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2020 Toyota RAV4 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2020 Toyota RAV4’s cabin quality is impressive. It has intuitive, modern tech features. Seating space and cargo room are above average for the segment.

  • "Once dull and dark inside, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 has one of the finest 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
  • "The material quality is excellent throughout (especially for the various new buttons and switches)." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)

Seating

The Toyota RAV4 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. Optional features include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and driver's seat memory settings.

The RAV4's front and rear seats are generally comfortable. The front passenger seat could benefit from more adjustments to improve support on longer trips. Taller front-seat occupants may also wish for a little more headroom. The second row has plenty of space for adults.  

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The middle seat can borrow lower anchors from either side. All of the anchors are easy to locate and use.

  • Inside, the RAV4 provides a comfortable carlike driving position and an abundance of rear-seat legroom. The roof is a bit low, though, so you may find your head uncomfortably close to the headliner." -- Autotrader
  • "When it comes to interior room, size and features, the 2020 RAV4 compact SUV remains competitive. … The seats are comfortable, even on extended drives." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The front passenger’s seat supplies 4-way adjustment. … The seat sits high enough off the floor that occupants won’t miss a height adjuster. However, the cushion is rather flat and lacking in terms of thigh support, which could negatively impact long-distance comfort levels. The back seat is roomy enough for adults. The seat cushion is a little low, and foot space is a bit snug, but most people will find the accommodations agreeable." -- New York Daily News (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 RAV4 include a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo.

The standard touch screen has sharp graphics. It’s also easy to use, thanks to straightforward menus and quick processing times. Physical controls are large and clearly marked. They're also mostly easy to reach from the driver's seat.

Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, four additional USB ports, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker JBL premium stereo, wireless device charging, a universal garage door opener, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, a household-style power outlet, navigation, and a panoramic glass roof.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera. Optional safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, a rearview mirror camera, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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  • "The center stack is dominated by a crisp, bright … screen … which serves as the control center for audio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa, with physical buttons on both sides of the screen. There are also giant grippy volume, tuning and temperature knobs below." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The touchscreen interfaces are pleasantly easy to use, see and reach." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)

Cargo

There's 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the RAV4's rear seat and 69.8 cubic feet with its back seats folded down. Those values are above average for a compact SUV. A power liftgate and a hands-free liftgate are optional.

The RAV4's cargo space is wide, and a low load floor makes loading items easy. There's also ample small-item storage space throughout the cabin.

  • There's also less maximum cargo space than in rivals like the Honda CR-V or the Subaru Forester, but the cargo area is still plenty useful and benefits from a movable cargo floor that either lowers to increase space or flips to reveal a more easily cleaned surface." -- Autotrader
  • "One of the draws of crossovers is cargo room and versatility, and the RAV4 doesn’t disappoint. … 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." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
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