The one excellent feature of the old Rav is gone the 6 cyl that trump many competitors 4 cyl in power and fuel economy. Why not the 6 cyl with the new 6 trans ?
The V6 did not beat 4-cylinders in fuel efficiency. It was thirsty, as it should be being a large V6. When we tested it against other compact crossovers, it was way behind the 4-bangers in efficiency.
Here are a few examples : The Rav 6cycl either beat many 4 cyl competitors or came very close in mpg while still having a lot more HP and torque
2012 Rav 4 3.5 L, 6 cyl, Automatic 5-spd AWD, 22mpg combined
2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD 2.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic 4-sp 20mpg combined
2012 Acura RDX 2.3 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (S5) combined 19mpg
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4motion 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic 23mpg combined (close enough)
2012 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 2.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic 6-spd 23mpg combined (close enough)
2012 Dodge Journey FWD 2.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic 4-spd 22mpg combined
Source : http://www.fueleconomy.gov