2020 Toyota RAV4 Getting TRD Off-Road Package

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, Automotive Editor - February 8, 2019

Toyota is really trying to rewrite the RAV4's lineage with the all-new model. The RAV4 even comes with an off-roading oriented Adventure grade that comes with bespoke components to make it better at tackling rough terrain. Apparently, Toyota didn't think that was rugged enough or thought that there was a market for something a little more robust, so it introduced the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road at the Chicago Auto Show.

From the outside, it's clear the new RAV4 TRD Off-Road looks the part. The new trim is based on the Adventure trim, so here's a quick refresher on what separates that trim from the others. The Adventure trim gets unique 19-inch wheels, Adventure grade roof rails, Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive, an all-wheel drive integrated management system with a multi-information display, multi-terrain select, Downhill Assist Control, and 8.6 inches of ground clearance (other RAV4s have 8.4 inches).

On top of the Adventure's features, the TRD Off-Road adds Falken Wildpeak A/T tires, unique 18-inch wheels, large fender flares, a revised front bumper, and a new grille. Suspension wise, the TRD Off-Road features twin-tube dampers and TRD-tuned springs that were inspired by the same setup found in Toyota's rally-going RAV4 from 2016.

Toyota also went to work on the TRD Off-Road's interior, giving it faux-leather upholstery, red interior trim, red contrast stitching, and TRD logos that are embroidered in the headrests. It's not a large departure from the Adventure trim, but just enough to where there's a noticeable difference.

The TRD Off-Road will be offered with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is the only available gearbox for the vehicle. The trim will come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which is standard on RAV4 models. The suite brings a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear cross-traffic braking are also standard on the TRD Off-Road.

While not as off-road oriented as its larger brothers, like the 4Runner, Tacoma, or Land Cruiser, the new TRD Off-Road trim is an interesting vehicle in the market. As far as similarly sized vehicles with a similar amount of off-roading goodies, there aren't a lot that are available. There's the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Outback. Others in the same segment, like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5, just don't have the same off-roading goodies to compete with the new TRD Off-Road.

Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but there's no doubt in our minds that it will be more expensive than the Adventure that starts at $33,995. The new TRD Off-Road will go on sale later this year.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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