First post, I've been reading a few days. Shopping for the wife and going between the CR-V and RAV. I never owned a Toyota but have had Honda's in the past and think they're two of the best you can buy. Ultimately it's her decision because it's her vehicle but I reseach things to death and don't want a repeat of her last purchase. She had an Intrepid for 7 years and when it was time for it to go she bought another one that she hated within a month. She wants to go back to an SUV (had and Explorer in '92) I've been over to the Honda forums reading and they don't take to kindly to Rav's (understandably) We both prefer the body styling of the Rav and aren't overly excited with the interior look yet. The Rav seems much roomier and better appointed. Some are saying the Honda's a better deal but IMO, Honda cut a few corners to keep the price down. The manual seat height adjustment is a joke. My biggest concern is the AWD of both. We live in Buffalo and it occassionally snows in Buffalo. We consider anything less than a foot a dusting. I drive a Chevy Avalanche and when I put it in 4 wheel drive, it's in 4 wheel drive. Power to all wheels just the way I want it. Having to have the front wheels slop before the rear wheels get power doesn't seem right to me. If I'm not mistaken, if she's cruising down the road and hits a nasty patch that causes her to slip a little, she'd have to goose it a little to make the front wheels break loose to get extra power in the back. If that's correct, it seems quite unnatural to me. If I start to slide the first thing I do is come off the gas and my truck rights itself. I'm hoping you good people can help put my mind at ease because in spite of the fact I've been partial to Honda's in the past, I'm really leaning towards the Rav because of overall design details and the V6 is pretty attractive too. The Rav seems like it has much more thought into the design than the CR-V and more attention to detail. After running dealer seasrches and build options it looks like we'll be going to Pa to get one if we (she) decides on a Rav. We're (I'm) looking at a V6 Sport in Mica. She wanted leather but wants a darker interior so it'll be charcoal cloth. Thanks for any help.