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2007 Toyota RAV4 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Toyota RAV4 was new.

The 2007 Toyota RAV4 is well regarded for its interior style and comfort. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman finds it "handsome...with angled armrests on the doors and other stylish touches that are a step beyond the mere utilitarianism found in many smaller SUVs."

Reviewers say you'll find plenty of cargo room and comfortable seating inside the RAV4, including an optional third-row seating option. However, what you won't find is a navigation system option, unfortunately.

Seating

Drivers will be pleased to know that writers like the one from the Kansas City Star find the cloth bucket seats both "comfortable and attractive," and The Auto Channel thinks they "provide good comfort and support." But the Boston Globe's writer says "the front seats were quite weak under the thighs. Not sure I'd want to do a six-hour drive with these."

All around leg and headroom is "mighty spacious" to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Edmunds writes that most of its staffers were comfortable for even the long drives, "although our tallest staffer (at 6-foot-4), Richard Homan, just didn't fit no matter how much he fiddled with the eight-way power seat."

Reviewers generally agree that the further back you sit in the RAV4, the smaller you should be, and while some writers chalk this up as a problem, others give the RAV4 praise for being kid-friendly. The optional third row receives the most attention. The San Diego Union-Tribune claims its "tough to climb in and out of third row," while The Car Connection's writer is more critical: "To me the arrangement seemed like a bunch of pointless extra weight to carry around -- as none of the adults present at the RAV4 preview would have been able to actually fit back there." Automobile.com's reviewer counters this argument: "And why feature seven-occupant capability in a compact CUV? I, for one, wouldn't even consider buying a primary vehicle without that revered third row, and like most family guys, don't judge it on how well it fits adults. The kids love it back there."

Even without the third row, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says parents will be pleased: "Even on my two-row test model, I could fit a baby seat and two good-size pre-teens with no fussing and plenty of room to spare. This is a big, big point with me because so many cars inaccurately advertise that they seat three in the second row when they really should say, "Three -- as long as you don't have one in a baby seat."

Interior Features

Standard features for the 2007 Toyota RAV4 include an illuminated entry system, two front and one cargo area 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, dual sun visors with a vanity mirror, sliding extensions and a roof-mounted vanity light and an amber-illuminated tri-dial Optitron cluster that features a speedometer, tachometer and fuel-gauge meters.

As Consumer Guide reports, the RAV4's gauges have "large, legible markings," with instrument controls that are "easy to locate" and simple to use, and other writers tend to agree. Automobile.com likes that "each button is large enough to actuate while wearing mittens let alone gloves, and all click with a nicely weighted, precise feel." The Kansas City Star's reviewer likes the Toyota's attention to detail. "Small touches include illumination of the front cup holders at night and a cell phone holder in the center console."

All the praise is tempered with the odd complaint. The Chicago Sun-Times writer can't read the sound system display in the sunlight, nor can the Consumer Guide reviewers, and MSN's writer hears a "cheap plastic sound" when closing the glove box.

Stereo and Entertainment

All 2007 Toyota RAV4s come with an AM/FM/CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability and six speakers, but RAV4 Limiteds have a six-disc in-dash CD player, and the Sport and Limited versions have the option for nine speakers, satellite radio and hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth technology. Automobile.com claims that from a design perspective the sound system is "fairly traditional, sitting high on the dash." CNET likes that the RAV4s come with an auxiliary input jack in the central storage console that allows you to hook up iPods and other portable devices. "We liked the slot directly in front of the storage area, which appeared to be tailor made for our Creative Zen Micro Photo when we had it plugged in," the reviewers write, but "we notice considerable distortion when playing audio files via the aux-in jack, with the speaker-output intermittently fading and returning." The Kansas City Star finds the basic stereo's sound is also "underwhelming."

Although not mentioned in reviews, the 2007 RAV4 Limited also comes with the option for a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two wireless headphones.

Navigation

The 2007 Toyota RAV4 does not offer an option for a navigation system, which several reviewers are quick to criticize. As the Detroit News sees it, the navigation system is an option "you would assume to be critical to the audience, a hefty component of which is made up of 25- to 45-year-old women."

Cargo

You won't be disappointed with cargo space in the 2007 Toyota RAV4, because reviewers find it plentiful. Figures like 12.3 cubic feet behind the optional third row, 37.2 cubic feet behind the second and an even 73 cubic feet behind the first prompt Cars.com to write "Boy, does the RAV4 feature cargo room; I was astonished when I looked up the figures. The RAV4 not only has more cargo room than the redesigned Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and other compact SUVs, it has more room than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and upcoming Ford Edge, both of which are larger vehicles overall...Toyota can honestly tout its 'best in class cargo room' because nothing comes close."

Also notable to reviews is the ease with which drivers can transform the 2007 RAV4's rear seating for more storage space. Car and Driver explains that "if you opt for the seven-seater, the third-row splits 50/50 and tumbles backward into the floor on spring loaded hinges. You can lower or raise it easily with your other hand holding the dog's leash in about, oh, six seconds."

There are also nooks to store small stuff. The Auto Channel notes that "there are plenty of storage spaces and cup and bottle holders throughout the cabin -- even for the third-row passengers." A Car Place likes that "smaller items can be placed in map pockets in the front doors, a small opening in the center console and another (the size of an EZ-Pass) in the dash, a two-level covered central bin, and a terribly clever 'extra glove compartment' on top of the normal one opens and closes with a firm press of the same button."

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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