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#385412 - 11/09/12 06:38 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: exlabdriver]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Originally Posted By: exlabdriver
My Venza ain't no stinking 'station wagon', ha!!

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Originally Posted By: exlabdriver
It ain't a wagon unless its got fake wood on the sides, ha!

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My dad had one of those. It also had a 460 under the hood. That engine was bigger than a subcompact. cool

Tom. How about a Chrysler Magnum? If you're gonna get a wagon, might as well get one with attitude.
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#385418 - 11/09/12 07:36 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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If there are engine reliability issues with the Venza engine, it must be the 4 Cyl as I don't think that the RAV4 has the bigger V6.

The V6 is really a nice engine & more suited to the portly weight of the vehicle - it probably doesn't work as hard, especially in hilly country that is common around here...

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#385424 - 11/09/12 09:39 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: exlabdriver]
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Tom(lab)in the CR survey I mentioned to Tom T. both Venza models were reported as well above average in reliability, but the 4-cyl was a bit higher(highest in the "wagon" category). The V6 was the one receiving a "recommended" check mark however, because of better performance.
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#385434 - 11/10/12 12:18 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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To the best of my knowledge the Venza issues are more trim/options related, ie. wind noise etc. than actual power train.

The Rav4 is available with the same v6 as the Venza. The Venza truly is a Camry wagon on steroids, it is built on the same platform as the Camry from which the Rav4 is also derived.

Funny how Ford has some issues yet their Mazda counterparts rate well, might have something to do with the clientel buying them as many Fords are the same vehicle.
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#385436 - 11/10/12 12:38 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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My early production 2007 Mazda CX7 is the reason that I have a Venza today. Check CR's Reliability Ratings for the 2007 model year - mostly black circles the last time that I looked. During its initial offering it was a CR's Recommended Buy but fell off after a couple of years; however, reliability did improve dramatically in later model years. It was a nice, sporty CUV actually, with fantastic brakes but I couldn't live with wondering what major component was going to fail next.

This was a fine example of bringing a new model to the marketplace a year too early. Based on what I saw with mine & others on the auto forums, it cost this manufacturer a bundle in warranty work...

TAM

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#385483 - 11/11/12 10:42 AM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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Registered: 12/27/08
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I think Hyundai is nuts for not bringing the i40 to North America.
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#385612 - 11/13/12 04:59 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8133
Loc: Tacoma
Adrian, you are just in the bag for Hyundai, aren't you? smile

One of the first Venza ads was filmed in Tacoma. Of course, they've never filmed a Tacoma ad in Tacoma, but that's another story.

I drove a Ford Edge. Amazing technology. I liked the moonroof a lot (it had a separate panel in the backseat, too). Pretty peppy. Easy to drive. But I think it's too small.

I also drove a 2010 Honda Pilot EX-L. VERY nice, indeed. I expected it to feel more like a truck, but found it pretty maneuverable. Comfortable seats, flat-folding rear seats, enough room, good sunroof, adequate if unspectacular acceleration. Problems: too expensive, no bluetooth. Strong candidate if I can find one priced and equipped acceptably.

Still looking possible after additional research and/or poking: Ford Flex, Volvo XC90, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, Lexus RX350.

And - just for Mike - I'll also still consider a Mercedes ML350 if the right one bites me on the butt.

Most of these are going to be too expensive. Isn't everything.
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#385620 - 11/13/12 11:18 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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Registered: 03/07/05
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Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Tom, I look forward to reading more of your test drive experiences.
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#385621 - 11/13/12 11:38 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Good lord, your life is even more boring than I thought.
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#385622 - 11/13/12 11:40 PM Re: Small Car recommendations... [Re: Adrian]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
Oh, and the ML is too small and the GL is just.... too... Much. In every way. So, no Benz.
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