The RAV4 is quite competitive in its class with either the standard four-cylinder or the optional V6 engine. Improvements to the four-cylinder engine for this version of the compact Toyota SUV reduced noise. An available third-row seat and powerful V6 make it a good alternative to some midsized SUVs. The RAV4 is agile and roomy, rides comfortably and has a smooth drivetrain and a flexible interior.
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Nicest handling vehicle I ever had"

Ed B., MI (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"My little RAV, with its 3.5L V6, goes like a bat out of hell. On a 2-lane blacktop road, when I 'floor it' to pass someone who is going 50-55 miles an hour, when I pull back into the right lane I'm usually doing something between 85 and 95. I've never had any concern about traction, and I've never gotten stuck in snow (except for the one time I drove it into deep snow, and virtually lifted the wheels off the ground)."

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The 2006 RAV4 with V6 has lots of power and acceleration for an small SUV. In addition it gets about 25 MPG in the city and as much as 30 MPG on the highway. All with a 269 HP V6. It's like a sports car SUV. Very reliable as well."

Chris M., AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"This vehicle with its 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engine and 5 speed conventional automatic transmission has outstanding throttle response and acceleration; and good fuel economy. The overall handling and brakes are very responsive as well. Vehicle is fun and enjoyable to drive! We choose to keep this 11 year old RAV 4 running rather than purchasing a new RAV 4 with its slow naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine."

Arthur R., PA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"With the V6 and all will drive there's no other vehicle like it in its class in with the brand of Toyota they are the best vehicles I've ever owned and most people I know that have Toyotas say they are the most reliable dependable brand"

John D., AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The ride is a bit rough. The V6 acceleration and handling are impressive as is the AWD and ABS and stability control."

Roy J., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"This car is quick and responsive! It's fun to drive."

Donna E., IN (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Fast smooth ride safe handling great traction bad weather"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Peppy and good acceleration"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I always enjoy how the RAV4 has some pep when you accelerate on the open road."

Mike R., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Looks fast and aggresive, for a SUV"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The car performs very well. Responds quickly and accelerates fast. I feel very nimble in this SUV that it can outperform and at least keep up with smaller cars. Love it!"

William D., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"instant acceleration and good feel of the road."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Both the acceleration and handling of my RAV4 are excellent."

Suzanne J., VA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"All wheel drive in good during inclement driving. Acceleration is very good. Handles well. All in all, a good solid driving vehicle."

Deborah S., NC (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Nothing at all."

Christopher C., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I love the v-6 engine in the RAV4. It accelerates rapidly and smoothly. It is a joy when I have to get on the freeway. My husband and I did not consider the RAV4 when we purchased a crossover SUV in 2017 because the 6 cylinder is no longer available."

Karen D., MA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Very good performance- acceleration and traction in snow"

RONALD J., OH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I like the handling abilities - easy to drive and since it is not a big SUV, there is no problem in traffic or parking. Most of all, I like the tire on the back because if I had a flat - I would not have to unpack to get to the tire or crawl on the ground to get it from underneath. It also gives an extra space for all the emergency equipment that I carry."

Anonymous, ID (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Great for driving in desert areas/camping/towing. Wish they didn't stop making V-6 option; very few similar options currently available to replace with for towing small teardrop."

ERIC P., AZ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Handles well - especially in snow/ice"

KATHRYN T., MA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"This vehicle is a small rocket (V6 engine) when needing to accelerate."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent in snow and ice"

MICHAEL T., CT (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I have the Sport V6 model. I love it! My previous Toyota was a RAV as well, but the 4 cylinder. This model has lots of power and accelerates quickly when needed. As mentioned before, still runs like a dream."

AMY M., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Very good driving experience. All weather driving is very good."

DEBORAH S., NC (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Has incessint rattling in drive train that dealers can't find"

DAVID W., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"LOVE the acceleration, the turning ratio, and overall handling. REALLY love it!!!"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I've named my RAV "Little Miss Spunky" - the name says it all. She doesn't realize she only has 4 cylinders! Thinks she's a race car- great get up & go, esp with pedal to the metal??. No shaking of chassis at 80 MPhil (yeah, I've tried it a time or two; just to see how she handles! Would've gone faster but chickened out; didn't wanted to see those pretty lights in my mirror!)"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The power of the V6 is great"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"This is a relatively inexpensive car, maintenance minimal and mileage acceptable. With that in mind, of course it's somewhat under powered, and doesn't handle like those more expensive. But, for the purpose of transportation (especially beach), the grandchildren, it's great."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Handling is mediocre. Ride is OK but just OK. The car locks itself on its own. My 2006 Avalon did the same thing and Toyota Service couldn't fix it. The instrument display is impossible to read in daylight and the drivers side door lights no longer come on when the door is open. Passenger side door lights are OK."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Overall not too bad. The rear is very noisy with a grinding sound. Toyota says it is normal which is not."

H C., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Acceleration is not responsive enough for emergency situations. There is an acceleration lag when the throttle is pushed to the floor. Tends to be a little bit tippy feeling as opposed to a lower center of gravity vehicle."

ALLAN F., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Despite its appearance as an ordinary small SUV, this is a very fast car."

Anonymous, RI (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Great acceleration. Handles well pulling a small trailer."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Love the V6 acceleration."

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The 4 cycle engine has poor acceleration which makes it hard to enter a express way or interstate hiway."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I live in New England with a lot of hills & curves to drive on. In the winter in ice & snow this car has been fabulous! I have never gotten stuck even when I was driving back & forth to work in a neighboring town. The car has never let me down."

FRANCIS M., CT (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I felt it was a little under powered when air conditioner was in use."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"For an SUV the RAV4 handles well (no like the Corvette I had) but note worthy. It's a V6 so the acceleration is good."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Great handling and comfort"

FRANK S., AL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Acceleration, handling, steering and stopping have been excellent since new. The 3.5 liter V6 with 5 speed automatic transmission have been an outstanding power train combination in this vehicle. Rather than purchasing a new RAV4 which does not offer an optional engine and is underpowered, I opted to spend money on extending the life of the vehicle I own, since we like it so much."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Fast and very reliable after 10 years would certainly do it all over again."

J B., AB (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"this is a V6 - very quick acceleration handles well"

ARTHUR B., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The road noise is pretty horrible in this RAV4, I wasn't familiar with SUVs when I bought it, didn't know what to expect, but for long travel time its grating and relatively miserable."

Karyn F., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Sounds like air coming in window although window is shut completely. Very hard jolt when going over a bump."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"noisy ride probably due to the open cargo area. The engine is quiet, but the road noise seems to be amplified because of the large, open cabin."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I am 6' 2" and my legs hit the dashboard when I'm driving and the seat is all the way back. The front passenger seat is worse. 4 cylinder engine is anemic."

Christopher C., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"There is enough adjustment in the driver's seat to get me into a safe and comfortable position. I have what are essentially truck tires on the vehicle. That makes the ride more harsh than the standard tires. It is still entirely acceptable."

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota RAV4)


Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"As an 11 year old car the seats are no longer comfortable. We use cushions and pillows for added comfort and support."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Not quite as comfortable as Suburban or as substantial but overall satisfactory."

Donna E., IN (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"No where as comfortable as the Sienna. It drives more like a truck."

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats are not as comfortable as they could be, made for smaller people. Ride is about noisy."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats are not supportive enough for the thighs or back. The steering wheel does not adjust enough for tall drivers. It has a lot of wind noise."

Craig E., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Many suspension problems over the life of the vehicle. Front-seat forward thigh support is very poor."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"road noise and does not take the bumps well"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats needed more support."

GERALD K., MO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats get hard after a while of driving and left foot becomes uncomfortable when driving long distances"

MARK J., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Comfort is great, especially the front seats, but the noise level a bit higher than desirable"

F F., CO (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Raising and lowering the temperature on the climate control can be frustratingly slow. Center arm console is not high or big enough for the average person."

RIUCCIO S., NY (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I wish the seats were captains chairs, or had better lumbar support. The ride is fantastic, with little road noise when Windows are up. I wish the heater heated up quicker. A/C is nice for front seats, wish had back seat climate control."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I like the ease of getting in and out of the seat without "falling out" or trying to climb out because the seat is too low inside like a lot of cars."

Anonymous, ID (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"BAD!!! The driver's seat does not move back far enough or drop down low enough to accommodate a person over 6ft tall. Bad design. The climate controls are awful. The automatically adjust to a default and 99.9% of the time that default setting is NOT what I want so I'm constantly fighting with the system to adjust it to what I want - really bad. The head support is at a very uncomfortable angle and I'm able to adjust it. I need the seat upright but that puts that head support at such an ang"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Vehicle is just the right size and power. Always have had a noise problem and just got tired of trying to get problem resolved."

KENNETH B., TN (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Drivers leg room a little inadequate. I'm only 5 ft. 10 in. And with the seat all the way back still have not enough leg room."

DAVE M., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"We got the Limited and the leather seats were very comfortable. Climate control/dual control works really well even though the car is 10 years old now. It has held up very, very well."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Not very comfortable on long trips for bad backs."

KAREN M., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The drivers seat is very comfortable, but the passenger seats (all of them, but especially the rear seats) are not confortable at all. Very poor design of all of those seats. Hard, and few if any adjustments."

MARVIN C., GA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Road noise is unpleasant."

DAVE E., NH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Not a alot of leg room and the seats get uncomfortable during long all day traveling"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The suspension is too stiff, and the ride is too bumpy."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I am 6 foot 4 inches tall. There is no seating option that is comfortable on a long trip. My wife is 5'3", she loves it."

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Wish the front seats had more thigh room lengthwise."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats are not terribly comfortable, the sound system is AWFUL and the cupholders are completely worthless. Otherwise, this is a decent car."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"The RAV4 is relatively comfortable and has adequate adjustments for longer trips. Rear seat legroom and seat back adjustment are a bonus. This vehicle has the heavy rear springs. Ride improves with a load of people and/or cargo. It is not terrible when empty. The base model could use a little extra noise insulation. A fair amount of road and drive train noise makes it into the cabin. I've encountered far worse, but the noise is noticeable at highway speeds."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Pleasantly firm and supportive but lack an adjustable lumbar support."

ALLAN F., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"on a heavy rainy day its hard to defog the windows"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Noisy at highway speeds"

GEORGE R., MA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Rides like a old truck - lots of jostling and bouncing around the passenger cabin. Replaced the shocks and springs--didn't help."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I like the low maintenance costs. Never had a major, unexpected failure."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"4x4 was a great value"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Rav4 provided the flexibility and versatility I wanted at a reasonable cost and exceptional reliability."

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Great little SUV. Styling still looks fresh after 11 years. Supremely reliable car. Experienced zero down time other than oil changes, put on 4 new tires and change brakes once. Will buy a new one this year."

Benny L., NJ (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Got a deal"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Simply a great and reliable AWD car"

Anonymous, NM (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I have owned for 11 years and still running GREAT."

Lisa E., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Very fast, reliable, still looks modern although 12 years old, Zero out of pocket repairs"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"It serves our purposes well - plenty of storage when the rear seats are down, very reliable (no major repairs), comfortable seating, and easy to get on and out of."

Robert T., DE (2006 Toyota RAV4)


Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Very reliable"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"it's up to 225,000 miles. V6 runs strong and smooth."

EDWARD K., UT (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I've had this car for 10 years now, and even though there are flashier cars out there, they probably can't beat the reliability of this one. I've thought about trading it in for a newer vehicle many times in order to get a vehicle with newer technology, but my RAV still runs like a top and I can't justify the expense. Yes, it is getting old and the engine is a little sluggish sometimes, but I've only had it break down on me once in the entire time I've owned it, which beats out every other car I"

HEATHER G., TX (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"130,000 miles and not a leak, a drip, or unexplainable noise. I'm confident that this baby will easily last to 200,000 with no problems."

C S., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Incurred very expensive repairs after the warranty expired. Also too many parts failures not covered by warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"There have been too many recalls, suspension and steering issues."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I hope to have this car for many more years. I love the V-6 engine."

JEANNE C., DE (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I have over 234,500 miles as original owner. That's a bargain. Am sorry they changed the road clearance level etc in 2013. Not sure if I'll buy a pre 2013 , new model or go elsewhere!"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Very disappointed in the post warranty repairs concerning the excessive oil consumption fix that was supposed to be resolved. I have been waiting on the replacement kits for more than 6-7 months to have this issued resolved and I have to constantly put more oil in my RAV4 to prevention the oil capacity from young below the required proper operational levels."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I bought this vehicle new in late 2005. I have never had any problems with it at all- no major repairs, just routine maintenance. I am presently at 155,000km and still runs like new."

AMY M., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"I have 240,000 miles on the car. I just had a recall for high oil consumption which Toyota honored in spite of the high mileage. New pistons and seals were installed. The transmission needs to be rebuilt which I paid for. I still hope to get many years yet out of it."

DAVE M., IL (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"Drives well. Good overall value"

DEBORAH S., NC (2006 Toyota RAV4)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


KAREN M., CA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"never liked the swinging tailgate. but other factors made this minor inconvenience"

ARTHUR B., ON (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"This little red buggy is sporty and fun"

KATHRYN T., MA (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"People are always surprised my car is so old. It still looks great."

K T., MI (2006 Toyota RAV4)

"In general the styling is good. Over time, however, I was decreasingly satisfied with the side-open trunk door with the mounted spare tire. The side-open doesn't really provide any additional capabilities in my opinion, and just seemed to keep getting in the way. I am glad with the redesign of later models, Toyota switched to the standard trunk door with spare time below."

ZACH S., CT (2006 Toyota RAV4)

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