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Model Year 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017
Model Forester Forester Forester Forester Forester Forester RAV4 RAV4 RAV4 RAV4 RAV4 RAV4 RAV4
Trim 2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.0XT Premium 2.5i Limited 2.5i Touring 2.0XT Touring LE Hybrid LE Plus XLE Hybrid XLE Limited Hybrid Limited Platinum
Engines (show)  
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
                 
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
                     
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
176 hp@6000
172 lb-ft@4100
                 
2.5L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
150 hp@5700
152 lb-ft@4400
                   
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manual                      
CVT            
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT                      
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic                  
Drivetrains (show)  
AWD
FWD                  
Tires (show)  
225/60HR17 tires              
225/55HR18 tires                    
225/65HR17 tires            
235/55HR18 tires                    
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 4 speakers                        
Unbranded, 6 speakers      
Harman/Kardon, 440W, 8 speakers                    
JBL, 576W, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)                    
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.              
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.    
Cruise control                      
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper or a hand near a sensor.                        
Heated steering wheel                    
Lead vehicle start alertPrompts the driver when the vehicle ahead of the car has started moving away, a sign that the light has turned green.                  
PIN Code AccessCan unlock car by tapping an outside button in the correct sequence. Tedious to program and use.                      
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.        
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.          
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.              
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.              
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Around view camerasSmall external cameras provide a top-down view all around the vehicle, to reduce blind spots while parking.                    
Automatic braking, high-speed or partialIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.    
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.    
Backup collision interventionAutomatically applies the brakes if you're about to back into something.                    
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.        
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Electronic differential lockApplies the brakes to a slipping drive wheel to transfer torque to the other side, simulating the effect of a limited-slip differential. We haven't identified all applications, often implied by traction control.            
Forward collision warningAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.    
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.                
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver
Lane departure prevention system, steering-basedSteering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.    
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.    
Lane sway warning systemAlerts driver when the car is weaving within the lane.                  
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.                
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.          
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.    
Perimeter scanCameras pan all the way around the vehicle to help check for nearby objects. Can be paused.                    
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.    
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.      
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Seat cushion airbag, passengerAirbag inflates under leading edge of seat cushion to prevent the passenger from sliding forward.            
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Temporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.                        
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Trailer sway controlAutomatically applies a front brake to counteract sway induced by a trailer.            
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.                
Wide-view front cameraWide angle camera allows the driver to see well to each side from the very front of the car when pulling out of parking spaces or side streets.                    
Wide-view rear cameraWide angle camera allows the driver to see well to each side from the very rear of the car when pulling out of parking spaces or side streets. A second selectable view.                    
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo area partition netNet extending from the floor to the ceiling to prevent cargo from flying into the passenger area during sudden stops.              
Cargo cover
Cargo mat            
Cargo net
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.              
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.              
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.                        
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.  
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.              
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.    
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.    
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.                
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Intermittent wipers                        
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation appCan display navigation from a free phone-based app on a built-in screen. Won't operate in areas with a poor data signal. Uses data on your phone's plan.                      
Navigation map updates, three years                    
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.          
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.  
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.  
Surround sound                    
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.                
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.      
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.  
Voice control for audio systemSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.                      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.          
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.                
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.              
Deep-tinted rear windows  
Metal accent plate, lower front fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.              
Metal accent plate, lower rear fasciaSometimes referred to as a skid plate, but really an appearance item.              
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special white                    
Rear bumper protector              
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.  
Running boards            
Sunroof                
Sunroof, largeReplaces and includes value of smaller sunroofs.                
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.            
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.              
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.      
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.              
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.        
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.        
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.                  
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.    
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.    
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.    
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.              
Interior lights, additionalOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.            
Large energy flow and fuel economy displayStandard or optional in some hybrid vehicles. Fancy display of power flows, enhanced trip computer information.                    
LED headlightsLED headlights last longer and use less energy than other types.                    
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only                    
LED tail lightsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.              
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.                  
Steering-linked fog lightsFog light on the appropriate side turns on (and might also swivel) when the steering wheel is turned. Requires and does not include value of fog lights.                        
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.                    
TachometerReports engine speed.      
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors            
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                    
Visor mirror, driver                        
Visor mirror, passenger                        
Powertrain (show)  
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.              
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.            
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.                      
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets            
Front sport buckets              
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row  
Door sill trim plates
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats          
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.                    
Leather-wrapped steering wheel        
Manual height adjuster, driver seat                
Manual recliner, second row seats  
Memory system, driver seat                
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat          
Power height adjuster, driver seat          
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.          
Power recliner, driver seat          
Power release, second row seatsSeats tumble forward at the press of a button. Must be returned to upright position manually.                      
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.          
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.                    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels        
Chrome-coated alloy wheelsChrome finish applied in a multi-layer powder coating process. More durable and lighter than chrome-plating.                    
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.            
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                      
Terrain selectorSelect electronic chassis control settings for a specific terrain type.                
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.    

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Option Package Contents

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
Forward collision warning
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection
Adaptive cruise control

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Steering-linked fog lights
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based

All Weather Package

Features
Heated mirrors
Heated front seats
Wiper de-icer

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information
Navigation map updates, three years
Harman/Kardon, 440W, 8 speakers

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
Forward collision warning
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection
Adaptive cruise control

Navigation and Eyesight Package

Features
Backup collision intervention
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Obstacle detection, rear
Upgraded instruments
Auto-dimming headlights

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
Forward collision warning
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection
Adaptive cruise control

Navigation and Eyesight Package

Features
Backup collision intervention
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Obstacle detection, rear
Upgraded instruments
Auto-dimming headlights

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information
Navigation map updates, three years
Harman/Kardon, 440W, 8 speakers

Eyesight Driver Assist System

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system
Automatic braking, low-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial
Forward collision warning
Lane sway warning system
Lead vehicle start alert
Pedestrian detection
Adaptive cruise control

Navigation and Eyesight Package

Features
Backup collision intervention
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based
Obstacle detection, rear
Upgraded instruments
Auto-dimming headlights

Navigation and Eyesight Package

Features
Torque vectoring / active trace control

Navigation system

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information
Navigation map updates, three years
Harman/Kardon, 440W, 8 speakers

Entune Audio Plus

Features
Siri Eyes Free support
Navigation app
Audio controls on steering wheel
Satellite radio
HD radio
Traffic + travel information

Convenience Package

Features
Obstacle detection, front
Obstacle detection, rear
Proximity key
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Entune Audio with Navigation

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
App support

Convenience Package

Features
Obstacle detection, front
Obstacle detection, rear
Proximity key
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Entune Audio with Navigation

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
App support

Advanced Technology Package

Features
Perimeter scan
Around view cameras
Wide-view front camera
Wide-view rear camera

Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation

Features
Surround sound

Advanced Technology Package

Features
Perimeter scan
Around view cameras
Wide-view front camera
Wide-view rear camera

Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation

Features
Surround sound
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