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#272 of 404 2007 Rav4 Base 2wd 4cyl.
Sep 02, 2007 (7:12 am)
I purchased a base RAV4 2WD 4cyl on July 15. My second choice was a Santa Fe. I've owned three Hyundais and have always been happy with them, and haven't owned a Toyota since the 1970's. The thing that made me decide on the RAV4 over the Santa Fe was pure and simple: Gas Mileage.
Bottom-line price was only $1,500 more for the Rav4 with these comparable specs:
GLS vs. base
Base engine (2.7 vs 2.4)
Hyundai's standard 10 year 100,000 mile warranty vs. purchased 7 year 100,000 bumper-to-bumper from Toyota.
The Santa Fe had the nicer interior. Driving impressions were quite different. The Santa Fe felt much more massive and lethargic. The Rav4 is an absolute hoot to drive, agile with a tight turning radius. Interior room is as good in the Rav4, but I suspect the Santa Fe is 500 pounds lighter. Mileage at 2400 miles is a little over 26 mpg (mixed city, suburban and highway). The Hyundai salesman and the Edmunds forums say that the 2.7 liter Santa Fe will get realistic numbers between 17 and 21. No contest!
Quality of the Rav4 is primo. I couldn't be happier with my decision to buy the Toyota. I will probably buy another Hyundai in the future, but I have to say, Toyota is really competitive with the value factor, if one just looks into it. I think Hyundai has to be careful with their pricing. Case in point, the new Elantra. The price has increased quite a bit, which is hard to see because of the tricky packaging.
In three years or so, I'll be looking to replace my 2000 Taurus, and will look again at the small SUV segment (or possibly a crossover). I will look at the Asian brands again, and will look very closely again.
#273 of 404 Re: 2007 Rav4 Base 2wd 4cyl. [keyser2]
Sep 02, 2007 (10:26 am)
The Santa Fe is about 500 pounds heavier.
#274 of 404 Re: 2007 Rav4 Base 2wd 4cyl. [keyser2]
Sep 04, 2007 (5:48 am)
If anyone is interested, I posted this same text over on the 2007 Santa Fe board, and got some interesting comments. They are like a cult over there.
#276 of 404 Rav4 Limited V6 JBL with other options
Sep 08, 2007 (3:30 am)
I had been looking for a 2007 Rav4 limited, with V6, JBL, 3rd row seat, moonroof, tow prep, daytime running lights in everglade metallic and the dealer was unable to find one relatively close to them to trade. There was one in western PA and I'm about 50 miles north of Philly and the dealer didn't seem too hopeful about being able to get that one. I was given the 2007 invoice price for the car and options, and I should be able to get the 2008 invoice price for the Rav4 and options when they find what I want. Is invoice on the car and options good when you're paying for the destination charge, TDA, dealer holdback and wholesale financial reserve? Is there any point to negotiating on any of the other costs? I'm interested in hearing about anyone's experiences and advice you can offer.
#277 of 404 4 cylinders and hills
Sep 10, 2007 (11:42 pm)
I live in a city with a fairly flat terrain, but I may be moving to Seattle in the future. I am interested in the 4 cylinder Rav4, but I am concerned about how it would handle the hills of Seattle. Does anyone have any experience with 4 cylinder Rav4s and hills? Do you think I would have problems in Seattle if I purchase the 4 cylinder Rav4? I would appreciate any feedback, especially since I can't test the RAV4 on hills where I am living right now. Thanks.
#278 of 404 Re: 4 cylinders and hills [roj1]
Sep 11, 2007 (2:02 am)
Im not sure that power from the 4 cylinder would be a problem, but I have read several reviews from owners that say the transmissions seem to search constantly for the right gear on hills. I got a 2007 V6 Rav, and it has never really had to search for the right gear when climbing hills. The fuel mileage is nearly the same as the 4 cylinder, but its upfront cost is about 2,000 more. I guess it just depends on what you want to spend. You might want to read the blogs in Rav4world.com/forums, and perhaps that could help you decide.
#279 of 404 Re: 4 cylinders and hills [dtown]
Sep 11, 2007 (8:35 am)
Thanks Dtown. I'll check out the other forum.
#280 of 404 Timing chain?
Sep 17, 2007 (7:42 am)
Does anyone know if 2007 RAV 4 use timing chain or timing belt?
#281 of 404 Re: Radio Malfunction [lovembad]
Sep 17, 2007 (8:22 am)
I took my vehicle to the Dealer but they couldn't find a problem with the radio. As I was driving back from the dealer the same thing occured. I believe the problem is the radio is not securely connected to the dashboard because I just pushed it in and it worked fine. Toyota will have to fix this.