The Toyota RAV4 led the compact SUV crusade in Australia after its launch in 1994, starting a shift in Australian car-buying habits, from standard sedans and wagons to a raft of road-focused SUVs.
The RAV4's blend of city-ready dimensions and off-road pretensions, along with the interior space of a big hatchback, made it an instant hit, swaying Australians by the thousands. Growing into more of a mid-sized SUV over successive generations, the RAV4 is now offered as a five-door SUV only, as opposed to its three-door origins. Buyers can choose between petrol and hybrid engines, two or four-wheel-drive and a range of specification levels.
Hybrid demand has proven to be exceptionally strong, accounting for the lion's share of RAV4 sales. The Toyota keeps on pushing boundaries.