The 2001 Toyota rav4 l, pick of the pack, a gem.
I really lucked out when I bought my Toyota rav4 l, it was a preowned unit, but still in great shape, as it is still. The first thing I liked about it was the full time all wheel drive, which is a huge advantage for me where I live in rural northwestern California. Also, I was fortunate enough to purchase a rav with both traction control and, amazingly, a manual transmission, which I prefer over automatic trans by a mile. The tinted windows and automatic sunroof are both awesome, although the motor on the sunroof does need replacing,( after 17 years of operation }. The rear hatch is side mounted, not top, which is usually convenient, as I am tall and am often in danger of bumping my head on the door of most small SUVs, the Toyota rav4 rear hatch is hinged on the right, putting it well out of my way making the amazingly spacious interior compartment very accessible. There are several loops and tie down options, a plus in my book, and best of all I love the way the rear seats completely unattached from the floor of the vehicle, to be removed it stored 8n whatever way is most convenient at the moment. They're heavy, so I store them in my shed to save on weight, and when the rear seats are out, the cargo area approaches the volume if a small pickup bed, with the added advantage it being totally enclosed, a bonus for security and also warm and dry in all weather conditions.
It is been both a versatile and a reliable vehicle for over 17 years.
I purchased my Toyota rav4 new in 2001 and am still driving it! This vehicle has needs very few repairs over the past 17 years although I do complete the regular maintenance, as suggested by Toyota. I never imagine a car would still look great and drive well after 15 years!! I am not sure if other car makers have many car on the road as daily drivers after 15 years, but Toyota has made me a customer for life. My rav4 has been reliable, versatile, and a great vehicle for a small family. It is smaller and sportier than a minivan and gets 23-26 mile per gallon. I have hauled children, furniture, and pavers in it consistently and conveniently. I am currently considering purchasing the 2018 Toyota rav4 for myself and passing this one down to my teen drivers.
My vehicle is the perfect size for someone it wanting a large vehicle but also wanting a vehicle big enough to be comfy for travel. My German shepherds is rather large and she can fit in the back with the seats down with enough room to run in circles when she wants... she is 80lbs. The space is unbeatable.
My RAV4 is old but it has put up with a LOT of heavy usage. I put about 20,000 miles on it on average in year. Recently, i have needed to put some work into it because some Pieces are starting to "show their wear". The carpet seating is hard to clean unfortunately but that's expected with these seats. My paint has worn down but I also have had it through all seasons. I have not driven it in snow and ice because I don't trust myself personally on that. I have never even considered another brand of car. My first car is this Toyota, and all my future cars will be one as well. The size of the RAV4 isn't too large but it's also not to small. It's a comfy SUV that has travelled well even with a 2 Year old German Shepherd.