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Opinions on the RAV4?

Discussion in 'Other Toyota Vehicles' started by Outbound, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Oct 6, 2017 at 9:29 AM
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    Outbound

    Outbound [OP] SSEM #2.5, Token AmeriCanadian

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    We're a year, two tops away from my girl needing her own vehicle so we're starting our research now. It's gotta be all wheel drive for sure. We're eyeballing the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Outback. I'm wondering if there's anything I should know about them. Any years to avoid? New vs used?

    Our main uses will primarily be a daily in town driver, possible kid hauling, dog transport, road trips when we don't need to haul stuff, shorter fishing trips which will involve gravel roads, very light offroad, and possibly but unlikely pulling a small trailer with a 12ft boat.
     
  2. Oct 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM
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    I have a relative with a 2012 RAV4 which he uses as a daily driver. Drives great, zero issues so far.

    It's also pretty roomy... I'm tall and don't feel cramped at all driving it.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2017 at 11:47 AM
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    That's good to know. My girl and I are both about 5'6" so most vehicles have lots of room. LOL. Our biggest concerns with a new vehicle are comfort on long road trips (8+ hours in a day), fuel economy and reliability. I have never had very good luck with used vehicles so I'm hesitant buying another used one. But if a 4 year old RAV4 is pretty well certain to last me 5 - 10 more years I'd consider it.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2018 at 2:34 PM
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    Bump...looking at one for my wife. Considering a certified used 2017 XLE. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated :cheers:
     
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  5. Mar 6, 2018 at 2:54 PM
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    Forget the subaru. Wife has a '17 Rav4 SE. Excellent vehicle and fun to drive .
    2016-12-11 12.46.32.jpg
     
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  6. Mar 6, 2018 at 3:18 PM
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    My wife had a 2007 RAV4. We had our fair share of issues and got rid of it a soon as we could. Hopefully the quality of the newer Generation improved. She now has had a Subaru Forester (we liked the Outback but the dog crate wouldn’t fit in the back) for 4 years (bought it new in 2013) and it has been the best car we’ve ever had. No issues (60k miles now on the clock) great gas mileage, feels a lot more solid than the Rav, and is a dream in the rain and snow.
     
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  7. Mar 6, 2018 at 3:21 PM
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    My father just bought a 2018 SE a couple months ago, so far he really likes it. Doesn't have enough miles yet to really report any reliability/longevity concerns.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2018 at 3:26 PM
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    Wife just leased an '18 se... so far so good... looked at the rogue too which they were the cheapest and the most loaded.. didn't trust that cvt engine though... we got them way down on the rav as well.. one thing that bothers me is the seats are narrow.. I have a wide back from training and it's almost like the seats push your shoulders into a bad postural position... Wife is thin so non issues with her
     
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  9. Mar 6, 2018 at 4:24 PM
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    Why not 4runner? Just bought one for the wife and its awesome. Great visibility, great seats, and got it for $4500 off sticker. There was a dealer a little further for $5000 off sticker. They hold their resale better than anything else too.
     
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  10. Mar 6, 2018 at 4:40 PM
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  11. Mar 6, 2018 at 4:50 PM
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    My wife has a '17 Rav4 Limited and we love it ... she won't drive anything else. We only have one kid (11 year old son) so there's tons of room for the three of us. It's spacious enough to haul luggage and other junk yet small enough to get around tight spaces in the city. We've had it 10 months and have had zero issues. We've averaged 26.5 mpg overall since we bought it (90% driving in town) but have gotten 33 mpg's a number of times on road trips. She had a '14 Limited before that and loved it as well ... zero issues in the three years we had it. We've never tried towing anything (don't have a hitch on it) so I can't speak to how it may tow your 12' boat, but I would think it would handle it fine.
     
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  12. Mar 6, 2018 at 5:20 PM
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    We are looking for something fairly economical because she puts on a lot of miles for her job. I wanted the 4-runner, but I think the RAV4 will be better for the amount of driving she does (mostly in town). Plus, I won’t be as tempted to spend my Tundra funds on her mods...:spending:
     
  13. Mar 6, 2018 at 6:37 PM
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    You probably can't go wrong with either. I know some of the older 2.5L boxer engines had issues with head gaskets, but otherwise they're really solid. My parents have a 2011 Forester and haven't had a single issue with it.
     
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  14. Mar 7, 2018 at 5:33 AM
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    My MIL has a 2000 Rav4 manual trans AWD with about 60k on it. White! I absolutely love that car. Its not the best on mpg but not horrible. A blast to drive though. I use it whenever im in Vegas to hit the town. Tundra stays safe parked in her gated community.
    I always look forward to driving it.
     
  15. Mar 7, 2018 at 6:42 AM
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    Only grip we have with my wife's '14 XLE is a lack of rear vents. Took it over Donner pass in the middle of a decent storm and it did just fine through the snow. 24.7 mpg combined for us. Fits my 6'4" frame with a rear facing car seat behind it just fine. Little small in the back for our dogs but one is a 145 lb Malamute.
     
  16. Mar 7, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    Randy Morton

    Randy Morton Life takes its toll, please have exact change.

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    A friend had a RAV4, but I'm not sure of the year. He did almost no maintenance, drove it low on oil for quite a while (it was making odd sounds and I checked it for him, three quarts later it was full), and usually drove it until he had to put it in the shop. It ran fine when he gave it to one of his assistants (who maintains it properly) and it's still going as far as I know. Like all Toyotas, they're hard to kill.
     
  17. Mar 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM
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    Coworker bought his son a 2013 Rav4 recently, first car, he is very pleased.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2018 at 7:45 AM
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    Took the truck in for scheduled maintenance and saw this while walking the floor. This is one sharp RAV4 blacked out like this.

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  19. Mar 8, 2018 at 8:01 AM
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    JC303 Same same but different

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    I have a friend with a 2014 and it is surprisingly spacious inside. All she has done is tires and oil changes. No problems at all. It drives well and I would like to get that or a 4runner for the wife. She just loves her Subaru Forester. Good luck with the search.
     
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    That has the heating steering wheel I think.. be nice to have right about now in ny
     
  21. Mar 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM
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    Longer list than the wife needs to know about....
    I had a 2011 Legacy (Same thing as an outback minus the suspension). The car was great except for the CVVT transmission. In stop and go traffic I hated it. On long road trips it was an awesome vehicle. Great gas mileage, fast enough, and comfortable.
    Sold it with 100K on it and never had an issue other than a bent rim. (turns out they can't take a pothole like the Tundra).
     
  22. Mar 8, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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    It seems with some of your needs / uses I would lean 4Runner - as mentioned. You could get a Gen4 2003-2009 4x4 or a possibly Latest gen. The gas mileage will be less but a much more rugged SUV. I bet resale would be better too.
     
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    Nevermind. I just saw your reply to this suggestion earlier.
     
  24. Mar 8, 2018 at 10:55 AM
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    My older of two daughters purchased a 2017 RAV4 last year in July.
    She loves her vehicle and suits her well with two large dogs and daily commuting.
     
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    Not a fan of Subarus after 2 of the ones I've had in my family have had catastrophic engine issues.

    2011 Forester (fun to drive, stick) had oil consumption issues and Subaru put a new block in it at 20k miles?

    2008 Impreza Outback Sport (stick) had MAJOR oil consumption issues and ended up in a bad wreck that totaled it out. That car would take 1 quart of oil every gas tank.
     
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    I know this isn't my thread, but I really appreciate everyone's input. We are still leaning toward the RAV4, but weighing a couple other options as well. Part of the problem is I have a good friend who works at a dealership and can get great deals, but it is a Buick/GMC dealership. They obviously don't have new Toyotas and have a limited number of low mileage trade ins. I just happened to get lucky when he called me about a very nice blue Tundra they took in on trade! :yes:
     
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    My wife had a 2013 XLE, put about 19k on it, used it mainly for long trips, took it from WV to Boston one year and got 37mpg, tons of room I'm 6'1 she's 5'2 and 1/4, traded it on a 2016 Tacoma, had a baby traded the Tacoma back in on a 2018 RAV4 Limited, a lot more room for the baby seat. Gets about 26mpg around town, but it only has 650 miles on it.
     
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    Wife has a 14 RAV4, not a single problem yet, other than hitting deer. It is also her 3rd RAV4 and we have never had a problem with any them. Just oil changes and tires.
     
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    Too small for my liking. My rental car when I got my leather seats in it. Felt smaller than my corolla.
     

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