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Rav4 Height vs Ground Clearance (Commanding view)
One of the things I loved the most of my '08 Rav4 was the excellent COMMANDING VIEW it gave even tough the car didn't had such a great ground clerance. For example, there are some traditionals SUVs like the 4Runner that has a 9.0in ground clearance and the view of the road isn't that great because of the shape of the car. The Rav4 shape allowed to had a great commanding view of the road.
BUT another thing contributing for the Rav4 to achieve this heightned view, I think, it's because how it is constructed. From the bottom of the car frame -or car floor- (excuse me, I don't know the technical name) they make the car and they ELEVATE it a lot, even tough, I repeat, the ground clearance is not that much.
Looking at the new Rav4 (013-), even tough it has a very low ground clearance (6.3) reading the SPECS I FOUND it is the one with MORE HEIGHT of the competition.
Rav4's height is 67.1 inches. The CRV is 65.1, the CX5 is 65.7, the Tucson is 65.2, the BMW X1 is 60.8 and the X3 is 65.4, Audi Q5 is 65.2. INTERESTING, RIGHT? For example, only the 4Runner (another category) has more height, at 71.5.
Could this mean that this new Rav4 even tough i'ts reduced ground clearance would give the better HEIGHT SENSATION when riding and the best COMMANDING VIEW of the road? Is that how they made it?
P.S. Please excuse my english. It's not my native language.