This fifth-generation RAV4 sports a chunkier, more masculine look with a slightly curved rear to add a touch of softness.
A chrome grille and door handles set the Cruiser apart from the rest of the range and it stands proudly on sporty 19-inch alloys.
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Roof rails not only enhance the edgier look but are also practical should you wish to add a roof rack system or strap on the canoes as we did this week.
The drive to keep the RAV4 current and appealing resonates on the inside, too, where Toyota depends on a mix of materials, a sensible layout and some funky design elements to keep in step with the competition.
Leather-trimmed seats are well shaped and comfortable with a 10-way electric adjustment on the driver's seat making it easy to find the ideal position.
The front passenger seat sits a little high, though, which for taller occupants, like my husband, can result in restricted headroom.
The cabin feels expensive and well put together with good fit and finish and thought given to storage and ease of use.
Rubber encased climate control dials seem a little incongruous on an otherwise sleek dash but work well on the move, while the sporty leather-trimmed steering wheel not only fits nicely in the hands but is thankfully not overcrowded with fingertip controls.