 2017 Toyota Camry competitive and compelling in the midsize sedan segment. Some of the highlights for 2017 include an excellent V6 engine, above average backseat space, comfortable and roomy interior, good visibility, user-friendly interior controls, and distinct sport and luxury trim levels. Its release date, going by our online sources, should be expected sometime early next year.

New add-ons for 2017 include a new Special Edition trim that comes bundled with blue interior accents, smoke taillights, and a sporty gauge cluster. The Camry has been one of the perennial best-sellers for Toyota that has evolved gracefully without abandoning its roots. And with aggressively and nimble rivals gripping at its heels, Toyota designers managed to stage a comprehensive overhaul that has seen the vehicle get tauter sport-tuned suspension system and sleeker looks.

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The Special Edition trim has been introduced in order to sustain the momentum from last year’s redesign. It comes boasting of flashy 18” wheels, styling flourishes, smoked taillights, vibrant blue color interior trim, and SE’s sport-tuned suspension system. The company also acknowledges that not everyone loves tuner-inspired styling flourishes and performance, which is the reason there are both the LE and XLE trims.

For those still dissatisfied with what the Camry provides, there is a variety of intriguing alternatives to choose from. They include the Honda Accord, 2017 Mazda 6, 2017 Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata for 2017.

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Toyota Camry – Available Trims

The five-passenger mid-size sedan is available in a walloping five trims: base LE, midsize SE, Special Edition, and XSE, and the top-of-the-line XLE trims. Reviewed separately is the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Exterior Review & Interior Changes – 2017 Toyota Camry

Standard equipment available for the 2017 Toyota Camry LE model include a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, keyless entry, 16” wheels, a 6.1” touchscreen display, heated outside mirrors, cloth upholstery, keyless ignition, automatic headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, auxiliary audio jack, voice controls, air-conditioning, and USB/iPod interface.

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Building on what the LE comes with is the SE trim that adds a 4.2” touchscreen display, a leather trimmed-steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension system, 17” alloy wheels, synthetic and cloth leather upholstery, a sport-themed exterior styling and a sport-tuned suspension system.

Optionally available for the two trims above include HD and satellite radio, a sunroof, and an upgraded 7” infotainment system. The equipment comes bundled in the Entune Audio Plus package.

As for the SE-based Special Edition trim, buyers should expect 18” wheels, unique gauges, smoked taillights, a sunroof, contrast stitching, keyless entry and ignition, Qi wireless charging, 18” wheels, a sunroof, blue interior trim, and hands-free truck opening.

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The XSE trim comes with automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, synthetic and leather upholstery, front heated seats, smartphone wireless charger, four-way power passenger seat, and a sport-tuned suspension system.

Offered for both the SE and the four-cylinder XSE trims is the optional Convenience package that comes bundled with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition, hands-free trunk opening, and remote start.

Equipped similarly to the XSE is the XLE, but adds a full leather upholstery, comfort-oriented suspension system, 17” alloy wheels, and sporty-styling elements.

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The V6-powered XSE and XLE versions comes equipped with an upgraded Entune touchscreen interface, wireless smartphone charger, noise-reducing windshield, LED headlights, a navigation system, and smartphone app connectivity.

Engine Specs – 2017 Toyota Camry

Under the hood of every 2017 Toyota Camry’s trims is a four-cylinder 2.5L engine rated at 178 hp and 170 pounds of torque. Both the six-speed transmission system and a front-wheel-drive are standard.

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During our own test drive, the 2017 Toyota Camry LE model hustled from 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds. Generating 268 hp and 248 pounds of torque is a 3.5L V6 engine equipped on both the XSE and XLE trims.

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Fuel consumption ratings as per EPA stand at 25/35/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the four-cylinder base engine, and 21/32/24 mpg for the V6-powered versions.

Date Of Release & Price – 2017 Toyota Camry

The LE will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $23,070, the SE – $23,840, the Special Edition – $25,715, and the range-topping XSE an MSRP starting from $26,310. Release date wise, the vehicle should be expected early next year in the USA and Canada.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner Release Date, Review, News

The fresh 2017 Toyota 4Runner offers a more off-road capability than most body-on frame SUVs, but for a daily driver, it may lack the level of individual refinement. Some of the highlights for 2017 include an ample cargo capacity, an outstanding off-road capability, an optional third-row seat, and a strong V6 engine. Its release date should be expected the first quarter of 2016.

For 2016, the 4Runner gains a slight towing capacity increment, a cell phone navigation integration, and an upgraded base audio system. Raucous and off-road ready, truck based crossovers were once the most sought after SUVs in the segment. However, buyers later realized that the same vehicles offer lousy fuel economy ratings, rough rides, and inefficient for daily commuting chores.

2017 Toyota 4Runner
2017 Toyota 4Runner

That said, car-based light utility vehicles soon started to debut and with them came with serious off-roading capability while still offering comfort and luxury amenities suitable for everyday commuting. The revitalized 2017 Toyota 4Runner is among them, and with the brand’s reputation for reliability and efficiency, the new vehicle promises nothing less than ride comfort and top-notch performance.

Even the base comes with serious off-road action and lots of standard equipment. Some of the standard equipment include hill-start assist, mud guards, hill-descent control, dual-range transfer case, advanced electronic aides, and skid plates. Still, there are some things worth lamenting over. They include a busy ride, cumbersome setup process for the Entune system, low towing capacity for a traditional SUV, and a poor fuel economy rating.

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If you are looking for more towing capacity, and a premium cabin with a standard three-row seating configuration, you can opt for the 2017 Dodge Durango or the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which ranks atop our favorite list and offers several engine options, competitive off-road performance, an upscale interior, and better fuel economy ratings. Better yet, you could opt for the top-rated 2017 Toyota Highlander, which offers superior acceleration and efficiency, and a passenger space for up to eight people.

Toyota 4Runner SUV – Available Trims

The new 2017 Toyota 4Runner is available in a walloping four trims: base SR5, mid-trims Trail and TRD Pro, and the top-rated Limited trim. Additionally, both the Trail and the SR5 are further subdivided into Premium and standard sub-trims.

Interior Review & Exterior Spy Photos – 2017 Toyota 4Runner

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2017 Toyota 4Runner spy shots

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 trim comes standard with heated exterior mirrors, air-conditioning, LED taillights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split reclining and folding rear seats, a power liftgate, mud guards, 17” alloy wheels, foglights, a power liftgate window, keyless ignition and entry, a windshield wiper de-icer, a tow hitch, skid plates, a six-way power driver seat, a six-way power driver seat, and hill-descent control. Standard electronic features include USB/iPod audio interface, a 6.1” touchscreen display, an 8-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, cell phone app integration, and an auxiliary audio jack.

2017 Toyota 4Runner front
2017 Toyota 4Runner front

The SR5 Premium further adds an upgraded version of Entune smartphone app integration, a power front passenger seat, upgraded exterior mirrors, a sunroof, a navigation system, and leatherette upholstery.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Trail trim comes bundled with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System which disconnects the stabilizer bars to improve suspension articulation over deep boulders and ruts.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner back

Opting for the TRD Pro gets you Bilstein shocks, matte black 17” wheels, upgraded front springs, TRD-themed aesthetic upgrades, a TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate, summer performance tires, elevated ride height, automatic headlights, and unique front black grille.

2017 Toyota 4Runner interior
2017 Toyota 4Runner interior

The top-of-the-line 2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited adds a full-time all-wheel-drive system, 20” alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, automatic headlights, adaptive roll-reducing dampers, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, automatic climate control (dual zone), Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics, and a 15-speaker JBL sound system and perforated front seats.

Engine Specs – 2017 Toyota 4Runner Concept

The redesigned 2017 Toyota 4Runner employs a 4.0L diesel V6 good for 270 hp and 278 pounds of torque. The five-speed auto transmission system is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates for the RWD models stands at 17/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/21/18 mpg for the all-wheel-drive models.

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Price & Release Date Of The New 2017 Toyota 4Runner

Expect the base 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $33,510, and up to 41,835USD for the Limited trim. As for the release date, expect the new 4Runner to go on sale during the first quarter of next year.

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