Toyota RAV4 Limited 4WD V-6 & Road Test & Car and Driver

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The Toyota with the weird moves forcefully to dominate the with no name.

From the 2006 Issue of Car and Driver

What is a RAV4 anyway? The has been stumbling off tongues Toyota’s wee sport-ute first hit in RAV4 sounds like code, or the season finale of the Federation of Competitive Eating.

As in: See our contestants … down bowls of mayonnaiseat RAV4!

says it’s short for Active Vehicle with drive. Oh.

Meanwhile, let us bend your for a moment about what may be the best-handling, and most efficiently uhhhh, sub-Suburban on the market From an underpowered punk to a sports sedan on stilts, the of the RAV4now in its third generationto more serious, more more everyday livable is an worth celebrating.

Destined for in dealerships this month, the RAV4 comes in base, and Limited trim, the latter on the pages here but without the fold-flat third-seat row that is on all trim levels. Prices a secret at press time. predicting the base RAV4 to run $20,000 and our as-tested Limited 4WD V-6 to in at $28,000.

A setup with front and the engine mounted transverselyfour-wheel is optionalimplies carry-over car guts, but insists the new RAV4 has an essentially platform not shared with any vehicle (and not designed to a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, Toyota, so don’t wait for one).

There certainly are more at the wheelbase now, 104.7 with 98.0 for the old RAV. and Japan, by the way, will get a version. Length, width, and interior volume all rise placing the RAV just north of the CR-V and just south of the Equinox.

Our Limited 4WD V-6 burdened its with 3660 pounds, a move from the lightweight to class.

About 70 percent of will be sold with the four-cylinder engine, a DOHC good for 166 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of The RAV4 also roars 2006 with optional V-6 which attaches only to a automatic (the four a four-speed auto, with no available at any price). The Equinox and the sized Ford Escape V-6s, too, but not with the intensity of the RAV’s 269-hp, V-6.

In the RAV, the curtain comes on 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is just 0.4 behind a Hemi V-8-powered Magnum AWD and about two seconds of the RAV’s competitors.

In fact, among the current-production we’ve tested, the RAV4 is now one of the in the fleet. (The Toyota is quicker, and we think the Tacoma may be quicker still, but we haven’t it yet.) Did Toyota really that with the RAV’s

Here is what the designers did intend: more maturity. The old looked the preppy freshman, its bow-wake side graphics and center tachometer. The new one is a postgraduate, clean with wind-swept and an … face. Note how the wrap over the corners to the haunches.

It’s subtle, coolbut not cute.

A conventional three-dial cluster sits among the black and beige moldings of the sculpted dash. Toyota its metal-finish plastic, and the new RAV4 has a lot of it, the console’s android face mostly a faux brushed-nickel that is so realistic you can feel the marks (in fact, it’s with molded-in texture). wood was getting pretty before the switch to fake and the improvement continues.

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