Toyota Rav4 Crossover SUV Wears The TRD Badge In Full Swagger

From the first pre-intro test-drive of the 5th generation Toyota Rav4 almost two years ago, it was obvious this crossover SUV that arrived in the US in the mid-90s as an oddball Japanese import, had grown into its destiny.

Today the Rav4 is the best-selling non-truck vehicle in America. And with the addition of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road tuner version, this small crossover is taking a run at the adventure lifestyle market.

With Hollywood good looks this TRD edition sports off-road warrior gear like flaring fender enhancements, black-out grille and bumper features, and rough terrain Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail tires riding on 18” matte black aluminum wheels.

At $35,280, some $10,000 more than the base Rav4, the accessory features include snazzy leather trim sport seats and a premium infotainment array.

Inside and out is this small crossover sends the focused message of being locked and loaded for tough duty, though the model offers sedan like on-road manners.

With a strong 2.5 liter 203 horsepower engine and TRD suspension tuning, this Rav4 might not be up to severe rock climbing but is ideal for unpaved trail exploring.