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2019 Toyota RAV4 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.2

Compared to the outgoing model, the inside of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 looks more stylish and feels more luxurious. It's still a step below the nicest interiors in the class, but the RAV4's cabin is unquestionably well-built and inviting. Both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable, and few rivals can match the RAV4's cargo capacity. It also has a lengthy features list that includes plenty of active safety tech and a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • 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, such as the Adventure's abundance of bright-orange accents. 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 inside of the RAV4 is also a nicer place to spend time, with plenty of soft-touch materials and thoughtfully arranged controls." -- CNET

Seating

The RAV4 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

The front seats are comfortable and remain supportive on long drives, and both rows of seats have enough head- and legroom for most adults to ride without feeling cramped. Even the rear middle seat is livable, which isn't always the case.

  • "Back-seat space is generous enough for adults; with the driver's seat adjusted for how I sit, I've got plentiful legroom and headroom in the second row. There's very little intrusion from the center exhaust tunnel, too, so middle-seat passengers should manage OK on longer journeys." -- CNET
  • "Available two-tone SofTex seats give the RAV4 interior a touch of style without sacrificing durability, and the seats are comfortable, even on extended drives." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. … In back, 6-footers should find enough headroom, and my 5-9 frame fit easily behind a fully rearward front seat." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features in the RAV4 include the Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include a moonroof or panoramic glass roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, wireless device charging, and an upgraded Entune system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, four additional USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an 11-speaker JBL audio system.

Standard driver assistance features include automatic high beams, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Some of these features are part of Toyota's Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technology. Available active safety features include a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, low-speed collision warning, and rear cross traffic braking.

The Entune infotainment system incorporates physical buttons and a touch screen, giving you plenty of control options for adjusting settings. The touch screen responds well to inputs and features an intuitive interface. It's one of the most user-friendly systems around. The only knock against it is that the navigation system looks a little outdated.

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  • "Controls are also logically arranged and easy to use." -- Left Lane News
  • "There's also, not surprisingly, an abundance of new features. … 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." -- Autoblog
  • Toyota's Entune 3.0 software works just fine for phone calling, music selection and more, with prompt responses to onscreen pushes. Physical buttons around the touchscreen and real volume/tuning knobs ease operation. But the onscreen graphics are plain and the displays aren't particularly bright or crisp. The navigation maps especially look dated, though they do offer pinch-to-zoom functionality." -- CNET

Cargo

With the rear seats up, the RAV4 provides 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down, and you get 69.8 cubic feet. Those are among the highest totals in the class. The RAV4's rear seats fold to provide a flat cargo floor, and there's plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin. A height-adjustable hands-free liftgate is available.

  • "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." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • Disappointingly, cargo volume actually declines slightly compared to previous models, even though Toyota notes the load floor is 2.5 inches longer than before. … The cargo floor is reversible, with one side carpeted and the other rubberized for when you're carrying dirty gear. It can be set into a lower position that provides an extra 2.2 inches of height if you need more space." -- CNET
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