Toyota Rav4: Ol' Reliable
2004 Toyota RAV4 4dr Manual (Natl)
Inside, the RAV4 prioritizes ergonomics and cubby storage. A useful shelf spans the dash and complements the large center console. The version we tested also mixed soft-touch surfaces and better plastics than previously seen. The base LE version is quite Spartan and comes with cloth seats, a plasticky steering wheel, and single-zone manual climate control. At the XLE trim level, Toyota throws in a few perks, but XLE Premium models and up come with much more to like, including faux-leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a stitched padded dashboard and center-console armrest.