"The Basement" is a great name for those big 2006 - 2012 RAV4 underfloor storage bins!
It's sad that most 2013+ RAV4 owners won't know what they're missing.
But, hey, that "ugly" spare tire on the back will be gone, and that's all that counts
. That's certainly the only
thing Toyota has cared to advertise about the 2013 RAV4 (!!!), and after all, while SUVs can have that, station wagons
shouldn't have that:
Except for the fact that the 1970s Ford Pinto wagons were RWD and 2-door (and deathtraps), I see very strong parallels in the size and overall design with the 2013 RAV4. Oh, and vinyl seats weren't restricted to just the top-end Pinto models, like they are on the RAV4. But like the 2013 RAV4, they too only came in 4-cylinder models. I know because I *had* a Pinto wagon back in the day, and actually lived to tell about it. I think the Pinto had slightly less ground clearance, though.
Guess where the Pinto kept the spare tire? Yup...same place. Except it was *better,* functionally, because as I recall it was a full-sized
spare tire. I believe the Temporary Spare hadn't been produced (invented?) yet.
All that's needed is the fake wood grain option on the sides for the "new" RAV4, and the circle will be complete.