I almost bought one of these...but I didn’t. No its not as cool as the 1st gen, in fact its starting down the path of becoming the opposite of everything the RAV4 was supposed to be. it was no longer available with a stick, the 4wd system became watered down, and it was morphing into a crowd sourced design of bland. But, it did have the same engine as the highlander (not to mention the Lotus Evora), it could tow 3500 lbs, it could be had with a 3rd row and it was still pretty fun to drive.

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It was long enough to sleep in, and could fit 5 people comfortably without being huge.

The styling wasn’t even that bad, especially compared to the following generations. It was the arc in the RAV4 story.