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Yes, I like it. 89 40.64%
No, I don't like the design. 40 18.26%
No, they dropped the V6. 57 26.03%
I would if it still had the V6. 33 15.07%
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Would you buy 2013 Rav4?

After seeing all the videos, and photos of new Rav4 what is your initial reaction to this new generation?
Would you buy 2013 Rav4?
  1. Yes, I like it.
  2. No, I don't like the design.
  3. No, they dropped the V6.
  4. I would if it still had the V6.
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Aren't #3 and #4 essentially the same answer?

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Aren't #3 and #4 essentially the same answer?
Yeah. Perhaps #4 can be: "I might buy one after the first two production years, when Toyota has reduced the Gen 4 recalls down to just 5-10 per year.".

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Honestly they got rid of every reason I bought our 07... I doubt I'll own another now.

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NO WAY! I'll continue to fight with my V-6 over buying a four banger anything (as if I could buy anything else ) .

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Honestly they got rid of every reason I bought our 07... I doubt I'll own another now.
Exactly! The reasons I bought my 2008 were V6 power, easy access full size spare tire, large underfloor storage compartment, and the ability to get a Limited without leather and sunroof. They have taken all that away and made it just like all the competitors. It is no longer unique and distinctive.

And the really sad part? They'll probably break all the sales records and the 4.4 will be a runaway success. The reason being most of the public doesn't want unique and distinctive, they want the same-old, same-old that everyone else has.

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I bought my 4.1 crash damaged. After being reamed for Toyota Tax every time I buy anything for it - even secondhand - I doubt I'll ever buy another Toyota, let alone another Rav. I'll just tick it off my list of cool/cute cars I wanted to own and move on.
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I have an i4 and actually wanted an i4 with better fuel economy that that the 4.4 has. So I will not buying this 4.4 due to relatively poor fuel economy. it's not like the v6 was drinking gas.

I hope that Toyota puts in a 2.7L in 2 years with better fuel economy. Then I could consider.

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Exactly! The reasons I bought my 2008 were V6 power, easy access full size spare tire, large underfloor storage compartment, and the ability to get a Limited without leather and sunroof. They have taken all that away and made it just like all the competitors. It is no longer unique and distinctive.

And the really sad part? They'll probably break all the sales records and the 4.4 will be a runaway success. The reason being most of the public doesn't want unique and distinctive, they want the same-old, same-old that everyone else has.

AMEN!!! The V6, underfloor storage compartments and full sized spare were three of the biggest reasons why I bought my 2011 V6 with the tow-prep package. The extra towing capacity is great, too.

ALL of those are gone in the 2013 RAV4, which now is effectively no different than the Honda CRV.

If you can't outsell them, duplicate them, I guess. But who wants a "me too?"

I really wish I had another garage stall. I'd be sorely tempted to buy a 2012 V6 tomorrow and put it up on blocks for the day when my 2011 finally bites the dust.

So sad.

Hopefully in a year or two Toyota will at least offer a turbo 4-cylinder, like the Ford Escape does. At least the towing power would be available. I wouldn't do a turbo diesel (or any diesel) though, as I live in a cold climate.

I read that someone at Toyota said today that if you want the V6 power you should buy a Highlander. But the RAV4 is smaller, lighter, easier to park, has a tighter turning radius, is less expensive and gets better mileage. HELLO?!?!?! My guess is that the heavier Highlander isn't nearly as peppy with its V6 as the RAV4 is with its V6. But to be fair, I've never driven a Highlander. No interest at all in it.

Ugggh.

While I love many of the new "gizmos" and many of the interior improvements the 2013 RAV4 has to offer (great job, guys), for me Function is always much more important than Form.

Too bad Toyota just threw Function out the window.

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No V6 = no fun = no buy!
Took the wife's RAV4 for a spin tonight. Decided to check if all 269 horses were still there at 103,000 miles. After letting it cool off at church for a couple hours they weren't. I guessed that's about what a 2013 must feel like. Then it warmed up enough to allow full throttle. WOW, it sure feels good!

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