The RAV4 has been redesigned for 2001, and is our top-rated small SUV. This new version comes only as a four-door and is a little roomier, but it retains its youthful styling. The flexible interior includes a rear seat that lets you fold and remove each half. Theres still no six-cylinder engine. But the 2.0-liter Four has picked up variable-valve timing and a much-needed 20-hp boost to 148 hp, and it provides adequate performance. The engine and automatic transmission also work well together, and the all-wheel-drive system does its job efficiently and unobtrusively. Access and loading are very easy. Nimble handling, excellent brakes, and good fuel economy round out this high-rated vehicle.