Originally Posted by WTTNWA
On my XLE when you push the button you have a few pound pull to pull it loose from the seals then it opens by itself. A power lift gate would be nice but just one more thing that could go wrong.
Sorry -- but reading this thread and had to post. I absolutely love (in this kind of a way
) the "one more thing that could break" line of thinking. Power steering? One more thing to go wrong... ABS? One more thing to go wrong... Radio? Airbags? (OK, well, airbags....fine).
But seriously... you could say any new (or old) feature of a new vehicle is just one more thing to go wrong. That's what a warranty is for. In reality, if your fear is that you plan to keep your RAV4 for 20 years, you really can't forecast the future. To omit a piece of technology that has been around for (has it yet been) a decade because "it may break" is really kinda silly when you think about it. Sure, if Toyota were the innovator of something and this was the experimental, first-run of said technology then some hesitation would be understandable. But to me, that should NOT apply to some of the more tried and true things like the power liftgate... If Toyota had a bad reputation for quality, then maybe the line of thinking would work. But this is Toyota...
Staying on topic: My reply to the OP would be that it's probably better to trade in on one w/that feature if you're adamant about it. It looks like you're not... at least not enough to trade in...
I took the opposite buying approach and OVERPURCHASED on features that I figured we'd maybe want. The only real thing we were after was heated, leather seats.... but we got a Limited w/Navi and JBL, blind spot monitors, cross-traffic alert, power liftgate, smartkey... and my wife loves all of the features. So now I've created a monster. One that is looking at 3-row crossovers 10K more than what the RAV cost... lol