Originally Posted by JuneBug
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.
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.
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.