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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior Review


Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a refined interior with premium materials and a nice design. Passenger and cargo room are excellent, while tech and infotainment features are ample and easy to use.

  • "The 2019 Toyota RAV4 interior has gone above and far beyond what the previous RAV4 offered. It now has arguably the nicest-looking interiors in its class. The cabin looks and feels more upscale, with plenty of soft-touch materials on the dash and center armrest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If the cabin's basics weren't so well-executed, we might take issue with some of the sillier style touches in some trim levels. … But because of the high-quality plastics, the bevy of soft-touch areas, and the solid feel of the switchgear, it all works quite well together. Although the Mazda CX-5 has the RAV4 beat in terms of a true premium feel, we can't think of many crossovers in this price range that can match the Toyota's unique combination of funkiness and functionality, let alone its diverse array of interior treatments." -- Car and Driver
  • "The new cabin has a more spacious ambiance, in part because the forward visibility is more expansive. Its improved materials look and feel better to the touch, and the dashboard's cleaner design aesthetic is a welcome improvement over the outgoing RAV4's comparatively humdrum surroundings." -- Edmunds


The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, and a four-way adjustable passenger seat. Options include leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a heated steering wheel. For connecting child safety seats, the RAV4 Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with a third top tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

The RAV4 has ample room for occupants in both rows. The front seats are fairly comfortable, but the front-passenger seat is mounted high, complicating entry and exit.

  • "Headroom and legroom in front are good rather than great, but models with the 8-way power driver seat include a tilt cushion (potentially a real comfort plus) and power lumbar adjustment, and shorter folks might appreciate that the seat can be raised quite high. Also nice are the available heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats. In back, 6-footers should find enough headroom, and my 5’9 frame fit easily behind a fully rearward front seat." -- Consumer Guide
  • Space is ample — 6-foot-plus adults will have headroom to spare, even in the back seat. Road noise is more prominent in the cabin than expected, but we'll reserve final judgment for when we drive the new RAV4 on more familiar roads." -- Edmunds
  • "The RAV4's front passenger's seat is mounted very high without any controls for adjustment. Meanwhile, Toyota lowered the RAV4's roofline for 2019, creating the perfect conditions for a head contusion. … Luckily the driver's seat can be lowered, so you can get behind the wheel without the need for any type of head protection." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and lane tracing assist, which works to keep you centered in your lane.

Optional features include a moonroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, four additional USB ports, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a 7-inch digital driver-information display, satellite radio, an 8-inch infotainment screen, navigation, an 11-speaker JBL stereo, wireless charging for enabled devices, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic braking, and a surround-view parking camera.

The touch screen sits within easy reach of the driver and it operates smoothly. A set of large buttons and knobs easily control audio and temperature functions.

See 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid specs »

  • "The audio systems on tested models featured volume and tuning knobs along with eight physical buttons, all except those to the far right being within easy reach. My iPhone-wielding drive partner (I’m an Android guy) appreciated the fact that the 2019 RAV4’s version of Apple CarPlay supported Waze, which not all do. Climate controls consist of rotary temperature knobs but less-convenient repetitive-step pushbuttons for fan speed and mode, though all are easy to reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In the cabin, Toyota wisely focused on improving functionality before it started making concessions to fashion. For starters, the interior is ergonomically sound, with a prominent touchscreen sticking out of the dash that's flanked by volume and tuning knobs and an array of climate-control buttons and knobs that are easy to figure out quickly." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's also, not surprisingly, an abundance of new features. Accident avoidance tech is still standard on every trim level, but infotainment is enhanced with standard in-car WiFi, Amazon Alexa connectivity and Apple CarPlay. The base LE has a 7-inch touchscreen, but all others get an 8-inch unit that actually seems bigger thanks to its high, easily reached dash-top position. It's one of the easier systems to use. The accompanying new physical controls, most notably the chunky rubber-coated knobs for the stereo and climate control, look great and feel expensive when operated." -- Autoblog


The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid has up to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats, making it one of the largest cargo areas in the class. Space with the rear seats folded adds up to 69.8 cubic feet. The cargo floor is low, which makes it easy to lift in luggage and bags. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are optional features.

  • "Storage spaces abound thanks to the two-tiered dashboard and large center console, and—as in previous RAV4s—the packaging remains excellent, with a spacious rear seat and a low floor that makes loading the capacious cargo area a cinch." -- Car and Driver
  • "Cargo volume is expected to be comparable to that of the 2018 model, and for 2019 the cargo area is longer overall." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One of the draws of crossovers is cargo room and versatility, and the RAV4 doesn’t disappoint. There’s the rather expected cubic cargo space and rear seat backs that fold level with the cargo floor. But among the nice touches are that the rear-seat headrests don’t need to be removed in order to fold the seat-back down – even with the front seat moved far rearward – and though there isn’t much underfloor storage, there is a wide slot to store the cargo cover out of sight. … Note that the optional JBL sound system includes a speaker that fills in what is otherwise a cove in the left-side cargo wall that might be needed for a golf bag to lay sideways." -- Consumer Guide
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