[Jalopnik] The Toyota RAV4 Has Become The Automotive Equivalent Of Selling Out
The other day I was walking around town handing out flyers trying to convince people that yes, the Earth is flat, but it’s wrapped around a spherical core, so it just seems round. There’s a difference. While I was out I saw something that stopped me in my tracks: a first-generation Toyota RAV4. I haven’t seen one just around in quite a while, and now that I have, I find my self smitten. And a bit sad, since I know what the RAV4 has become.
When was the last time you saw a Mk 1 RAV4? It’s sort of disarming how small they are, especially the two-door one like what I encountered. The wheelbase is short, overhangs are minimal, ride height is good—no wonder these were once capable off-roaders.
The design is quite ‘90s, but I think has aged pretty well. The gray, ribbed lower cladding actually works well, joining in with the basic gray bumpers to give the car a two-tone quality, along with covering the lower third of the car with hard-wearing materials that don’t need to be painted, a real plus if you wanted to actually use the car for fun stuff.
More nostalgic love for the original RAV4 to be found at Jalopnik!