A long time Camry LE lover, I got an '06 RAV4 10 wks. ago, to replace my '95 Camry, that is still running, but w/someone else now. ;) I wanted an SUV to serve me better w/work & wanted to stick w/Toyo...
A long time Camry LE lover, I got an '06 RAV4 10 wks. ago, to replace my '95 Camry, that is still running, but w/someone else now. ;) I wanted an SUV to serve me better w/work & wanted to stick w/Toyota, b/c I love them! Bought this one privately & no regrets w/that. Car was well maintained & serviced from the start. Got the 5 yr/100,000 warranty good till Sring, & all records/paperwork/carfax.
I get decent gas mileage (4cyl) & good performance & pick up. Ride is definitely harder & seats less comfy than my Camry was, so that takes some getting used to. Back seats very uncomfortable, but thankfully, my dog is the only one feeling that, most of the time. I even put a long cushion there for her! Do love the ease of putting them down for larger cargo space, & that they adjust like the front seats, however. Driver sits a bit high & wish the steering wheel tilted, for better arm extension & feel when driving. But you get used to it.
Love the daytime running lights @ the dash. Big difference w/ease of seeing everything there. Love the tinted windows too. Still getting used to the gear changer not being in a straight line, however.
Wish rear door opened from right to left instead of toward curb, for better ease w/loading. You have to walk around the door too much & spare tire should be modified somehow, so you can roll down back window for loading too. Don't need the wiper there.
Rather have full use of the window.
Sound system leaves a lot to be desired compared to my 16 YO Camry. Eats the CD, so I need to keep it out when not playing it. Way too much base & can't control it to make it less, altho it indicates that it is.
Distorts sound & can give you a headache. That is an issue, b/c I spend a lot of time in my car & am big on music. Very disappointed w/the stereo system in there. No front/rear control either, so the front is very loud & BASE heavy. :( No choice but to live w/it now. Sometimes I have no control over the volume at all, so I just have to shut it off, if it's too loud & hope when I turn it back on, it will work OK again. I guess I'm stuck w/it like that. :(
Overall, good car & glad to have it. Hope to get a long life out of it. Maybe not as long as my old Camry, but wouldn't that be nice!? 66,500 & counting now. I would recommend this SUV overall. I'm sure the newer models are better in some areas w/improvements, or I would hope so.