We have two RAV-4 V6 Sports, both with Tow Prep Package
-2008 V6 Sport with Spare 48K miles Purchased new
-Like the look
-Never had to use the spare
-2010 V6 Sport with Appearance Package (no spare)
-Purchased CPO with 18K miles, now have 25K
-Like the look equally, but would have preferred the "peace of mind" of the Spare
-Don't like the RFT ride--noticeably harsher, especially on concrete roadways with expansion strips! Not too bad on blacktop, but my wife hates taking my car!
-Have a REAL slow leak in one tire (need air every 2 months). Have a nail and a slit and no one wants to fix it!
Plan to replace the RFTs with Michelin Latitudes. Never had a flat with them on my Highlander (165K miles). Will take my chances because I can't stand the ride! What a difference I had in my Highlander when I switched from the Bridgestone Duelers to Michelins--I didn't have to hold my breath around a curve in wet weather. Still, my RAV-4 handles way better than my 2001 V6 Highlander did.
IMHO, Toyota was just plain lazy in not designing a spare tire--even a doughnut!
Having seen the 2013 RAV-4, I wish I waited another year!
Do you think they have spare tires? None in the pictures!