Originally Posted by pokerstar
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!
I agree w/ everything you liked about the new RAV. The few vehicles I've seen in the Denver area are loaded with extras (which I don't want): Entune, navigation, $250 floors mats, expensive roof cross bars ect.
My 2 requirements in a vehicle to get me to downsize from my Tacoma are 'fun to drive'/ sport handling and significantly better mpg than my truck. Unfortunately, this road test from Edmunds came out today:
2013 Toyota RAV4 Full Test on Edmunds.com
"Excluding our testing, we drove this RAV 835 miles, most at or near freeway speeds. During this period it recorded 23.6 mpg, which is on the low end of the EPA's 22 city/29 highway estimates"
This is not good news. Motor Trend gets 22mpg from a FWD, now Edmunds gets 23.6 mostly highway from a AWD. The 2012 I4 w/ the 4 spd could do better. I'm back on the (Rav/CX5) fence...