Originally Posted by clearview
Some I4 engines do burn oil ours does. This does not mean that the new engine will. I heard somewhere that I4 Ravs get flat tires more often than V6 RAVs. Would you like to add that fact to your "I hate I4 RAVs list"?
I don't have an "I hate I4 RAVs list" and I never said I hate I4 RAVs. RAVs are great because, well, they're RAVs. I always smile when I see any RAV4 on the road, regadless of age, style, color, features or engine choice.
I pesonally found, by both research and actual test drive experience, that the I4 powertrain in the third generation RAV4 is simply not for my needs in this vehicle.
I was just responding to bigbird1's complaints about the V6 with a similar complaint that's been lodged by many about the I4, based on my research.
Speaking of favorite engines, I have read countless
reviews of the RAV4 and comparisons of the RAV4 vs. other vehicles going back to the beginning of the 3rd generation, the 2006 model.
I can't help but notice that over the years Toyota pretty much ALWAYS sends for review or comparison a V6, unless the reviewer specifically requires a 4-cylinder because, for example, they're comparing only 4-cylinder vehicles against each other, which I've seen a couple of times. I don't remember reading a single review with a "voluntary" 4-cylinder third generation RAV4, but that's not to say it's never happened.
I confess I don't know what the percentages are of "Toyota chooses to send" vs. "the reviewers acquire by their own means," but regardless the V6 is by overwhelming
majority the favored engine. I've gotten the impression it is usually a case of "Toyota chooses to send," though. Presuming that's the case, it's a very interesting message from Toyota.
In all those countless reviews I don't remember any reviewers ever complaining about the V6. Quite the opposite, in fact: I only remember them raving about it and touting it as a major advantage compared to the competition.
Obviously everyone has different wants, needs, circumstances and experiences, though.
If the I4 is your favorite engine in the RAV4 and you're driving one, then more power to you.