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2010, 11 or 12?

Hi!

I am in need of a small SUV that can tow up to 2500 LBS popup camper. It seems that V6 Rav4 with the towing prep would be a good fit.

With a budget of 20K (max), what year do you recommend? Are there significant differences between the years?

I was also considering Outback v6 or Sorento v6.

Thank you for any help!
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You could consider even older than 2010 for the V6. The most significant change in the 4.3 line was replacement of the 2.4L I4 in 2009 with the current 2.5L. The same V6 has been used throughout the 4.3 (MYs 2006 - 2012) run.

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Welcome, Greg. The RAV 4.3 V6 engine model builds (2006-2012) have the same basic engine/transmission/chassis specs. The differences are largely in cosmetics, and bits like upgrade packages which have been offered from year to year. Some owners of the earlier V6 models of those years have reported problems with coolant pumps, transmission whine and oil lines, but overall publications which track problems such as Consumer Reports give them favorable reliability ratings. You might want to get ahold of the April 2013 Consumer Reports, their annual auto issue, and check the ratings. So far my 2011 V6 has been trouble-free and has the towing prep package, and has towed with no problems. If you buy one with the towing prep package that package does not include as OEM the trailer lights wiring and, if needed, trailer braking wiring. Wiring kits are available from dealers, or online as a DIY install.

Suggest that any RAV which you are considering have its service history checked to make certain that recalls and service bulletin items have been taken care of.

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thank you. My friend drives the 4Runner, now with over 200K on it and 15 years old, he only replaced an alternator. If I could get similar reliability of the rav4 that would be great.

I have read all CR for the last 10 years, that is why I am looking into toyota now

I wonder if since the v6 has been taken off the market, something new is on the horizon. Maybe a nice TDI, that would be the day!
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For $20K from a dealer you'll need to look for an older model. From a private seller you may find a newer model for that price. My 2008 is worth $18,840 for private sale in my area. A dealer would ask much more. No extra value was added for the $2500 sound system which likely won't yield much if anything nor would the suspension modifications to make it handle well. RAV'S hold their value, especially the V-6 since it is history. This was using KBB in my zip code which is the most impoverished zip code in the entire USA......set your goals accordingly. Good luck in your search.

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Thank you for your input.

There is a number of them here in Ohio that seem to meet my criteria, for example:
Cars for Sale: 2011 Toyota RAV4 4WD V6 in North Canton, OH 44720: Sport Utility Details - 361077681 - AutoTrader.com

Anything wrong with it?

It says that it has 3.08 Axle Ratio as an upgrade option - is this really an upgrade or a standard feature?
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I would go for a 2009+ v6. I think the oil line is metal from factory in those years.
The front and rear bumper were slightly different on the 2009+.
The antenna was also moved to the top for those years.

I have an I4 2008 and I prefer the antenna on the fender so that it is not in the way of things I might carry on the roof rack.

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Thank you for your input.

There is a number of them here in Ohio that seem to meet my criteria, for example:
Cars for Sale: 2011 Toyota RAV4 4WD V6 in North Canton, OH 44720: Sport Utility Details - 361077681 - AutoTrader.com

Anything wrong with it?

It says that it has 3.08 Axle Ratio as an upgrade option - is this really an upgrade or a standard feature?
There wasn't any such axle ratio upgrade offered or listed by Toyota when I bought my 2011.

From the advert it appears to be a reasonably good buy, especially with the warranties included but suggest that you read the fine print carefully if they aren't warranties issued by Toyota Financial Services. Also the RAV appears from the pic to be a Base model, so you might want to do some local comparison price checking.

Good luck!

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If towing is a major concern, have you considered a Highlander? It has a 5,000 lb tow rating and is roomier than the Rav. Same v6 power train. I've been towing my Jayco 1207 with a highlander for several years with good results. My wifes Rav v6 is capable of towing our trailer, but I think the Highlander is a better choice
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Thank you for your input.

There is a number of them here in Ohio that seem to meet my criteria, for example:
Cars for Sale: 2011 Toyota RAV4 4WD V6 in North Canton, OH 44720: Sport Utility Details - 361077681 - AutoTrader.com

Anything wrong with it?

It says that it has 3.08 Axle Ratio as an upgrade option - is this really an upgrade or a standard feature?
That one looks like a VERY good deal especially since they'll probably negotiate some. I don't know of any axle ratio change 2006-2012. If there was one it would change the 0-60 time which to my knowledge has never changed from quite quick.

Oh, and one option I'd avoid is a Subaru H6 unless you want to spend plenty on gas. They are probably more thirsty than a Highlander.

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