Go
2015 Toyota RAV4 Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$22,142
BASE MSRP
$23,680
On Quality
Interior space is fine, but the RAV4's rear seat is flat, and there's an ample supply of rubbery trim in base versions.
8.0 out of 10
Shopping for a New Toyota?
See your Price

QUALITY | 8 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

After sampling all options, we definitely prefer the cloth – we find it hard to believe anyone will be fooled by the imitation leather.
Autoblog

Even with a donut spare under its cargo floor, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 leads the class in cargo capacity with 73 cubic feet.
Edmunds

When you're behind the steering wheel, you feel more comfortable thanks to lower seating position, a more upright steering wheel and more fore-and-aft seat travel.
Automobile

Passenger space isn't significantly different, save for rear hip room, which shrinks by 3.5 inches.
Motor Trend

Winding through the desert hills, the noise level was low. And Toyota says it reshaped RAV4's mirrors to cut wind noise.
USA Today

The RAV4 didn't become significantly larger with last year's redesign, but smarter packaging made it more passenger-friendly.

Inside the RAV4 cabin there's a mishmash of textures and grains. The SofTex vinyl upholstery in the Limited is great on its own, but it doesn't match up in the right ways with any of the complementary trim pieces; also factor in the button 'blanks' scattered around the dash, and it doesn't entirely convince you it's premium anyhow. Going with the simple, more durable-looking, rubberized dash trim in the base LE might be a better choice.

Base versions come with a cheaper upholstery and seats that are less supportive. The synthetic leather upholstery in Limited models looks great from a few feet away, but up close it appears shiny and cheap. Seating space in the RAV4 is about on par with the Honda CR-V and definitely more generous than in Ford's Escape.

Above the base LE trim level, the RAV4 gets a more sculpted seat with better fabric--and if there were a way to put these seats in the base RAV4, we'd take it. The driving position is agreeably carlike, but the standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel doesn't extend as far as it could.

On the most expensive versions, the driver seat gets power adjustment and memory functions and lumbar adjustment; the front passengers get heated seats.

Back seats are comparable to those of the Honda CR-V—meaning that entry and exit are easy and folding is easily done, but they're not as comfortable for adults (they're flat and hard) as those of a mid-size sedan. The seats recline, and fold forward with the flip of a lever--and the doors are cut tall and wide, so it's easy for taller passengers to slide in and out.

On all versions, the back seat is split, and portions can be folded down, together to open up the RAV4's cargo bin from 38.4 cubic feet to 73.4 cubic feet. There aren't any severe flaws in the packaging, but the flip-fold backseat arrangement is just short of slickness.

The former RAV4's third-row seat has been dropped from this iteration so Toyota's bigger (three-row) Highlander can have more room to breathe. It won't be missed much, since it was so small to begin with in the RAV4.

Because the latest RAV4 no longer has a tailgate-mounted spare, the cargo area is much easier to access than with previous RAV4 versions because the hatch is top-hinged. Limited models include a standard power liftgate that can be programmed to a specific opening height—to accommodate a low garage ceiling, for instance.

 

Conclusion

Interior space is fine, but the RAV4's rear seat is flat, and there's an ample supply of rubbery trim in base versions.

« Prev: Performance Next: Safety »

Would You Prefer a Free Dealer Price Quote?

With competitive price quotes from multiple dealers, you will be prepared when you meet your local car dealer. Please tell us how to contact you so that dealers can compete for your business!
There are no dealers in our network that are located near the ZIP code. Please change your ZIP code or see cars for sale near you.
Update ZIP Code
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Other Choices Read More
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2016 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.