The 2006 Toyota RAV4 is all new, with more power, more room, and more seats. The presentation is seamless, the driving pleasurable and the packaging delivered with the usual Toyota aplomb. The RAV4 and the Honda CR-V essentially created this class. With the availability of a V6 engine, three rows of seating, and the virtues mentioned above, Toyota has now climbed back into the lead with the new RAV4.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from Irving, Texas.
Model Line Overview
2006 Toyota RAV4 ($20,200); RAV4 Sport ($21,775); RAV4 Limited ($22,455)
electronic stability control; ABS, BA and EBD; traction control; frontal airbags; tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
front seat-mounted, side-impact airbags and front- and second-row seat side-curtain airbags
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited ($22,455)
dual-zone automatic climate control; cruise control; tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; power windows, outside heated mirrors and keyless central locking; AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo with 6-disc, in-dash changer and six speakers; 8-way, power-adjustable driver seat and 4-way manually adjustable front passenger seat; leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel with redundant audio controls; hard-sheet, spare tire cover; fog lamps
Options as tested (MSRP):
V6 engine ($1915); 4-wheel drive ($1400); side-impact and -curtain airbags ($650); premium JBL stereo ($340); rear seat entertainment ($1705); third row seat ($700); moonroof ($900)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
269 @ 6200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
246 @ 4700
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
73.0 cu. ft.
independent MacPherson strut, coil spring, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar
independent, double wishbone, coil spring, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar
vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of November 21, 2005.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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