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Pros: Toyotas reputation for qaulity cars.
Cons: Radio volume control a little hard for us with larger fingers.
Advice: Drive and compare, it does all the speaking for itself.The new styling originally won us over. When we test drove it, I was impressed with the power from the four cylinder. The standard equipment was impressive also. When the salesman explained all the safety features on this car we were sold. Hardest part was picking the color (Black walnut pearl).
Pros: Seating for 8 and rear climate controls
Cons: Blind spot created by the passanger side(2nd) row headrest
Advice: buy it!I loved the way it handled and the comfort. It drives like a car.
Cons: Insuring the thing, seeing others pulled up next to you
Advice: Try one out, you will like it.It didn't cost as much as a BMW or lexus, but definielty drives like one! I tested many cars this time around, but the Celica GT-S took the cake. The car sounds, handles, and looks like a sports car, and turns heads on the road like one too.
Pros: Comfort, visibility, responsiveness
Cons: Many options should come as standard. Packaged options are strange combinations.
Advice: If you're looking for a great little 'do everthing' runabout. This your car!I took my time and read all the reviews, test drove 5 of the top rated SUVs and found the RAV4 was the best quality and comfort for my specific needs. Being a petite female ruled out many of the SUVs because of access, comfort or visibility. The RAV has great styling, looking so much like a Lexus, that people are always asking if it is. The seats fit perfectly..AND move up so my short legs can reach the peddles. The auto is much smoother than the standard that I drove. The engine is peppy, merging into freeways well, and 'kicking in' to pass while cruising at about 80. I don't need a gas guzzling speed demon for my 'runabouts' and trips. Steering was responsive and firm. The ride was car-like with very little sway or tilt in the test. Just all around...fun to drive. Seemed to have more punch and pick up than many of the higher priced or more powerful(Including CRV and some V6s).
Pros: Handling/Ride quality
Cons: Initial cost
Advice: Take the vehicle out for a long period of time to really appreciate it.An exceptional handling vehicle, particularly for its size. The ride is firm but not rough. And, it corners without any tilt. Much better quality than Ford, Chevy or Land Rover ever thought about producing!! Plus, it is not one of those sissy SUVs that BMW and Mercedes are pushing off on consumers - these are nothing more than jacked-up station wagons. Also, looking at the stats, the LandCruiser beats the Lexus LX - and you don't have all the cheesey cladding.
Pros: Separate front/rear temp controls, even with sunroof. Competition does not have separate rear controls available with a sunroof.
Cons: For my wife, the primary driver of this vehicle , it's that darn blindspot caused by second row outboard headrest .
Advice: Look at the Yukon/Tahoe, then compare overall with this vehicle. This should have better resale down the road, and has a greater level of safety features.Fit, finish, and function are excellent! The ride is not as soft as our Suburban, but is not far off the Yukon we test drove. Driver blind spot resulting from the oversize headrest at the 2nd row passenger side is a problem for shorter drivers. Solution may be to remove this headrest until needed to carry a taller passenger in that position. Young children will not require the headrest. Shoulder belts at all seats a big plus, with outboard adjustable shoulder harnesses in the 1st and second rows great for kids and shorter adults to prevent harness from strangling them. Storage bins throughout, cupholders. Cloth is the seat material of our choice for passenger all weather comfort. Outstanding safety features include Vehicle Skid Control, ABS, limited slip control for 4WD. Bigger than the Yukon, more cargo room, better seatbelts, front, side, and sidecurtain airbags, yet
Pros: The tinted windows.
Cons: The third row seating.
Advice: I suggest you get the most expensive the XLE because the minivan would be alot better if you had leather and more options than the CE.I like the Sienna very much, but it also has many bad qualities. The steering is alittle rough and the third row seating is very hard to get into. However, the minivan drives very smoothly and and the quality of the car is just amazing.