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First Foreign Car Buy a Disappointment
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By KB
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2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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After all of the great reviews on here and on Consumer Reports for Toyota, I was really excited to buy the new RAV4 Limited, my first foreign car. I'm not sure I'd do it again if I knew a few things in advance - I'm 6'1" tall and I need 1 or 2 more inches of driver side leg room, headlights don't turn on automatically and the electric outlet only works when car is on. Also, the acceleration is excellent, but the transmission doesn't seem to know how to accommodate it from a stop; my tires squeal too easily... and I'm not a stranger to good acceleration.


Best Features

Style, combination of cargo space and fuel mileage, solid build, acceleration, dual climate control. Front storage space.


Worst Features

More driver side leg room! (Better comfort, period, for drivers taller than 5'10".) Auto headlights. Ability to charge a cell phone even if the ignition isn't on. A place to be able to clip my garage door opener. Cupholders that secure cups better.


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Acceleration problem
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By Lynn
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2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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There's a problem in acceleration delay/throttle lag that Toyota should be aware of by now. Since taking delivery JAN06, we've experienced continual erratic acceleration problems. These are significant delays - from 3-6 seconds - in delivering forward speed from either rolling starts or dead stops and is most evident when turning corners or going up hills. The delay is followed by a sudden delivery of power, then the car lurches forward with no change in pressure on the accelerator. When attempting to pass at highway speeds, after the delay it goes into passing gear and immediately drops back out. All conditions when this happens can be dangerous. I have reported to NHTSA. Dealer is no help.


Best Features

First Toyota. Main consideration was supposed reliability and quality. Except for acceleration problems, we might be satisfied with it. We are now very concerned about our purchase.


Worst Features

Fix the acceleration problem before it causes an accident.


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Our first cute ute
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By Joe Greene
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2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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We have thoroughly enjoyed our RAV4. We have been accustomed to much larger and more pretentious cars (Except for a VW Golf Turbo) and have been very happy with this fun and utilitarian vehicle. We are a little disappointed with the fuel economy, averaging 17 in town and 20 on the road. Not as good as our Volvo S80. However, the Rav4 is fun to drive, holds a lot of stuff and at this point is very solidly built.


Best Features

Space, driving position, maneuverability, great appearance.


Worst Features

A/C duct to rear seat, compass, trip computer, GPS.


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Rav4 '06 3.5L 2WD after 3.5k miles
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By Calin
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2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We bought it for brand reliability, utility and looks. We use to take 10-15 hrs drive roadtrips. Mileage is 16-22 city and 26-30 freeway. It completely depends on how you drive it. If you tend to rev over 2400 rpm when accelerating and over 2000 rpm normal driving you will get low mpg, otherwise you can get the 22/30 mpg. We love it as it is fun to drive at decent mileage and has plenty of space for how it looks from outside. The antenna does not bother you too much. We found the seat cushion ergonomics not so pleasant after 10 hr driving. Seat cushion is too hard and not long enough. A long drive can be uncomfortable.


Best Features

Huge space for passengers and cargo, outside spare gives plenty of cargo space inside, V6 is fun to drive, looks and finishing quality, visibilty, hopefully reliability and low maintenance cost over the long run.


Worst Features

When you go over bumps is really noisy so do not try it offroad, JBL sound is not the best, work more on mpg improvement, incorporate antenna in back window, work on front cups ergonomics, work on seat cushion ergonomics, work on climate control logic as it tends to take too much control of its own.


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Great Decision
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By JB
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2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I have had the car for 6 weeks/1300mi now and am very pleased. The interior is very comfortable and it drives great. The gas mileage is a little lower than I had hoped. So far I have averaged 25-26mpg, 80percent hwy/20percent city. It's been a hot summer so I am hoping it will get better when I can turn the a/c off. Speaking of a/c, it has had trouble keeping up a couple of times when it's 103 degrees out. I live in Texas. Works great most of the time though. I would say the RAV4 definitely looks and feels more expensive than it is. I've seen several people checking it out on the road.


Best Features

Very comfortable and stylish, spacious, quiet ride, easy to drive.


Worst Features

Sunglasses holder makes glasses VERY hot when parked in the sun, back passenger doors are very lightweight which makes them hard to close from the outside, utility and fun factor would be greatly increased if rear window would open, wish driver's seat would slide back one more inch.


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