Just last week, your humble author had a 2013 Toyota RAV4 in his garage, and he couldn't help noting that even in mid-level XLE trim, its aesthetics lacked oomph, due in large part to its cheap-looking black bumpers and airy-looking wheel wells. Judging by the RAV4 "Adventure" on display at the Geneva Motor Show, someone at Toyota must've been thinking the same thing.

With Japan's biggest automaker understandably focused on bigger reveals, information on this butched-up softroader has proven to be hard to come by, with no press materials whatsoever. We don't even know if this is a pure concept or if it's actually being considered for production. Either way, we approve. The 20-inch dark-finish alloys probably don't do much for ride quality, but they certainly look nicely aggressive, as does the new lower fascia with its prominent lower lip. Other changes include beefier wheel arches, side rails, headlamps with integrated LEDs, twin-element fog lamps and mesh grille inserts. All of the changes are quite well integrated – enough so that the Adventure largely avoids looking like a SEMA refugee in person.


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      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, she looks too feminine to be a butch
      • 1 Year Ago
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      641Workmaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's the new Pontiac Vibe!
        641Workmaster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @641Workmaster
        Same car: http://imagescdn.dealercarsearch.com/Media/3649/2721065/634969512689681413.jpg
          Van Nostrin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @641Workmaster
          your right! It's nearly identical. But it will sell better since it has the toyota badge even though they are both the same car.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bloated Pontiac Vibe right down to the grille. Oh what a feeling! Not!
        Crazyman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Looks like they are copying all that plastic cladding that Pontiac was famous for. But this time it's on a Toyota so that makes it a trend setter.
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gah! The plastic under body, two tone look went out with the Avalanche. I\'m not and never will be in the market for a CUV but IMO I would probably look at the Escape, Equinox, and Terrain. Atleast they offer V6s and turbo optioned 4 cylinders.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even the model doesn't give a crap.
      Van Nostrin
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks like an updated Pontiac Vibe. Toyota borrowing from the old GM styling department now that Pontiac is dead. Don't believe me? Do a search. Or is this actually the Toyota Matrix?
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overall design I like it. 2 glaring problems!! 1. They took away our V6 option. That was a fantastic engine that actually gave really good gas mileage. 2. The tint on the windows - that tint is illegal in many states so we couldn't look "as cool" as this one. Other than those 2 items- i actually like this very much. If I could pick up one for $32k with a V6/Sunroof/Leather/Heated Seats/AWD I would have been a buyer.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
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      Herbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      She looks bored as hell. She's probably thinking, "My neighbor Chris has a RAV4 and it doesn't look tough and macho or sexy and this stupid red dress and shoes are total fail." Chris - you shouldn't be seen in something that ain't wicked. Certainly not a lameass CR-V or RAV4. If you want to go pick up your kids from soccer you should be driving up in a LR2. And one with the grill blacked out and 4 mud/snows on it. Yeah man, that's your speed. Tell the Autoblog honchos you want a Cayenne in your garage; something, anything, but a soccer mom CUV.
      Jakes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not used to compare cars with each other... but this version looks awfully alike a Subaru XV Crosstrek...maybe the ties between Toyota & Subaru are getting stronger.
        skip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jakes
        I'm fairly certain the XV is significantly smaller, and this is more comparable (and similar looking shapewise) to the Forester over the Crosstrek to me.
      ZOZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well. I hope this comes to North America; I'm tired of all those boring Toyotas everywhere. This is at least a fresh design.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always assumed that you couldn't drive a Rav4 unless you had or were a *****, but this styling is actually quite nice. I give it a one and a half testicle rating.
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