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#2850 of 4696 Another owners view
Mar 27, 2006 (5:12 pm)
Trade-offs with the new RAV4"
2006 Toyota RAV4 Base V6 4X4
By: Timbo from Maine
Owned: Less than 1 year
Review ID: #488982
8.9 Overall Rating
Handling, performance, acceleration all as advertised. Mine is V6 Base 4X4. Had a 2001 Sienna and also own a 2006 Camry V6 SE. More power than either. Handling isn't as good as Camry but still very good, esp for SUV. I love driving it. Driver's & front passenger seats are comfy. Upsizing from previous RAV4 was a big improvement. Essentially, this is a driver's car. Don't get it as a "family truckster" (more on that below). It really is wonderful to drive.
Interior kind of chintzy overall, although the color scheme (black-and-tan, inside my black exterior) is pretty good. Faux stainless is pretty cheesy. Formed fiber/cloth door panels are, too. Second row seats are a major disappointment...more of what you expect with a much cheaper car - just indefensably cheap, board-like, and uncomfortable. My biggest negative by far with the vehicle. The comfort of the Limited was no better, although the cloth was nicer. Third row seat is an utter waste of money...no room for any human I know to sit in there (no leg room).
Bottom line, I would buy it again (without the third row), but my feedback to Toyota is to put a bit more attention into the rear seats (my Camry's back seats are much more comfortable, and the Sienna is light years ahead in comfort). I'm certain I would have paid another 500 bucks for better creature comforts. Overall, two thumbs up because of the pleasure of driving it, but be aware of what you sacrifice.
#2851 of 4696 Re: 2006 RAV4 Limited: B-package [bcbob8]
Mar 27, 2006 (5:43 pm)
I guess Toyota is either trying to be cheap here or they do not plan to sell many V6 Limited's. The other thing is that it may lure (confuse) a lot of the Highlander buyers. So till the time the redesigned 2007 Highlander comes out...don't offer Limited V6 (with B package and 7 seats!). I am not a huge leather fan, but the extra airbags are only offered with the B package.
#2852 of 4696 rear tire and tire pressure system
Mar 27, 2006 (7:40 pm)
Hi, I was in an accident now about 6 weeks ago and my rav was finally repaired. It tok a long time to get the new rear door parts in and apparently some of the parts were already changed by toyota. I do not know the details but the dealer at one point had a part coming but is was recalled from the factory and another replacement was sent with a new part number. Anyway, to my point. For a period of time I was driving without the rear wheel on or the mounting brackets. It looks pretty silly without it. I had considered just taking the wheel off (because I don't like the external spare) and keeping a can of fix-a-flat in the car. But,...when I was at pepboys, the can said do not use on vehicles with a tire pressure monitoring system, that it could dammage the system. Does anyone know how this rav system works and if you can safely use a can product on tire pressure checked tire? Also, though it does look silly without the tire, it looked like it would be easy for toyota to sell a part which would snap into place and make the rear look normal if you wanted to do something else with the spare.
#2853 of 4696 Re: 2006 RAV4 Limited: B-package [snake34]
Mar 28, 2006 (3:30 am)
Well I do not know about Canada, but in the USA it seems the regional districts decide what options come on what models and make up what packages. If you look at the "build and price" section of the Toyota site and use different zip codes across the country you will see different regions have different packages. As I have mentioned before, in NY you cannot buy V6 Sport with curtain bags. In MD., a different district, they all come with curtain bags. Even in NY, very few Limiteds seem to have leather or 3rd seat.
#2854 of 4696 Re: rear tire and tire pressure system [defrance]
Mar 28, 2006 (4:24 am)
The transmitters are inside the rim on the inside of the valve stems. Im sure that the fix a flat WILL damage them. Do not use..
#2855 of 4696 Re: Another owners view [jimd4]
Mar 28, 2006 (9:20 am)
I'm surprised you rate the handling as inferior to the Camry, then call it a driver's car.
Did you mean the ride is not as smooth as the Camry? Camrys aren't exactly known for sporty handling.
#2856 of 4696 Re: Another owners view [ateixeira]
Mar 28, 2006 (9:38 am)
Well I did not write that review, just noticed it on the net and posted here as another view of the RAV4. I am suprised by the RAV vs. Camray handling comments since I have driven the all versions of the 2006 RAV4 and found handling to be very good, especially the sport. I think the RAV$ V6 Sport with a set of performance tires would give lots of performance sedans a run. At .77g the 2006 Camry had the lowest roadholding numbers in the recent Road and Track tests. The RAV4 V6 had about .82g or so and this is in Audi A4/A6 range even though the RAV4 has basic SUV/truck tires. I am sure the XLE Camry ride and comfort are softer/better than the RAV4 which has a very basic interior as I see it.
For me, the space, handling and V6 performance are the RAV4s big pluses along with price. The interior is not too much to write home about but functional.
#2857 of 4696 Re: Another owners view [jimd4]
Mar 28, 2006 (9:41 am)
Yeah, the author probably meant the ride was not as good as the Camry's. The Camry does manage a nice, smooth ride.
Mar 28, 2006 (1:58 pm)
Just wondering if any folks here have compared the RAVE4 to the AUDI A4 AVANT, which appears similar sized?
If so, how do they compare? I realize the Audi is way more costly...is/was it worth the extra bucks?
The only AUDI "hatch" close to the RAVE4 in price is the A3, but it offers AWD only as feel-every-bump sport version.
Mar 28, 2006 (1:59 pm)
That's a new model with a really hoppin' stereo for people that are nostalgic about Rave parties from the 90s.
Do you want a practical, roomy sport/cute, or a more luxurious sporty wagon?