CARS.COM — Compact SUV sales are up and Toyota’s popular RAV4 is riding the wave with climbing sales. For 2016, Toyota adds an electric version of the RAV4 to its lineup and the gas version gets revised exterior styling and a lightly updated interior. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a gas-powered SE model with leather seats. Easy Latch anchors and enough legroom earned it straight A’s in our test.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of lower Latch anchors sit nearly 2 inches into the seat bight (where the back and bottom meet), but they are relatively easy to access because the seat cushions don’t crowd the anchors. There are three top tethers anchors midway down the seatbacks that are clearly marked with an icon. Parents should note that the anchors themselves are under the seatback upholstery, however.
- We did not have to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate the infant seat or the rear-facing convertible seat. Both also installed easily.
- After removing the head restraint, the forward facing convertible went in easily and fit well.
- The booster fit well; the seat belt buckles are on stable bases that sit up just high enough to be easy for kids to use.
What We Don’t