Soon to buy my next 4WD, VERY happy w/ '97 RAV4. WOuld like something a little quieter, maybe a smidge more room and "pep" but these are 2ndary. CRITICAL for me is fuel economy & reliability, also clearance for our "off road" 1/2 mi. driveway & sometimes unplowed roads. I hate a "swimmy" ride, like the tight handling on curvy Mtn. roads. I put about 35 thou miles on per year, and want to get ahead of the paydown/depreciation curve; i.e. get the thing paid off before I hit 200K miles so I can build $ in the bank for next purchase. I figure a 2002 or so model gets me in desired price range of $13-$18 thou'. Suggestions anyone? Much appreciated!
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