Cute Ute Brute - 2006 Toyota RAV4
Toyota Beefs Up the RAV4 with a 268-horse V-6
Once the archetypal "cute ute," with its closely-cropped dimensions, car-based chassis, and underwhelming four-cylinder engines, Toyota's RAV4 undergoes its most substantial transformation in its existence with the 2006 model year. In addition to adding a third row of seats and another 14 inches of length, it's getting a much-needed boost under the hood.
For the first time ever, Toyota will offer the RAV4 with an optional V-6 engine. And what an engine it is! Nothing less than a version of the Avalon's 3.5 liter, with a full 268 horsepower and 246 lbs./ft of torque. The big mill will be offered exclusively with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L 4-cylinder will continue to be the base engine, with 166 horsepower for 2006.
With the added size comes added features, such as dual zone air conditioning, a power driver seat, an upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and available leather-trimmed interior seats. It's expected that a rear-seat DVD entertainment system will be offered as well. The '06 RAV4 is expected to be in U.S. dealerships by late December '05. Prices have not yet been announced.
2015 Toyota RAV4 SpecificationsVIEW ALL
|Fair Market Price||$22,201|
|Editors' Overall Rating|
|Mileage||24 City / 31 Highway|
|Horse Power||176 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||172 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm|