After 8 months of research and debate
between Honda, Mazda and Toyota settled
on the T despite initial distaste with
the exterior appearance (98 percent of
the time you're inside it, right?). The
$2,500 rebate from Toyota to move
the '03s before the updated and
admittedly superior '04 hits, sealed
the deal. So ended up with a top of
the line XLE for the same price as the
Honda and with way better reliability
and more features than the Mazda.
Sunroof is a big deal (not available on
H). Power doors. The drop down center
tray would be nice (on the 04). Being
able to use a portion of the rear seat
(No use it or lose it rear seat).
Quietness...no fuel slosh like the
Honda, no 4 noise rating like the
editors gave the Mazda.
Split fold and stow rear seat, power
rear door, drop down center table.
These are all on the horizon with
the '04 but bear in mind that the top
of the '04 is an XLE Limited and you
are not going to touch that for less
than 35 large I suspect.
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