Motorweek 2001 Toyota RAV4 Road Test

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When toyota introduced the rav4 in 1996 it was the first small sport youth built on a car-like unitized frame and thus a pioneer in what is sometimes referred to as the cute ute class but pioneers earned that title by staying ahead of the crowd and for toyota that meant a complete redesign for the second generation rav4 but is it enough of a change to maintain the

Rav4’s pioneer status in a field full of claim jumpers the folks at toyota think so because they’ve made the all-new 2001 rav4 bigger stronger and more stylish now measuring 165.1 inches long and riding on a stretched out 98-inch wheelbase the latest rav4 is both longer and wider than its predecessor and a lot more muscular looking as well the first generation

Ravs plain jane mini ute lines have been replaced by carefully sculpted yet brawny good looks that would be at home on a much larger machine to go with those tougher looks toyota has given the rav4 more power this new all-aluminum 2-liter twin cam 16 valve engine with variable valve timing makes over 16 percent more horsepower for a total of 148 and 142 pound-feet

Of torque both our rav4’s 5-speed manual and the optional 4-speed automatic include transmission coolers rav4s with full-time four-wheel drive use a center viscous coupling to split torque 5050 front and rear until slip sends more to the ax so with more grip a limited slip rear differential is optional but a healthy seven and a half inches of ground clearance and

Surprising off-road abilities are standard with five speed in hand we sprinted to 60 and 8.6 seconds a full second quicker than the 2000 rav4 and through the quarter mile and 16.4 seconds at 84 miles per hour it’s a lot stronger off the line than before but like many four bangers it really comes to life above 4000 rpm the clutch engages in a smooth progressive

Manner while the shifter offers long but very positive throws but with most competitors now offering both four and six cylinder engines toyota had better start thinking about adding a v6 option but they can leave the suspension alone because this is the best handling mini sport youth that we’ve ever driven the front strut and rear double wishbone suspension stiff

Unitized chassis and 16 inch rims all combined for sharp nimble response there’s little body roll and only a touch of understeer 9 ice as for the disc drum break stops from 60 average 120 straight stable feet thanks to the optional abs the rav4 adds to this excellent track performance with a firm but comfortable ride and the solid feel of a big sport youth all new

Really means all new as a look inside proves the latest rav4 boasts a larger interior that’s as stylish as the exterior the new dash features a modern industrial look with metallic finished trim panels and revise gauges with a performance-oriented center mounted tank our l-grade test machine standard cd stereo is mounted up high where we like it and features large

Straightforward controls while directly below are simple rotary dials for heat and ventilation and kudos to toyota for designing an adjustable cup holder that really works and the roomier second row are 50 50 split folding seats that slide and recline they’re also easily removed to provide a maximum of 68.3 cubic feet of cargo room with seats upright cargo space

Is still a healthy 29.2 cubic feet but this right side opening tailgate is not as convenient as a hatch but that’s about all we can find to complain about in this much improved mini-sport youth our friends at ami auto world weekly are of a similar mind calling the rav4 an affordable well thought out excellently engineered fun to drive little truck if this makes you

Want to own one be prepared to pay at least 16 695 dollars for a front drive version our four-wheel drive model starts at 18 155 dollars and in well optioned l-grade trim leaves the dealer’s lot for twenty two thousand five hundred ninety five dollars while you can buy a v6 competitor for the same price the 2001 toyota rav4 one-ups them and trendy styling car-like

Performance and versatile rear seat and cargo area and ensures that this cute youth pioneer will still be able to hold its own against all small suv come late lease i hope you’ll join us next week for more motor week when we’ll test the latest and hottest edition of america’s premier sports car the chevrolet corvette z06 and toyota’s mid-size open air offering the

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