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2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road: First Look

  • Equipped to tackle rough ground and severe snow
  • Comes with many safety features as standard
  • On sale fall 2019

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road takes a best-selling compact crossover/suburban warrior and turns it into a terrain-conquering hero. The basic vehicle is the RAV4 in Adventure trim, but then the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD, the company’s performance division) brought in some new ideas along with expertise gained through rally racing a version of the RAV4. This is not a concept shown at the Chicago Auto Show, but a production model set to go on sale.

What Is TRD’s Input?

It’s much more than a cosmetic overhaul, but it should be said that this RAV4 looks like it really means business, with the distinct grille, front and rear fascias, cladding on the rocker panels, rear spoiler, high-rise roof rails and 18-in alloy wheels finished in matte black. The interior is similarly rugged, with TRD badges on the hard-wearing simulated leather upholstery (further enlivened by contrasting red stitching) and all-weather mats.

The suspension has been re-worked with twin-tube shock absorbers and new springs tuned especially for off-road work. The tires are Falken Wildpeak A/T (all-terrain) and rated for Severe Snow. They were developed in conjunction with TRD.

What’s Under the Hood?

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road has the same engine as the rest of the range, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit that generates a meaty 203 horsepower. It’s linked to an 8-speed transmission and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system (where the system can send power to different wheels for optimum traction and more precise cornering lines) is standard in this model. The RAV4 TRD Off-Road has a tow rating of 3,500 pounds. Also included is Multi-Terrain Select, allowing the driver to scroll between different modes, such as Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, or Snow.

What Else?

Like most Toyota vehicles, this model has an array of advanced driver aids. Included here is adaptive cruise control, lane-tracing assist/lane-departure warning with steering assistance, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, road sign recognition and automatic high beams. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic braking is another standard feature in the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road, along with a 7-in infotainment touchscreen and Apple CarPlay.

When Does It Go on Sale and How Much Will It Cost?

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road arrives fall 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to that time. The 2019 RAV4 in Adventure trim starts at around $34,000, so expect this model to be more.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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