To prove that a rally-winning RAV4 might not be that crazy of an idea, Toyota brought several of us out to the middle of Nevada’s Valley of Fire National Park, a terrain so desolate and treacherous you half-expect to come across Walter White cooking meth at any moment. In addition to introducing us to Ryan’s rally prepped RAV in person, they also let us rip a few straight-off-the-showroom models on a course around the rocky desert.
These little SUVs took everything we could throw at them without hesitation. While they could certainly provide a pack of journalists with a day’s worth of off-road thrills, will a RAV4 have what it takes to keep up with the legendary competition on the Rally America circuit? We’ll find out June 13th at the Idaho Rally when he, the car, and his co-driving girlfriend make their debut.
John Munson is a contributor to Supercompressor. He had a RAV4 rental car for a few days once, so was already fully aware these things could take a beating. Follow his poor decisions on Instagram @jwmunson