2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

model. 2020 Toyota RAV4

price. $27,070 (inc $1,120 dest)

as tested. $41,385 (incl dest) TRD Off-Road

top trim. as tested

seating/style. 5-pass/4-door SUV

powertrain. 2.5L 4-cylinder with 203 hp

transmission. 8-speed automatic

driveline. AWD with multi-terrain select

fuel economy. 25/32/27 city/highway/combined

available. now

also shop: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-30, Subaru Forester

Equipping the stalwart 2020 Toyota RAV4 with a TRD Off-Road package is like tarting up your 40-something sister in tight 80’s rocker jeans and a studded black leather jacket. Some women can pull it off and some should never put it on. But the RAV4 TRD is decked out for a good time.

 

I love the blacked-out grille and rims with the white top. The quilted SofTex seats provide support and the overall interior is sharp. There are hard surfaces, but dirt and mud wipes off easily. My test vehicle featured the $1,1015 Weather Package, replete with heated and ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel. 

 

I’m happy to report the Toyota RAV4 has Apple CarPlay AND Android Auto with an 8” touchscreen. The wireless charging pad, part of the $1,950 technology package, is conveniently located, and the infotainment system worked well. The tech suite is well worth the cost for the bird’s eye camera alone.

 

The 2020 RAV4 is comfortable to drive, even with 18” tires. But the cabin is very noisy, made worse by the roof rails. Closing the sunroof shade helped too.  It’s the only fault in an otherwise head-banging blast of a ride.

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