By now, you should know that the2019 RAV4 does come with a hefty price tag but that’s okay since this compact crossover is a great choice for those who can afford. And you can’t really blame them; a Toyota is a Toyota and, well, a RAV4 is a RAV4 – a nameplate that has grown to become a status symbol ever since its inception in the ‘90s.
Beyond the price tag and the arguably good-looking design, the RAV4 LTD does carry a premium interior that almost crosses the plushness of Lexus. How? Here’s a closer look.
Toyota cars, especially those that are exclusive to the Southeast Asian region, have pretty much one thing in common – they lean towards durability and cost-effectiveness rather than plushness. But that common Toyota trait isn’t true with the RAV4. This global model has so much premium-ness in its cabin, enough for me to feel that it somehow inherits theluxurious cabin of Lexus cars.
Aside from the materials used, you’ll be presented with a well thought out cabin layout that’s easy and logical to use. Driving controls are all in one place, and so air conditioning buttons and knobs. If there’s any qualm, that would be the lack of a volume knob for the touchscreen infotainment system, which I honestly prefer (and safer) over soft-touch or touchscreen controls.
Other sensible traits of the RAV4’s cabin include the storage spaces found all over the car. I would like to specially commend Toyota for including lit, rubber-padded cubbyholes. It adds flexibility to the vehicle and could quite fit a lot of novelties that are inevitable during long drives. However, also during long drives, it’s hard not to notice its ridiculously small sun visors.
As for creature space, occupants of the RAV4 would have plenty of it, whether you’re in the front cabin or the reclinable second row. The semi-bucket seats are comfortable to be in, even in long journeys plus the rear cabin has A/C vents for added comfort. Ride comfort is commendable as well. For the record, I took the RAV4 all the way to Subic during the lend out and I didn’t get any complaint or whatsoever after the almost four-hour drive. NVH insulation, however, can be improved as different kinds of noises creeps in at high speeds.
But, as mentioned, I took the RAV4 to Subic during the time that it was with me. The cargo area is hands-down roomy, which allowed me to carry a child stroller, storage boxes for the baby clothes, several duffle bags, and few more spots for groceries. The cargo area does have a flat lip, too, which makes loading and unloading painless. Lastly, fold down the backrests flat to the floor and the cargo area will open up like a commercial vehicle made for cargo-hauling.