I started my purchasing process setting up with a buying service and using an insurance company's recommendations. I had no intention of purchasing a Toyota, in fact I was opposed to the idea. I'm sti...
I started my purchasing process setting up with a buying service and using an insurance company's recommendations. I had no intention of purchasing a Toyota, in fact I was opposed to the idea. I'm still surprised I purchased one.
I had test driven the Honda CRV, the Mazda CX-5, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, Lincoln MKX, Subaru Outback, and Forester.
I needed a car like ride, and room for several suitcases or crates in the back, I wanted AWD, leather heated seats and good MPG. Didn't think I'd get all that.
There are a lot of good choices, I do believe I could have been happy with several of these.
I bought an AWD Limited with no additional options.
the pluses of the RAV4:
* bluetooth, it works flawlessly. Didn't expect to have that standard
*Nice ride, quiet cabin.
* I'm averaging 27 mpg (1500 miles) though I drive aggressively. When driving in eco mode and being mindful of mpg, I can get 31 mpg.
*AWD was perfect for our recent snows. I drove it in 6" of fresh unplowed snow. It's surefooted.
*keyless entry. . With gloves on in winter it's just so much easier.
*the 2 tone interior looks great.
*great ride, even in the back seats.
*Plenty of leg room for my tall family.
*so so stereo. (3 others were far better) I did not get Nav. or the stereo upgrade My previous car had a better stereo. It's 8 yrs old too. A new stereo on their top tier style should sound better.
* The dealers all advertise the seats in the Rav4 Limited as leather. They are NOT. I'd decided on the Rav4 after driving the Honda. That dealer told me the Rav4 seating was a synthetic/leather blend. After researching the Softex I called the salesman on it, he then checked on it and it's synthetic. I felt deceived. I can't believe they don't know it's not leather. I went to 3 dealers and heard the same thing.
(I asked for and received an additional price cut by the dealer, for their mistake.) . I do like the feel of the Softex, and hope it lasts like leather.