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Hi folks, just joined up and wanted to ask everyone - which 5 door version of the Rav4 has the BIGGEST BOOT SPACE ? :)

We currently have a 4.2 Rav and are thinking of upgrading to the 4.3 Version.

Ive read in a few places that the 4.3 has alot more Litres of space - but can anyone physical measure or describe who has had first hand experience of Both models please ?

We have two large German shepherd dogs that are usually riding shotgun in the back, hence needing more width and length - the roof height isnt as important as I know all models have MORE than enough room for the boys.

We have checked out a 4.4 today at our local Toyota Dealership in Derby (UK) and have noticed how the newer models have the faluse floor boots, with the spare wheel underneath and the tool kit etc - which wouldnt really be ideal for two big dogs (40/50kg almost each!)

Thanks for all your help and advice in advance :)
 

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Don't forget you can take out the back seats or fold them up so they rest against the front seats which creates a very large space in the back.
 

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yeah full sized german shepherds will have a good time in the back on hoolah-hoops.
 

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Presently in our 4.2 Rav we have the seats upright and as far forward as they will go, to give maximum space in the boot for the dogs.

Which is the same kind of setup were hoping for in the 4.3

I know the boot can be made bigger again by dropping the back seats down but we need a nice flat surface, obviously for the dogs. Which on the 2012+ model isn't possible as there is the big gap that opens up behind the seats when there right forward.
 

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Hi folks, just joined up and wanted to ask everyone - which 5 door version of the Rav4 has the BIGGEST BOOT SPACE ? :)

We currently have a 4.2 Rav and are thinking of upgrading to the 4.3 Version.

Ive read in a few places that the 4.3 has alot more Litres of space - but can anyone physical measure or describe who has had first hand experience of Both models please ?

We have two large German shepherd dogs that are usually riding shotgun in the back, hence needing more width and length - the roof height isnt as important as I know all models have MORE than enough room for the boys.

We have checked out a 4.4 today at our local Toyota Dealership in Derby (UK) and have noticed how the newer models have the faluse floor boots, with the spare wheel underneath and the tool kit etc - which wouldnt really be ideal for two big dogs (40/50kg almost each!)

Thanks for all your help and advice in advance :)
According to Consumer Reports magazine the 4.3 has 39 cu. ft. of cargo volume. The 4.4 has 37 cu. ft. We have a 4.3 and four (three of them small) dogs an a cat. :surprise We never lack for space for crates, food, etc. Good luck.
 

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Cheers mlrav

We don't use crates, the boys just settle in the boot space.

Is the floor of the boot completely flat when the back seats are moved right forward ? ( not folded flat)
 

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Chrysler is coming out with a new big boot model they call the K-Car Dashian.
 

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I just checked my 4.3 to be sure of my answer. The floor of the boot remains completely flat when the back seats are moved forward. However, there is an open space between the leading, front edge of the boot floor and the seat backs. It runs the width of the car and is approximately 10" wide by 10" deep. Perhaps you could fill it with comfy pillows if the boys don't like it.

My 4.3 also has an electrical outlet in the rear of the center arm rest. If yours has an outlet you could leave a vacuum cleaner plugged in for all that German Shepherd hair. We had a Shepherd and love them. They are wonderful dogs, smart, loyal and loving, but shed like crazy. Give them hugs and kisses from me.:kiss
 

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Lol will do ml, thanks for the info :)

The dip is what I didn't really want but like you say we could put some pillows in it.

I've uploaded some pics of them to my gallery. We've been to the towns fair today and they are wiped out now.

There both white German shepherds and yes they cast like buggers ! All year round.

Other cars are my current mk2 Toyota MR2 and my old ford escort xr3i.
 

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Presently in our 4.2 Rav we have the seats upright and as far forward as they will go, to give maximum space in the boot for the dogs.

Which is the same kind of setup were hoping for in the 4.3

I know the boot can be made bigger again by dropping the back seats down but we need a nice flat surface, obviously for the dogs. Which on the 2012+ model isn't possible as there is the big gap that opens up behind the seats when there right forward.
Fastford,

Another thought: you might want to find a 4.3 and look at it with the back seats folded down. It's about as flat a surface as you're likely to find. I've compared it with the Highlander. The RAV is flatter. The seats angle up only about an inch or two when folded, barely noticeable. In other words, it's practically flat.

The gap is still there. But the "comfy pillow" fix should work. I'm fairly certain that your doggies will find it to be a very fine space.:thumbs_up:

Cheers,
mlrav
 
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