Are you shopping for a new crossover SUV that offers impressive performance, versatility, and cargo space for your daily life or weekend adventures? If so, then the 2017 Toyota RAV4 crossover should be high on your test drive list! The RAV4 name has long represented exceptional versatility and value within the Toyota lineup, and the RAV4 is no different. Toyota's latest version of the RAV4 is right-sized for so many lifestyles, from active singles to small families and more. If you live near Portland, you can explore and get inside a RAV4 at nearby Toyota of Portland. To shop for a new 2017 Toyota RAV4 in Portland that you can call your own, start browsing our online inventory now. Or, for that thrilling test drive, make your way down to our Portland, OR dealership location.
Before you visit our Toyota authorized dealership here in Portland, read below to learn more about the RAV4 and how this wildly popular crossover from Toyota compares to one of its main competitors, the Honda HR-V.
Just like other Toyota vehicles, drivers can take their pick of multiple powertrains when they shop for a 2017 RAV4 crossover. The majority of new RAV4 crossovers come equipped with the standard gas-powered inline 4-cylinder engine, while a new gas-electric hybrid option is also available. Toyota's dependable 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine generates a highly capable 176 hp in the new RAV4 and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. While the standard RAV4 returns an impressive fuel economy rating, if you are looking for some astronomical fuel economy figures in your new crossover, the RAV4 Hybrid is tough to beat! Thanks to its powerful engine, sport mode, and fun to drive characteristics, the versatile 2017 RAV4 not only caters to your economical side with its superb fuel economy, but also to your sporty side.
With its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, the Honda HR-V faces an uphill battle when competing with the RAV4 in the performance arena. Giving up more than 30 horsepower and 45 lb-ft of torque to the Toyota, the HR-V will likely feel underpowered to most drivers who are coming from just about any other vehicle. The HR-V comes standard with a manual transmission, but since most crossover drivers prefer the convenience of an automatic, drivers shopping the HR-V will have to upgrade and spend more money to get Honda's CVT gearbox.
On of the main advantages of crossovers over sedans -- and what has made them so popular in recent years -- is their ability to carry more cargo. The Toyota RAV4 doesn't disappoint in the cargo-hauling department, either, thanks to its whopping 38.4 cubic feet of cargo volume. While there are other areas where Toyota's RAV4 eclipses Honda's HR-V, cargo capacity is one of the most glaring examples. You see, in comparison with the RAV4's 38.4 cubic feet, the HR-V only offers 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space. That is truly significant considering that added cargo space and versatility is one of the main reasons drivers buy crossovers like these two models. For a more versatile crossover at an affordable price, get into the 2017 Toyota RAV4.
We have already covered the power and performance gap that exists between these two popular crossovers, but one thing yet to be mentioned is a comparison in towing capacity. With its maximum towing capacity rating of 1500 pounds, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is equipped for towing small trailers, which will likely be enough for most drivers who are in the market for such a crossover. The new Honda HR-V is not recommended as a towing vehicle, which simply stated, means that you shouldn't plan on towing even a small trailer behind the Honda. If you are planning to ever tow anything more significant than a bike rack behind your next crossover, then it would be best to choose the 2017 Toyota RAV4 over the competition from Honda.
If you are intrigued by the performance, spaciousness, and overall versatility of the Toyota RAV4 and you live near Portland, OR, then stop by Toyota of Portland for a test drive! You can shop for your new RAV4 or other Toyota among our supreme inventory here on our website as well. As you browse our website, don't forget that you can get pre-approved for a new car loan, shop our new car specials, or value your trade-in vehicle, too. Visit us today and you could be driving off in a brand Toyota RAV4 tonight!