2006 Toyota RAV4
There are 9 user reviews for the Sport V6 4X4 trim shown below
- Fuel Economy, Acelleration Power, Cargo/passenger capacity, Exterior/Interior styling
- Slightly Bouncey ride with Sport Suspension and 18-inch wheels,Standard Seats could be better
We've put over 16,500 trouble-free miles on our 2006 RAV4, V6 Sport AWD in less than a year. This qualifies us as good, honest judges of the vehicle's merits and minor faults for any potential RAV buyers out there. First off, we love the RAV as it has exceeded all of our expectations. We needed the room, and we wanted the power of the V6 (Which is amazing, by the way;0-60 in 6.3 secs, 14 sec 1/4 mile). We agree with others on this forum about the cloth seat quality and lack of complete bolstering and adjustment. Electrically adjustable seats are the better choice, especially for long trips. We are not audiophiles, so the bone-stock stereo is O.K. for us. On trips, the RAV V6 got 26 mpg at "above average" speeds and passing power was instantaneous (Even on mountain roads)! The ride is smooth, on smooth roads...kind of jiggly on any other surface (Make sure you drive the RAV "Base" or "Limited" to compare). Exterior size is just right, but the turning circle radius is huge (Don't try any single lane U-turns!). Overall a teriffic, family, do-it-all vehicle that we are very pleased with....read morehide
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- Great power, handling, the 18 wheels make a big difference.
- Radio is junk, fabric seats are "pulling" after 4000 miles, sunvisors fall out
Toyota has produced a very powerful, comfortable, easy to drive, good handling on the curves and highway vehicle. The 18" inch wheels and V6 are the only way to go.
Downside, the radio is the worst radio I've even had in a vehicle. The seek and scan have different levels of sensitivity. You can't use seek to find a station you have "scanned' past. Occasionally the radio goes into "hiroglyphics" mode.
The seats - very very cheap fabric. I've owned fabric seats in most of my vehicles and after 70,000 miles they still looked like new. I have pulls in my 2006 RAV4 seats after 4000 miles.
Gas mileage on the highway is excellent. Gas mileage in the city is way over-rated. I average 16-17 in exclusively city driving. Far from the 23 sticker. I do get about 28-30 mpg on the highway.
Worst part is the arrogance of Toyota. They are quite aware of the QA issues. And they refuse to acknowldge. I've already had more issues in the 3 months of ownership of the RAV4 than I had in total for 4 different Ford Explorers. It's as if the RAV4 was made in China and bought at BigBox Mart....read morehide
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- V6 moves likes a sports car. Comes with good tires std. Cargo storage.
- Radio a dissappointment. Seats could be more comfortable. No NAVI???
The Good: This SUV flys! The v6 is responsive and the vehicle handles fantastic. Cornering, braking, etc. all above average. I can't wait to take her into the mountains! Fun city baby!
The bad: For the mid level model, it should have had better seating, more comfortable and plush definately needed. Long drives can be an issue. Rear area lighting need to be brighter.
The ugly: No NAVI??? What is up with that? Most SUV's now have a navigational unit as an option. Not here. Hello.... you build an off road capible SUV with a roadmap? I remove the std. radio for an Pioneer AVZ1 Navi unit with DVD and the works! It is awesome!
If you are looking for the all in one SUV that is fun, capable, roomy and a thrill a minute, this is for you! Want another road only baby mover, buy an Escape. 0-60 in 6.7 seconds! That's all i'm saying!...read morehide
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- Great smooth Power! Toyota Reliability, Fun to drive, Good MPG! AWD!
- Kinda loud road noise, paid 28K and still no alarm, come on Toyota!
The V-6 Sport is very quick 269 HP and 22 city 27 hiway mpg. Where can you find performance like that? The sport suspension is firm but just right and can take those exit ramps with minimal lean. The rear seats can be reclined and moved back and forth and also folded down with one pull. Very nice feature. The JBL sound system is hard to beat for the money. I did not buy the tow hitch from Toyota because they will charge me 800 big ones for it. Found an aftermarket hidden type one for 140+ shipping. I a paid $28k for the Rav and it did not have an alarm, Toyota wanted another $700 for it, I think they are getting greedy when it comes to accessories. The Euro version comes with HID and auto start, I wish the US version did but Toyota did not do it maybe for profit reasons? I had an Audi A4 before this one and the Rav is similar in performance but the RAV is quicker. I am not going to have the mechanical problems that the Audi gave me like burning oil, short brake pad life, cruise control probs, etc. This one is a Toyota!...read morehide
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- Smooth quiet ride, plenty of room, great looks, great comfort.
This is the first SUV I've owned, and believe me I looked at all SUV's in this type, the RAV is by far the best. I thought that the ride might be noisy and rough, boy was I in for a surprise. It is so quiet, and the ride, the only way to describe it is FABULOUS!!! I would recommend this vehicle to anyone, and for anyone who says this is a rough loud vehicle must be driving a different RAV4. You want an SUV and not a gas guzzler, this is the SUV to own. I'm hard to please, and I am verrrrrrry pleassssssssssed....read morehide
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- The V6 and the on demand 4x4!
- If I had any, I would have not bought it!
Love the performance of this thing. Great quality thus far from Toyota even though they are going through some tough times. I love the reclining 2nd row seats and the foward and backwards movement of them. The radio could use a little more juice, but it's not all that bad.
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- good gas mileage, lots of interior room, perfect size, V6 really scoots
- a bit of road noise, soooo hard to get the V6 much less the V6 w/options you want
We originally wanted the Limited V6 with leather and DVD player. Apparently Toyota is not making any w/leather now (in my region?...) We would have waited well into the Fall. I'll never know why Toyota is producing these vehicles so slowly. We're very happy with the Sport though. The fender flares and spare tire (complete with another aluminum wheel-not a steel wheel) turned out to be more to our liking. The vehicle rides great. It soaks up bumps nicely and the acceleration is unreal. Gas mileage is better than my V6 Jetta I traded in. There is an abundance of room for my 6 year old daughter-even when her car seat is in the middle of the back seat. This is my first SUV and I never thought I'd own one until we saw an article on the RAV V6 in January. There is a touch of road noise, but hey-it's not a $45k Lexus RX 350. What it is, though, is a great multi-purpose family oriented vehicle with nice fit and finish, comfort, fuel economy, and interior room for under $27,000. Nothing out there is as blazingly fast for that price. If this vehicle doesn't win SUV of the year I'll be very surprised....read morehide
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- Roomy, smooth V6 engine,looks.
- There will be to many out there.
We expect to own this for years to come.From our first few days I can tell we will. Very solid, no junk here.
If you like a lot more speed and power the V6 will do just fine. This Toyota can haul, the power to weight ratio is why. A light SUV body with a V6 and 270 ponies makes for speed a plenty. The highway is where it really shines.
If you ski get one. It has got plenty of comfy space to stretch out and room for all your gear, although you should get a ski rack.
This summer we plan to pull our dirt bikes around with it and it will be more than capable.
The changes Toyota made on this Rav 4 are the main reason we got one....read morehide
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- Love the acceleration of the V6 when cruising above 70.
- Limited options available with first V6's. I would like two more inches of legroom in front seat.
Got the first V6 in this area so I couldn't be fussy with what options it came with. Leaving for a one month trip and it has great storage and hauling ability.
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