The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the most successful hybrid SUVs to hit the global market this year. With other hybrid SUVs costing a fortune and not being reliable, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has proved from the owner’s expressing their thoughts that it surely is one of the few cars we see that will go down as one of the greats.
Today, Toyota announced another great special edition trim that will come out for the 2023 model year Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition is going to be the better off-roading trim for the RAV4 Hybrid. While the TRD does exist, it still isn’t one of those trims that you really want to throw around. The woodland edition comes packed with tons of new stuff that will make your 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that much better on the dirt.
Toyota announced this new edition in a press release. According to that press release, it will be, “available in Midnight Black Metallic, Cavalry Blue and Ice Cap exterior colors.” Also, according to the press release, you get a TRD-tuned suspension with body control, bump isolation, off-road-tuned coil springs, and twin tubed shocks to maximize the driving experience.
With your purchase of a 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition, you get standard Falken, WILDPEAK AT tires that maximize surface area and grip on the dirt roads. Not only is the RAV4 Hybrid aesthetically off-road looking, but it also handles like one too. Don’t be fooled by the “hybrid” title. This thing is very much capable of handling a nice track of dirt.
Taking into consideration the hundreds of off-road builds on the RAV4 Hybrid that I have already seen on the forums, I think an off-road-ready RAV4 Hybrid from the factory would make much more sense. Go onto any forum and you’ll see a lifted, bull bar-added, roof rack-added RAV4 Hybrid ready to off-road.
So far, the only thing in terms of hardware that can help you better off road in the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition is the TRD Tuned suspension and the tires. However, no extra ground clearance was added, no undercarriage protection, no roof rack, no differential upgrades, and almost nothing besides the shocks were changed to help you off-road.
Granted, you could take this to your local dirt roads, and it would perform perfectly. But if you market a trim or a model as an “off-road” vehicle, there should be some factory mods to the vehicle that help it off-road. Take Jeeps and Broncos for example. Jeep’s Wrangle comes with tons of factory toys that help you off-road. Same for the Bronco. Besides a few badges and some mud flaps, the most you’re going to be able to handle are some heavy dirt roads and maybe a small boulder. I highly doubt you could do anything more than that.
This is where its alternative name comes in. Rivian didn’t call their truck an off-road truck, rather they called it an adventure truck. An adventure vehicle is something you go exploring with rather than off-roading. Maybe you want to go to the mountains and there are a few dirt roads or some steep hills. Maybe you are going to the beach and driving on some sand. Or perhaps you are going on a long trip and see a muddy puddle next to the highway. These three scenarios constitute grounds for adventure vehicles like Rivian’s pickup. I think the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition should be called an adventure vehicle rather than an off-roader.
If you would like to read more about the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition's capabilities, check out our article written by our senior Toyota reporter John Goreham where he talks about the tires and it's capability.
While I like the overall specs of the Woodland, I think that you wouldn’t necessarily want this if you were to go heavy off-roading. I don’t even think it could handle anything more than an 8-inch boulder and some light mud puddles. However, if you are the type to go exploring and find some twisty dirt roads…this is for you. Besides, who wouldn’t want cool leaves embossed on their floormats?
What do you think? Would you go heavy off-roading with the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.