Avg. Price Paid:$10,443 - $13,114
Original MSRP: $21,500 - $27,070
MPG: 21 City / 27 Hwy
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Toyota RAV4 was new.

As mentioned previously in our Interior Overview, the 2008 Toyota RAV4 ranks among the top third of its class for its spacious and comfortable interior. In addition to plenty of cargo room and an optional third-row seat, most find the cabin offers excellent fit and finish.

  • "The interior of the RAV4 is OK -- neither impressive nor stark. The mix of textures on the doors and dashboard is nicely done and doesn't look cheap." -- MSN
  • "The cabin isn't as plasticky as previous-generation RAV4s, but it still has a budget feel compared to competitors like the CR-V, Rogue and Santa Fe. Nevertheless, the Toyota offers a highly practical design." -- Edmunds
  • "Ergonomics? Tied with the Honda. Fit and finish? Ditto." -- Car and Driver, in a comparison test with other compact SUVs, including the Honda CR-V
  • "Materials are high quality, if not Lexus level. Fit and finish is Toyota grade, which means excellent." -- Auto Mall USA
  • "Design, construction, and judicious use of soundproofing materials keep the RAV4's interior noise levels pleasantly low." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Cabin materials generally solid, attractive, but some testers contend decor let down by a too-flimsy glovebox lid and low-grade headliner material." -- Consumer Guide


Most reviews say the RAV4 has comfortable front seats, but generally agree that the further back you sit in the RAV4, the smaller you should be. While some say this is a problem, others praise the RAV4 for being kid-friendly.

  • The seats look expensive and are comfortable for hours. Same with the back seat, where the Honda and the Toyota -- the two lightest vehicles in this group -- tied for two- and three-man comfort." -- Car and Driver, in a comparison to the Honda CR-V and other compact SUVs
  • "Taller drivers will substantially enjoy the extra head room in the RAV4's front cabin compared to the Honda [CR-V]. While the rear of the Honda offers a bit more head- and leg-room than the RAV4, there frankly isn't much of a difference." -- NewCars.com
  • "The front buckets provide good comfort and support." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Just keep in mind that the third row rests on the vehicle floor. So, when I sat back there, my knees were up near my chest. I didn't have any forward view, but at 5 feet 4, I had better headroom than I expected." -- MSN
  • "Like usual in Toyotas, I found the driver and front passenger seats to be well designed. They're supportive in all the right places, at least for my five-foot-eight frame, and ideally suited to the RAV's tallish ride height." -- Automobile.com
  • "Only a diminutive kid would be comfortable back there, but for a relatively economical vehicle, it's a great option for moms who carpool or for bigger families who can tolerate each other in a confined space for the duration of a car ride." -- U.S. News' Rick Newman

Interior Features

The 2008 Toyota RAV4 gets good reviews for its standard features. Although the RAV4 has an available navigation system, you might save yourself some money by choosing a portable device instead. Check out our GPS reviews to find out the key features to have in a new stand-alone navigation unit.

  • "Standard features for the base RAV4 include...rear tinted windows, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio jack." -- Edmunds
  • "Gauges have large, legible markings. Controls easy to locate, simple to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Back-lit gauges can be easily read, and sound system controls are simple to use, although radio station readouts are virtually washed out by sunlight." -- MSN
  • "Other than the stereo, there was little to play with in terms of onboard electronics; our Sport came with every available factory option, and there was no navigation system or hands-free calling interface in sight." -- CNET
  • "They look busy and complicated at fast glance, but the button layout proves logical over time." -- Car and Driver
  • "Some of the digital readouts, as for the temperature and time, are almost impossible to read in any light." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Most reviewers think buyers won't be disappointed with the plentiful cargo space in the 2008 Toyota RAV4. They note that drivers can easily fold the rear seats for more storage space, and there are lots of nooks for small stuff.

  • "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 else comes close." -- Cars.com
  • "With its flat load floor, the RAV4 can hold a maximum of 73 cubic feet of cargo. The load floor is also quite low for this class, and minimizes the strain of loading a week's worth of groceries." -- Edmunds
  • "There are plenty of storage spaces and cup and bottle holders throughout the cabin -- even for third-row passengers." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The rear cargo area is voluminous compared to the outgoing model, upping behind second row stowage from a meager 23.9 cu-ft behind the rear seats to an impressive 35.9 cu-ft." -- Automobile.com
  • "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." -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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