2006 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

2006 Toyota RAV4 Base V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Very good truck except for the coil problem

Faults:

Initially, the four wheel alignment was off and I had to replace all four tires after 5000 miles. The Toyota company paid to replace three of them, but not the fourth. I felt the dealership should have pitched in for the fourth tire.

After 65000 miles the coil packs started going bad, and I had to replace all three of them during the next 35000 miles.

The V6 engine is great, and I wish they would have carried it over to the 2013 RAV4 models.

General Comments:

V6 engine is great, and the truck handles and rides pretty well.

The interior sound is a bit loud, and the standard sound system stinks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th April, 2013

2006 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A good car, but replaceable with good other cars

Faults:

(1) The Fujitsu-made audio system was soon to be out of order. Replaced with a new one. No problem after that though.

(2) Occasionally it smells bad, something burning. I need to open the windows to drive out the smell.

(3) Given that it's just 4-cyl, it may not be a problem. Yet, it lacks enough power when it climbs up the hills. Quite noisy and dull.

(4) A little noisy on the highway (not so comfortable for a long and high-speed driving). The surface noise comes in. Wind noise has developed recently, at around 35,000km.

General Comments:

There are several problems stated above with my 4-cyl limited Rav4.

Still, it's a reliable car overal. Especially I like the agility or exactness of the steering wheel. The simple instrument panel design is also my favorite.

It's not good enough to make me the a fan of Rav4 or Toyota. However I may recommend it to others, since no car is perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2009

2006 Toyota RAV4 Cruiser 2.4 litre unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre unleaded Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9 kilometres
Most recent distance33000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

A comfortable, fun and economical vehicle

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I love to drive this vehicle. Very nimble and handles a little up and down quite well. I keep the tyre pressure up, which makes the ride quite rigid, which is the way I like it.

Be warned that the owner manual recommends softer tyre pressures to ensure a car-like ride. However, this leads to uneven wear on the tyres, and mine became bald on the edges at approx 28000kms. I have ditched the Bridgestones for Kumho tires, and run the vehicle at 38 psi front pressure and 36 psi on the rear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2008

2006 Toyota RAV4 Luna 2.2 D4D turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 D4D turbo diesel Manual
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

Looks great, goes great, a great workhorse

Faults:

The car has seemed to have developed a knocking sensation from the steering wheel when turning left at low speeds.

Second gear is sometimes hard to find and crunches.

Seems to burn a lot of oil, ran low twice since new, a bit concerned.

General Comments:

The 136bhp engine is great, very responsive and excellent for towing.

Handling is quite good for an SUV apart from the knocking feeling.

A very comfortable car for long journeys, and it loves to munch up the miles.

The load space is excellent, and the fold flat system is very handy.

The Rav4 is very capable off road, and the four wheel drive system works well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2007

2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport AWD, V-6 3.5 Litre V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.5 Litre V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired240 miles
Most recent distance4356 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Faults:

Nothing so far, other than the simple hood adjustment mentioned in the previous 2006 RAV-4 review.

General Comments:

My three-person family just took a 1500-mile round-trip vacation in our 2006 RAV-4, AWD V-6 Sport. I had to write this review because the vehicle was fantastic throughout the entire trip! The RAV was comfortable, roomy, held our entire luggage for a week-long jaunt (without blocking the back window view and without even using the roof rack!), got incredible gas mileage (26.6 mpg at average 80 mph highway speed) and just drove flawlessly on the mountain roads (with the downhill assist control and push-button lockable AWD). Just awesome!

I was amazed that after 12 hours on the road in a single day, I was not fatigued at all from the driver's seat! The RAV had ridiculous passing power, with "fighter jet, afterburner-like" thrust from the 270 hp V-6. Spend your hard-earned money on the V-6 RAV! You'll love it. I guarantee it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2006

4th Dec 2006, 22:31

The V-6 is not necessary unless you need to pull a boat or something over 1500lbs. The V-6 is hard on fuel in the city. I have the 4 cylinder and it has enough power for anyone. This is the best small SUV on the market!

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 7 reviews