America's First Compact SUV

Toyota Rav4

9 Things You Need To Know

by Bill Flitter

The 2017 RAV4 compact SUV is one of the best selling small suvs. It’s compact design looks good going down the road and it provides a comfortable ride.

I have to admit though, I haven’t ridden in one for quite a while, so I did some research on why I should consider buying a Toyota RAV4.

First, I checked the wiki page for some trivia and then I found a cool forum with lot’s of things I did not know about the Toyota RAV4.

The 2017 RAV4 compact SUV is one of the best selling small suvs.

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9 Facts About The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Compact SUV

I did not know this, but the Toyota RAV4 compact SUV was an original when it debuted in North America in 1995. The RAV4 was the first CUV on the market, geared towards consumers who wanted the advantages of an SUV (cargo space, better view) but with the fuel economy of a compact car.

What does R-A-V-4 Stand For?

RAV4 actually stands for, Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive even though not all RAV4’s have 4-wheel drive

When in sport mode and downshifting using the shifter in S, it rev matches. It’s some kind of racing thing where you can get a good launch to achieve maximum speed in a short amount of time.

You can lock and unlock the door just by touching the handle. It doesn't work with gloves on, though. So, for those of you living in icy climates, you’ll have to take the gloves off to unlock your RAV4 (or, I assume, you can press the button on the keyfob).

Everybody likes having extra storage available in the car, so new RAV4 owners should be made fully aware that, There is a hidden handy storage area in the floor just behind the rear seats.

A really cool feature of 2017 RAV4 Compact SUV Smart Key owners is that, as you approach the locked vehicle the interior lights will illuminate before you can even grab a door handle!

Did you know...

Back in 2002, Toyota sold limited quantities of an all-electric version of the Rav4 to California residents. There are hundreds of them still on the road today.

You can link your memory seat settings to your smart key. That way, when you unlock the door with your smart key, your seat automatically goes back to the stored position if it was changed. That is a super awesome feature! I know that every time my wife drives the car, or I get an oil change, or I have it washed, I have to readjust the seat to how I like it.

You can link radio presets and preferences to your bluetooth device. Meaning, if you prefer listening to Pandora through your phone, now you can listen to Pandora through the RAV4’s speakers via your phone through BlueTooth.

RAV4 has 2 different sizes of windshield wiper blades, a 16" and a 25".”

The cargo cover can be stored above the spare tire under the floor to get it out of the way. You don’t want to use the extra cargo space to store the cargo cover!

In case you need it, there are 2 positions for the hood prop rod. You just move a plastic plug from one hole to the other.

Over To You

There you have it, folks! If you get the RAV4, make sure you get those Smart Keys and take full use of that hidden storage compartment behind the back seat! What’s your favorite fact about the 2017 RAV4 compact SUV?


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