The 2017 Toyota Rav-4 XLE AWD Gets It!

I have always liked SUVs that get it ‘right’ when it comes to driver/vehicle size proportions. It is no secret that I am vertically-challenged and welcome driving vehicles that ‘get it.’ The Rav-4 Hybrid XLE AWD is one such vehicle. Cute as a button with the heart of a warrior, this SUV is also a hybrid of fun and power.

This crossover conjures up smiles and images of free-wheeling excursions around the city. The front grille looks as if it’s concealing a smirk…a smirk of underlying style and power. Lines that draw you in and speak to the fun personality that the Rav-4 has always been known for. 17″ Alloy Wheels, Power Moonroof, Roof Rails and a Rear Spoiler add to the sporty vibe of the Rav-4 Hybrid. Adding to the cooler-than-cooler vibe are Privacy Glass (on the Rear, Side, Quarter and Liftgate Windows) and Power Heated Outside Mirrors.

2017 has seen more improvements and upgraded ‘standard’ features to Toyota’s brand DNA. New to this model year is the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). The ‘P’ package brings up the Safety factor for the Rav-4 Hybrid. The Pre-Collision System w/Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist (SA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). The (TSS-P) is also paired with the Star Safety System’a features Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology.

Driving the Rav-4 Hybrid XLE AWD allows you explore the many facets of your personality. Switching through the 3-driving modes allowed me to experience a free-spirited journey. Powered by a Hybrid Synergy Drive System that harnesses a 2.5-Liter DOC 4-Cylinder Engine w/VVT-i producing 194 Net Horsepower and an ECVT and AWD, the Rav-4 Hybrid sets the stage for an exhilarating experience. Easing the worry of fuel mileage, this SUV also boasts a combined 32-MPG (34-city and 30-hwy). Whether sitting in traffic, rolling down the street or needed a little extra somethin’ somethin’, the EV, Eco and Sport modes can be applied in the needed scenario. Pair all that with the Rav-4 Hybrid XLE AWD SUV you can rest assured that whatever driving whim surfaces this baby can handle it.

With so many bells and whistles, how you get to the next journey was not left by the wayside in the Rav-4 Hybrid. Leather appointments, Dual Zone Climate Control w/Air Filter, Backup Camera, Smart Keys System with Push Button Start, three 12-V Power Outlets and a USB Port, Entune Audio Plus, 6.1″ Touch-Screen, Bluetooth Connectivity and Reclining and Fold Flat 2nd Row Seats and all the other creature comforts of the sporty life can be found in the Rav-4.

For a little more fun the ‘EE’ Optional Equipment kicks up fun factor to include Entune Premium Audio and App Suite with Integrated Navigation. Features include Entune Multimedia Bundle: Hi-Res Touch-Screen wit Split Screen Display, iPod Connectivity, Advanced Voice Recognition, Hands-Free Phone Capability, Siri Eyes Free and Gracenote Album Cover Art dispaly.



For a guaranteed good time, hop in and roll out with the Toyota Rav-4 Hybrid XLE AWD.


MSRP $30,495




Written by The Car Diva