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Totally understand your perspective. One point I do want make on interior cargo room though is that it is actually 0.4 cu. ft. better in the 2013 than in the outgoing 2012 model. With the redesign they were able to move it under the load floor, which also makes it easier to remove is some instance (unless you have it loaded down of course!).
The loss of the V6 is something we asked Toyota about...they said when they looked at the vehicle and what consumers were buying, the V6 was less than 5% of all RAV4s sold. They felt that by making the performance better in the I4 and giving better fuel economy, that would provide a product that the majority of the RAV4 buyers would appreciate. It is a question of economics to some degree for the large automaker too.
Thanks for your comments, good food for thought!