While watching the tellie, a new commercial appeared for the 2013 Rav4. Much better looking on the exterior. The rear spare is gone, which IMHO is a blessing. The front end is different also, looks nicer, but would like to see one in the flesh before passing judgement on it. The commerical showed the interior and the center stack was really all I could see, and again looks better, but again won't pass judgement on it until seen in the flesh.
If I was looking for this size of vehicle, it could be in the running along with the Forester.