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post #1 of 13 Old 02-14-2014, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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For all the owners of a RAV4. How many of you have actually driven your RAV 4 off road. More less for anyone with All Wheel drive models

Does it live up to being quite a tough vehicle for driving in the bush and backroads?

I like to know experiences and is this a good vehicle or that? or just a glorified street vehicle
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Well I know that from the factory they do nothing but understeer on gravel roads. this can, however, be tuned out. as far as trailing, I can't imagine it being very good, considering the open diffs and FIS with sway bars. now, so of this could be fixed. remove sway bars, put shocks/springs in, and maybe it could be half a$$ed on the trails.... but then it couldn't take the winding road home worth a darn.

Do I have actual experience with this? no. not past the gravel roads bit. mostly just common knowledge and speculation.

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Most off-road ours has and will ever see is salt/sand/gravel covered paved roads.

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QUOTE=worldtraveller321: "How many of you have actually driven your RAV 4 off road (?) Just a glorified street vehicle(?)"



Two weeks ago, 6 vehicles went OFF road on the steep and windy icy road to the ski hill near here. My RAV4 stayed ON road. So it is pretty much an ON ROAD vehicle. Not really designed to go cross country with no road at all, or over a cliff or into a ditch.

Yes, it is a glorified street vehicle, better than a sedan with a trunk. Traction and ground clearance is greater in snow on a street having a bad day. The stiffer suspension also makes it way better for gravel roads and some forest roads, but you have to be reasonable about it.

Bottom line, goes more places better than my former Camry. It carries more cargo more easily than a sedan with a trunk. Have hauled bags of garden dirt, wheelbarrow, and sometimes straw bales, skiis and gear, in RAV. Could sleep two in RAV side by side if we scrunched a bit.

So plan to stay on some kind of road, and have more confidence driving around when it gets icy and dicey. But do stay on some kind of road. Or maybe a sandy beach, if firm enough.

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Perhaps the earlier models that were true 4X4 could be considered mild offroad vehicles. The newer ones? NO, rock climbers they are not. It all boils down to your definition of "offroad". If you want true offroad then buy a JEEP.

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If you want an off-road capable Toyota SUV, you should consider FJ Cruiser (while they are still available), 4Runner or the Land Cruiser.
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For all the owners of a RAV4. How many of you have actually driven your RAV 4 off road. More less for anyone with All Wheel drive models

Does it live up to being quite a tough vehicle for driving in the bush and backroads?

I like to know experiences and is this a good vehicle or that? or just a glorified street vehicle
What specific kind of "off-road" driving do you do?



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4.3 here, just took it on a Blue Square trail. All stock. It's possible.
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In English........WTF is a Blue Square Trail? Is that California jargon???

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Maybe off-roaders use something similar to ski resort signage. Every ski run off the mountain is marked with symbols at the start: Green Circle (beginner); Blue Square (intermediate); Black Diamond (advanced); Double Black Diamond (cliff ahead prepare to die) (j/k).

Most resorts are generous in these 'danger' ratings, and a Blue Square is mostly pretty tame, but usually has a few steeper vertical drops mixed in to make it interesting.

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Thanks, I've never been exposed to that. Good to know.

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Well, I hope ThurzNite comes back with photos/description for an 'off-road Blue Square.' An intermediate route might be okay for the RAV, but for me I'm staying on some kind of road, and no rock crawling. It does great getting me to the mountain for skiing, but it's always ON the road!

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Correct. The rating is different for hikers vs motorcycles/ATV/UTV vs automobiles.



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The Green Circles are easy, I've taken my 99 Solara 5sp on those before.

We went on some intermediate Blue Squares. Scout before attempting. I'm certain some of them we can complete if we don't mind scraping a little here and there. I just got a skid plate, makes me feel a bit safer, but still don't want to grind on anything.

Black Diamonds I don't think are possible for 3 reasons. Some of the obstacles are 2 feet high or higher. I don't think our tire sizes can overcome them. 33" tires or larger would be great.

#2 is suspension travel. Along with that is height, and possibly wheelbase.

#3 4-lo, lockers, etc. There's some situations where lacking those were a challenge, but momentum helps a lot.

I prefer not to post pictures of the harder stuff. So I'll these this here:





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