We’re in the thick of back-to-school season so what do we do? Plan a trip to escape and have some FUN before the kids schedules are filled with core classes, electives and extracurricular activities. We all jumped in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD SUV for a road trip! First Impressions: I loved the stylish interior design. It offers the space and versatility needed when embarking on a road trip. I was able to adjust my seat to the perfect position with memory settings. The second row seats recline making traveling long distances very comfortable.
Once we got on the road it was all about the smart technology we had access to for our trip. It wouldn’t be a road trip if we didn’t sync our smart phones to hear our favorite playlists through the premium JBL audio system. We also had access to SiriusXM satellite radio with over 150 channels to enjoy. The integrated navigation system came in handy when we got turned around because I missed an exit taking us off of our route. We were back on track in no time and lost about thirty minutes in travel time. That didn’t stop us though; we just continued our adventure.
There are so many cool conveniences that come with the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD SUV like the smart key system, push start, powered moon roof and spacious cargo area with remote access. The rear seats fold down to create more cargo space in addition to reclining for comfort. There’s even a cargo net to help contain your things safely. I was immediately alerted when my son took off his seat belt in the second-row while I was driving. It was put back on immediately! I enjoyed having the convenience of a backup camera and bird’s eye view camera when parking in narrow spaces.
The stylish exterior has a bold modern look with the perfect color (Blizzard Pearl). The LED headlights, tail lights and daytime running lights look great and get the job done whether you’re taking a road trip or running errands around town. You get unique signature 18” alloy wheels designed to make heads turn whenever they see the RAV4. The privacy glass in the rear adds to the style against the Blizzard Pearl color. I thoroughly enjoyed driving around in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD SUV. It’s a very chic SUV with all the bells and whistles you need while offering additional optional equipment.
The RAV4 is really a stylish vehicle and seamlessly fits into my lifestyle as a mom on-the-go whether it’s work, travel or leisure! It’s definitely a smooth ride with decent highway gas mileage (28 MPG). There are so many incredible safety features like (LDA) Lane Departure Alert that helps you stay in your lane. The blind spot monitor is so useful; it’s one of my favorite features. Cruise Control comes in handy on lengthy road trips along with automatic high beams for night driving depending on the circumstances and your weather conditions. It can help detect a vehicle as far as 2000 feet away.
Here are the mechanical and performance specs: 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder Engine w/ Dual VVT-I, 176 hp @ 6000 rpm/ 172 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm, 6-speed automatic transmission and dynamic torque control all wheel drive. The MSRP is $36,150.00. Visit the Toyota website look at all the models, compare prices and see what deals are being offered. Overall, I definitely enjoyed a week with the 2017 Toyota RAV4 AWD SUV and we had a blast on our end of summer road trip. We visited out favorite water park and theme park, embarked on foodie adventures and enjoyed family quality time together.
Disclosure: I received the 2017 Toyota RAV$ AWD SUV on loan for 7 days to facilitate this auto review. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own. #DriveShop #DriveToyota #Partner