I'm just writing to say that yes, my 06 RAV4 has the high pitched noise at 40 mph. It's been going on for years now - and the sound continues sometimes up into the 60s. Extremely annoying. Also, I have a hum that is constant when idling. Windows stick into the runner - had them replaced once. But issue has returned. Rav4 is noisy, I agree. These little annoyances are causing me to look into another model. Seats are like sitting on cardboard...wish they were more plush and comfy. I get GREAT gas mileage though. Taken trips and once got 31mpg - usually highway driving allots 26-30 mpg and in town 23-24 mpg. Great vehicle - just the constant, daily noises are wearing on me.
Bought our 2006 Toyota rav4 base 4x4 w/ 3rd row in 2009 used to be a lease but there has been no problems. we have 5 kids and one adult and a driving teen and its ran great for long car trips and commuting. good car that will last a long time. A lot of trunk space and cargo it has seats that fold flat. easy to get into 3rd row has 10 cup holders and more!
3rd row, 4x4, gas mileage, seating, easy to park, almost indestructible, mp3 plug in, light doors, car seat anchors.
small 3rd row, hard to plug in mp3, small middle seat, a/c and heat only in 1st row.
Bought my base 4 cylinder 4WD new, have averaged only 10,00 miles a year, and have absolutely no complaints. Very reliable. Great looking little SUV with surprising cargo capability - I once fit a twin size mattress in it with the back hatch closed. Have to believe that buying one of these used is a good choice.
2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I bought it second hand from US (1 year, 7,000 miles) and drive it in Europe, where RAV4's with 269 hp are very rare. Fun factor is acceleration and faces of the guys from $50.000 branch cars when they cannot get me on the road ;-) It's bigger when it comes to passenger & luggage space then EU model. Good. Very silent compared to cars I had (even Mercedes C-Class is louder inside). Fuel consumption relatively high, but when you check 270 hp competitors you will see, that actually RAV4 isn't fuel hungry really. Interior from stone ages, even 2010 model left it almost untouched. Lack of board computer (EU's have it). Relatively reliable only when properly serviced.
Acceleration of Porsche Cayenne (basic model) for the 25% value of it. Comfy on the highway, gets loud over 160-180 km/h (+100 mph). Sleeper type of a car, which easily makes drivers of expensive & fancy cars sweating.
- Stoneage interior design. - Stronger brakes required or even a must! - Could wear better tires, serial Yokohama-ones are a nightmare. Exchange it right away and give it for free to your enemy. Mine Dunlop Sport SP01 gave this car another life (summer time).