We need an SUV skinnier than Toyota RAV4

Carol is looking for an SUV that fits easier in her garage.

We need an SUV skinnier than Toyota RAV4 - the new Suzuki Vitara is 80mm skinnier than the 2012 Toyota RAV4.

Hi Joel, we have a 2012 Toyota RAV4 and recently moved into a new residence with a smaller garage.

I like the height and feel of the RAV4, but I think we are going to have to find something that isn’t so wide. Whatever we get needs to be an auto.

What do you suggest?

Thanks for your email Carol. I have had a look at dimensions of cars that might suit. There are a couple of challenges though, to go narrower, you may have to lose some height.

In saying that, and while I don’t have seat height data available to me, I don’t think there would be a lot of difference in seat height between these models and the 2012 Toyota RAV4.

You are right about the RAV4 being a quite wide vehicle – it measures in at 1845mm.

This compares with the following models in order of what I would recommend…

All of the above models are available with automatic transmissions. I hope that helps.

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Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.