Toyota RAV4 2006 3

This generation of Toyota RAV4 3 has been produced from January, 2006 to January, 2009. We can provide information about 5 modifications of this generation. 2006 Toyota RAV4 comes with four wheel drive (4x4). Four wheel drive models have AWD (all wheel drive) system (power is automatically distributed between the wheel axles).

In 2006, the third generation of the Toyota RAV4 was launched on an all-new platform. Compared to the second RAV4, the car was slightly taller and wider. The three-door version was discontinued in the third generation.

The interior of the third generation RAV4 is of a higher quality and more spacious than that of the previous model. The distance between the front and rear seats has been increased by 55 mm and there is more shoulder and headroom. The rear seat is split into two unequal parts (60:40)

All-wheel drive has been replaced from permanent to front-wheel drive with switchable rear-wheel drive. Rear axle has viscous coupling which is electronically activated and engages the rear axle when the front wheels slip, or at the driver's request. When the rear-wheel drive is engaged by a button on the front panel, the clutch is activated and the car becomes all-wheel drive. However, as the car does not have an center differential, all-wheel drive should only be engaged off tarmac roads or on slippery surfaces to prevent damage to the transmission. A temperature sensor is fitted to prevent overheating of the viscous coupling. The electronics disengage the rear axle at speeds above 40 km/h and if the viscous coupling overheats due to active slipping of the rear wheels. The disadvantage of this is that when stuck off-road due to the rear clutch overheating (as result of wheel slip) car quickly becomes a front-wheel drive car.

The engine range has been extended: a powerful 2.4-litre petrol engine has been introduced and the two-litre petrol engine has been upgraded to 152 hp. The third generation RAV4 was also equipped with a new 2.2-litre D-4D diesel engine with 136 hp (177 hp turbocharged). In the American market, an atmospheric 3.5-litre engine with 200 hp was offered. Transmissions remained the same as the previous generation, with two transmissions: a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.

Safety is ensured by seven airbags (base version) and the Integrated Active Drive safety system, which coordinates the stabilisation system, all-wheel drive and electric power steering. In the Euro NCAP safety rating, the Toyota RAV4 received four stars out of a maximum of five, as well as three stars for pedestrian safety.

This Toyota is available with two petrol engines with displacement from 2.0 to 2.4 litres and power of from 152 to 170 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement 2.2 litres and power of from 136 to 177 horsepower. All engines feature a timing chain-driven camshaft, which is considered a more reliable and less maintenance-intensive solution (What is an engine chain and belt?).
The car is available with both manual (3 versions), as well as automatic (2 versions) gearbox.

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Toyota RAV4 2006 3 average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 8.6 to 10.3 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 6.6 to 7 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Toyota RAV4 2006 3 petrol engine version is Toyota RAV4 2.0 16v VVT-i, consuming 8.6 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient Toyota RAV4 2006 3 diesel - Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D for 100 kilometers consumes 6.6 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, Toyota RAV4 real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 15 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +10% for petrol engines and +20% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Toyota RAV4 modification.

Toyota RAV4 2006 3 CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 202 to 212 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 173 to 185 grams per kilometer. From Toyota RAV4 with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has Toyota RAV4 2.0 16v VVT-i which produces an average of 202 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the Toyota RAV4 diesels least CO2 distributes Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D - 173 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 9.3 seconds has Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D D-CAT version, conversely the tardiest one is Toyota RAV4 2.0 16v VVT-i Automatic reaching this speed only in 12 seconds. The maximum top speed is 200 km/h for the 2.2 diesel 4-cylinder 177 hp version (Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D D-CAT).

Lenght of Toyota RAV4 is 440 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - Toyota RAV4 is about 3 cm longer than Mitsubishi Pajero, but 12 cm shorter than Honda CR-V. Toyota RAV4 gross weight is from 2070 to 2190 kg (depending on modification), which is approximately the same as the average for cars of this age and class. Toyota RAV4 trunk space is 586 litres, by folding down all rear seats boot capacity can be increased to 1470 litres.

This Toyota is in average price group - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 5000 €. According to user reviews, average Toyota RAV4 repair costs are 330 € per year. Users calculated Toyota RAV4 2006 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2800 € cost per year and 0.29 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 58%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 21% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of Toyota RAV4 for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about Toyota RAV4 prices and costs.

In user reviews Toyota RAV4 received average grade 7.7 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. Ratings are quite controversial, both positive and not so good, read more in the reviews below. 78% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

Toyota RAV4 modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
Toyota RAV4 2006 2.0 16v VVT-i 4x4

Most fuel efficient petrol version

2.0 Petrol 152 HP 8.6 l/100km Manual (5)
Toyota RAV4 2006 2.0 16v VVT-i Automatic 4x4 2.0 Petrol 152 HP 9.0 l/100km Automatic (4)
Toyota RAV4 2006 2.2 D-4D 4x4

Most fuel efficient diesel version

2.2 Diesel 136 HP 6.6 l/100km Manual (6)
Toyota RAV4 2006 2.2 D-4D D-CAT 4x4

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds

2.2 Diesel 177 HP 7.0 l/100km Manual (6)
Toyota RAV4 2006 2.4 4WD

Most powerfull petrol version (170 HP)

2.4 Petrol 170 HP 10.3 l/100km Automatic (4)
Toyota RAV4 service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

Toyota RAV4 safety

During safety testing Toyota RAV4 has obtained 4 stars from five, which means good safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of Toyota RAV4 is evaluated with four stars, children safety - with four stars, and for pedestrian protection Toyota RAV4 got three stars.

Toyota RAV4 prices

Toyota RAV4 2006 - 2009 crossover price in Latvia is from 3500 € to 7000 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Toyota RAV4 price is above average - Toyota RAV4 is approximately for 15 percents cheaper then average crossovers of this age (compare crossovers 2006 - 2009 prices). Despite of relatively low price Toyota RAV4 quality is above average (see below), so this Toyota can be a good buy.

Toyota RAV4 2008 price 3500 € 5500 € 7000 €
Toyota RAV4 2007 price 3900 € 5000 € 6000 €
Toyota RAV4 2006 price 3500 € 4600 € 6000 €

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Toyota RAV4 reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Toyota RAV4 reliability is above average. In the roadworthiness tests in 2020 defects were detected in an average of 27 percent of Toyota RAV4 of this generation (on average 13 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 29.5%.

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Toyota RAV4 2006 3 features (options)

Percentage of Toyota RAV4 with corresponding feature (option)

Climate control
Metallic paint
Rain sensor
Adjustable steering wheel
Cruise control
Heated seats
Roof bars (railings)
Leather upholstery
Rear parking sensors
Electrically adjustable seats
Tire pressure control
Dimming mirrors

Toyota RAV4 2006 3 photo images

Silver Toyota RAV4 2006 3 front Front

Black Toyota RAV4 2006 3 side Side

Toyota RAV4 2006 3 front Front

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Toyota RAV4 2006 3 dashboard (instrument panel) Dashboard (instrument panel)

Silver Toyota RAV4 2006 3 back, side Back, side

Toyota RAV4 2006 3 side Side

Toyota RAV4 2006 3 trunk (boot) Trunk (boot)

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Toyota RAV4 reviews

Total 24 Toyota RAV4 owner reviews

Toyota RAV4 2006 Diesel 2 litres, Manual gearbox
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Purchase year:2017 age of car 11 years)Owned for80`000 kilometers (6 years)
Average fuel consumption:7.5 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs:680 € (~ 113 € per year)
Total car rating:
   male, age 47
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