First Look: 2013 Toyota RAV4

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larry/rego park
Wow! It only took Toyota some 7 years (between models) to eliminate the V-6, the full size spare tire, the third row seating, lower the ground clearance, lose hp from the 4 cylinder, and, from the photos, substantially compromise what used to be among the best sight lines in the industry. No wonder they kept it under wraps like a national security secret! Unless this new vehicle rates fabulously in a test drive, there seems to be little to recommend it for purchase.
John Hand
Oh, forgot to mention, my oldest son purchased a Mazda CX-5 and loves it.
John Hand
Toyota is taking a fine SUV and eliminating its best features. We have a 2008 RAV sports edition with the 18 inch wheels, FIVE 18 inch wheels. What that means is, we have more space under the rear floor for storage, and we can rotate five wheels. If we have a flat on the road, say in the middle of Monument Valley at five on a Saturday afternoon, we can put on A FULL SIZE SPARE and keep going. Having to open the door sideways has NEVER been a problem. Besides, that spare on the outside looks cool. Its my wife's SUV and she wouldn't go for the V-6 (Big mistake I feel) but it still runs pretty strong. The V-6 would pull this SUV to 60 in the six second range and still get better MPG on the highway than the four. So now I guess Toyota is also dropping the V-6 from the lineup. Looks like we won't be trading our RAV for a new one.

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