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I am having a hard time deciding between the Rav4 and the mazda cx-5. The Rav4 seems like it has a nicer interior, but the mazda gets better gas milage and also has a blind spot monitoring wywtmen that beeps, which I think is great. The Rav4 just seems like a better bult car. Has anyone driven both and if so what are your thoughts?Report it
We did not test-drive the Mazda but I?ll share with you our experience calculating gas-cost and warranty. When we were shopping for car types we compared the gas-cost of a 2013 Toyota Sienna LE (18/20) vs the Rav4. We drive about 10,000 miles a year (mostly highway) and calculated the cost difference between fueling up the Rav4 vs the Sienna. The result was around $500 +- a year over-all . The 2014 CX-5 gets on-paper about 26/35 VS the 2013 Rav4 at 24/31; Based on the previous comparison you can expect about $400 +-- (~$33mo) difference between the two. $400 a year isn?t much in this market and this size vehicle. Onto the warranty we did observe a difference in how the warranties are handled across brands. For example we spoke to a Subaru dealer about what happens if were on a road-trip and Joe Bob works on our broken axel. The Subaru guy said that if Joe Bob touched/fixed our axel then Subaru would void the warranty on the axel. We asked the same question at the Toyota and Honda dealers and both said no-problem, warranty is still ok so Joe Bob?s repair shop can work on the car. Which is important if you drive on road trips allot. Sorry for the long reply/post; hope it adds some perspective.Report it
Can you share the spreadsheet if don'y mind? I am also agonizing about a similar car purchase, and, we seem to have similar requirements. Thanks.Report it
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