2012 Toyota RAV4 Review: What Is It
Back in 1996, the Toyota RAV4 was one of the first modern crossover SUVs to go on sale in America, joining the Subaru Outback as one of two choices in the segment. Historically very small in size, the RAV4 grew significantly when the third-generation model debuted for 2006, and if not for its narrow track, it would be a genuine midsize SUV.
Fast-forward to 2012, and the sun is setting on the third-generation RAV4, a model that remains among the largest in its class in terms of interior volume, but one that is clearly in need of a complete redesign. Heavily marketed and always available with discounts that bring its rather lofty price tag down to a competitive level with newer, and often more appealing, competitors, the Toyota RAV4 Limited that we evaluated for a week proved that this compact crossover remains compelling in some ways, but not in others.