- The Toyota RAV4 was America’s bestselling non-pickup in 2017.
- The crossover beat out the Camry as passenger cars continue a sales decline.
- We reviewed the vehicle in early 2017, and while the liked it, there were some drawbacks.
No segment is currently more important in the auto industry than SUVs.
Both compact and mid-size crossover SUVs account for 35% of all cars and trucks sold in the United States. In 2017, the Toyota RAV4 surpassed its rival, the Honda CR-V, in sales — and in the process also beat out the Toyota Camry sedan as America’s bestselling vehicle that isn’t a pickup truck.
That’s stunning for an aging platform. The vehicle has been in Toyota’s lineup for two decades, and the fourth-generation was rolled out in 2013.
We got a chance to drive the RAV4 over the course of a week. Here’s what we thought of Toyota’s most important crossover.
Danielle Muoio wrote an earlier version of this post.
I spent a lot of time in the RAV4, mostly under pretty unpleasant circumstances. I sat in it through two hours of bumper-to-bumper New York traffic. I also got lost in on the way to a sushi restaurant in New Jersey. I like to think that means I experienced the RAV4 under standard, everyday driving circumstances in the New York-New Jersey area.
The Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,350, but the 2017 Platinum all-wheel-drive model I tested here costs $36,150. That’s a little pricier than the premium version of the Honda CR-V, but still well within the same price range.