It’s an exterior that clearly draws inspiration from the Tacoma, one of Toyota’s tougher-looking offerings in the US, it’s apparent this will appeal to Filipino consumers. No matter where we were, whether parked at a gas station along the South Luzon Expressway or sitting idle outside the Santa Rosa plant’s main building, people ooh’d and aah’d at its appearance. The crossover is particularly striking in Cyan Metallic, like the unit here with us today.
There’s a ton of dark plastic enveloping the exterior. The fenders, lower fascia, sides, and rear bumper are all clad in it, and the grille is also made from plastic (albeit with a very metallic appearance in the high-end LTD unit we’re driving). Still, its application never gives off the sense that you’ve been shortchanged, and, together with the five-spoke 18-inch wheels, it lends the crossover a stance much higher than the quoted 176mm ground clearance might lead you to believe.