The crossover craze continues into 2017, and unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Toyota's RAV4 is one of the most popular small crossovers out on the road. The RAV4 is one of the longest-running crossover nameplates and has long represented exceptional value and versatility in its class. Drivers and families alike love this sporty Toyota's affordable price, feature-rich cabin, and split-folding rear seat, which makes the RAV4 the perfect family vehicle or daily driver for just about any lifestyle. The Toyota RAV4 has arrived at Toyota of Portland, serving drivers in the Portland, OR area, and is sure to gain its fair share of fans. After all, what's not to love about an affordable, versatile, and feature-rich crossover that looks as good as it drives? To locate a new 2017 Toyota RAV4 in Portland that makes your heart race, shop our online inventory now, or visit our Toyota new car dealership.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, and it's got more than enough features to take on the competition, like the new Hyundai Tucson compact crossover. Continue reading to see why the Toyota RAV4 is the wiser choice when choosing between these two small crossovers.
Drivers who are seeking capability and versatility from their new crossover utility vehicle should like what they find in the Toyota RAV4. Its standard 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine develops a highly capable 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The RAV4's power can be delivered to either the front wheels or all four wheels (via an AWD system) through its 6-speed automatic transmission, complete with sport mode. Thanks to its more than capable engine, the 2017 RAV4 offers a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. In contrast, Hyundai's latest Tucson small crossover comes equipped with a smaller 2.0-liter engine that produces just 164 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque. You will certainly notice that drop in power if you drive these two crossovers back-to-back. The less powerful Tucson is also less capable when it comes to towing, offering just a 1,000-lb towing capacity compared to the RAV4's 1,500 lbs. An extra 12 hp and 21 lb-ft of torque can make all the difference when hauling, towing, merging, or passing; that is why drivers will be more content with the powertrain found under the hood of the new Toyota RAV4 than in Hyundai's Tucson.
In the end, crossovers are all about versatility. After all, versatility and added cargo space is one of the main reasons that these CUVs have become so wildly popular in recent years. With that being said, not all small crossovers are created equally when it comes to cargo hauling abilities. The Toyota RAV4 provides 38.4 cubic feet of standard cargo space behind the second row of seats, which opens up to a cavernous 73.4 cubic feet when the back seats are folded flat. In the Hyundai Tucson, you might need to leave some items at home on your next trip, because you will only find 31 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a mere 61.9 cubic feet for cargo after folding the rear bench seat down. If you are going to drive a similarly-sized small crossover, wouldn't you too choose the one that offers a more spacious and usable cabin?
When shopping for a new vehicle like a crossover, you want to get the best value and features for your money. If you are considering a base model crossover to get the versatility you need at a low price, consider that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers some standard features not available on the new Hyundai Tucson. For instance, voice-activated controls come as standard on Toyota's 2017 RAV4, but are nowhere to be found on the Hyundai Tucson base model. The RAV4's voice-activated controls are handy for use with the Bluetooth phone system, as well as for adjusting settings without having to take your eyes off the road.
If you are captivated by the style, cabin space, and versatility of the Toyota RAV4, and you live close to Portland, OR, then stop by Toyota of Portland for a test drive! You can search for your new RAV4 or other Toyota among our substantial inventory here on our website, also. As you peruse our online inventory, remember to get pre-approved for an auto loan, see our current lease and financing specials, or value your trade-in vehicle, too. If you visit our dealership location today, and you could be driving home in a brand Toyota RAV4 this evening!