2017 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

2017 Toyota RAV4
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

There's not a more competitive segment these days than the compact and mid-size crossover SUV one.

One of the oldest nameplates, and best sellers, is the Ford Escape, which was recently upgraded and remains a hoot to drive but lacks some sophistication and refinement.

The Honda CR-V offers stellar packaging and has been a crowd favorite for years.

Hyundai's Santa Fe Sport gets a fresh look for 2017 and offers a lot of bang—but for a lot of bucks once options are piled on.

The Mazda CX-5 is the enthusiast's best bet, but its tight interior makes it a tough sell for some families.

And then there's the Subaru Forester, which has a commodious interior, a great safety record, and excellent fuel economy.

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Quick Specs
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 takes a lot of small steps forward, but are any of them big enough changes to sway buyers?
One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name    
LE FWD (GS)S FWDLX 2WDSport FWD2.5i Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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