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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's interior materials are of average quality for the segment, though there's a good amount of low-rent plastics throughout. The cabin design is a bit drab compared with some rivals' more contemporary interiors. The RAV4 Hybrid is fairly quiet inside, and the seats are comfortable and spacious. It also offers more cargo space than most compact SUVs, as well as many more standard technology and safety features. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's infotainment system and dashboard controls are straightforward.

  • It does feel a little chintzy inside -- hello, plastic -- but the styling looks OK." -- Autoweek
  • The 2017 Toyota RAV4's interior features a selection of decent materials for the cabin, though the overall impression is utility, not style." -- Edmunds
  • "With high-quality plastics and soft-touch surfaces, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers a comfortable and inviting SUV interior. Base LE models get contrasting colors, adding an upscale look at a price level that usually sentences the buyer to blandness." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Up front, the RAV4 Hybrid's seats are comfortable and roomy. In upper trims, you'll enjoy extra lumbar support and padded door surfaces to comfortably rest your arm. While a few critics think the rear seats are mounted too low and wish they were wider, most agree that there's plenty of space back there, even for taller occupants. The cabin is also well-isolated from noise, thanks to a good amount of sound-deadening materials.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid seats five and comes standard with fabric upholstery and reclining second-row seats. Available features include leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats.

The RAV4 Hybrid's LATCH car-seat system consists of an upper tether and two lower anchors in the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has one upper tether. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to rate the 2017 RAV4 or RAV4 Hybrid's LATCH system.

  • Front passengers enjoy an abundance of space, and the seats are nicely cushioned for long road trips. By comparison, the rear seats seem narrow, and the seats themselves are positioned very close to the floor. On the plus side, the rear seats can be reclined to a significant degree to improve comfort." -- Edmunds
  • The driver's seat is comfortable and supportive, especially the Limited and Platinum models with their added lumbar support. Rear-seat passengers have good legroom, and there's plenty of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… we had little trouble finding comfort in the back seat (even with a nearly 6-foot frame)." -- Popular Mechanics (2013 nonhybrid RAV4)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, a moonroof, and the Entune Audio Plus infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and satellite radio. For 2017, the RAV4 Hybrid now comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a bird's-eye-view camera system, an 11-speaker JBL stereo, and Entune Premium Audio, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and smartphone app integration.

No other compact SUV offers as many standard driver assistance features as the RAV4 Hybrid. While many of these features are available in rivals, you'll need to spend extra to get them. Adding these options can quickly raise the price of competing SUVs to as much as – or more than – the RAV4 Hybrid's starting price.

The RAV4 Hybrid's infotainment system has intuitive menus. The upgraded infotainment system offers an abundance of web-connected apps like internet radio, sports, stocks, and entertainment. The center stack controls are well-located and clearly labeled. Like most compact SUVs, the RAV4 Hybrid's large rear pillars, small windows, and height create blind spots in rear visibility, so the standard rearview camera is convenient. The available multi-angle camera system is even better, helping you get a full picture of the SUV's surroundings.

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  • "While many compact SUVs offers (sic) features like collision-mitigation braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams, none of them do so as standard equipment on every trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Toyota's Entune infotainment system is easy to operate, and the more advanced units in higher trim levels add plenty of apps such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and sports and stock updates to keep passengers occupied. Also included are OpenTable, MovieTickets.com and Yelp to help you settle in at your destination. Other controls in the cabin are well labeled and logically placed, though some feel flimsy to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard backup camera displays on the screen, and there's an available Bird's Eye Camera with Curb View and Perimeter Scan that's very helpful when reversing and parking." -- Forbes

Cargo

The 2017 RAV4 Hybrid has 35.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 70.6 cubic feet with them folded. Because its battery pack is located in the cargo area, the RAV4 Hybrid has slightly less cargo space than the nonhybrid RAV4, which has 73.4 cubic feet of overall cargo space. Still, the hybrid model has more space than most other compact SUVs.

The RAV4 Hybrid is available with a height-adjustable power liftgate, so you can regulate the liftgate height from inside the car to prevent the door from hitting low garage ceilings.

  • "… there's plenty of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And as is Toyota's usual preference, the RAV4 doesn't shortchange you in terms of cargo capacity." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "Toyota also has worked a bit on the cargo area, and a height-adjustable power liftgate is standard on all RAV4s – hybrid or otherwise – in except the base LE trim (where it's not offered as an option, either.) What's neat about the Toyota system is that you can adjust how high the liftgate opens from the front seat so that if you've pulled into a garage with lower clearance, you can make that adjustment without getting out." -- Cars.com (2016)

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