Originally Posted by Jaspher
People are getting smarter and no longer Think bigger is better. I use to be a fan of larger displacement engines but what's the point of wasting money on fuel when the smaller engine with less cylinder is enough. Even if Toyota lost all the buyers who want the v8 in their 4runners and V6 in their Rav4, there will still be the majority of buyers who want smaller more effecient engines. D4D or 2.0L in a Rav4 would be nice if it was available here in North America.
I think it's a matter of perspective. It sounds like you may only be looking within each model.
I didn't want
a big old SUV with a big old V8. I wanted
a smaller vehicle that was easy to maneuver and park and got better mileage than a big old SUV, but still had some utility and that can tow a couple thousand pounds plus. For me, bigger was definitely not
better. The RAV4 is the smallest and best mileage vehicle Toyota makes (errr...made
) that met those requirements.
But if, instead, you take a broader perspective than just focusing within each model, by your logic I "got smarter" and went with the RAV 4 V6, which can meet those wants and needs but is still smaller and more fuel efficient than something bigger and heavier and/or with a V8. In fact, it was the most efficient choice available from Toyota. It's the left-most model on their Toyota USA web site for that class.
Now Toyota tells me I don't have that more efficient choice but must buy something bigger, heavier and that gets worse mileage, and oh by the way costs a lot
more. By taking away that smaller-and-more-efficient-yet-powerful-enough option, they've burned people like me and are forcing us to go with something that is bigger and less efficient.
Well, if we stay with Toyota, that is.
So if one takes a broader view, I don't think it would be at all unreasonable to say that Toyota is the "bad guy" here, at least when it comes to promoting "bigger is better." They pretty much said exactly that at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.
Not for me, it isn't.
Toyota is effectively punishing those of us who want to have smaller, lighter and more efficient vehicles that can still meet some needs by taking away this option, and requiring
us to Go Bigger (and more expensive), if we want to continue to drive a Toyota.