2006 Toyota RAV4

At a Glance

Pricing $20,300 - $23,735
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.4l I4, 3.5l V6
Transmissions A4, A5
Fuel Economy 20-24 (city), 27-31 (highway)

The Toyota Rav4 was one of the first compact SUV offerings on the market. Defined by cutsey styling and utility, the diminutive size had become a bit of a liability in the US market. It should come as no surprise that the third generation model has grown considerably in size. Riding on a wheelbase that is 6.7 inches longer, the new RAV4 has grown by 3 inches in width and a foot in overall length. The size increase makes the "compact" RAV4 larger than the "mid-sized" Highlander by some calculations. The larger size allows for optional 3-row seating and optional V6 power. The base powertrain is a 166 hp, 2.4L four cylinder with a 4-speed automatic. A 500 lb increase in curb weight over last years model will make the 269 hp, V6 model with the 5-speed automatic more rewarding model to drive. In all, three trim levels are offered: Base, Sport and Limited in 2WD and 4WD configurations with either 2 or 3 rows of seats. As with other Toyota SUVS, ABS, traction control and stability control are all standard.

What Changed:

Third generation Rav4 is significantly larger. Wheelbase has increased by 6.7 inches, width by 3.2 in, and overall length by about a foot including the externally mounted spare. V6 power and 3-row seating are offered for the first time.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
RAV4 2.4l I4 (166-bhp) A4 AWD $21,700
RAV4 3.5l V6 (269-bhp) A5 FWD $22,335
RAV4 3.5l V6 (269-bhp) A5 AWD $23,735
RAV4 2.4l I4 (166-bhp) A4 FWD $20,300