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My dealer has a 2016 RRS HSE Aruba in stock with the Espresso/Ivory interior. There is not a lot of difference in the options so that is not a factor.

It does not have the remote start and my dealer said they did not know if that was going to even be offered in the 2016. I am not sure I trust him so any insight would be very much appreciated.

I also have not asked him what he is going to give me for my 2014, but he said it would not be a big deal.

My biggest reason for getting the 2016 is I get bored really quick with vehicles. I usually only keep them 2 years, if I am lucky. I purchased this 2014 on July 31, 2014 (so barely 1 year this time).

I am in love with the Aruba color with the espresso. I went to look at every other vehicle out there and just cant get the Range Rover out of my mind. To be perfectly honest, if there was anything else out there that was awesome, I would be open to it. I don't like the looks of the Cadillac Escalade and it is just too big. The Volvo XC90 was okay, but I did not like the look of the infotainment system. I also do not think I would ever take a risk on a Volvo. Previous to the Range Rover, all of my vehicles were BMW and Lexus. I just don't like the look of the X5. The 2016 Lexus RX350 is just weird looking and the 2016 Audi Q7 looks like a minivan. The Porsche has too many buttons and the exterior just does not appeal to me. However, the infotainment is so much cooler on the Lexus and Audi. In fact, I went to look at the Honda Pilot Elite and it has a better infotainment system. I was trying to see if I could come down to earth. My husband called me and said he hoped I liked the Pilot!

My issues with the Range Rover are:

1. Infotainment System
2. Back seats do not lay completing down
3. Small cargo space
4. Concern with reliability
5. Being somewhere (like South Dakota) where there are no Range Rover dealers if I had an issue

I understand there is not a perfect vehicle out there and right now it seems like the Range Rover Sport is closest to it.

If there are any suggestions on other vehicles or thoughts on my trade in, I would really appreciate it.
 

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I'll enable you even more and tell you to trade it in for a full size RR `). I love my 2015 RR ATB ... power, luxury, comfort and the ability for high speed highway cruising and off-roading all in one package. I tend to keep my cars for 4-6 years.

I would not choose a better infotainment system over the ability to go anywhere in a RR/RRS ... not that I do any serious off roading, but we have had flash floods here in LA, that stranded many sedans, and knowing that my RR can deal with 36" of water is priceless when I need to pick up my kids.
 

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The 2016s will not have remote start, that much has been confirmed.

When the dealer said "it will not be a big deal," do you think they mean it won't be a good offer or they mean it will not be something for you to worry about?

Unlike most people in here, I feel rather geriatric in how long I keep vehicles (usually drive them to 90,000 miles), so I cannot relate to being bored with a vehicle after 1 year, let alone trying to trade it in for an identical vehicle, albeit in a different color.

While the changes for 2016 were nice, I wouldn't trade in a 2014 just for those features. I could understand maybe trading for missing option packages or a different engine, but unless you really hate the white color or the aruba is a must have, I'm not sure I would do the trade. Will you end up trading the aruba in a year or two?

As for other choices, can't help you there. I agree with your assessments about the competition which is why I ended up ordering a RRS.

Good luck with your decision!
 

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The 2016s will not have remote start, that much has been confirmed.

When the dealer said "it will not be a big deal," do you think they mean it won't be a good offer or they mean it will not be something for you to worry about?

Unlike most people in here, I feel rather geriatric in how long I keep vehicles (usually drive them to 90,000 miles), so I cannot relate to being bored with a vehicle after 1 year, let alone trying to trade it in for an identical vehicle, albeit in a different color.

While the changes for 2016 were nice, I wouldn't trade in a 2014 just for those features. I could understand maybe trading for missing option packages or a different engine, but unless you really hate the white color or the aruba is a must have, I'm not sure I would do the trade. Will you end up trading the aruba in a year or two?

As for other choices, can't help you there. I agree with your assessments about the competition which is why I ended up ordering a RRS.

Good luck with your decision!
He acted like I would not take a big hit. I actually really appreciate your response. It probably is stupid to trade in my vehicle because of a color and being newer! I would probably keep it 2 years at most. However, if I get a great trade in value and I am happier, then it is worth it to me. I really wanted to find another brand to make my excuse easier to deal with.
 

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My dealer in Wisconsin has a 2015 HSE Aruba on the showroom floor and it is one nice looking SUV and probably much like the 2016. Go for it if you get a good trade-in allowance on your 2014.
 

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Sounds reasonable to see what your dealer can do with the 2014 trade-in and go from there. Just make sure it's not an impulsive buy.

Biggest thing is you want to be happy, just make sure you can get the numbers to work!
 

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Not sure if you would be interested to go to the dark side like a 2016 GLE? I currently own all three brands, the new 2015i escalade platinum, a 2013 RRS HSE lux and a 2014 GLK 350 4matic. So far the performance of the GLK and the tight fitment of things in this smaller SUV is so tight no surprised it was made in Germany. I initially hated the knob controls without the touchscreen but got used to the functionality. I liked the escalade platinum but realized it only goes up to 112mph. But the light and awesome interior make it a good long distance cruiser. My 2013 RRS is just sitting in my garage and is my weekend vehicle;)


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It's really what you feel comfortable with. Seems to me that you would be taking a big hit on a trade-in to get a different color of vehicle. Trade-in is almost always bad despite what they tell you upfront. They figure that they will get you hooked and emotionally invested in the purchase...then break the bad news. It's not like you are going to come out ahead of the game unless there is some flaw in the current vehicle you have that you want to ditch.

Take a look at the "Black Book" Value of your trade. Dealerships will virtually never give you Blue Book. So don't base it on KBB. Just my take on it.
 
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