I went back to visit my family this past week. My mother purchased a 2005 RAV4 in January because the 2006 was "too big" for her taste. She is use to driving a Ford Focus. Anyway, I got to drive the 4.2 around quite a bit while I was there and wanted to give my opinion on it vs my 2006. Well, there was no comparison, Toyota has really improved on this vehicle in many ways. Yes it is much bigger, but even though it has the same basic engine there was no comparison in excelleration. My 2006 I4 is much quicker and smoother at the same time. The ride is 10x better in the 4.3. The seats are more comfortable, not just because of increased leg room, they just feel more comfortable to sit in. She does have the BASE where I have a Limited so I can't compare apples to apples. The 4.2 felt like a little truck where the 4.3 feels like a car. The 4.2 does have the "cute" appeal, but that is really its only saving grace when lined up against the 4.3. Toyota did a good job on the improvements.