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Pros: Roomy interior, compact exterior-how'd they do that ?
Cons: No 6 cylinder available.
Advice: Do your research and test drive them all-you'll be favorably impressed by the RAV !As satisfied owners of a 1998 Toyota Corolla, our first thought when we realized we needed a more versatile vehicle was the RAV-4. Just to be fair about it, though, we test drove a Jeep Liberty, and Subaru Forester and a Honda CRV. We loved the look and power of the Liberty, but the gas mileage frightened us off. We were unimpressed with the interior of the CRV, and found it less than a comfortable ride. The Subaru seemed well built, but was a bit dull. Loved the RAV's versatile seat configuration and the L has lots of bells and whistles. Great handling, fun to drive, and we got competitive financing as well.
Pros: CD/Cassette/Radio Sound
Cons: Brakes give the feeling of not wanting to come to a complete stop.
Advice: Love it as much as I do! Although I'm having a bit of a problem with the weekend Service Mgr...All Toyota Personnel have been terrific to work with!Test drove a 6-cyl. Avalon and, whoa!, it was too fast (after previously owning a Honda Accord). Then drove the 4 cylindar Camry which was very smooth, plenty fast enough, and had better control. I Bought it! Then...got my first EVER speeding ticket (at 52 years of age) while driving home from the dealership...clocked driving 67 in a 55! Where was that donut shop when needed? Very quiet, smooth, comfortable seats, and great leg room for this 5'10' lady. Love the sound system! I Just LOVE this car!
Pros: the engine
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: buy nowDid much research, even before vehicle started production. Overall, very impressed, would definitely recommend. Pros: most everything. Cons: gas mileage should be better with the technology Toyota posesses. Truth be known: They probably could get 25 MPG out of this engine in town but then being the new kid on the block, wouldn't be a good political move. I'm sure the oil companies control the whole gas mileage thing, agreed? They'd run Ford, GM and Dodge out of business if the mpg were better. I've owned all of the big three trucks. Dodge engines and trannys are great, but truck quality is poor. Ford and GM need too much repair, but will run a long time. Happy with truck!
Cons: IT GET DIRTY FAST
Advice: IT'S ONE OF THE BEST CAR THAT I HAD.WILL I HAVE A CAMRY 1998 LE, IT'S RUN VERY WELL. I KEPT THE MAINTANCE UPDATE CHANGE OIL ON REGULARILY. I WANT TO UPDATE MY CAR TO 2002 CAMRY LE. THIS VEHICEL GIVE GOOD PERFORMANCE ON EVERYTHING.
Pros: Toyota Quality
Cons: Driver seat does not have enough adjustments.
Advice: BUY! You can't beat the reliability, price, performance and resale value!I test drove this truck and within 1000 yards of the dealer, knew I'd buy it. I've tried to get into American trucks (Chevy and Ford) but cannot beat the Toyota. Nice ride, super quiet, a lot of power, and the feel of quality!
Pros: Smoothness of the Hybrid System
Cons: Upright Seating Position/Utilitarian interior
Advice: Dont buy this car if you intend on taking long trips.The car drives as advertised; just like a regular economy vehicle, the Prius is not going to win any awards for its ability on the track but as a commute car is performs well. The car is a little bit fidgety when the winds top 30 mph and at highway speeds. This car is better suited for in town driving. The seating arrangement is functional if not spartan, dont take too long of a trip. Also, I was involved in a minor (5 MPH)) accident and the damage to the front of the car was substantial ($2,000). The thin and light material used in the body was esentially inpossible to repair perfectly even though the speed involved was so low.
Pros: I'm glad it has a warranty
Cons: The service department
Advice: Buy a HondaI bought a new tacoma 2 weeks ago and the check engine light just came on, and the engine runs rough. All of the plastic wiring duct has been taped, and the tape is coming off all over the engine. I don't think the dealer really cares. I drove a Honda for nine years and toyota's quality isn't even close.