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2006 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

4.3
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Great Value in a reliable SUV

by 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...
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 drive, we decided we liked the Toyota, and the extra power and traction of the V6 with 4WD. The first year for the V6 was 2006, so to keep our price down we chose that year. We've found the steering to be firm and positive, suspension somewhat tight, a little rougher than our Camry sedan, but great for hauling and severe weather driving. The controls are fairly intuitive, but some of the SUV-related features - VSC, DAC, 4WD Lock, Hill Start Assist - left us a little confused. The power window controls on the drivers side are a little awkward to reach around the armrest handhold. Power-adjustable driver's seat makes for great long trip comfort, and seat heaters are a blessing when the temps are below freezing. The interior is fairly quiet on the highway, but not as quiet as our Camry. But our first trip in the RAV4 proved the 4WD's worthiness and ability, as we drove 800 miles, then spent a week driving on snow-packed roads, and never had a problem, driving only with all-season passenger tires. Hiway mileage is still fairly impressive at 25 mpg or so, city is 19-21 mpg. We're expecting this SUV to last us a good long time, based on Toyota's overall reputation for reliability.
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great little suv

by from NJ on January 29, 2010

The RAV4 is ecellent in every way. I have the 3rd row seat. It's small, only good for kids or small adults - 5ft 3 and under. But it's handy when you have those extra passengers. I have the 4 cyl-a li...
The RAV4 is ecellent in every way. I have the 3rd row seat. It's small, only good for kids or small adults - 5ft 3 and under. But it's handy when you have those extra passengers. I have the 4 cyl-a little sluggish, so if that matters to you, get a 6. Mileage is good 22-23 city 26-27 highway. 4wd- Excellent in snow!
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I'm little disapointed

by from Green Bay Wi on November 17, 2006

Checked out all the smaller SUV's before we purchased 2006 Toyota Rav 4, with the price of gas, we decided to buy the 4 cly, front wheel drive only,thinking the gas milage would be close to,like we we...
Checked out all the smaller SUV's before we purchased 2006 Toyota Rav 4, with the price of gas, we decided to buy the 4 cly, front wheel drive only,thinking the gas milage would be close to,like we were told 24 in town and 30 on highway, we purchased the Rav in Feb of 2006, in March we went on a trip to Florida, with only 1000 miles on new Suv, after putting on over 3000 miles mileage was around 25 to 29 on higway, very happy, but after the trip we started to check mileage in town, what a surprise, sometimes only 17, at time maybe 19.Contacted Toyota, the said the rating is not corect, they send me a large E-mail, explaining all the different thing that can cause poor gas mileage, also I saw a new chart for the Rav 4, and it said 20 in town 27 highway, I also have large 1998 Olds 88 that get better mileage in town and highway, how do explain that.
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best bet yet

by from Twentynine Palms CA on April 28, 2009

We travel a lot and when we needed to purchase a newer vehicle, we did about 9 months of research and found the Rav was for us. We have a Limited 4cyl 4x4 sunroof leather jbl... The only problem was t...
We travel a lot and when we needed to purchase a newer vehicle, we did about 9 months of research and found the Rav was for us. We have a Limited 4cyl 4x4 sunroof leather jbl... The only problem was the third row feature or lack there of. We could not find a Limited with a third row. We do know the third row is a little of a joke (foot room even for kids) and the fact we have traveled across country now twice and up and down both the east and west coast, the little compartment in the trunk area was very needed empty. I would also change the floor colors. It should be a black carpet and floor mats. Ours is a very light gray and getting it professionally cleaned every 6 months is a must. Other then that, we have now three other family members owning Rav's now. This Rav was a lease and was like new when we purchased it. I put use down as having fun since we use it for EVERYTHING!!!
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Fun to drive

by from Tri-Cities, WA on September 11, 2007

Rear gate is difficult in tight quarters, but cargo space is worth the hassle. Milage is good, about 24 mpg in mixed driving. Car is shorter than it appears making it good for short garages and parkin...
Rear gate is difficult in tight quarters, but cargo space is worth the hassle. Milage is good, about 24 mpg in mixed driving. Car is shorter than it appears making it good for short garages and parking. Turning radius is better than expected. I like this vehicle!!!
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Great Value

by from Saranac Lake, NY on February 29, 2008

Most enjoyable car I've ever owned. The rear door is the only draw back. The rear door swings open and several times in a parking lot I have been unale to open the door if another driver parks too clo...
Most enjoyable car I've ever owned. The rear door is the only draw back. The rear door swings open and several times in a parking lot I have been unale to open the door if another driver parks too close. The rear door also collects snow quickly and the rear wiper stops operating until the snow is cleared away.
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Solid, Sporty, and Reliable

by from Moscow, PA on December 5, 2012

This is my fist Rav. I would only purchase the 2006 and Newer because it considerably larger. It handles very well. I've already put about 7,000 miles on it and now have 87k. My mechanic called it a t...
This is my fist Rav. I would only purchase the 2006 and Newer because it considerably larger. It handles very well. I've already put about 7,000 miles on it and now have 87k. My mechanic called it a trade up and has told me this one will last forever! My combined gas mileage has been very close to 26 MPG.
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What I Wanted

by from SE Mass. on September 19, 2011

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.
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My Rav4

by from Ft. Wayne, IN on April 23, 2012

Best decision I've made in a long time. I was concerned it would not drive smooth and be as comfortable as my previous sedans through the years, but I've been pleasantly surprised! Look no further - s...
Best decision I've made in a long time. I was concerned it would not drive smooth and be as comfortable as my previous sedans through the years, but I've been pleasantly surprised! Look no further - style, gas mileage, dependability and all around great SUV! Don't hesitate if your looking for an all around well balanced dependable vehicle - This is it!
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Great car for last 6 years.

by from Phoenix, Az on June 4, 2012

Owned V6 Limited edition. Very roomy especially for cargo, big back seat for carrying kids and family. V6 gave it strong get up and go. Handled very well. Only negative, kind of felt like truck and wa...
Owned V6 Limited edition. Very roomy especially for cargo, big back seat for carrying kids and family. V6 gave it strong get up and go. Handled very well. Only negative, kind of felt like truck and was noisy.
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