Originally Posted by SuperchargedMR2
If people want more power, towing or ground clearance there are many other Toyota models that can do that.
Ah, but here's the kicker: Not in the size or price range for which you used to be able to buy a RAV4 V6.
At the time I bought my RAV4 V6, a comparably equipped Highlander cost almost $10,000.00 more.
Plus the RAV4 being smaller is nimble and very easy to park, especially in the relatively small garage of my older house. I'd bet you'll agree they are a great size and have excellent cargo capacity.
The RAV4 V6 is an awesome combination of price, power (including for towing), utility and size
. A "Goldilocks" vehicle, if you will.
I bought the RAV4 V6 for all the things that made it unique from the direct competition at the time. The 4.4 came out and was almost exactly a clone of the Honda CR-V. I'm not saying the 4.4 isn't what more people want (it is), it's just missing what *I* want.
Toyota effectively said "screw you" to those of us that bought it because of what made it unique.
But more kudos to Toyota for using an 8-speed transmission in the 4.5 and not continuing to clone the CR-V and go with a smaller turbo engine and CVT as the only transmission option. Hallelujah!
Though I can't imagine
what they were thinking on the 4.5 with that raked back rear window (like the RX-350 has) because they're sacrificing cargo space.