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U.S. News & World Report: 2006 Toyota RAV4 - My how you've grown

By Richard J. Newman

The Junior SUV in Toyota's lineup has grown up. Quite handsomely.

The last version of the RAV4 was an SUV lite: Higher than a car, and rugged enough to plow through a snowball, but with a small back seat and cargo area and a delicate feel on the road, as SUVs go. But that was the RAV4's adolescence. The car-based SUV—a quintessential "crossover," for those who prefer the term–is now a more confident vehicle, longer, stronger, and more assertive, and with more to offer. The redesigned RAV 4, new for 2006, has enough space in the back seat to make six-footers comfortable on a long ride. Folding down the rear seat—an easy one-lever operation—produces enough cargo space to turn the RAV4 into a handyman's hauler. It's even big enough to accommodate an optional third-row seat. Only a diminutive kid would be comfortable back there, but for a relatively economical vehicle, it's a great option for moms who carpool or for bigger families who can tolerate each other in a confined space for the duration of a car ride.

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