Originally Posted by gsxr
I'm actually very happy the door mounted full-size spare tire has been removed. I was going to cross off the 2013 rav4 if it still had the old tire (or run-flats).
IMHO, it was an outdated eyesore and unnecessary but I understand change is difficult =)
Maybe someone can find a way to mount the spare under the car to recover some storage?? You could always leave it out and just pack a fix-a-flat can and a AAA card.
Please don't think I'm resistant to change for the sake of being resistant to change. For me, in this case it isn't that "change is difficult." It's that change for the functionally worse
There are many reasons why having the 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 design for the spare tire is functionally
better than the 4.4 design. (Seriously...see this thread: http://www.rav4world.com/forums/104-...rear-door.html
). Yes, there are some good things about the lift gate design to be sure, but I believe there are significantly more good and useful things the 4.3 swing gate design had to offer.
I'm totally in favor of change, as long as it's clearly change for the better. As I mentioned in other threads, I would *love* to have seen many of the excellent changes/improvements done to the fourth gen RAV4 done to the third gen design instead as the new fourth gen. But not this change.
Also as I've previously said, "If I had wanted a Honda CR-V, I would have bought a Honda CR-V."
What bugs me the most about this situation is that while I understand Toyota is doing what most people want, as near as I can tell the reason
most people want the spare tire under the rear floor and off the rear door is because "it's ugly on the rear door."
Wow...seriously? Being an engineer, any time people put form and "pretty" over functionally useful drives me nuts
, especially on something like a mechanical device. How can that possibly be the priority? Right about now I would love to quote Robert Heinlein, but I don't want to offend anyone.
I didn't buy the 4.3 RAV4 because it was "pretty." I bought it because it was useful and extremely versatile while still being small, easy to maneuver/park, and got better fuel economy than other useful and versatile choices. The RAV4 has lost a huge amount of versatility in going from the third gen to the fourth gen, mostly - but not entirely - because of this change and because of the loss of the V6 engine option.
The RAV4 went from being a small SUV to just another car.
And actually, you can't use fix-a-flat on a RAV4 because that stuff ruins the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) sensors in the wheels.
Ooops...there I go being functional and practical again. Sorry about that. Force of habit.