It’s medium and it’s well done
The Cruiser petrol variant isn’t cheap at $44,490 but comes with all the driver assist goodies as standard (these can be had in an option pack lower in the line-up).
Relative to the rivals, the Cruiser is good value especially when you factor in all the luxury kit as well that includes leather trim, six-speed auto (the sole transmission), a decent infotainment screen with satnav and multiple vehicle controls. The capped price servicing is $180 a pop.
The coveted driver assist kit includes autonomous emergency braking, active (radar) cruise control, precollision preparation, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, auto (LED) headlights, cross traffic alert and front parking sensors. Toyota revisited RAV4’s refinement this time around, tweaking its suspension for comfort and control as well as reducing road and exhaust noise. For a medium SUV, it’s quite large inside with room for five and decent load space.
Audio quality is good but the Bluetooth phone is average in terms of connecting and voice reproduction (plenty of Toyotas share this affliction). And you must be stationary to set the satnav.
Cabin ambience is pleasant with a high level of functionality for all controls. It doesn’t take long to become completely familiar with everything the RAV4 can do and access is easy thanks to the seating being not too high. It’s a five-star car but the Cruiser goes further than that thanks to all the driver assist technology that helps you avoid a crash in the first place.
In common with other brands, Toyota is yet to “democratise’’ all this lifesaving technology but it will come downstream in time. Until then We totally understand why RAV4 is at the top of the medium SUV tree. It’s a well rounded package that looks good inside and out, is practical, built to a high standard and in Cruiser’s case, offers a high level of active and passive safety. It’s a bit thirsty though.