After selling the trailer, there was no need to keep the truck. It is not fuel efficient, it is big and bulky (which makes it difficult to park and to keep in narrow lanes in some towns), and it isn't a good vehicle to travel in as the only storage is in the back seat. Also, to be honest, I just didn't enjoy the truck. Oh, it performed fine for it's purpose. It towed that trailer all over the Southwest and took us through Christmas Tree Pass and other challenging roads. But the service department at our local Dodge dealership is lackluster at best. Now that the truck is beginning to get some miles and age on it, it's just a matter of time before it begins to need some work. In fact, when we did need to work on it, we learned quickly to hook up the trailer, take it to Kerrville, spend some time in the park there, and let the Kerrville dealership perform the maintenance. That's a good dealership there, efficient and friendly.
It's good to be back in the Toyota family. All of our Toyota vehicles have been great, and service is second to none.
We splurged a bit this time. We decided we wanted an SUV, so we went with a RAV4, Limited Edition. This gives us a few bells and whistles I normally am not interested in. Donna wanted heated seats. Since we removed her heart some years ago, the old girl really has a hard time getting warm. Along similar lines, we decided to go with dual climate control so that Donna can set the temp to 110 degrees while I set mine on something much more normal. And I wanted a built-in navigational device to help in our travels. Along with these came some other perks, like sun roof.
The back seat has nice leg room, and the back seats fold down flat to provide plenty of storage in the back. The backseats of many SUVs today do not fold down completely flat, so this is a nice feature. We have numerous long trips planned over the next few years, and we wanted to be sure to have plenty of room for our luggage. Mileage is nice. It gets 23 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. As a rule, because of our driving habits, Donna and I normally get a bit better than what is listed.
Below are a few pictures of our new vehicle. We're ready for a road trip now; in fact, we have a good one planned for next month to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.
|Exterior passenger side view. The exterior color is blizzard pearl.|
|It's difficult to see in this picture, but the rear storage extends to the back seats; their headrests are clearly visible. Cover extends from back seats to rear lift gate. Net can be removed. Spare tire is stored in compartment below net.|
|Rear storage with back seats folded down.|
|Front seat. Interior color is nutmet.|
|Back seat. Arm rest folds down, providing two cup holders. Seats fold down independently (60/40 split).|
|Navigation console. Bluetooth capability for mobile phones, etc. Dual climate controls beneath navigation. The navigation screen can be split in multiple ways to show other options.|
|Our new RAV4 in her new home.|