Introduced in the late 1990s, the Toyota RAV4 was one of the first entries in the small crossover SUV market. Today's RAV4 is considerably larger than that pint-sized original, but its classic blend of everyday versatility, good fuel economy and favorable on-road manners remains intact.
Later Toyota RAV4s are better suited for families, as they have considerably more passenger room and cargo space along with most of the features and conveniences you'd expect in a modern crossover. Although a V6 engine and a third-row seat have been offered at times over the years, most RAV4s have seating for five and a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine. Early RAV4s were known for their somewhat sporty handling, but later models are more focused on delivering a comfortable ride and a quiet cabin environment. The optional all-wheel-drive system gives this Toyota a bit more off-road capability than you typically get in this class, not to mention extra grip on snow-packed roads. The RAV4 has been very popular with consumers through the years, so there are going to be plenty to choose from if you're searching for a used model.