2006 Toyota RAV4
There are 11 user reviews for the Base V6 4X4 trim shown below
- Good fuel milage
- Goodyear tires made the differance in a quiet ride
Purchased As New
Now have 60,000 miles on my 2006 RAV-4 this car is as it was when new, dealer did something to the steering about 35,000 on a recall, cost nothing on my end, to me this is a great great vehicle, good milage, very smooth powerful engine, very reliable, no funnie noises after years of driving, did put on some Goodyear Milage Max tires, when tires needed replacement and that improved the quietness and ride, don't think I could have done any better in a cross over vehicle. I will buy another, when it needs replacement,...read morehide
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no mention of price over 27,000.00/16 miles to the gallon/rather rough ride/my experience on my 2007 ltd. rav4
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- Outstanding performance, good FE, Plenty of room throughout
- Quirky transmission, sound quality of radio, rear lighting
Have owned 9 Toyotas since '78, most recently a '99 Camry. Every one was dependable with few problems. Loved them all, but this one is the best! Excellent performance on the hiway and around town, gets ave. 26 MPG. In 5 months have put on over 14000 mi. It's much more roomy and comfortable than my wife's '01 RAV, and the V6 is the only way to go - can't wait to try the 4WD in the snow!
At low speed, the transmission sometimes can't make up its mind which gear to go to, but responds smoothly on rapid acceleration. Not happy with the sound quality of the radio - can't adjust / eliminate all of the annoying background base tone (dealer says "that is the way they are now making them"). The RAV could use some lighting in the rear storage area. Also agree with another reviewer that adjustable headrests would be better than the built-in ones that come with the base model.
While pricey, the vehicle is worth every cent. I haven't enjoyed driving as much since my first 4-speed stick Corolla. I love it!!...read morehide
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- good mpg, stylish look, peppy, plenty of room in the back
- poor driving leg room, uncomfortable front seats, no noise indication if lights are left on
I have had my 06 Rav 4 for less than one month and have already had a fair share of problems. The first week I had a flat tire and the tire pressure indicator light came on. I installed the spare and had to plug up the bad tire. The indicator light will not go out until the new spare is fixed and put back on the vehicle. Apparently there are sensors in each of the five tire valve stems. The v6 base model does not come with a reset switch like the other models do. If you use your spare you need to get the fifth tire fixed in order for the indicator light to go out. The second week I had a rock hit the windshield and chip it. It didn't need replacing, thank god. So far I have had to pay for the tire and windshield repair. Now after all this rain we have been having I found my passenger floorboard completely soaked with water ranging from way up under the dashboard to the start of the seat. Not sure what the cause is just yet. The window has been up all the way and the windshield was not replaced. I'm off to the dealer on Monday. I should have stuck with my toyota tacoma....read morehide
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- power, interior space, fuel economy, true suv ride
- no 5spd v6
I have read alot of these reviews and the one thing that sticks out is people complaining about the ride. The ride is a little stiff thats because it is a suv not a station wagon. I applaud toyota for sticking to its roots and not making the suvs with a cushy station wagon ride. This vehicle is capable offroad. Although theground clearance is a little low. The stiff suspension keeps the vehicle from bottoming out and helps in handling. Alot of these people complaining about ride need to shop for a one of the suvs marketed to the masses of city driving. I bought a f150 and was shocked on how cushy the ride is. If you take it off pavement over 5mph your on the bumpstops. That is not the case with the rav4. This is the first toyota I have owned since my 84 pickup with the little 4 banger. The ride on the interstate seemed pretty good for avehicle like this. I test drove several competiters vehicles and this one was far and away the best. The base model comes with alot of great features and the v6 is amazing. Sports car like acceleration. If you dont believe me check the performance reports in several magzines. I did not drive the 4cyl so I cannot comment on that engine. My base model has a locking differential add that to the increased interior room, v6 and alot of nice extras and there is no comparible vehicle for 24,500 thats what I paid....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy, good road manners, great power; plenty of interior space
- infuriating door locks that do not auto lock and unlock
I love my new RAV4!. The power, road manners, interior room, and fuel economy are top notch in this product class.
I have no tas yet had a chance to tow anything above 600 lbs. and cannot wait to try towing a heavier trailer.
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- MPG for an SUV, 3500lb towing, V6 4x4, cargo space
- Low ground clearance, No manual tranny in V6, only dark interior?
We live in Denver (in the city) and wanted a vehicle with more cargo and performance for highway, city and mountain driving. We occasionally rent and tow a pop-up camper, but we mostly tent camp. I wanted a vehicle rated for 3000 lb towing and still make it over 11,000+ ft mountain passes. I wanted a relatively quiet ride on the highway, and to be easy to parallel park downtown, but also something with enough ground clearance to get us to trailheads and campsites. This is no rock crawler, and the ground clearance is actually a little less than what I'd like. The 7.5" on the '06 RAV4 is .2" more than the Highlander... Most cars have 5 to 6"; Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, and Jeep Liberty have over 9". The Ford Escape has 8.2", The Outback 8.4" and the Forester 7.9" For an SUV, the Ground Clearance on the RAV4 is on the low side, but it has a lot of other features that still made it a good choice. So far, the RAV4's 7.5" has been enough ground clearance for us. I've been on some rough roads with it without scraping anything. Most SUV drivers don't even take their machines off the pavement, much less on anything approaching the capabilities of their vehicles. Of the 700+ miles I've put on my RAV4, maybe 75 miles were on unpaved roads and maybe 15 of those were rough enough that ground clearance even crossed my mind, but all still within the capabilities of the vehicle. Most of the roads we travel in the mountains are either highway, paved, or dirt corduroy forest service roads that you could drive in a 2WD car. It's only those few miles, usually near trail heads, where it gets rougher and you are glad you have a little extra space below. I would feel better with another inch of GC, but it hasn't been a problem yet. The RAV4 isn't made for the Rubicon Trail, but then the Jeeps aren't made for long distance highway roadtrips either. The RAV4 is a compromise between off-road capability and highway comfort, but it fulfills our real needs very well. This is no fantasy vehicle like the FJ, but one that meets my real world driving requirements.. Also, I originally wanted a manual tranny, but that wasn't available with the V6. Most important to me in going with the automatic was that the transmission wouldn't be shifting and "hunting" for a gear when going up a mountain. It isn't a problem and I'm happy with the automatic, but you gotta have the V6. I never even considered the RAV4 until I saw it with the V6. This vehicle was a surprise to me and became the practical choice for us. It is comfortable and efficient enough for long distance road trips, but it is also capable in the high country. I have enough cargo space to haul every piece of camping gear I own and enough power to tow the pop up camper. Now with the bikes and skis on top, we feel like Colorado just became a bigger state. We're not at all hindered by the capabilities of our vehicle, but we also didn't have to sacrifice the efficiency of the Honda Civic we traded in. The RAV4 is easy to park and nimble in the city. Both my wife and I love it. I used to think I would need two vehicles; a mountain adventure vehicle and another, more efficient, commuter vehicle. The RAV4 has gone everywhere I've asked it to go, comfortably and efficiently. We also looked at the Ford Escape, Subaru Outback, Subaru Forester, Jeep Liberty, Toyota 4-Runner, Quad-cab Tacoma, Nissan Xterra and Honda CRV, but the RAV4 won out... despite the upity Toyota dealers. This fits us really well....read morehide
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- Handles great, accelerates well for it's class. Good ride. Very comfortable - excellent head room
- Throttle is a little light - so use Cruise Control or your shin gets tired from holding your foot
Handles great, accelerates well for it's class. Good ride. Very comfortable - excellent head room (I'm 6'1"), VERY roomy inside, yet outside is smaller than a Ford Contour.
Throttle is a little light - so use Cruise Control or your shin gets tired from holding your foot up. The sound system - overkill on the Bass. Dash LCD clock is hard to read, especially with sunglasses on.
Wish it was still the smaller size of the previous model (generation) RAV4, with the engine and towing capacity of this model. Very tight turning radius. Fit and finish is excellent at all points. Very comfortable to cruise at 75 to over 85 all day. For a long road trip with the wife (and lots of luggage), this vehicle is about perfect....read morehide
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- Can't beat the fuel econ for an SUV, quiet and smooth, roomy!
- Doesn't respond the second you put your foot down to speed up, but I'll get used to it!
I LOVE MY NEW SUV! I have driven two Jeeps over the past ten years (cherokee, grand cherokee) and though I loved them both, I am absolutely smitten with my new RAV4. The space inside is much roomier and I feel safe and secure surrounded by it. I have the third seat, and while I wouldn't put an adult back there, it's perfect for the kids and they fold flat when not in use.
The back seat area is much larger than my jeep and the seats recline. I would like the front seats to move further back. My 5'11" husband didn't seem to have enough leg room.
My kids love all the cup holders, and even though it's something so simple, the holders in all four doors are actually bottle shaped - perfect for holding my Dasani! There are two main cup holders for each row and four bottle holders in the doors for a total of ten... gotta love it.
There are several places to plug in the gagets - even one in the far back. All the buttons and gadgets are clearly visible and easily reached. There are two glove boxes and two compartments in the middle arm rest as well as many open spaces for anything and everything.
Got mine in red and have all the neighbors checking it out......read morehide
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- Great power, fuel economy.
- Doors don�t automatically lock when you start driving.
I�ve had mine for 2 weeks and have 600 miles on it. I had a minivan for the last 8 years so I�ve been having fun with all the power! Once I quit stomping on the gas I�m sure I�ll do better than the 21 mpg I�ve been getting. The other V6 4x4�s are only rated to get 18-19 in town. I started looking at the small SUVs last fall. I tested them all and was waiting for the new RAV. Boy am I glad I waited, the V6 is awesome, 269 HP and 21-28 mpg. I took my husband out to test drive vehicles 3 weeks ago. First we stopped at Suzuki, then Ford and finally Toyota. All it took was a test drive for him to see why I was stuck on the RAV. My kids love the reclining backseats and leg room. A 6�2� coworker had plenty of room in both the front and backseat. We were able to negotiate for $400 over the invoice listed on Yahoo and Edmund�s websites. Besides my husband�s great negotiating skills (he loves to barter), I think the key was letting the dealer know we didn�t have to have it today and were willing to order one if needed. We took delivery of one that came from the factory the next week. Mine is Everglade metallic green with gray interior and I�ve gotten lots of compliments on it. The week after I got it we received 17 inches of snow and ice. The on demand 4x4 worked great! I'm vertically challenged, only 5'2" so the telescoping steering wheel is a nice bonus....read morehide
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