2006 Toyota RAV4
There are 5 user reviews for the Sport V6 4X2 trim shown below
- stability,cargo capacity, road clearance
- noise, windsheild wipers don't defrost
I don't like this car---I LOVE it. I had a 2004 RAV4 and it doesn't compare to this one. I am having problems when there is ice on my windshied --getting it off, and the wipers becoming pliable enough to funtion well. I would like more room in the front to put my purse and I would prefer a tailgate rear door like the Honda Element for hauling long pieces....read morehide
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- Power to spare, roomy inside for its overall size, "fun to drive" factor
- Pricey! Schizophrenic transmission, especialy at low speed!
Traded in an Explorer Sport Trac for the new RAV4 because we needed a "family car". Got a lot more!! Power on the highway for passing is unbelieveable for a car this size. Acceleration excellent, braking very good as well. This car is a lot of fun to drive, very sporty feel, ride is a little unforgiving because of this however. Interior room great as well, fits infant car seat and all that goes with it.
This car is VERY hard to find however. Wanted a Limited, but there were none to be had, so settled with the Sport that was on the dealer lot. At low speed (less than 20 mph or so) the transmission can not decide where it nees to be, up-shifting and down-shifting needlessly. Car is pricey as well with options; running boards, sunroof, etc pushed sticker over $30,000!!!!!...read morehide
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- Great power, tows a 2000 boat with ease, quiet, surprizingly roomy
- Smooth but slightly quirky transmission, like it doesn't know what gear to be in
I love this vehicle and I'm an old guy, 63. My other car is a 99 Suburban and the Rav will do most things better, even tows my boat easier. I checked out all the small to medium SUVs, and this one blew all the others away. Accelerates like my wife's G35, is quiet, 22-23 mpg in combined city/freeway driving, good cargo space and 6 feet of flat space with the rear seat down. I paid halfway between invoice and msrp in the DFW Metroplex but had to wait 45 days to get the exact options I wanted, very few available on dealer's lots. Even my wife loves it and she's a very hard sell....read morehide
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- Killer Looks, V-6 powerfull, no premium,avg 24+(25% city/75% hiway) Great All-around Vehicle.
- Several Minor 1st year ticks. 1 Major Design Fault with simple fix.
Driving experience: Sports edition suspension is firm so don�t expect a cushy ride. Exceptional power,great handling. Stability control, down and uphill assist makes this a very stable vehicle. Comfort & convenience roomy for 5. 2nd row seats adjust fore aft,recline. 3rd row seat option for kids only. Sports model interior black only. Optional side and passenger airbags adds$700. Should be standard.
Major Design Defect: Simple fix: Unprotected plastic gas fume cannister under vehicle can be damaged by road and standing water. (Possible fire hazard and mechanical damage if continued to be driven) Missing protective plate is available and placed on RAV4 outside the US. US owners are making and installing aluminum protective shields. Toyota has not acknowledge or moved on this defect. Replacement cannister difficult to obtain and expensive.
Other minor complaints:
1) Options expensive. 2) Tow package does not included hitch or wiring, 3 hr to install. 3) No side molding.4) Center storage cups poorly design. 5) Roadside assistance not included.6)A/C fan not enough air flow. 7) Panel LCD indicators difficult in daylight.
8)Rear Cargo door hinged on curbside. 9) Rear bumper guard a ($85) thin clear adhesive plastic film. 10) Top glove box is flimsy.
11) Several plastic roof covers (child anchor point, center shoulder belt, etc) flimsy plastic. 12) Rear storage covers not fastened down. will bounce on rough road. 13) Rear cargo light dim and inadequate. 14) Front hood uses a prop rod,no engine light. 15) Parts may not be available 16) Cargo net and tonneau poles difficult to move, carefull you may hit window.
Despite these minor problems, the RAV4 is outstanding in compared to any similar sized or larger SUV�s. If you are looking for a great all around pavement runner the RAV 4 is it....read morehide
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- Great looking, especially in red. Spacious interior with a lot of comfort. Wonderful improvements!
- Hard to find! Complete spare tire hard cover shell not an option for Sport models.
I moved to the RAV4 from a BMW 3-series and have not looked back! The new styling is gorgeous, and the V6 is quick and still gets great mileage. My dealer found me the exact one I wanted so I didn't have to settle for what was available, and that would be my recommendation to anyone who doesn't need a vehicle right away. I bought the extra-mile package, which gave me all the extras I needed. It handles very well and yes, it's a little tight, but hey! It's an SUV, not a sedan! The interior is stylish and all controls are easy to interpret. And I love the charcoal interior that comes on the Sport edition. Contrary to what others have said, I find it to be quiet and very comfortable. My only request would be a tailgate that lifts or drops rather than opening to the side, simply for the sake of convenience, but obviously that didn't stop me from buying it. I have had NO problems and think Toyota has a winner in this vehicle. It's a lot of fun to drive. I would recommend that you test drive all three models because there is a difference. This is my FIFTH Toyota, and I see no reason to buy anything else....read morehide
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