2018 Toyota RAV4

Interior


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2018 Toyota RAV4 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 includes loads of standard safety features, an uncomplicated infotainment system, and ample cargo room. The cabin is quiet and comfortable, though the back seat feels a tad constricted. The styling and materials used are adequate, but they aren't especially notable.

  • With high-quality plastics and soft-touch surfaces, the 2018 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. However, we're not fans of the faux-carbon-fiber cladding around the doorsills and gearshift lever. Interestingly, leather isn't available, substituted with a material called SofTex, which does a pretty good impression of the real thing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unfortunately, its cabin materials consist of disappointing black plastic, and the SofTex vinyl upholstery found on most trims won't fool anyone into thinking it's leather (which isn't available at all). The overall appearance and vibe also feels a bit Spartan compared to those of the surprisingly upmarket new CR-V and CX-5. These competitors quite simply seem more grown up than the RAV4." -- Autotrader (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)

Seating

The RAV4 seats five on cloth upholstery. A six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat, and 60/40-split-folding rear seats are standard. Heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a heated steering wheel are available. You can also opt for Toyota’s available synthetic leather, SofTex; it receives mixed reviews on its likeness to real leather.

The seats are supportive, though the narrow cabin and low cushions limit comfort somewhat in the back seat. Still, the RAV4's passenger space is pretty typical for a vehicle this size.

For connecting child safety seats, the RAV4 comes with three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors. The LATCH hardware is easy to find and use, so caregivers should have no trouble installing car seats and buckling up their tykes.

  • "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
  • "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 RAV4 is compact by definition, but not cramped in actuality. A few subtle changes have made the interior better. New interior front-door panels are now scooped out a little more, providing more space for the driver's left arm and front passenger's right arm to rest, and making the whole front cabin feel bigger, but still a little narrow." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2018 RAV4 consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment display, a USB port, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and six speakers. A rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense P (a bundle of advanced safety systems comprised of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control) are also standard.

Upgrades offered in the RAV4 include navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, smartphone integration via the Entune App Suite, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, a household-style power outlet, a bird's-eye-view camera with a 360-degree view around the car, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Like any other interface, Entune takes some time to learn. It's pretty straightforward once you do, though – as you’ll discover – the system faces a couple of limitations. Upgraded systems can connect you with smartphone apps like Pandora and Slacker Radio, but the Entune App Suite isn't as robust as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (neither of which is available in the Toyota). Also, you'll have to take turns charging your smartphone, as the RAV4 has only one USB port.

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  • "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. … Other controls in the cabin are well labeled and logically placed, though some feel flimsy to operate." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Sadly, even on the top-of-the-line Limited trim I tested, there was only one USB port in the car, and I don't think that cuts it in the days when everybody has a device that seems to constantly need charging." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • Controls are generally easy to read and easy to reach. One exception is the driver-info display in the instrument cluster. At night, with the lights on, it has a glowing blue background on which darker numerals appear, but the contrast isn't super sharp and the numerals can be hard to read. Climate controls consist of buttons to select function[s], with handy rotating dials to choose temperature." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Cargo

The RAV4 has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seat. The second row seats fold flat (a 60/40 split seatback is standard) for a total cargo capacity of 73.4 cubic feet. Both dimensions are among the highest for a compact SUV. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate with an adjustable height are available.

  • "Cargo capacity is generous for the class, with 38.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet behind the front seats. As an added bonus, the low liftover height and available hands-free power liftgate make loading bulky items surprisingly easy." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The rear cargo area is not expansive, but the floor is flat, liftover is conveniently low, and built-in tie-down hooks are provided to help secure loads. Fortunately, the rear 60/40-split seats fold very nearly flat, and with a cover panel that spans the gap between load floor and seat for substantial gains in useful cargo room." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
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