Cars don't come much simpler than the Toyota Kluger. Twenty kilograms short of two tons of American-built iron equipped with an unstressed V6, it's big and straightforward.

The Kluger nameplate predates our new love of seven-seat SUVs, but this third-generation car seems to have really taken hold. And there are good reasons for that. Folks love the Toyota badge, and they love that the Japanese brand’s cars are built to outlast about eighteen Australian Prime Ministers.

The big Kluger might not be cheap, but it doesn't stop us buying a ton of them every month, even in the face of rising fuel prices.

So we spent a week in a GXL variant to find out why.