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Question on "Utility"
I am new to the forum, though I have been lurking for a few months. My wife drives a 2002 Rav4L and it has made a lasting impression on me. The durability and longevity of that little car is really impressive. We are well over 200K and shows no signs of slowing down, it also shows very little wear and tear in comparison to my car. I own a 2007 Mazda3 which is a blast to drive and has been a good car but at 180k miles the paint is all but a memory and the engine and transmission mounts wont last longer that 10k miles at this point. I am in the market for a new car and the Rav4 is right up their on my list. Really I am between the Rav4 and because I don't learn from my mistakes a Mazda CX-5. I will be buying end of year or beginning of next, if Subaru re-releases the Forester XT that will also be in the running.
I have test driven the Rav and really like it, however I immediately had an issue with engine noise however, my 2002 is very loud and still runs like a top. I also have driven the CX-5 gtr with the turbo and really like that car as well. I am hoping to get some input from current owners, I know the CX-5 is not really apples to apples since they are geared toward different lifestyles(so to speak).
I would be interested in a Adventure model, a little background on me. I hunt, fish and generally enjoy the outdoors. I've done all these activities in my little mazda3 but definitely am always lacking in space and ground clearance, mostly the latter. I am not venturing out too deep into wilderness but that may be due to my current limitations in my car. If the need arises do you guys feel the new adventure model really has the capability of getting me in and out of some pretty sketchy logging roads or deep sand? I am fully aware I won't be rock crawling or making cool youtube off road videos but it would be really fun to take some light off road trails in the desert to get to a remote camping spot. I do not see myself swapping wheels or suspension components but who knows if the Rav4 proves capable enough maybe it will warrant some upgrades to further its capabilities. I am thinking a roof rack, maybe a hitch basket and some lights will be the extent of my modifications. All mods would be strictly for the purpose of packing stuff in and out. The CX-5 will be much more limited in all these avenues but in my personal opinion will look much better doing it and it will be a lot more fun getting the turbo spooled up in day to day driving. I live in California by the way and spend 80% of my life under 15 mph on the 405 fwy.
Any opinions and suggestions are appreciated, thank you all in advance.