I find the handles to move the driver/passenger seat difficult to operate, they do not have a smooth function. I am not a strong person (F) and find having to push up and down to obtain a satisfying height and seat position most trying. I thought all 2006 came this way, I did not/was not told their was an automatic model. Consequently, my back hurts after driving a distance even tho I have tried to get it in the proper position. I could only recommend this car to others, to buy one with automatic seat positioning.
This older model had less than 15,000 miles when I got it so I was thrilled to find it! I have a profession that sometimes has me driving to visit folks in hospitals some distance away. I usually buy a car a keep it a long time. So I look for something that I can "drive the wheels off of." A 2006 Toyota Rav4 that had such low mileage to begin it's journey with me was just what I was wanting! The only disappointment so far is that it has underperformed what I expected and what was on the window sticker for the gas mileage. But it is on par with the 2001 Toyota 4Runner that I had to replace after 268,000+ miles. So it's all good! But if anyone has tips for better gas mileage, I'll take them :)
Then check out the Rav4. Not only are Toyotas cars that last and last but this one gives enough room if you need more seating and something like a SUV but you can't afford to fill it... This sort-of SUV is actually built on a car frame and engine so you get the gas mileage of a car. Now if you want a suv BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DRIVE IT LIKE A RACE CAR, OR YOU NEED TO TOW A HUGE LOAD THEN THIS ISN'T IT. But with seats that fold completely flat and the back like a truck bed- and under the "trunk" are two compartments that I usually hide all my xmas presents in- it's great for holding everything. The safety is above average with not only the great reputation of a Toyota but also things like an extra seat strap to double secure a baby seat, auto door lock and unlock with panic button, and lights that run during the day but shut off when you lock the car.