This car is fast and fun to drive! I get 24 high/city mpg combined. I am however disappointed with the size of the gas tank. I fill up like every week. I manage to drive 300 miles per tank. I try to coast and I try to drive slowly to maximize the most mpg that I possibly can. I wish the gas tank was bigger and then I would probably love this car more. I love the trunk space!!!! I can fit what ever was in my last trunk in my car in just the undercarriage of this car. I am leaning towards getting a hybrid camry which could get 450-500 miles per tank instead of 300 that the Rav 4 gets. Also the Rav 4 is loud on the highway and the radio is hard to hear and it isn't very clear either.
check to make sure all the recalls have been done and make sure it doesn't use excessive amounts of oil because if it uses more than a quart in 1500 miles Toyota will repair it if it has less than 150.000 mi on it. One other thing if you hear any wheel noise it could need wheel bearings so you might want the dealer to repair that for you because that could get expensive.
I didn't know until after I had already purchased the car that they were bad coils in the 2006. The coils blow on a regular basis. It is very expensive to repair, and the dealerships don't help you. I even contacted Toyota and they said it was my own problem not theirs.
I bought this car from the dealership, new. They did all the service. This year, with car still under 90K miles, the engine blew. This car had never been abused. Oil and engine had been maintained on schedule. I'm a 63 year old female - no hard driving was taking place in this car. The car was taken in for all standard service points. Was driving back from the airport and heard this sound - sounded like a rod or something - and drove it straight to the dealer. Cost to repair - estimated at $6000 to $7000 or so, before repairs were made. I was not happy. After several conversions and an expression to the dealership about my lost faith in Toyota - I had hoped to own this car to over 200,000 miles or more - they eventually involved the factory. In all fairness, the factory ended up picking up all but about $1500 or so, which I paid. My faith in Toyota has been shaken significantly - I guess in 2006 there was still the legacy of the previous management regime and their lost focus on reliability. Beware.