Here’s proof that your crossover doesn’t have to be so bland
The crossover is a unique platform that’s grown in leaps and bounds, and it also happens to trail the truck segment when it comes to overall vehicle sales. Unofficially defined as a passenger car sporting SUV features, they look similar to their larger counterparts but drive like cars. And while they may not have full off-road capabilities, they can still handle a decent trek, all the while offering good gas mileage and leaving less of a footprint.
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To help push the movement, Ryan Millen and Toyota teamed up to create a rally adaptation of the RAV4 and have since sparked a rise in those looking to do the same—including Toyota, whose introduction of their “Adventure” trim level was a partial answer to that, and a package that resulted in an even bigger fender well gap due to increased ground clearance, going from 6.1 to 6.5 inches. But doing so with 18-inch rims fitted with 55-series tires leaves a fender well gap that’s even more troubling than the ones found on the base model.
But regardless of whether you have the “Adventure” package or the base platform, the build we’re featuring may offer a glimmer of hope or inspiration for your next project. In light of that, it’s important to mention that many dealerships are starting to offer their own “off-roading” packages, complete with a wheel and tire package, the mandatory roof rack, and a few other bells and whistles, but it all comes with a premium—a premium that if spent well could easily get you better quality parts for the same money.
The feature vehicle here is a prime example of what the right wheel and tire package can offer. Owned by a retired interior designer, the owner has always had a fascination with SUVs. After owning modded 4Runners and a few Tacoma trucks,
one could only imagine why one would downsize, and the answer is simple: efficiency.
Let’s face it, the RAV4 is easier to navigate, better on gas, and has just the right amount of ground clearance to suit most people’s needs. And since the vehicle is primarily used as a city (or casino) dwelling machine, the owner also uses it to travel fire trails and dirt roads on her property. In stock formation, the RAV was already well suited to travel light trails but she wanted to add some flair and give it a personal touch that would make it stand apart. The intense wheel gap found on the XLE model of the RAV needed to be occupied so The 3 Amigos (yes that’s really the name of the shop) in El Monte, California, massaged a set of Falken Wildpeak tires onto a set of rose gold/bronze finished, 17x8 Fifteen52 Turbomacs—a wheel that by now most of you are familiar with. Turbomacs gained critical acclaim after appearing on Ken Block’s Gymkhana video back in 2008. Since then the series has continued to rattle the cages of automotive enthusiasts and the cornerstone of all of Block’s vehicles remains in the hands of the Fifteen52 crew.
To help keep the vehicle planted (and looking aggressive) is a set of 245/65-17 Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tires featuring Falken’s patented 3-D Canyon Sipes and their new proprietary lower sidewall. Though road noise was slightly elevated, it was to be expected and easily overshadowed by benefits in terms of function and fashion. With excellent all-weather capabilities, the Falken tires sport an optimized for severe thread snow condition, pattern designed and when it comes to treadwear, let’s just say they’ve got the deepest tread in their category, in turn providing the longest-lasting wear as well. The final look of this RAV4 is one that transforms a once-common grocery getter into one that commands but never demands respect. Again, wheel and tire combos go a long way if done tastefully and this build serves as a great reminder. Along the way some may be concerned about the reduction of gas mileage (because of the larger wheels) but it hardly made a dent, according to the owner. Then again, vanity comes with a price, and a small loss in mpg is definitely a small price to pay for the benefits of having a RAV4 that looks this good.