1995 Toyota RAV4 AWD
Stock Number: 4682
In the mid-1990s, Toyota's stateside lineup was anything but exciting. On the other side of the globe, in the midst of a Japanese recession, the product portfolio was much more exciting. This nicely equipped 1995 Rav4 three-door packs all-wheel drive and an efficient four-cylinder powerplant. Finished in Dark Green Pearl Metallic (6N5), the body is in good shape other than some scratches that have been touched up, and some typical dings and scrapes associated with normal city use. Adorned with some neat factory add-ons such as polished bumper guards and OEM brush guard, this little ute would make a great year-round commuter you can always depend on.
Behind the wheel, the Rav feels a lot larger than it actually is. Perhaps it's the enormous roof height has something to do with it, but nonetheless, the driver has a commanding view of the road ahead. The condition of the cockpit overall is above average, and it's easy to see this Rav was well cared for. It's the little details that should be noticed, such as the OEM window inserts protecting the occupants and interior plastics from the harmful rays of the sun. All the important equipment works and the material quality is beyond what you'd expect from an entry-level vehicle. The factory climate control works, blasting cold A/C and piping hot heat on demand. If you prefer a natural breeze, OEM rain guards reduce the wind noise inside the vehicle with the windows rolled down. Also of note, the rear windows can be manually ventilated if you need some more airflow. The OEM audio below the vent control works flawlessly, powering the speakers with the press of a button. The dash is in good nick overall, lacking any cracks or discoloration. A nifty cupholder is integrated into it, and another can be found by the center console. A tilt wheel and power windows, locks, and mirrors make daily driving more convenient and the cabin has a few surprise storage options. One of our favorites in the Toyota Multi-Box which is integrated into the lower portion of the center stack. It has an area for coins, cards, and a bin for miscellaneous nicknacks. The headliner is immaculate and the carpets are in good shape thanks to a multicolored set of Toyota OEM floor mats that we have included in the sale. The seating is comfortable and Toyota chose a textured blue and gray cloth for the upholstery. The door cards are done in the same material and are in great shape. As for the seating surfaces, we should note that there are no major imperfections such as rips stains, and tears. The rear seats actually recline if you have a long journey ahead and a set of rear passengers. They can also be folded forward creating a sizable rear cargo area.
The unibody chassis offered better ride quality than its bigger, body-on-frame siblings. Powered by Toyota's durable 3S-FE gasoline engine displacing 1998cc, the little SUV has more than enough grunt to get up to US highway speeds. Fresh off an oil and filter service the engine turns over quickly with a twist of the key, thanks to a new 12V battery. Power is sent all four corners through an automatic gearbox. The gearbox shifts as it should and lacks any hesitation or clunking while shifting gears. The short overhangs and lofty ride height make the best of rough terrain, but we realize Overlanding will be much more likely. If that's the case, the factory suspension will do just fine and the chassis feels confident on our American tarmac. The brakes feel capable and the power steering is light, which makes this tiny ute easy to park. The aftermarket five-spoke black painted alloys are all wrapped in grippy Falken all-season rubber that are happy to handle the sleet, rain, or snow when the time comes.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.