2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a fairly attractive interior from a style standpoint, but the materials quality leaves room for improvement. There are hard plastics scattered throughout, giving the SUV a low-rent feel. Both rows of seats are roomy and supportive, and cargo space is better than in most rivals. There are lots of standard driver assistance features and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

  • It does feel a little chintzy inside -- hello, plastic -- but the styling looks OK." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • The 2017 Toyota RAV4's interior features a selection of decent materials for the cabin, though the overall impression is utility, not style." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

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

The front seats are spacious and supportive, even on long road trips. Higher trims have added lumbar support. The rear seats have a good amount of legroom and can accommodate even tall adults without much difficulty.

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. This system is incredibly easy to use. You won’t have trouble finding the anchor points, and it doesn’t take much force to attach car-seat straps.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "… 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 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

The Toyota Safety Sense system is also standard. It includes pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The RAV4 Hybrid has more standard driver assistance features than almost every competitor.

Available features include a moonroof, 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 an upgraded Entune system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, smartphone app integration, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

The Entune infotainment system won’t disappoint you. There are physical controls in addition to the touch screen, and the center stack is well-organized and easy to reach from the driver’s seat. The Entune interface is easy to master as well. The bad news is that many rivals offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, while the RAV4 Hybrid does not.

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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 (2017)
  • "Toyota's Entune infotainment system is easy to operate, and the more advanced units in higher trim levels add plenty of apps. … Other controls in the cabin are well labeled and logically placed, though some feel flimsy to operate." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The RAV4 Hybrid has 35.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 70.6 cubic feet with them folded. Despite being a hybrid, it has more space than most other compact SUVs (hybrids typically have less space than nonhybrids because the hybrid's battery takes up space). However, it is a few cubic feet less than the nonhybrid RAV4. A hands-free, height-adjustable power liftgate is available. This lets you 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 (2017)
  • "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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