in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,825 - $15,452
Original MSRP: $21,500 - $27,810
MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Toyota RAV4 Interior

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The 2009 Toyota RAV4 boasts plenty of cargo room and an optional third-row seat. In addition, most reviewers find the cabin offers excellent fit and finish.

  • "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
  • "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  
  • "Materials are high quality, if not Lexus level. Fit and finish is Toyota grade, which means excellent." -- Auto Mall USA


Several reviewers praise the RAV4 for its kid-friendly, optional third row. However, several others find that row too cramped.

  • "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
  • "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
  • "Entry to the 3rd row requires a high step-in, and only the passenger-side 2nd-row seat folds forward to provide access. The 3rd-row is a convenience in a pinch, but it fits only small children." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seat is second class -- it keeps the kids from getting uppity -- but comfortable. Our tester did not have the optional third row of seating but gauging from the available room it wouldn't be useful for other than kids and it would take all of the erstwhile cargo room." -- Washington Examiner

Interior Features

The 2009 Toyota RAV4 offers a high level of standard equipment. Although it offers an optional 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
  • "The gauges have large, legible markings. The controls easy to locate and simple to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "Some of the digital readouts, as for the temperature and time, are almost impossible to read in any light." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Cargo space is plentiful in the 2009 Toyota RAV4. A bonus is that drivers can easily fold the rear seats for more storage space.

  • "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
  • "Ample cabin storage includes a bi-level glovebox." -- Consumer Guide

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