Re: RAV 4 V6 mileage w/ 17B
The only time I have a problem with not being able to fully open the rear hatch is when I need something that's in the rear compartment that's under the floor. I usually have something piled on top of the compartment, like a five-gallon water jug and the genset and it would be nice to be able to easily unload it. However, I can get at and remove gear in the back of the RAV via the rear passenger doors. So, I try not to keep items that might be needed frequently in the under-floor compartment.
I can open the rear hatch enough to reach in and grab small stuff. Overall, it's not a big issue.
On the other hand, Toyota can't seem to conclude that they should offer the rear door with hinges on the opposite side for the North American market. If you are parallel parked downtown and need to load something into the rear, you have to carry it out onto the street and then open the door to load it. If the hinges were on the other side you could open the door and load from the sidewalk.
More RAV on a separate heading.
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia
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