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ciuvak wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 5:41 pm
Is the US pricing usually higher compared to Canadian trims for RAV4? Looking at their announced pricing for gas trims and converting to CAD, seems to be unreasonably high when compared to actual Canadian MSRPs.
Edit: For example: Limited AWD: US = 34900 USD ~ 46443 CAD vs 40690 CAD our MSRP. Am I missing something?
Yes. The discounts in the US are far greater than what we get here but still, MSRP here has been significantly cheaper, relative to FX rates.

Extended warranty down south is much cheaper too.

You're still game for they hybrid? :) I just read how BMW is lagging its German peers on 48V system and here with our with Toyota hybrids, which I think are mostly beltless like some higher end MBenzes.

Except for battery (if it goes kaput after the eight year and cost $2.5k in the US), I think hybrid is the way to go with electrical a/c, lack of alternator and starter and brake pads that probably last 75k or more. We have 49k on our RAV4 and the brake pad depth are still pretty good.
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dealseaker101 wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 6:59 pm
I'll take a wild guess that the XSE hybrid will be $41k.
That would be a steal...don't forget it's also the best performing of all models
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blexann wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 7:14 pm
That would be a steal...don't forget it's also the best performing of all models
Our top of the lin RAV4H in 2016 had that MSRP so it's quite possible.

I usually don't buy the top of the line and the add-on package but we could only get DRC with the technology package then and trims were limited to Limited and XLE I believe. There were no SE or XSE trims.
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alanbrenton wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 7:12 pm
You're still game for they hybrid? :)
ha, yes, still interested in RAV4 Hybrid. It turned into more of a long term project though :) Decided to keep my current car a bit longer. Out of all the trims I would probably go for the XLE.
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ciuvak wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 7:32 pm
ha, yes, still interested in RAV4 Hybrid. It turned into more of a long term project though :) Decided to keep my current car a bit longer. Out of all the trims I would probably go for the XLE.
Even better. Then you can wait for a better deal down the road.

My congratulations/condolences if you own a Toyota and are cursed with long-term reliability and low cost of ownership. I am a believer in Toyota and Lexus now after being in the Honda fold for so long. :)
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Motormouth posted his review on YouTube today and some tidbit of info was very interesting. The US models with the panoramic roof are built in Japan. Added bonus if you ask me.
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Keomolok wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 8:37 pm
Motormouth posted his review on YouTube today and some tidbit of info was very interesting. The US models with the panoramic roof are built in Japan. Added bonus if you ask me.
Definitely a bit bummed on panoramic roof not making it to Canada.

Has anyone found a video/review with comments on visibility vs. the competition (thinking Forester)?
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OKSpring wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 9:02 pm
Definitely a bit bummed on panoramic roof not making it to Canada.
Agree, big time miss for me
Has anyone found a video/review with comments on visibility vs. the competition (thinking Forester)?
Forester will be better, the reviews that I saw just mention that it's good
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alanbrenton wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 7:36 pm
Even better. Then you can wait for a better deal down the road.

My congratulations/condolences if you own a Toyota and are cursed with long-term reliability and low cost of ownership. I am a believer in Toyota and Lexus now after being in the Honda fold for so long. :)
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How reliable are these Toyota hybrid cars? Do the batteries need to be replace in 8 years?

I'm leaning towards the gas models.
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blexann wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 9:10 pm
Agree, big time miss for me



Forester will be better, the reviews that I saw just mention that it's good
There was a decent rearward view in a Redline Review (think it was around 21m30s) that makes it look pretty open and airy. But that was with the panoramic roof, shade open.

Can usually judge visibility fairly well based on where the windows are relative to shoulders. Looks similar to a Forester.

I might hold out a few years, hopefully the Canadian manufacturing plant gets sorted and can be retooled to incorporate the panoramic roof.
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MilKii wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 10:44 pm
How reliable are these Toyota hybrid cars? Do the batteries need to be replace in 8 years?

I'm leaning towards the gas models.
If they go within 8 years you're in luck, Toyota will replace them.

Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive (this is v2) has been incredibly reliable though.

Of note, they decided to still go with NiMH batteries which are tried and true (reliable) instead of Li-ion, to some peoples dismay.

The Trail model would be my pick.. But those hybrid mileage numbers are incredibly impressive. CVT is what would likely sway my decision, would like to be proved wrong!
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