2006 Toyota RAV4
There are 7 user reviews for the Limited V6 4X2 trim shown below
- Great acceleration, great redesign, nice ride for a short wheelbase SUV
- Interior a bit stiff (like a Honda), lower than expected MPG, HVAC controls a bit confusing
Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase. I use this vehicle for work and drive around 1,000 miles/week.
I get about 4-6 MPG less than advertised on the highway, but I do drive between 75-80 MPH to be fair. I'm sure if I drove 55 MPH everywhere, I wouldn't be too far off the 29 MPG mark, but I would be constantly passed and run over by everyone else on the road... It still is a great improvement over my former truck (2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi), which only averaged 16 MPG at best!
The engine creates a nice amount of torque and produces above average HP for a V6. This was one of the reasons I bought it. It accelerates from 0-70 like my Hemi did. No complaints in power!
I like the handling and feel of the vehicle too. Torque-steer takes a little getting used to, and the accelerator is a bit touchy at low speeds, but I've gotten used to it after a while.
The fit and finish of the vehicle is great - I've always been a fan of Toyotas.
The new body style is so much more attractive than the older styles.
I do like the 10 cup holders. You never can have enough!
However, I do have some complaints:
-The HVAC controls are still confusing to me, even after 4 months of ownership
-The steering wheel is a bit small, and doesn't telescope out to a comfortable driving position
-The road noise is quite loud on some surfaces, except on very smooth asphalt. I'm sure the tires have a big part to play in this. It came with a set of Bridgestone Geolanders, which I'm sure aren't the quitest tires available. I'll post a follow-up when I purchase a new set of different tires in the next few months.
-The seats are a bit hard, kind of like the Honda CRV, which I used to own (2001 model). With prior ownership of the brand, I expected Toyota to have more comfortable seats.
- I wish it had dual power ports in the dash, except for the one. There is one in the center console, along with an auxilliary audio jack, but I wish both were in the dash.
-The gauges are a bit hard to read in the daylight sometimes, due to glare, even with the backlighting.
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