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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Consistently a consumer favorite, the compact crossover SUV provides users versatile functionality while remaining fuel efficient. In this segment, vehicles with the most cargo space, best ride quality, and good fuel economy tend to do the best. Let’s compare two vehicles in this segment, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, to see which fits this criteria best.

While the 2017 RAV4 and 2017 Outlander Sport fare pretty similarly in fuel efficiency, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 takes the win for ride quality and cargo space. Drivers can expect a quiet and smooth ride in the 2017 RAV4, with enough comfort to recommend this vehicle on long trips. In contrast, the 2017 Outlander Sport will be rough riding over even small road imperfections. Cargo Space also has a clear winner with the 2017 RAV4 clocking in with 73.4 cubic feet compared to the 2017 Outlander Sport’s 49.5 cubic feet. While the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a smaller starting MSRP, the low cost doesn’t make up for the poor performance. If finances allow, spending a little more for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is well worth the cost.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
176 horsepower 148
2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
23/30 fuel economy (city/hwy) 23/29
73.4 cubic feet cargo space 49.5 cubic feet

Safety Features on the 2017 Toyota RAV4

Nothing is more important than getting home safely. Something everyone should research before buying a vehicle is safety ratings and standard and available safety features. Toyota is stepping up the safety game on the RAV4 and new for 2017 is a suite of standard safety features. The standard safety features on the 2017 RAV4 include a forward collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. These modern safety features are not available on the 2017 Outlander Sport. The 2017 Outlander Sport contains a 7-airbag system, RISE body construction, and Active Stability Control in its safety arsenal. For an additional fee the 2017 Outlander Sport also includes an available rearview camera system and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

You get what you paid for certainly holds true in this comparison. The Toyota RAV4’s slightly higher price tag adds a tremendous amount of safety and value when compared with the 2017 Outlander Sport. Shelling out a little more money at the get go will get you a vehicle that you can be proud of for years to come.

For additional information on the 2017 Toyota RAV4 contact our staff at Lexington Toyota. Ready to experience the RAV4’s smooth ride for yourself? Schedule a test drive today.

2017 Toyota RAV4 cargo space with gear
2017 Toyota RAV4 Dashboard Overview
2017 Toyota RAV4 interior front seat shot
2017 Toyota RAV4 parked with runners going past

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