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Old 09-23-2018, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Boston,MA
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Maybe it's just me but the rear end of this car looks like a cheap and poorly designed Ford product to me. Given the attention detail Toyota paid to the rear end of the new Avalon, Camry, Gen 4 Prius, Prius Prime, CHR all on TNGA platform I was expecting something more exciting here.
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Old 09-26-2018, 04:42 PM
 
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on my 2010 , I had a spare tire on back door, not run flats. and I did replace tires with mich. all season tires.
I love Michelins. I never buy any other brand any more, unless I'm thinking of selling the vehicle. But their all-season tire is not a really good snow tire. It is ok, and I'll leave it there.

Which means I'm thinking the Michelins do not rule out tires as a source of your complaint.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:47 PM
 
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Price, specs and other info to be announced on November 20th. I'm assuming a December launch??

I'm interested in either the Limited or the hybrid...



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_yNvcZ03BQQ&t=36s
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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My '15 RAV is really racking up the miles and I started looking around for a replacement. Learned about the Adventure model and its towing capacity, so traded in the '15 for one of the last '18 Adventures. Don't like the new body style, so there is only a small window if one wants to purchase the older body style. The Adventure has a lot of silly black "highlights", so I got one that is pained black, which does not show the black trim. Only thing I'm giving up on my old Limited is the CD player. And the Homelink/compass rear-view mirror, (which I added after purchase).
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:37 PM
 
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The only RAV4 I will consider is an older V6 model.
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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All the real stats are embargoed Until November 20th, 2018. But the pictures and preliminary videos are out on youtube. Look for a December Launch date across America. The Interior looks amazing.
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:03 PM
 
Location: NY / Fl.
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The ‘19 Rav 4 looks interesting. My 2016 Rav 4 Hybrid has been flawless, very happy with it. My local dealership sent me an offer to buy my vehicle claiming it’s in very high demand. Although I see Rav 4’s everywhere it seems. Offered me beyond book price, 0% interest on 2018 Rav 4 or XLE Highlander or a Lease option. The letter said even if I don’t buy from them they want my vehicle. Sounds like they have a lot of 2018’s to sell. Why would I buy a 2018 model which is essentially the same as my 2016? Anybody looking for a good deal may want to wait until the 2019 model is available then grab a heavily discounted 2018. I would consider taking a 2018 Highlander that was restyled in 2017 if their deal was legit but they rarely are. I expect from what I’ve seen the 2019 Rav 4 to be in high demand, looks a bit like the Lexis NXT.....
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:22 PM
 
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Looks like the RAV4 will be the size of the old highlander. They keep growing....
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Old 11-25-2018, 05:30 PM
 
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Now that the embargo is off, there are multiple driving impression videos on YouTube, and they are (mostly) very favorable. Especially interesting to me is the hybrid model, getting 41 mpg highway. One article compared its "cost to operate comparable to a Tesla Model 3", assuming the $0.26 per KWH charged on Tesla's CA supercharger network, and obviously, this is using today's gas prices. This appears to be a "tipping point" in my mind - the idea of being able to purchase an AWD, essentially "mid-size" SUV that is able to get over 40 mpg, is a huge accomplishment. Plus, the hybrid is only an $800 premium over the base model - for this cost, why even offer a base model at all? If the payback for the hybrid is between one and two years, it's a no-brainer in my mind. This is discounting the fact that the hybrid has more horsepower and torque - I can't wait for the specs to see how its acceleration compares to the old V6 RAV4. Bottom line, why in God's name would someone pay the (at least) $10,000 premium for an all-electric car, with the inherent range problems, when one can purchase a hybrid this good?

The only negative I've seen is that the roofline is low enough such that some drivers conk their melon getting in. Being tall, this is a big deal to me, but like with anything subjective, I'll have to see for myself. Assuming (hopefully) this vehicle will have the same reliability as Toyota's Prius drivetrains, I'd say they have a real winner on their hands - bravo, Toyota. I can't wait to go for a test drive myself.
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Old 11-25-2018, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Now that the embargo is off, there are multiple driving impression videos on YouTube, and they are (mostly) very favorable. Especially interesting to me is the hybrid model, getting 41 mpg highway. One article compared its "cost to operate comparable to a Tesla Model 3", assuming the $0.26 per KWH charged on Tesla's CA supercharger network, and obviously, this is using today's gas prices. This appears to be a "tipping point" in my mind - the idea of being able to purchase an AWD, essentially "mid-size" SUV that is able to get over 40 mpg, is a huge accomplishment. Plus, the hybrid is only an $800 premium over the base model - for this cost, why even offer a base model at all? If the payback for the hybrid is between one and two years, it's a no-brainer in my mind. This is discounting the fact that the hybrid has more horsepower and torque - I can't wait for the specs to see how its acceleration compares to the old V6 RAV4. Bottom line, why in God's name would someone pay the (at least) $10,000 premium for an all-electric car, with the inherent range problems, when one can purchase a hybrid this good?

The only negative I've seen is that the roofline is low enough such that some drivers conk their melon getting in. Being tall, this is a big deal to me, but like with anything subjective, I'll have to see for myself. Assuming (hopefully) this vehicle will have the same reliability as Toyota's Prius drivetrains, I'd say they have a real winner on their hands - bravo, Toyota. I can't wait to go for a test drive myself.

It is not $800 more, it is $2200 more. The $800 is if the base LE has AWD. The hybrid only comes in AWD. But you are correct that if you want AWD, it's a no brainer to get the hybrid over the LE.
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