- Jul 2, 2007
The quest for a new car to replace my wife's 150,000 mile 2008 RAV4 continues. Thought we had it narrowed to 2019 GMC Terrain but just can't dismiss two others that were totally redesigned for model year 2019: Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. Our purchase pricing limit we need to keep no higher than $30,000 US. As discussed in the thread about the diesel GMC Terrain, her driving pattern is short trips around town. Work commute maybe 5 miles each way. Yes, that does seem to scream HYBRID!!! And the all new RAV4 can be found in hybrid form with AWD for less than 30k in LE trim and has become very interesting to us. She's not into gadgets and electronic aids so a base trim level isn't a deal killer. Both the Toyota and the Subaru offer their own brand of crash avoidance automatic braking and lane departure stuff as standard equipment (TSS and Eyesight), GMC does not. GMC offers HID headlights as standard, Subaru offers LED headlights as standard, but Toyota still only offers halogens on their low trim. Being 55 like me, her night driving vision may benefit from the brighter HID's or LED's, so that constitutes a safety consideration. Deals can be had on the GMC but not so much on the Forester. Our preference on body styling of all three is ranked in this order from favorite to least favorite: Terrain, Forester, RAV4. Decisions, decisions ...