...Convertibles have an "easy opening" top that folds in two ways: either the front half folds back like a sunroof, or the entire canvas top can be stowed for fully open motoring. Though improved, putting the top up and down still isn't exactly a quickie operation. Several "expressions packages" feature color-keyed convertible tops and wheels, and a Tracker can be equipped to tow half a ton. LSi editions feature automatic-locking hubs, which are nice to have if you switch often between two- and four-wheel drive. Four-door models can be equipped with power windows, door locks and mirrors. Child...
...Part of the RAV4's advantage is its more carlike all-wheel-drive system, formerly used on the Celica sports coupe. The Tracker's heavy-duty four-wheel-drive, with a truck-derived transfer case and low-range capability, would be better at handling difficult terrain, but its higher weight and complexity detract from its on-pavement ride. The Tracker is also fairly noisy on the highway, with engine buzz, tire rumble and wind roar detracting from relaxed driving. We didn't tackle any mountain grades, but the limited engine power doesn't make the prospect very inviting. Passenger space in the...