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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“materials are high quality”
“noticeable road noise”
“mellifluous medley of structure, drivetrain, road manners, and carry-all practicality”
Car and Driver
“can't buy a car that's likely to hold up better”
The interior of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 is generally comfortable, capacious, and screwed together well.
In the front row of the RAV4, ConsumerGuide registers “ample headroom and legroom” but comments that “long-legged drivers may want more rearward seat travel.” Kelley Blue Book likes the base model’s “durable fabric-covered seats,” as well as the “higher-level cloth” that “dresses Limited and Sport models.” Seat comfort is praised by all, with the exception of ConsumerGuide, whose reviewers are “divided on RAV4's seat comfort and driving position,” some of whom feel the latter is too buslike. “The seats look expensive and are comfortable for hours,” says Car and Driver, and MyRide.com remarks, “The front seats are supportive but not overly firm, with modest bolsters and decent thigh support.”
The second row, says ConsumerGuide, offers “ample headroom and legroom…on a comfortable bench.” Motor Trend also likes the “triple-folding rear seat that reclines.” Toyota stretches and widens the RAV4 enough to squeeze in a third-row seat, but it’s a kids-only affair that “requires a high step-in,” according to ConsumerGuide.
Cargo room and storage are judged impressive in “five-seat versions, which have two convenient storage wells in the rear floor area for added utility,” says ConsumerGuide. Those handy storage wells become seat storage in versions with the optional third-row seat. Access to the cargo hold is criticized by some reviewers who feel that the side-swinging rear door is inconvenient and “a little odd these days…complicating loading and unloading when you're parked along a curb,” reports Motor Trend. Competitors offer a hatch that swings up and out of the way.
Ergonomics, switchgear, and the quality and fit of parts are “Toyota grade, which means excellent,” in the words of MyRide.com. “The gauges have large, legible markings,” proclaims ConsumerGuide, who also note “the controls are easy to locate and simple to use.” ConsumerGuide takes issue with a “too-flimsy glovebox lid and low-grade headliner material,” as well as some squeaks and rattles in some of their tester examples.
Toyota has been doing great interiors for decades, and the 2008 Toyota RAV4 is yet another example.