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I'm contemplating whether to trade in my 16 RAV4 hybrid cuz of the annoying rattle from the driver side. Looking at a 4Runner but I'm sure I'll miss the gas mileage on this thing


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Sorry, but no rattles in mine even tho the engine may have been made it China, I suspect those with Japan made engines are the ones with rattles!! :D
 

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I have not traded in my RAV but if i was going to it would be for a 4-Runner, I have always liked them but my commute puts an end to me getting one.
 

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Put a deposit down on a 16 hybrid limited, trading in a 14 xle. Hopefully I'll get it Thursday. Will be quite the upgrade since I'm stepping up a trim, get all the added features and improvements of the 16's and in a hybrid.
 

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Haven't traded.... yet, but have test drove a few Highlanders. Sure like them a lot more. Ride better and quieter. Love the V-6.
Too many squeaks and rattles in the RAV after 2 years. NVH has been sub-par from day 1. And yes I've been lubricating the door & hatch seals. Just can't seem to get rid of them and also hate the tire noise.

Working on the biggest obstacle to trading in the RAV.... the wife.
(then again, I have traded in wives in the past >:D)
 
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Haven't traded.... yet, but have test drove a few Highlanders. Sure like them a lot more. Ride better and quieter. Love the V-6.
Too many squeaks and rattles in the RAV after 2 years. NVH has been sub-par from day 1. And yes I've been lubricating the door & hatch seals. Just can't seem to get rid of them and also hate the tire noise.

Working on the biggest obstacle to trading in the RAV.... the wife.
(then again, I have traded in wives in the past >:D)


Dont trade your wife in, sell her privately. You'll get more for her. Even when your ready to move on though, it's still hard to watch the test drive. ;D
 

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Haven't traded.... yet, but have test drove a few Highlanders. Sure like them a lot more. Ride better and quieter. Love the V-6.
Too many squeaks and rattles in the RAV after 2 years. NVH has been sub-par from day 1. And yes I've been lubricating the door & hatch seals. Just can't seem to get rid of them and also hate the tire noise.

Working on the biggest obstacle to trading in the RAV.... the wife.
(then again, I have traded in wives in the past >:D)
Hmmm - would the Toyota dealer accept a trade-in package deal, RAV plus wife? :D
 
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I considered trading in my Rav for a 4Runner. Ultimately decided I couldn't justify the extra size (I live in the city, would be tough to park when going out to dinner and such). Don't dislike the Rav but I don't really love it either. It's a good vehicle that we got a great deal on and always only planned to keep for a few years at most.

Pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 and will probably sell the Rav in 18 months or so when it's ready. At that point, might pick up a 4x4 project as a second vehicle for camping and trails.
 

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Forgot to mention, I also really liked the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, but am wary of the build quality, longevity and that awful transmission. But it's a nice vehicle that does what I'd need it to do in a relatively compact form factor.
 

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I'm very intrigued by the 2017 Highlander. So many nice features. I might even be able to make do with an XLE now that it will come with BSM standard. It wasn't even an option on the 2016 - you were forced into the LTD if you wanted BSM.

My next vehicle needs to ride a little smoother than my RAV4 does. Wow, I'm getting old!
 

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I too have contemplated the move to the 4Runner, but personally, there are a few issues:

4Runner lacks a lot of the technology that you can get in a Rav4 - Blind Spot Monitor, RCTA, etc.

4Runner's 5AT makes it feel a lot slower on it's feet than the Rav4's 6AT (yes, I know the 4Runner is 1k lbs heavier, too)

4Runner gets much worse gas mileage, though with gas sitting at ~$2.10 a gallon here right now, not a huge deal.


The real deal breakers for me are the lack of tech and antiquated powertrain in the 4Runner.
 

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I am also most tempted by the Highlander, especially the 2017 model.

New V6 - 295hp/267lb-ft of torque
8AT
Toyota's new tech and safety suite
Stop/start tech
LED DRLs



If you're thinking of a Highlander, the changes are worth waiting for.
 

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We traded our 15 RAV in for a 16 Cherokee Trailhawk. We love it, it rides better, it's quieter, it is comparable on fuel even with the v6 and best of all the dreaded 9spd shifts and drives better then our Rav ever did. It will also shift back up when in cruise and doesn't stink of antifreeze all the time. The jeep keyless ignition also stays running when you open the door if you used the remote start. The Rav did have better cargo storage though. So far we have no regrets going for the jeep Cherokee. Ps the 9 speaker stereo is great also.
 

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American cars are so inexpensive and best bought with rebates as they regularly come along. Before subprime, I recall all those weekly car ads with tons of incentives. They haven't been as aggressive anymore and the negative stigma attached to them is partially gone. Lately, they have built many nice looking cars than the Japanese for sure.

Hopefully yours will provide years of hassle-free and troublesome service. Since my bad experience with a Ford Villager my dad bought and the rampant rebates, I have stayed away from American cars as finding out I bought at the wrong time will leave me grating/foaming in the mouth.

Now I know what those chinky eyed Cherokee's are called. :)
 
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