I like the exterior. Not thrilled with the interior as debuted today. There is no flow. Everything looks disjunct. And I certainly do not like the two-tone effect. I do like the addition of more soft-touch materials, and the stitching. I can see that they TRIED to do to the Rav what they did to the Camry. I really like the interior of my wife's XLE. The Rav4 pales in comparison.
I agree with others regarding the spare tire placement. And I am one of those who actually likes the rear door as is.
I drive a 4 cyl., so I can't lament about the lack of the V6 going forward. Though, I can certainly see where some of you are coming from, especially those who have things to tow.
One of the things I noted to myself while watching the video today, was when they showed pictures of the previous gens of the vehicle. It has gone from being a small SUV, to a small CROSSOVER. I will agree that they have finally moved away fully from what gave the Rav4 its original appeal. The same thing happened when Ford moved the Escape to the new design. One word comes to mind: sellout. In my opinion, they should have done away with the current names for the models, and conjured up something totally different.
I just leased my '12 Rav4 a couple of months ago, so I have some time to see what happens with this vehicle as it matures over the next couple of years. That said, their redesign is not the reason I will probably not purchase another Rav4 when my lease expires. I have been looking strongly at the Venza, the Highlander, and the Prius V. What WILL make me jump ship from Toyota to another brand will be the number of recalls that occur within the Toyota brand, and how Toyota handles some of the recurring issues in their other vehicles, as well as the Ravs.
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'12 Rav4 Base 4WD w/ Upg Value Pkg.
'12 Camry XLE, '12 Honda Civic EX