Join Date: Dec 2012
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I got to test drive the 13 Limited today. We liked it way better than the 2012 CX5 and even better than the CRV. The CX5 had a whiny high pitch sound to it and a lot of road noise. The CRV is a very nice ride though a bit much on the road noise, and the seats weren't fabulous. I also don't like the way the seats are upholstered.
The Rav4 surpassed the other 2 in every way: better seats, much better ride, quieter, lots of pep (compared to my 2004 4 cyl Highlander), and it looks *very* good. The weakness in the looks department: the Softex. I don't like it. It feel and looks like fake leather, and it is really bothering me. I can't get a black interior (white dogs). I don't like the Terra Cotta, and I saw the tan/beige today and was really disappointed in it. It looked/felt cheap - and it was a really harsh contrast against jet black carpeting and coloring on the doors and center console. I am PRAYING the ash will look good, but I've yet to see it.
For the exterior colors, I think we'll go with the blue. It was *far* darker in person than on Toyota.ca and the photos online. I still need to see the pyrite mica. But blue will likely be the color. I want all the technology, so we'll go with the blind spot monitoring package and the upgraded navi/JBL sound package.
I'm thinking of ordering one. I've NEVER ordered a car before, but since I want so much in a specific color combo, I might do it. I'm just wondering how badly it will hurt in the wallet, giving up all the negotiating leverage.
It seems like many dealers have gotten in a few cars now. But Toyota.com still has the '12, and there are no brochures - even on the Canadian site. It's painful waiting for the full release!