Had a '96 Grand Cherokee but got sick
of all the problems. I wanted to get a
new car with: price tag at or below
$20K, 4WD, extremely reliable, able to
fit large cargo when needed, mostly a
commuter car for work....only found 2
that met criteria...RAV4 & CRV. Didn't
test drive CRV because to me it just
looks tin-canny, and the wheels look
too small to be stable. Advice to you
would be to drive both and see. If
you're looking for a family car, check
out the Highlander ($5K more than
RAV4). I bought a RAV4 and now have
1000 miles on it.
Maneuverability and quietness. RAV4
turns corners like my Volvo S60
Higher center console (to rest arm on),
more driver seat adjustment controls,
more steering wheel
adjustments...haven't yet found perfect
seat position to be 100% comfortable
so far I'm very pleased with the
performance of this vehicle. Before I
purchased it I compared vehicle prices
and design, fuel milage, Engine power
and handling in somewhat adverse
weather conditions such as strong winds
and snow covered roads. I was also
pleased with the smooth ride. I looked
at and test drove 4 other makes and
models of SUV's before buying this one.
The good Engine Power and the fuel
milage surprised me considering the
vehicle is an SUV and that it better
than many others in it's size range.
Some cars don't do that well.
The slides on the rear seats should be
fastened together so that they don't
move independently. It can be a chore
getting the seats back in.