2006 Toyota RAV4

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53 reviews
Available Price Range $5,644-$12,632 Trims12 Combined MPG 24-27 Seats 5-7

Our Take on the 2006 Toyota RAV4

Our Take

A V-6 engine is available for the first time in the fully redesigned, greatly enlarged 2006 RAV4 sport utility vehicle, which includes a new Sport model. Base and top-of-the-line Limited models als... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Hard rear seat cushions
  • Scant third-row space

Notable Features

  • Redesigned and enlarged for 2006
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • New Sport model


Our Expert Reviews

Toyota RAV4 was the original "cute ute." That's what people called it in 1996 when RAV was introduced as the compact alternative to the sport utility vehicles that were taking the market by storm.Although the little Toyota made no pretensions about being a mighty off-road warrior, it did offer some of the advantages of its bigger brethren, including an elevated seating position, all-wheel ... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 53 reviews

Great Value in a reliable SUV

by RG in FO from Sacramento, CA on December 21, 2010

We needed a car for winter driving, long trips, and occasional light hauling. We'd narrowed down to the RAV4, Santa Fe, Xterra, or CR-V. After we rented a RAV4 Limited V6 4WD for a long weekend test d... Read Full Review

12 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 12 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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