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.