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#986 of 4696 Saw 2 RAv4 LTDs at Marietta Toyota
Jan 01, 2006 (10:21 am)
yesterday, one in white and one in black. Also saw a red Sport version. The spousal unit liked the black LTD and the Sport pretty well, and thought that with leather and a V6 the black LTD probably would be a pretty good compromise vehicle - something for her to commute in, for us to take the kids to college in, and for us take some trips in - up to 3 adults. Not sure that 4 adults in that vehicle on trips over an hour or two would work.
The couple of things that we didn't like about the LTD and sport were (1) the middle seats are both moderately comfortable at best, which is ok if you're driving an hour or so, but not if you're taking long trips; and (2) we thought the slide open compartment in front of the passenger seat on the LTD and Sport was a little cheesy. I'd be afraid of breaking it when I lean back in the passenger side with my shoes off and put my feet up on the dashboard on long trips. (:>) Otherwise we both liked the vehicle, and the spousal unit said she could see us adding that vehicle to our stable in a year or so.
We decided to wait on buying an SUV until after the LTD/V6 is available, the first year bugs are ironed out and any modifications/additions are made to the RAv. We also want to see what the '07 CRV and Acura RDX will look like, which should be about mid-06 according to the Honda dealer. By then we suspect the current RAv mania and MSRP pricing will be moderating sufficiently to make a purchase decision worthwhile.
In the meantime yesterday we traded the 2004 Mazda3 stickshift for a Honda Accord EXLV6. Also a great car. And dealing on the last day of the year when the dealer had 600 cars on the lot - and an allocation to protect - didn't hurt at all.
#987 of 4696 Re: Saw 2 RAv4 LTDs at Marietta Toyota [atlhoosier]
Jan 01, 2006 (11:02 am)
"I'd be afraid of breaking it when I lean back in the passenger side with my shoes off and put my feet up on the dashboard on long trips. (:>) "
Please be careful, that is INCREDIBLY dangerous in any vehicle with a passenger side airbag, you run the risk of destroying your limbs in a relatively minor crash.
#988 of 4696 Re: We test drove a RAV4 today [alpha01]
Jan 01, 2006 (12:19 pm)
I haven't seen a Mariner yet, just mentioning that as one example I may need to look to since 25K is a lot of money for a small SUV (in my book, ymmv). I am well aware of Ford's quality issues.
Also, I am fine with FWD. In fact, the 25K price I mentioned for a RAV4 limited is for FWD. If you do a rav up like I suggested before with AWD, the price jumps to something like 27K. For a RAV!
The Murano's cloth is fine and better than the RAV4s. The 2006 CRV is also significantly better. "With respect to the RAV, the redesign has the vehicle playing a different ballgame against larger contenders..." Which is exactly why they should not have used lousy cloth in it...
Don't get me wrong, the RAV is a good vehicle and I would love to own one, I just don't think it's as good a deal as I first thought.
#989 of 4696 Re: waiting for deals [rsaltus1]
Jan 01, 2006 (12:20 pm)
Hang in there rsaltus1. This is not a good time to buy. In three months the prices will be better. Six month's even more so. I'm considering in 7-8 months to look at buying.
Also around then the 2007 CRV should be out.
#990 of 4696 A Worthy Competitor
Jan 01, 2006 (12:50 pm)
Well guys, I know this is a little off-topic but why don't Rav4 buyers consider the Kia Sportage. I know,I know it doesn't have as much reputation as the Toyota brand name has-but seriously, it is not a bad car.
I think it's great, for the price of a base 4cl Rav4 you could get a fully loaded 4cyl or V6. Both engines are sufficiently powerful and it has a really adorable interior. Superb materials used. I am telling you, Kia is not as bad as it seems.
Jan 01, 2006 (1:56 pm)
I finally saw the new Rav, and I was not that impressed. They had one parked next to the Highlander, and the Highlander was noticeably wider and larger. The rear of the RAV is a no go for me given the spare tire and the way the rear tailgate opens. I am looking for a vehicle with dimensions the size of the Highlander, and I just hoped for more with the RAV.
My dealership had six units at their main lot, and probably some more in back. They are beginning to get them in, so I'm very surprised that they were not already sold. I received an email quote for $1,000 off of the MSRP ($23.5K for a base 4*4), plus ttl.
I would recommend not purchasing one until dealers have more than a few units on the lot. There is a big price difference between other compact SUVs as noted by the other posters.
#992 of 4696 No Tire Pressure Monitoring System / Side & Curtian Airbags in Canada?
Jan 01, 2006 (2:54 pm)
It's good to know some people saw side & curtain airbags on the base model in America.
When I looked closely at Toyota Canada's RAV4 specs, I couldn't find tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) anywhere, not even on the most expensive model with the side & curtain airbag option.
If TPMS is deleted in Canada, it's another shame on Toyota Canada. Canadian buyers have to pay $10,000 more (not 1K but 10K!!!) to get side & curtain airbags (along with other options) and still they can't get TPMS??? Oh my...
#993 of 4696 Re: No Tire Pressure Monitoring System / Side & Curtian Airbags in Canada?
Jan 01, 2006 (3:03 pm)
Now that you mention it, I haven't seen the TPMS on the Sport I saw here, and no dealer has mentioned it. I bet they don't have it in the US either.
#994 of 4696 Re: No Tire Pressure Monitoring System / Side & Curtian Airbags in Canada? [rsaltus1]
Jan 01, 2006 (4:49 pm)
Its standard on all models.
Go to the Toyota website and look under models, then interior, and you'll find it where they talk about opitron cluster, gauges, etc.
I hope by summer we find out this is a good car.
Jan 01, 2006 (5:17 pm)
I have been in contact with about a dozen dealers in the Philadelphia area. All but one said they are selling at list price. One dealer int Turnersville, NJ is 500 under list.
As a result, I have put a deposit down on a car I have yet to even test drive.