At first I thought it might be a bit small for my 2 toddlers, but it is so roomy in the back seat a tall person fits comfortably, lots of leg and head room, my kids love it and I agree. The fuel efficiency is excellent, I sometime feel like I am driving a car. It handles great.
I especially love the MP3 player and the LSD Spin out control.
Make the lumbar support on the seats standard. Better speakers.
2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Vehicle is brand new and I absolutely am loving it. I have wanted a RAV4 for a very long time, and since the redesign for 2006 I had to test drive it and that's all it took. The "SPORT" is the way to go w/18" tires. You give up the power driver seat & 3rd row seating but its a much better driving experience. Now my 1999 Camry is very jealous!
While the sticker price is a little higher than the competition, the Rav4 has such good resale that we decided it was the best, and the least expensive option with a bigger engine. Ours has a black interior, which gets to looking a little dirtier than a tan or gray, but when it's clean it certainly does look sharp. As to the power, it really is fun and amazing.
The engine is my favorite feature. The stereo sounds very good too. If you have an iPod, you should know that there's an auxiliary audio input so you can plug directly into the stereo and hear gig's worth of tunes. The Sport model has larger wheels that look pretty snazzy as well.
The front passenger seat could use more "toe room".
After a long hard decision making, I picked the RAV4 believing that I'll get good gas mileage as advertised and overall good quality, hey its a toyota. After a month of using it mostly on highways the most I got was 19 mpg. The suspension is very disappointing, very stiff, the clock placement, the kick you feel as you shift from reverse to drive, engine noise, tire noise, idle noise, the small knobs for the stereo are all negative factors. I'll just finish the lease and say bye-bye.
I love my RAV4! I have had great experience with Toyota cars and was watching the RAV4 for a few years, but was disappointed in the rear seat and cargo space - until the 2006 model! The back seat space is awesome, and the seats even recline. The cargo space with the seats up is excellent, and with the seats down, it's hard to believe it's a "small" SUV. The audio system is excellent, ABS is standard, as is traction control, and the hamdling is responsive and nimble. I even went on a trip in March and got 34 mpg! Great car!
The stow-away space in the rear is great, and a full-size spare is a real plus. All of the interior controls are easy to use and convenient. Also love the flexibility of the rear seats - move forward, back, and recline. The standard auxillary jack for MP3 players/iPods is awesome!
Would be really nice if all models came standard with fog lights, and an MP3 compatible CD player.