I've owned by 2.4l base model 2 wheel drive for 12 years and two re-end collisions. It has not let me down. It's not a lexus, it doesn't have the latest and greatest but it starts everyday and gets me to and from. After being re-ended by an f-150 4door while at a complete stop, both passengers and the pizza were fine. I have zero repair dollars in the vehicle as of this post. I would reccomended it to anyone.
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.
2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
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.
2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
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.