Toyota gives fans a Rav4 to rave about
With its bold American ‘truck’ design, the new offering has lots of safety features in its five-model range
This is the new Toyota Rav4 aimed at people who’ve severed ties with the Corolla but seek something more logic for better family practicality and almost limitless access to remote driving areas. It first appeared in 1994 as an imaginative, never-before-seen compact SUV and in true Toyota style the company was not merely dipping a toe in. The Rav4 is the inventor of the niche that has not only spawned various splinter crossover ideas, but is currently seeing nothing short of a meteoric rise in both sales and alternatives, at the expense of sedans and hatchbacks. It has ruled over the midsized SUV segment ever since. The more aggressive looking, advanced fifth generation has just gone on sale here in SA. Anyone who has spent time in any of previous models will recognise that Toyota has had a proper go at glamming up the new Rav4 inside and out. Differences quickly start to accumulate on its body shell being more Lexus in hexagonal flame surfacing and American “truck” design in boldnes...