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has preformed very well over the 41/2 years and 106000 miles
Pros: Comfortable ride, quiet, good driving position, Bluetooth integration, quick Navigation, mostly reliable, great dealer service hours (open 7 days a week) dealer service pricing fairly reasonable (just learn to say 'no' on extras)
Cons: cruise control, navigation lock-out when van is in motion (Ody doesnt do this), worries on electric door failure, remote range too shortI have the XLE, 2WD, with Nav--all options that the Limited would have except the chrome, Xenon lights, and additional 'wood' inserts. Fairly reliable, comfortable, and quiet--passengers love it. Incredibly versatile--more space-efficient than any SUV, and the gas mileage is good (on Premium--it's a few MPG worse on Regular and the van would feel more sluggish). I've heard about terrible brake wear, but I'm at 60% pad life left at at 59K miles--mixed city/freeway driving. Rear camera is awesome--totally worth the expense--I've seen so many new vans with damaged rear bumpers--no doubt from 'guessing' where the bumper will hit. Interior quality is definitely not at Lexus levels (it's about 80% there, but you'll notice the missing details over time). Same with some refinement details. I've had to replace the steering rack and rear shocks already (not sure if it's from the bad Bay Area roads), and a few recall items. A bit worried about the electric side doors, and the cables that could snap over time (hasn't happened yet). I only use the electric door feature on level ground (to prevent wear on the motors. Cruise control very disappointing--any slight incline, and the transmission steps down a gear.
Pros: fairly durable
Cons: ugly front end,+ noisey rear brakesvery average vehicle
Pros: the side windows
Advice: do itFOR A VAN IT HAS GET UP AND GO BUT I DROVE A 2003 TOYOTA MARTIX XRS AND GOD I LOVE IT BUT I LOVE THE VAN TO ITS NICE LOT OF ROOM AND NICE RIDE GO FUEL # WITH THE PRICE OF GAS YOU NEED THAT
Pros: we like the pwr sliding door option that came with the package
Cons: no std pwr trunk and not many choices on colors.
Advice: try cars direct.com as we bought it thru them and they gave a great deal at invoiceRides excellent for a van. was surprised at the reasonable cost for the features it has. Over the years I was more of a Honda person because toyota interiors to me looks cheap but they have really changed that. we have the le model and its loaded with tons of features. Reason why we ended up with Toyota is that we like the pwr sliding door and 8 passenger seating which Honda does not have on the LX. The EX cost alot more than the Toyota LE.
Pros: driving both city and hwy
Cons: day time running lights cant be turned off no big deal
Advice: take it for a spini have owned 5 suvs morano 4runner highlander this 06 rav4 is a total joy to drive.i have the 4cylinder and it has more than enough get up and go when you need it the gas milage is outstanding and you get more then 24-30.it seems to have more storage room than my highlander and the interior is more comfortable.i have the limited so all goodies except for 4wheel dr.not needed in wilmington nc.my wife drives an 06 bmw3251 which i also drive.so when i saythe best thing about rav4 is driving it i know about driving being fun again dm.