CROSS­ING OVER

Here’s proof that your cross­over doesn’t have to be so bland

4 Wheel & Off Road - - + SPORT COMPACT - BY JAY GARY VILLA PHO­TOS HENRY DEKUYPER

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. per­fect They’ll lightly. a rocket In plat­form short, un­du­la­tions han­dle To ve­hi­cles sci­en­tist be crossovers hon­est, for fire for some­one to and trails “soft-road­ing.” fig­ure it they’re doesn’t are and who out the medi­um­sized the that take treads per­fect it dunes, won’t look­ing but be when rock to ex­plore crawl­ing it comes some or to jump­ing ad­ven­tur­ists light to medium for over­all trails value. you just can’t beat ’em And while the cur­rent mar­ket seg­ment for cross­over cus­tomiza­tion seems to fa­vor Subaru own­ers, in spe­cific the Out­back and Crosstrek, RAV4 own­ers are on the come up, and it’s with good rea­son. Af­ter cel­e­brat­ing 11 con­sec­u­tive best-ever monthly sales, the RAV4 is a promis­ing con­tender. In fact, the sales of the RAV4 have been so strong (close to 400,000 units in 2017) that for the first time ever the RAV4 may beat the Camry as the best-sell­ing such look­ing That com­mon to said, push car the sight the in RAV4 Amer­ica. boundaries that has some be­come are of not per­son­al­iza­tion only their ex­plo­rations ef­forts as well. but their And while cus­tomiza­tion for 4Run­ners, Ta­co­mas, and Tun­dras dom­i­nate the Toy­ota scene, the cus­tomiza­tion of their smaller RAV4 coun­ter­parts may not take it over, but it’s def­i­nitely pick­ing up pace. 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 fend­er­well 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 fend­er­well gap that’s even more trou­bling than the ones found on the base model.

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