2017 Toyota RAV 4 Review – Great for Road Trips!

2017 Toyota Rav 4 Car Review

Everyone knows that around Thanksgiving is some of the worst traffic of the year.

For Thanksgiving this year we traveled to North Carolina to visit family there.

My parents and siblings pare spread out across North and South Carolina. A few had bought new homes, and since we were out there we figured we might as well do the best we could to visit most of them in their home.

This meant that I had to do a lot of driving. Fortunately, we were fortunate enough to be able to try out the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

First off, we were glad to see that all of our luggage fit.

I brought an extra suitcase for bringing back Christmas presents. Additionally, we noticed the nice leather styling. We were happy to see all of the cup holders and USB ports for charging phones.

We have two rather large car seats as well, and they both were snug and safe in the back seat.

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We put the destination address into the dashboard navigation system, picked our preferred route, and off we went.

Our RAV4 had great gas mileage and safety features that made our driving simpler.

We were able to drive from RDU airport to Charleston on one tank of gas! We did have to stop for food and bathroom breaks a few times, but we didn’t have to stop for gas. Cruise control really helped my gas mileage.

I loved the adjustable radar cruise control on the RAV4. There are three different following settings for the radar cruise control. The exact following distance is dependent on your speed and the speed of the car in front of you.

I noticed that when a car moved in or out of the lane in front of me that the RAV4 adjusted really smoothly. It wasn’t jerky or sudden at all.

However, one time the traffic ahead of me decided to go from 70 to 0 mph, and I’m pretty sure the RAV4 helped me to stop faster. Either way, we stopped really fast. Fortunately, the car behind us stopped quickly to. The RAV4 can accelerate quickly too with sport mode.

When we did change lanes it was always nice to have blind spot detection. I still always glance back to check my blind spot myself, but it is reassuring to know I haven’t missed anything when I don’t hear a beep.

After a week of driving around 12 hours total (and some of the worst traffic of my life!) we had to drop off our car.

I just have to apologize to whoever picked up RAV4. I left a pile of trash in front seat, because I couldn’t find a trash can! Plus, I didn’t want to carry with all of our other stuff we had to carry in the airport. We definitely filled up the RAV4 by the end of our holiday travels.


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