The Original Toyota RAV4 Was Better And More Important Than You Think

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Because it's stupid to throw away that kind of brand recognition, the modern Toyota RAV4 is a bloated, anonymous, mall-going crossover. Things weren't always that way. Opponaut HammerheadFistpunch is here to tell you why his first car, the original RAV4, was such a great example of how good Toyota is when they actually try.

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thecaptainstubing
thecaptainstubing

“it didn’t feel pandering or like a caricatured effort like so many “youth designed” efforts (ahem, Honda Element)“

HOW DARE YOU SIR. The Element’s marketing was pandering, but the car itself was legit useful. The rear seats were genius: fold flat, fold UP (against the sides, opening up a plastic lined quasi-truck bed), pop out with two clicks, tilt adjustable, INSANE rear legroom, etc. And its AWD handled several huge NE snowstorms for me without a peep. Yes it had its flaws (styling, small gas tank + poor mileage, those rear half-doors you couldn’t open without the front door opening first), but it wasn’t a show pony.