Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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choosing a new vehicle
Ok guys, I know it may not be very tactful to talk about vehicles other than the Rav4, on a Rav4 forum, but since mine got totaled in a crash, and I'm in the process of finding a new car, I have to consider all possibilities.
Initially, I was leaning towards a Ford Edge, and I'm still considering one. My only gripe is that here in FL, they simply do not exist in AWD - which, truth be told, I probably don't need anyway - and because the 2015's are due out any week, I'm limited to the last of the 2014's the Ford dealerships have on the lots here, which are all FWD. I'm not ultimately opposed to the idea of getting a FWD vehicle, but the bigger problem is that absolutely none of them come with the tow prep package. I'm still a little confused regarding the way the Edge is configured with this package. As many of us know, almost all the V6 Rav4's came with the upgraded tranny cooler, radiator and alternator. All we needed to do was install a hitch and we were rated to tow 3500lbs. But it seems the Edge is different. Unless you buy it specifically with the factory tow package, the Edge will only ever be rated to 2000lbs. Regardless, finding an Edge with the tow prep package here is virtually impossible.
Because of this, I've entertained the idea of purchasing an Escape with the 2.0 ecoboost, because many of them come with the tow prep package and a 3500lbs tow rating. What I find odd, is that the tow prep package is easier to find on the Escape than on the Edge, in FL anyway.
I also made a stop at the Jeep dealer today as well, to test drive the Cherokee Limited, and Latitude. I read some other members talking about it a few days ago, so I decided to give it a try. It was definitely a nice automobile. It's not as fun to drive as the Escape, but it was certainly adequate. And the 4WD system seems to be far superior to anything else in its class. Not that I'd ever need it here in FL.
Much to my delight, Geico is offering me $1000 in savings at Jeep/Fiat/Chrystler/Dodge dealers. I was able to configure a fully loaded Jeep Limited with just about every option for about $32,500 with the discounts offered by both Jeep and Geico. My only real concern regarding the Jeep, is their reliability.
My last option is to pick up one of the 2012 V6 Rav4's that I've seen on the various car lots here. I still have a few more days to look at cars before Geico makes me return the rental car, so I need to entertain all possibilities before I make a decision.
Feel free to offer up suggestions.
2008 RAV4 Sport V6 4WD with towing package.