Test drive: Toyota Rav4

Test drive: Toyota Rav4
Test drive: Toyota Rav4

The Rav4 has come a long way since the days of boxy exteriors, cheap plastic trims and functional wheels. Today's offering looks every bit the luxury SUVs it hopes to rival but does this trek upmarket mean it has lost some off its simple, off-road charm. AOL Cars finds out...

What is it?

It is one of the pioneering SUVs that has undergone many tweaks and changes since its inception in 1994. The fabric rear cover of the loveable first generation is nowhere to be seen as the latest model smartens itself up to appeal to all of those yummy mummies looking for a stylish school run vehicle that hubby can also use for fishing trips, kayaking and so on...