The current Toyota RAV4 model is one of the best compact SUVs available at the moment and that’s the fact. With one special trim which has been introduced today, the automaker’s bestselling nameplate will become even more popular instantly. This year’s Chicago Auto Show will be remembered as the place where the manufacturer presented its first non-body-on-frame TRD off-roader – the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road.
The model is based on the available Adventure trim level, but that’s not as important as it is the standard equipment that the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road offers. First of all, the compact crossover has been additionally lifted from the ground, so with 8.6 inches of ground clearance, off-roading becomes a lot easier. The automaker made certain changes on car’s suspension as well, while the unique 18×7-inch matte-black TRD wheels come fitted with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires. We have to say that the crossover has an important shortcoming. Namely, there are no skid plates or extra protection for the underbody, which is really surprising, don’t you think?
Since we are talking about a TRD model these aggressive bumpers and special roof rails are quite expected. On the other hand, LED fogs are a pleasant surprise. The same goes to the two-tone exterior treatment that includes Magnetic Gray Metallic with Ice Edge Roof combination.
There’s no surprise beneath the hood, though. No, the splendid SUV is paired with the familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 hp and sends it to all four wheels via an eight-speed auto gearbox. There’s a catch with the Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive. The system is fitted with Rear Driveline Disconnect that optimizes fuel efficiency by shutting down the rear axle when there’s no need for them. On the other hand, when it’s been switched on, the specific AWD can deliver up to 50 percent of available torque to rear wheels. To be more specific, the grunt can be channeled to the rear wheel that needs the torque mostly at the point.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road comes fitted with Multi-Terrain Select system. Thanks to Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, and Snow modes that have been available with the aforementioned feature, the driver is able to maximize traction. That’s not all of course. No, the crossover is also coupled with a range of standard features including Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC).