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I test drove the Pilot and really liked it other than the size. The Passport just did not have the same feel as they went a different way by jacking it up and it seemed they made the suspension a bit harsher. I also was not impressed with Honda Tech. I knew they did not have a birds-eye view options but didn't expect their dynamic back-up camera to be terrible. I rented a base Model Kia mini-van years ago that had incredible dynamic back-up camera lines and parallel parked liked a dream so the fact that Honda can't figure that it is quite sad.

Moving on, I bought the new Rav4 Limited on the first day of seeing and driving it. It did not have the V6 but was impressive and well priced enough for me to get over that. The Tacoma seems like a nice next ride if my need for a tow vehicle comes about and my wife said she would be comfortable taking the Rav4 off my hands and giving up her car.
 

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Don't waste our time.
 

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Hello Joe, I guess I did sort of the opposite of what you did, I joined a couple of RAV4 forums last October and was really convinced (by reading all the features they supposedly had) but after the car came out I was COMPLETELY underwhelmed, I guess going from driving two BMWs back to back for the previous 16 years sort of upped my expectations and the RAV is Toyota's entry level SUV. EVERY road test review I read bashed it, in fact I read this today at lunch:
https://www.motor1.com/reviews/315753/2019-toyota-rav4-limited-review/
(Note RAV4 Performance got a 4 out of 10)

And then a fully loaded Adventure model RAV for being within $2k of a V-6, larger, leather-equipped, quieter, better made Passport Touring AWD, it made my decision a no brainer...

Now, if you and the Mrs are happy with it, then great and enjoy, after I bought my Passport, I made one last trip over to the RAV4 Forum and on a thread about "Customer Satisfaction" (it had three RAV4 owners that admitted they made a mistake) I told everyone that I was the proud owner of a Passport and resigned for the Forum..

Best Wishes...
 

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I actually really liked the Trail edition (Adventure to those of you south of the border) of the Rav4 and was having a difficult time deciding between the two. In the end, it was the lack of headroom on the Rav4 that was the deciding factor. Granted, going from a 2003 Honda Element which has so much headroom, my wife felt claustrophobic getting into the Rav4. Obviously the Passport has some other advantages beside the headroom, but in Canada, a Touring Passport will be about $8,000 more than the Trail Rav4 would have been, and that was also a factor in our decision making.
 

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Hello Joe, I guess I did sort of the opposite of what you did, I joined a couple of RAV4 forums last October and was really convinced (by reading all the features they supposedly had) but after the car came out I was COMPLETELY underwhelmed, I guess going from driving two BMWs back to back for the previous 16 years sort of upped my expectations and the RAV is Toyota's entry level SUV. EVERY road test review I read bashed it, in fact I read this today at lunch:
https://www.motor1.com/reviews/315753/2019-toyota-rav4-limited-review/
(Note RAV4 Performance got a 4 out of 10)

And then a fully loaded Adventure model RAV for being within $2k of a V-6, larger, leather-equipped, quieter, better made Passport Touring AWD, it made my decision a no brainer...

Now, if you and the Mrs are happy with it, then great and enjoy, after I bought my Passport, I made one last trip over to the RAV4 Forum and on a thread about "Customer Satisfaction" (it had three RAV4 owners that admitted they made a mistake) I told everyone that I was the proud owner of a Passport and resigned for the Forum..

Best Wishes...
I'm a Honda guy but I'd rather have a boring RAV4 than a CRV with a bad engine and CVT transmission!
 
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I'm a Honda guy but I'd rather have a boring RAV4 than a CRV with a bad engine and CVT transmission!
We traded our '17 CRV for the Passport and I liked the engine, we had no issues with it. The CVT was really smooth!
 

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Moving on, I bought the new Rav4
It's ok. You needed something smaller than the Passport and realized it when you drove the RAV4. If there are other characteristics of the RAV4 you prefer, then all the better for you. Good luck.
 

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The gutless 4 banger in the Rav 4 don’t cut it for me. You can have it. Toyota desperately needs to put a V6 in it.
 

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Congrats. That reminds me, I have to go to the Jeep, Hyundai, Toyota and Nissan forums to post about why i went with a Passport and not a car from the other brand.
:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

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Juicy.......
 

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It's ok. You needed something smaller than the Passport and realized it when you drove the RAV4. If there are other characteristics of the RAV4 you prefer, then all the better for you. Good luck.
LOL. I neglected to turn of my email notifications and am quite amused at the firestorm my supposed last post has lit. I saw other threads comparing the Passport to other trims and thought it acceptable. Well, that and I was finally glad as hell to be just done ! As StevenD said, basically it was a great fit for my family and situation and yall are free to buy whatever you are comfortable handing over a good sized check for. GLTA.
 

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I have a friend who has sold cars for many years, mostly used, & he always says...."there's a butt for every seat". Freedom to buy what we want is a wonderful thing.
 

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