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The Toyota RAV4 Platinum serves up serious bang for the buck, but it's a boring drive

Toyota RAV4 review: PHOTOS, FEATURES - Business Insider

No segment is currently more important in the auto industry than SUVs.
Both compact and mid-size crossover SUVs account for 35% of all cars and trucks sold in the United States. Honda's CR-V, the best-selling crossover in the United States, has achieved seven straight years of sale gains.
Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 falls right behind the CR-V in sales — and it's gaining steam. In 2016, Toyota sold 352,169 RAV4 cars — an 11.6% gain from the year prior. The vehicle has been in Toyota's lineup for two decades, but it's really coming into its own with the fourth-generation, rolled out in 2013.
I got a chance to drive the RAV4 Platinum over the course of a week — here's what it was like:


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Whoa! - For that kind of money ($36K plus) we could have a Highlander LE V6 or even the Highlander LE V6 Hybrid. The RAV4 Platinum apparently is completely platinum-plated!

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Honda's CR-V, the best-selling crossover in the United States, has achieved seven straight years of sale gains.
And my SIL just joined the other side yesterday! Bought a CR-V Touring yesterday after getting $15K (I think) for her offending VW TDI.
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And my SIL just joined the other side yesterday! Bought a CR-V Touring yesterday after getting $15K (I think) for her offending VW TDI.
I would have kept the VW TDI unless there was some other problem with it or it has very high mileage. The fuel mileage with the CR-V will be much less than with the VW, and the agreement between VW, the EPA, and various state agencies specifies that VW's pollution control remedies must not have a great affect upon fuel mileage.

My sister also has a TDI and she is waiting until VW's fix is installed to see what affect it will have on mileage and performance. The agreement gives owners until next year to make up their minds and if they wish, they will still be able to use VW's buyback offer.

In this part of Oregon there isn't any state smog testing and the TDI owners here that I know are keeping their vehicles, and won't have to have VW's remedies installed.

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In this part of Oregon there isn't any state smog testing and the TDI owners here that I know are keeping their vehicles, and won't have to have VW's remedies installed.
Since she's in RI which has emissions testing I don't think she had the option of keeping it. I do know she really liked the VW.
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Since she's in RI which has emissions testing I don't think she had the option of keeping it. I do know she really liked the VW.
My sister lives in CA and they have emissions testing there. Maybe the California situation is different from that in RI. CA owners have a choice as to whether to participate in VW's buyback program, or keep their VW and see what happens when VW's remedial repair has been made. Then after the repair they have the choice of either still keeping their VW or of yet participating in the buyback program.

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