To Trade or Not to Trade?

toyota
rav4
touareg2

#1

I recently purchased a used 07 toyota Rav4 and love the car but it’s under-powered for my needs, i would love to trade it for a similar year SUV with a 6 or 8 cyl. I’ve only ever owned Toyota’s and am a little leery of European brands but really love the styling and features. I’m looking at a VW Touareg, any advise regarding a VW Touareg or BMW i3, i live in a smaller town w/o a good import mechanic that i know of.
Thanks!


#2

You just answered your own question besides how much power do you need anyway.

Do you realize a BMWi3 is an all electric vehicle?


#3

The VW Touareg has a quite poor reliability record, so take that into account.

“Underpowered”? just about all american models are overpowered by European (and my) standards.


#4

Styling , so many cars look like other cars these days it makes you think there is only one design studio.


#7

Good news, the 2005-2012 Toyota RAV-4 could be had with a 3.5L V6, the same engine that can propel the larger Highlander to 60 MPH in about 7 seconds. The V6 RAV-4 could accomplish the same feat in less than 6 and half seconds. It’s not lacking for power.

Alternatively, you could get a Forester XT with the turbocharged flat four from the WRX.


#8

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#9

If you love to loose money, trade it, if you are a tightwad live with it.


#10

You have some valid points

but I believe it should be traded for something reliable

Considering that OP is familiar and comfortable with Toyota, a Highlander would make a good choice, IMO

They’re fairly common in my area, and I believe any competent mechanic should be able to do basic repairs and maintenance


#11

Since you talk about trading your RAV4, I assume you want a new SUV. Toyota has four SUVs with 6 or 8 cylinder engines: 4Runner, Highlander, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia. Have you looked at them? Gas mileage will be lower, but that is true for any larger engine, especially in a larger vehicle.


#12

The OP indicated they wanted to trade for similar year (2007). That is probably a costly move.


#13

Honda CRV is relatively inexpensive and reliable. Whatever you decided to buy, much better to get newer than 07 model.


#14

Thank you everyone for your feedback. It’s greatly appreciated. After considerably more research the VW’s/BMW’s have been ruled out. Really been enjoying the Rav4 4cyl I have and looking at a Rav4 v6, similar year.
Thanks again for your thought’s/advice.


#15

meant the X3…