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2006 Toyota RAV4



  • I've heard rumors that when using the remote start the vehicle turns off when you unlock the doors to get in or when you put the key in the ignition.
  • sweathogsweathog Posts: 6
    I too am in Connecticut. I had great luck, I was thinking about getting the V6 RAV and I wasnt sure about the Sport or Limited. Personally it didn't really matter as long as it had the Moonroof and 6 CD changer. I happened to stop by Hartford Toyota on Monday afternoon and they had a V6 4x4 Sport in Black just sitting there. It had just rolled off the truck an hour before, so 2 days later my Subaru Impreza WRX matured into a 4X4 V6 RAV4 Sport. :) So far I love the RAV, getting abou 22MPG average, but It's still under 1000 miles.
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    So what equipment and what did you pay?
  • tecsol1tecsol1 Posts: 7
    What options and price verses MSRP. Can't wait to hear! I'm 15 miles south of there where I work!
  • orioninilorioninil Posts: 39
    Got mine last night.

    FE, GY, RL, SR, TO, CF

    Sticker $28,439
    Invoice = $25,718 (via
    My price = $25,990 ($272 over invoice).

    If you are in the Chicagoland region, don't waste your time with any other dealer than Grossinger.

    Every other dealer was giving me an internet price of $500 below sticker, one was $900 below sticker.

    They said they'd deal on the 4X2's but not on the 4X4's because they were so hot and hard to get.

    Grossinger beat everyone by $1,600-$2,000.

    Here is a cool search engine for inventory in the Chicagoland region.

    This vehicle glides down the road like it was in a controlled ice slide...very smooth.

    Very nice acceleration from 60-70 mph when attempting to pass other vehicles.
  • g00b2g00b2 Posts: 1
    Hey Stealth! I'm from Toronto too and I was wondering if you could pass along some of the information you got from Car Cost Canada? Is it useful?
  • sayers1sayers1 Posts: 42
    Went to register RAV4 in NY that I bought in MD, and found out that I have to wait couple weeks for the paperwork to include the certificate of origin, arrives. My understandiing is that the dealership will cut me check for the tax that I paid, that I have to turn directly over to DMV in NY. Odd how it works, but I guess they HAVE to collect the tax at time of sale. Until then, I'm still good on my 60 day temp tag.

    I also found that the tires were at 37 PSI, so I brought them back down to specs. Wouldnt have thought of that without this site.
  • The I4 is definitely NOT underpowered/too heavy!
    That I can guaranty for sure. Anyone who drives both engines will NEVER say..."man, the 4 is way better than the 6!!!" But, since you're talking 80% city driving,
    you're not going to be able to burn much rubber with the V6
    anyhow. On my last trip with the I4, I got 27.25 mpg on
    50% highway (65 mph), 25% rural two lane roads(50-60 mph), 25% small towns (at
    35 mph with stop lights etc.)
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    I would agree. While I prefer the V6, it is a mini hot rod, highway hauler choice. In city stop and go etc, you can't really take advantage of it and the I4 will be more economical with more than enough power. How much power do you need to get to 35-45 MPH in stop and go traffic...not 269HP.. Unless your 17!
  • I've gone through 3 full tanks of gas on my 2006 RAV4 LTD 4wd 4cyl and haven't cracked 17 mpg yet. Very disappointed, especially since every comment I read has people doing much better.

    Dealer's giving me the "still breaking enginge in come back at 5K miles" line, but I don't buy that. I'd expect to see fluctuation if that were the case, with an improving trend. I'm getting a consistent 16.5mpg.

    This is a 60/40 mix between city/highway. Definitely not a lead foot or stop light dragster.

    Anyone getting similar performance to my car.
  • bcbob8bcbob8 Posts: 17
    Hi implicated. I'm not sure if you meant to direct your comment at me or not. Your mileage sounds suspiciously low. I would see what others say on this matter and then go after your dealer again if things don't improve soon. If it's any consolation, my fuel economy has actually gone down some since that first fill-up. The last two fill-ups have been ~22 mpg (U.S.) although I've been doing almost exclusively short-run, city driving. Good luck with this.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    'suspiciously low....' agreed.

    Similar first time posts on the 2007 Camry forum recently. Hmmm. ;)
  • thecatthecat Posts: 528
    I just filled up for the 2nd time. 1st tank = 24.2 mpg and 2nd tank 26.1. Both tanks were a mix of highway & local driving (I wouldn't call it city). I have to admit that I've been driving like an old lady so far trying to let the engine break in. I'm sure if you put your foot down a change will be seen in mileage.
    - hutch
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Wow! I would consider that very good milage for the V6 with a new engine. The lite throttle foot approach helps I am sure. Keep us posted after you break it in and smoke the tires every day for a while...:)
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well now that the RAV4 V6 is here do you think NASCAR will establish a small SUV racing class?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think 26.1 is the best so far.

    By my recollection, we still have half the V6s reporting below 20mpg, the other half above 20mpg. So 20 is the median mileage.

  • tnrunnertnrunner Posts: 5
    Clinton, TENNESSEE, twenty miles from Knoxville
  • thecatthecat Posts: 528
    I attribute the excellent mileage to an "Ol' Lady" driving style. However, keeping your foot light on the gas is not going to be possible over the long haul. It's just too tempting to step on it a little. I noticed today that I'm becoming use to the driving dynamics of this vehicle and as a result my speed in corners is picking up. It has been a radical re-think from the WRX. Juice, you know me .. this slow and easy stuff won't last.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    So you're saying that after the 1000 miles break-in, you'll be back here reporting the worst numbers we've seen so far? ;)

    And no, I don't remember your driving at all. I try to block out any traumatic near-death experiences like that. :D

    (inside joke: at Edmunds Live in 2000, Hutch had the mini-SUVs doing 4 wheel drifts in the slalom, setting land speed records in the process)

  • tnrunnertnrunner Posts: 5
    The handling of the BMW 325i was better, but the RAV is close enough that I don't miss the Beamer, if that makes sense. The biggest difference I notice is in the braking, where the BMW rules. I needed the extra room of the RAV for a three year old, car seat, etc., and for that sort of thing the RAV is perfect. I test drove a 4 cyl RAV, and it was fine. But the V-6 was just too sweet to pass up.
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