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Hi,

I need to remove my rear seats in my 2016 XLE Hybrid. I believe they are on top of the hybrid battery cells and it seems like there must be an easy way to hinge them forward and unlike other RAV's they don't seem to bolt off but rather sit on top of the hybrid battery cover. Can anyone help me remove them? I'm installing seat covers and the straps go under the seats...

Thank you in advance!
 

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Will Do

If you figure it out, be sure to post back with photos.
Headed to the dealer to see if I might glean some free advice >:D ... if not I will spring 15 bucks for the two day subscription to the repair manual (I'll ask the dealer if they won't help me which manual I would look in but I'm pretty sure the repair manual would have that easy info).

When finished I'll post pics of the front and rear seat cover installation. I've added lumbar and heaters to both front seats. The rear seat covers feature a leash for the pup on the passenger's side...

Btw, this is the company I went with for the covers:
Toyota RAV4 Standard Color Seat Covers - Wet Okole Hawaii

Not cheap but they fit like gloves, take into account all the airbag configurations, are completely waterproof (even though I'm no spring chicken I am a mess and will ruin cloth seats with oatmeal if nothing else) you can shampoo and blow dry them, etc. etc...

Off to figure out how to prod the rear seats off, will report back!
 

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That Time Is Now!

Once upon a time you could just grab a bottom seat cushion and yank it out.
You're not gonna believe it... So I go to the dealer, the service mgr, two techs and myself look it over and the techs all agree there are bolts under the moldings and I will have to remove the trim to get at them... So, I call my kind and knowledgeable brother-in-law who is nice enough to come by with his tools to help me out. In the meantime I decide to spend the 15 lousy bucks to jump on the Toyota TES site with a 48 hour membership... I would have turned my brother-in-law around if he hadn't already arrived when I saw that basically YOU CAN JUST YANK THIS THING OUT!
I've attached the procedure here :wink
 

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It's a good thing I took pics then...

So what's it look like naked? We need seat porn.
Here the naked truth... under the cushion is stuff cyborgs are made of :laugh
 

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Here's the rotated pic... heh...
You can see the two white indentations in the front of both seat rims... that is where the seat basically snaps in... the rear just aligns with square 1" or so wide pins that are simply over a piece of material to hold the rear in place.
 

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Here the naked truth... under the cushion is stuff cyborgs are made of :laugh
And so are dashed the faint hopes of storage space.

Can you look over at the side vents and see if they are just venting that space or do they connect to the actual battery compartment and vent that?
 

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And so are dashed the faint hopes of storage space.

Can you look over at the side vents and see if they are just venting that space or do they connect to the actual battery compartment and vent that?
No, they are indeed venting the battery compartment. More venting space on both sides and behind the seat make me feel a tad more comfortable than with the Prius where there was only one vent albeit large it could be blocked with unknown results...
 

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I assume the exhaust venting is directed back through the 12v battery compartment and out, but I haven't dug it apart enough to see.
 

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So this scaffolding is known as the Seat Leg Assembly... basically it's an erector set holding up the seat and creating about a 12 to 15" head space for battery heat. The trim around this leg assembly and the cushion form a box and the vents and back are vented out the sides and up and out the back... the entire hybrid battery array requires this much head space so we couldn't store stuff there. If we could it would be brutal to access. The strangest storage spot is directly behind the rear seat with a few deep holes and the oddest 'space' imaginable...
 

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I had to dig and check out how to get to the HV Battery under all this mess... Here is a diagram of what it looks like under there... This is a procedure that I, btw, will NOT be undertaking :p
 

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Looking for a way to see if it's possible to pick up some more cargo space for those occasional long trips- I don't suppose the rear seat backs come off as easily. T'm really missing the lack of cargo height when the rear seats are folded down.
 

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Looking for a way to see if it's possible to pick up some more cargo space for those occasional long trips- I don't suppose the rear seat backs come off as easily. T'm really missing the lack of cargo height when the rear seats are folded down.
Removing the seat cushion will expose the seat back hinges, have a look and see. Report back on what you find. I was pondering making a plate to cover the opening and removing the seats completely.
 

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Thanks a lot to everyone in this forum. I'll now try and fix the seat cover that I ordered from Amazon to see if it'll hold in place. The set consisted of front and rear seat covers with leatherette material to prevent fluids from going through. I'll post pictures later.
 

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that is very helpful! Now, I'd like to take it a step further. I want to take totally OFF one of the folding back sections, then put back in the bench seat. I need another space for a dog crate, and the sloping folded seat makes it too tall. Did you notice how to proceed and take off one of the back sections? Thank you!
 
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