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About.com: 2006 Toyota RAV4 Test Drives

Yes, that's plural--we have two RAV4 test drives for you, from team members Colin Hefferon [4 stars out of 5] and Philip Powell [3.5 stars out of 5], who give you their take on the newly designed RAV4. They came away with some differences of opinion on the new SUV, but both questioned Toyota's decision to offer a 6-cylinder model. The reason? Toyota put a 6-cylinder RAV4 in the lineup because the public demanded it. There are an awful lot of drivers who don't want to step up to an SUV the size of a Highlander--or larger--but do want to pull a boat or trailer. The 4-cylinder RAV4 will pull about 1,500 pounds. The normal V6 will tow twice that amount. Get the towing package with a V6 and you can pull 3500 pounds. If you don't need the more powerful engine, don't spend the extra money and gas. But if extra power is a must, the RAV4's a good way to get it in a fairly small package.
 
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