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Seems to be some confusion as to whether the retractable cargo cover is standard on the XLE and Limited. A dealer video I saw says it's standard, whereas the Toyota press info describes it as a "Factory Option."

My 2016 Hybrid Limited did not come with one, so I ordered it. I'm a little disappointed. It doesn't actually cover the entire cargo area. There's about an 8" gap between the back seat and the cover. I try to justify it by saying it's to accommodate the reclining rear seats, but I don't think they recline that much (though I haven't checked).
 

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15 XLE came with one, but this one has the convenience package with sunroof, NAV system, and power liftgate.

No 3M protection on the leading edge of the hood, but it does have the 3M protection on the edges of the door.
 

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So, are you guys telling me you have to recline the rear seats in order to make the cover fit? That sounds pretty lousy.
 

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Same with both of our '08 models. The amount of recline is not drastic, in fact it's very comfortable when sitting in the back. Ours do have the movable rear seat base which may take up some of the area when all the way to the rear. Still some reclining of the seat back is needed.
 

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I was a little dissappointed too about the apparent quality of the cargo cover.

I've seen other cars include two retracting covers in the one bar to deal with this problem - the usual one to the rear of the car, and another from the bar to the rear of the seats, usually clipping into the head rest posts, and able to adjust to whatever amount of back seat recline.

I guess the folding head rests in our cars make this more of a challenge, but still, some other clipping point could have been provided. The cheap vinyl plastic it's made from also makes me think it wont last very long.

Still, it's a small niggle in an otherwise pretty great car.
 

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So, are you guys telling me you have to recline the rear seats in order to make the cover fit? That sounds pretty lousy.
You don't necessarily HAVE to recline the seats for it to "fit." It is more about the fact that if you don't want the open gap, you will have to recline seats.


It doesn't bother me at all, but I guess my level of OCD is not that severe :wink
 

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You don't necessarily HAVE to recline the seats for it to "fit." It is more about the fact that if you don't want the open gap, you will have to recline seats.


It doesn't bother me at all, but I guess my level of OCD is not that severe :wink
Well, doesn't that make the contents of the "trunk" visible, which is counter to what the cover is for? Or am I just all confused?
 

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Well, doesn't that make the contents of the "trunk" visible, which is counter to what the cover is for? Or am I just all confused?
I guess there is around 8 inches of visibility but between the tinted windows and the shadow the cover creates, I think you're pretty safe.
 

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I guess there is around 8 inches of visibility but between the tinted windows and the shadow the cover creates, I think you're pretty safe.
Is the gap at the back of the car or up by the rear seats? I carry camera gear a lot of times and definitely don't want anything visible.
 

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Is the gap at the back of the car or up by the rear seats? I carry camera gear a lot of times and definitely don't want anything visible.
It is on the side the seats are on. That is why we were suggesting to recline the back seats and that pretty much closes the gap. I am on the same boat with the camera gear :)
 

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It is on the side the seats are on. That is why we were suggesting to recline the back seats and that pretty much closes the gap. I am on the same boat with the camera gear :)
OK, thanks. I was thinking the cover attached to the seats and therefore would make the rear more visible. I guess if it is up at that end it probably wouldn't matter.
 

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Our 13 Limited came with the retractable cover, it's kind of a joke, by getting in the way and generally not useful. Removed it within a couple weeks of buying the car, it's been in the corner of the garage ever since. We keep the rear seats upright for more trunk room. The dark rear windows make it fairly hard to see what is inside.

Previous cars we owned, had hard removable covers that folded to allow more access or could be slid out for taller items. They were superior to to this retractable thing that hangs down and gets in the way.
 

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To add a bit of irony to the discussion, I could not fit the box the cargo cover came in inside the cargo area without folding down a rear seat.
 

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Cover not standard

For 2016 the cargo cover is an option (unless part of a dealer package) I bought 2016 limited awd, only option available for limited from manufacture is the premium radio or technology package. All other options are essentially dealer installed. Thus why I am now getting the "dealer options" online @ half price.

Getting the mud guards, hitch, cargo cover, body side guards, all weather floor mats and cargo liner online to save about $1000. I was surprised to find the carpeted mats and carpeted cargo mat put in while they were washing and fueling it up as I was signing the paper work. They are not listed on the window sticker and I was not expecting them to be included although on the limited they should, maybe they are, I don't care but happy maybe someone goofed and put them in. It says on the window sticker Full Tank of Fuel as standard, good for you Toyota. I hate asking the dealer for such a small thing that should be included for someone buying a new car.

As for the "gap" it is there to accommodate the recline. Much needed for those who sit back there. You have to look for the cover that has the "flap" that attaches to the rear seats. Seems some have the flap and some don't. Here is a photo I copied from an ebay site. I will leave the link out as it will be no good after time has passed.
 

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Could you provide a link to where you are purchasing your online options? Thanks.
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I am buying from multiple vedors looking for OEM, best prices and free or low shipping.


So far bought Weather Tech for mats...the actual Weather Tech site. Style, digital fit...pricey but better than generic...
Car Mats, Floor Mats, Cargo Liners, Side Window Deflectors | WeatherTech.com

Best places so far the rest...
Probably Ebay for the cargo cover and mud guards something like this...
2016 Toyota RAV4 RAV4 Hybrid Black 4pc Mudguard Kit PU060 42S16 P1 | eBay

As of now maybe getting these colored matched body side guards, they are a bit more because of the chrome inset strip...
Toyota RAV4 Painted Molding with Chrome Insert | Car Door Protection | Bodysidemoldings.com

As for the hitch...still not sure as to get hidden hitch or regular like most, expect low $100 for regular (many sites) or a permmium $200+ for hidden design. New bumper design for 2016 so fitment is still a question for the "torklift central ecohitch" hidden hitch....
http://torkliftcentral.com/2013-2015-toyota-rav4-ecohitch
 

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I am buying from multiple vedors looking for OEM, best prices and free or low shipping.


So far bought Weather Tech for mats...the actual Weather Tech site. Style, digital fit...pricey but better than generic...
Car Mats, Floor Mats, Cargo Liners, Side Window Deflectors | WeatherTech.com

Best places so far the rest...
Probably Ebay for the cargo cover and mud guards something like this...
2016 Toyota RAV4 RAV4 Hybrid Black 4pc Mudguard Kit PU060 42S16 P1 | eBay

As of now maybe getting these colored matched body side guards, they are a bit more because of the chrome inset strip...
Toyota RAV4 Painted Molding with Chrome Insert | Car Door Protection | Bodysidemoldings.com

As for the hitch...still not sure as to get hidden hitch or regular like most, expect low $100 for regular (many sites) or a permmium $200+ for hidden design. New bumper design for 2016 so fitment is still a question for the "torklift central ecohitch" hidden hitch....
Torklift Central | 2013-2015 Toyota RAV4 EcoHitch
OK, thanks. I know there are a lot of vendors out there. I thought maybe you like one in particular. I'll check those out.
 

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OK, thanks. I know there are a lot of vendors out there. I thought maybe you like one in particular. I'll check those out.
From my research the OEM from Toyota for the cargo cover might not have the flaps that attach to the head rest. OE style from online vendors/ebay and the such seem to be from 40 to 140 bucks. Probably get what you pay for. I just can not verify from photos if the genuine OE has the flaps. Maybe someone here who has one that came with their 2015+ can verify it has the flaps that attach to headrest thus concealing that gap.
 
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