Test-drove some more Toyotas yesterday 
Thursday, 2 February, 2006, 03:28
Tried out a Matrix XR 4WD, the new RAV4, and a Tacoma. I loved the Taco, but there's no way I'd get one right now ... I wouldn't use it for its intended purpose, and it gets the worst mileage of the three. The problem I had with the Matrix was that it required too much encouragement to get moving (read: I had to floor it to accelerate at a decent clip). The RAV ... that has a 2AZ-FE, which I'm already used to, and weighs about the same as a 2002 Solara. Also, it has just been redesigned, and is the size of a Highlander. Based on just these three test drives, I'd go with the RAV.

Tomorrow, I'm swinging by a Subaru dealership and a Honda dealership. I'd like to test drive an Impreza wagon, an Outback, and an Element. I don't think I'd go for the Element, though ... true, its engine is the same size as the one found in the RAV, but it gets 21/24 city/highway, as opposed to the RAV's 23/28. My guess is that it all boils down to aerodynamics -- the RAV4 seems a lot smoother than the Element, albeit less utilitarian ... more like a raised station wagon than a brick with wheels.
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