2022 toyota rav4

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 RAV4 uses a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive remains standard, but Toyota now offers a choice of all-wheel-drive systems, dependent on trim. The Adventure model we drove was equipped with an all-wheel-drive system that can disconnect the rear axle when needed to improve fuel economy. At our test track, the RAV4 proved to be quicker than its predecessor: We recorded a 60-mph time of 8.0 seconds with the 2019 model and 8.3 seconds with the 2018. The dutiful four-cylinder can be noisy, especially during highway-passing attempts, and the transmission on our test vehicle seemed to stumble when called upon for a downshift. The RAV4 Hybrid—reviewed separately—snapped off an even quicker 7.4-second 60-mph time in our hands. The RAV4 feels solid and stable when cruising the interstate and holds its own when pitched into a twisty section of road, but it doesn’t inspire the same confidence as our segment favorite, the Mazda CX-5.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Drivetrain

  • Same engine with insufficient torque
  • Comes with Dynamic Torque Vectoring
  • All-wheel drive, of course
  • Toyota Multi-Terrain Select System now standard

Since this is a TRD Off Road and not a ’TRD Pro,’ don’t expect it to get the palette of features like its other siblings. In simple words, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road is not superior to the standard RAV4 models. It is mechanically same but will offer better-tuned, off-road suspension and more aggressive off-road-capable tires from the factory.

Power is sent to all the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota has worked with the Rally RAV4 race team to equip the RAV4 TRD Off Road with stuff like a re-tuned suspension with twin-tube shocks that have been re-valved. There are new internal rebound springs, plus new bump stops to improve body control and enable the crossover to tackle non-tarmac surfaces smoothly. It also comes with a Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel-Drive System. It allows for a 50/50 front-to-back power split when needed and sends power to specific wheels to enhance handling on and off the road. Rear Driveline Disconnect also optimizes fuel economy when the all-wheel-drive system isn’t needed.

It will also come with hill-start and descent assist and Trailer Sway Control.

Depending on the road condition, the SUV’s performance can be tweaked by toggling between Mud and Sand, Rock and Dirt, and Snow modes. The
RAV4 Off Road’s MID will show torque allocation and slip control data while in off-road mode.

Engine 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated unit
Power 203 horses
Torque 184 pound-feet
Transmission Eight-speed automatic transmission
Mileage (combined) 28 (estimated)
Towing Capacity 3,500 pounds

Toyota RAV4 Background

The RAV4 has been Toyota’s reliable steed for the last 25 years. The crossover made its debut on U.S. shores in 1996; two years after its birth. The RAV4 is one of the very few cars that can be credited with starting the whole crossover concept. Toyota built the RAV4 for customers who wanted the practicality of an SUV, but the maneuverability of a car. The RAV4 was a runaway success right from its launch, having tasted success all over the globe. In fact, this induced so much confidence in the company that Toyota launched an EV version of the same in 1997 — back when electric cars were not a ’thing.’

Fast forward to 2019, the RAV4 is currently in its fifth-generation and was the top-selling crossover of 2018, beating the Nissan Rogue by a very small ’edge’ (pun intended). The Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 are always juggling for the apex spot, showing how competitive this segment actually is. Hence, Toyota had to come up with a way to hold that crown and voila, the RAV4 TRD Off-road arrived. Toyota has ample experience in TRD-fying its vehicles, and adding the RAV4 to that category is a wise move. Although it is not being injected with the full TRD Pro dose, the RAV4 is getting prepped for it with the TRD Off-Road treatment. And, it makes sense because the company has two full-size SUVs — the 4Runner and the Sequoia — which also come with TRD Pro shenanigans. The Toyota RAV4 Off Road will be slotted above the RAV4 Adventure in the lineup.


While the 2022 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the most entertaining compact SUV from a driver’s standpoint, its practicality and efficiency bolster its value. The entry-level model is affordable but very basic, but mid-range trims offer plenty of features that buyers in this segment will appreciate. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard as is an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available, but you won’t see even the most rugged model in the RAV4 lineup sidling up to a 4Runner or a Tacoma at the trailhead. Toyota bundles a host of standard driver-assistance features into the RAV4, including adaptive cruise control. Upscale trims come with luxury features such as faux-leather upholstery, heated seats, and a JBL stereo system. Those who want even more efficiency can go with a RAV4 Hybrid, which we review separately.

Toyota RAV4 TRD – кроссовер, который можно называть внедорожником

На открывшемся вчера Чикагском автосалоне журналисты заприметили одну очень интересную автомобильную новинку. Речь идет о новом «заряженном» брендовым тюнинг-ателье «Toyota Racing Development» японском кроссовере Toyota RAV4 TRD. Надежный, компактный, а теперь еще более красивый, спортивный и быстрый!

Кроссовер РАВ4 TRD оснащен более выносливой полуспортивной подвеской, отлично подходящей для плохих дорог. Ее разработкой занималась гоночная команда «Rally RAV4 Race Team». На внедорожнике (теперь RAV4 в версии TRD можно так называть официально) стоит продвинутая система векторизации крутящего момента «Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive», злые офф-роуд-покрышки Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail All-Terrain и более легкие 18-дюймовые алюминиевые эксклюзивные колесные диски «TRD», окрашенные в матовый черный. Также эксклюзивный экстремальный TRD отличают уникальные элементы экстерьера и интерьера.

Все доработки должны улучшить проходимость и возможности на более злом внедорожье.

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Exterior

  • New skid plate
  • LED headlights
  • Increased ground clearance
  • New 18-inch lightweight TRD alloys

The RAV4 dresses a little sportier while retaining its original charisma. It loses all its chrome accents in favor of the black theme. Toyota models have been called bland, quirky, attention-seeking, and many other adjectives, but none of the models have attributed with the words smart, or good-looking. Well, the RAV4 is that exception. Up front, it features angular LED headlights that extend all the way to the fenders. The grille, is getting larger and larger with every generation but does not look absurd. This is how a design needs to be incorporated to look charismatic. Hope you’re taking notes, BMW. Unlike the TRD Pro models that which have TOYOTA lettering on the grille instead of the badge, the RAV4 Off Road comes with the standard logo. The LED fog lights are placed a little higher than the conventional positioning and are almost level with the grille. Toward the bottom, there is a skid plate that is more than just an accessory.

It also offers a longer wheelbase, which in turn offers more interior room. However, the longer wheelbase architecture means reduced break over angle. So, expect the RAV4 TRD Off Road to scrape its underbody more than any other RAV4 model. The RAV4 TRD Off-Road receives 18-inch, lightweight, TRD alloys painted in black and Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires that are Severe Snow Rated. The alloy design looks absolutely stunning. There is black cladding on the wheel arches and the side skirts, thus making it less prone to body-damage when driven on undulated surfaces. The RAV4’s roof sits low, but don’t worry; it’s not raked or sloped and does not hinder with the rear passengers’ headroom.

As there are no changes to the dimensions of the RAV4 TRD Off Road, it carries over the cons along with the pros.

The tail lights have a very Volkswagen/Skoda kind-of-a-feel to them thanks to the boomerang shape. It comes a single exhaust pipe on either side. A two-pipe setup would have spiced up things, even if it was fake. The bumper has black plastic cladding with slim reflectors on the top and a fake skid plate in the bottom. The RAV4 TRD Off Road will come in four shades:

  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Super White
  • Midnight Black
  • Lunar Rock

The darker colors will be available with the optional Ice Edge Roof two-tone look, and all will come with dark-gray front and rear lower fascias. The stunning Army Green shade from TRD Pro models are not featured here.

Price Comparison

4Runners in general are great vehicles. Their normal base price is around $38,640. On average, 4runners get about 16 miles per gallon in the city and around 19 miles per gallon on the highway, averaging about 17 mpg overall. The fuel tank holds about 23 gallons of fuel. 4Runners have a V6 cylinder engine and a 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission. They also have a four-wheel drive train and a couple of other good features. Each vehicle also has 5 seats, so you will have plenty of room for passengers and family members. These specs are about the same for the majority of the 4Runner models.

Appearance is important to your overall experience, so you can also choose from a variety of different colors and body types. Then, of course, you can choose the trims we have discussed in order to customize them to your specific needs and wants. Below, there is the current base price for each of the three 4Runners we discussed above. There are also additions you can add that will change the price slightly such as a sunroof, running boards, wheel locks, aluminum wheels, trailer hitch receiver, power door locks, or keyless entry.

SR5 Premium TRD Off-Road TRD Off-Road Premium
$43,554 $40,730 $43,325


You can check out prices online through a variety of different car dealerships and through the Toyota website. There you can find them at their base MSRP, or at an increased rate. You can also look into buying a used 4Runner. A used SR5 Premium can be found used for around $29,945 depending upon its condition and additions. A used TRD Off-Road can be found between $35,000 and $40,000 dollars. A used TRD Off-Road Premium can also range in price from around $35,000 to $43,000 dollars.

Consulting the offcial website and your local car dealerships will be your biggest and most reliable source of help. Check regularly, sine prices will vary over time. Altogether, these vehicle prices should fall into similar ranges that are listed above, because of their similar features and additions.

To learn more about the TRD Off-Road and the TRD Off-Road premium watch this YouTube video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTu0sHIQcT0Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Compare 2020 4Runner TRD Off-Road vs Premium – Let’s Pick a Winner! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTu0sHIQcT0)

SR5 Premium

This vehicle includes quite a few upgrades that are also within the TRD Off-Road. However, it doesn’t offer any of the features that are specific to off-road driving such as crawl control, a locked differential, and the multi-terrain knob. This vehicle is best for a more family-friendly lifestyle that sticks to paved roads. It is available in both 4×4 and 4×2 layouts, and each of them have features that allow them to keep good traction in any weather without all the extra off-road features. If you do not have a use for the off-road features, some people assume there is no need to pay for them.

A few other great highlights to the SR5 include the front and rear parking assist with sonar, the anti-theft system, the tire-pressure monitor, and airbags throughout the interior. Listed below are a few additional features that drivers might appreciate.

  • Rear Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive
  • V6 Tow Package
  • Projector-beam lights with Daytime Running Lights and fog lights
  • Same audio and adaptations as the TRD Off-Road
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System and individual tire location alert.
  • Power sliding rear window with privacy glass
  • Toyota Safety Sense including the same features listed above.
  • 16 inch alloy wheels

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the RAV4 prioritizes ergonomics and cubby storage. A useful shelf spans the dash and complements the large center console. The version we tested featured a mix of soft-touch surfaces and nice plastics. The base trim, called LE, is quite spartan and comes with cloth seats, a plasticky steering wheel, and single-zone manual climate control. On the next-step-up XLE, Toyota throws in a few perks, but there’s much more to like on the XLE Premium, including faux-leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a stitched and padded dashboard and center-console armrest. The RAV4’s rear seats are easy to stow, and they fold to a nearly flat position, opening up the cabin for cargo. We fit 10 of our carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat and 22 with it folded. The Nissan Rogue matched the RAV4 here, but the Subaru Forester beat it by one in each metric.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Interior

  • SofTex material used on seats
  • Finally supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa
  • Now comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
  • Red accents and stitching around the cabin

The interior has remained largely untouched compared to the standard model. Now, there are two ways to look at it — either you whine about the cabin not being ’transformed’ into something that goes more with the Off-Road theme, or you can rejoice over the fact that the cabin still maintains its clean, well-finished look.

The fit and finesse of everything inside is nice. Toyota has used SofTex material on the seats, a material it claims to be «lighter than leather yet highly durable.» The seats are well-bolstered and comfortable. There are TRD logos on the headrests and all-weather floor mats to remind you every time that this is not a regular RAV4 that you are driving. The center console also has red accents to match the rest of the cabin.

The cabin, however, is not as spacious as it should be as per segment standards. The sharply raked front windshield is strong enough to bump you on your head every time you step in or out. Headroom is strictly average, and the moonroof worsens the case as anyone over six-feet tall will brush his or her head. The rear doors do not open wide, and you have to sit ’in’ on the low seats. Although the headroom is better than the front, the legroom is a luxury. To encapsulate the ’space talks,’ I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the cabin cramped, but it is not a President’s suite either. So, unless you have Michael Jordan’s genes in you, you are good to go. The RAV4 TRD Off Road has about 57 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Like all other models launched at the Chicago Auto Show, we expect this one also to finally support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Amazon Alexa. There will be five USB ports in total all around the cabin. The feature-list includes stuff like:

  • Heated and Cooled Front Seats
  • Hands-Free Power Liftgate
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Blind-Spot Monitors
  • Keyless Ignition

The RAV4 TRD Off-Road will sport a few more features along with Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0. These features include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Active Lane Control
  • Blind-Spot Monitors
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Rear Cross Traffic Braking
  • Pedestrian Detection

Вы сразу поймете, что перед вами необычная версия Toyota RAV4

Снаружи вы без труда сможете отличить RAV4 TRD Off-Road от обычных RAV4 благодаря таким особенностям, как большие крылья, агрессивный бампер и пересмотренная радиаторная фальшрешетка. Светодиодные противотуманные фары также отличны от стандарта

Наблюдательные граждане обратят внимание на более высокие рейлинги на крыше. Модель окрашена в двухтонный цвет

Основа – «Magnetic Gray Metallic» с белоснежной крышей и стойками, колер – «Ice Edge Roof».

В салоне клиенты получают красную прошивку на сиденьях (сиденья покрыты материалом SofTex) и элементах обивки, а также красные вставки в других частях интерьера: центральная консоль, элементы управления информационной системой и центральный дисплей.

И еще, под ногами будут установлены эксклюзивные всепогодные коврики TRD, аналогичный резиновый ковер вы увидите и в багажнике.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Toyota’s warranties toe the industry line with three years of bumper-to-bumper coverage and five years for the powertrain. All models come with two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance—a rarity in this segment.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles



2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

Base/As Tested: $37,155/$42,822Options: TRD Off-Road Technology package, $1950; premium audio, $1620; TRD Off-Road Weather package, $1015; running board, $549; door sill protector, $199; door edge guard, $140; mudguard, $129; blackout emblem overlays, $65

DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 152 in3, 2487 cm3
Power: 203 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

8-speed automatic

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.0-in vented disc/11.1-in disc
Tires: Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail 01A
225/60R-18 100H M+S

Wheelbase: 105.9 in
Length: 181.5 in
Width: 73.4 in
Height: 70.0 in
Passenger Volume: 99 ft3
Cargo Volume: 37 ft3
Curb Weight: 3724 lb

60 mph: 8.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.6 sec @ 87 mph
100 mph: 23.2 secResults above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5-60 mph: 9.1 sec
Top Gear, 30-50 mph: 4.2 sec
Top Gear, 50-70 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 119 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.76 g

Observed: 25 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 30 mpg
Highway Range: 430 mi

Combined/City/Highway: 28/25/32 mpg

TRD Off-Road

This vehicle is obviously designed for more off-road-type adventures. It has great features which help it to ease over bumpy roads or large rocks, as well as features that allow you to customize its handling depending upon the type of terrain you are in. Whether you’re going to the desert, to the arctic, or to the great Rocky Mountains, it has features to accommodate you on and off the highway.

One of its most prominent features is its multi-terrain knob, which allows you to choose from a variety of options. The main settings that are offered include mud and sand, loose rock, rock and dirt, mogul, and rock. Each of these settings changes the wheel spin, adjusts the throttle and brake pressure, and tries its best to give you more control over your vehicle. It’s great to have pre-programmed settings for each of these terrains, so you won’t have to worry about it in the moment.

The TRD Off-Road also features Crawl Control which is also used for off-road excursions. This control allows the driver to focus more on steering and takes over the need to accelerate and brake. This way, the driver can take his or her feet off the brake and the gas pedal and focus on getting the vehicle going in the right direction. It’s also a handy feature to use when you’re driving in tight spots when a low speed is needed to get through all the terrain without damaging the vehicle or the passengers.

It is also equipped with the ability to lock the rear differential. This makes it possible for the 2 back wheels to spin at the same speed, regardless of the terrain or a lack of traction. It helps you maintain the full power of the vehicle and get yourself through tough situations.

Below is a list of other great features of a TRD Off-Road vehicle. A list of all of these and more can also be found on the Toyota website.

  • Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) or 4 Wheel Drive (4WD)
  • Off-Road Suspension
  • Audio with a touch-screen that is adaptable to Apple, Android, or Amazon.
  • 3 USB Ports
  • Power sliding rear window with privacy glass
  • Equipped with Toyota Safety Sense which features Pre-Collision and Pedestrian Detection as well as Lane Departure Alert, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control.
  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic headlights

TRD Off-Road Premium

As mentioned earlier, the TRD Off-Road Premium is a mixture of the luxury which comes from the upgraded SR 5 Premium and the TRD Off-Road. The SR5 focuses on the look and feel of the car, ensuring that it is both effective, sporty, and highly comfortable. Essentially the TRD Off-Road Premium is the SR5 Premium but with all the off-road features that we mentioned when talking about the TRD Off-Road. With this vehicle, you not only have the off-road abilities of crawl control, and a locked differential, but you can do all that with high-tech seats and amenities, which provide greater comfort.

The TRD Off-Road Premium comes has heated side mirrors and an upgraded media experience like that of the SR5. The entertainment center has a touch-screen and adaptable controls. For better or worse, there are also more brand logos located throughout the cab.

It features dual-zone automatic climate control as well, which means that each person can choose their own preferred temperature and maintain that. Passengers in both the front and the back seats have control over their temperature through a temperature dial for heating and air conditioning. Below are some additional features that can also be found on the Toyota website.

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Premium Audio
  • Dynamic Navigation
  • Remote Connect
  • Destination Assist

As we have seen, there is not too large of a difference between the TRD Off-Road and the TRD Off-Road Premium. When we compare it with the SR5 as well, we are able to see the main differences and the ways that the TRD Off-Road has combined the 2 vehicles’ features. Each new package of trim for the 4 runners continues to customize it to different needs within the market. As they do this, they are continually improving the vehicles and adding a new feature so that there is more customization, more comfort, and more convenience.


Don’t have high hopes with this model getting an overdose of off-road features. Toyota has made it clear that the TRD Pro lineup will be exclusive to body-on-frame vehicles only, and the RAV4 does not qualify for it. Speaking to MotorTrend, Toyota North America’s general manager, Jack Hollis, said, “The TRD Pros have traditionally been based upon body-on-frame vehicles. So do I think there’s ? There may be. But that’s not our plan right now. Our plan is really finishing with Sequoia to round that out”.

As you would have noticed, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road actually shares a lot of its tidbits with the RAV4 Adventure; be it the dimensions, specifications, or even the equipment. When asked what someone in a TRD Off Road could do that someone in an Adventure couldn’t, Jack Hollis honestly answered, “You know, it’s funny because the technical changes are not totally significant. Obviously, there was more attention from the TRD side, but to try to tell you there’s a significant amount of difference, there’s no way to try to do that”.

If you ask us, we would recommend the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk over the Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road if off-roading is your main priority. However, if you are looking at a more balanced package that has bits of everything, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road makes for a better case. It seems very unlikely that the RAV4 TRD Off-Road will be available as a hybrid, so don’t expect a hybrid model anytime soon either.

  • Love it

    • It does not look too garish and lurid in its off-road avatar
    • Still a practical urban commuter
    • Comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
  • Leave it

    • It can be called a mild-off roader at best
    • Special touches to the interior would have made a lot of difference in the long term
    • Does not offer anything new or different when compared to the Adventure trim
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