Clash of teh humble Cute Utes
October 28, 2012 9:38 AM Subscribe
Dear Car Shopper, what would You choose? RAV4 or Outback, new base models.
We're in the new or new-ish car market and will be acting soon. We are narrowed to two models for various reasons, each unfamiliar to us and each in a similar 'class' but with its own unique features and possibly limitations.
The choices, 2012 or very slightly possibly 2011, base models only:
~ Toyota RAV4 4-cylinder
~ Subaru Outback 2.5i
Great Lakes region US. Small city driving and some rural roads, mostly low hills, plus 80 mile round-trip highway commute, three or four days each week. Four months of inclement weather, icy highways and deep slush. Occasional trips to a fairly hilly city. Rare 3000 mile round-trips to high-desert SW US.
Two adults, occasional adult passengers. Basic cartage, no hauling or towing is planned. Our 2000 Celica is a wonderful car but getting long-in-the-tooth and can't handle all conditions or uses.
Looking for: Sole daily driver. Low maintenance, longevity, appropriate power for its weight, said winter and rural handling. And mileage that won't shock us too drastically from our current 30 MPG average.
If we're picking and choosing, reasonable road noise is nice too, as is a reasonably responsive or 'sporty' feel. We can adapt to any styling, and features don't matter too much.
We know and like Toyota. Subaru is unknown to us.
Bonus question: If the RAV4, is it reeeeaallly worth trying to get the v6, for these uses?
Other opinions or constructive thoughts?