The top selling small SUV in the country keeps improving. In a crowded field of competitors vying for customer love, Toyota continues to find ways to make their product better.
Potential buyers have already begun seeing new 2021 RAV4 models at their local dealerships. This is that time of year, of course.
Look for a new RAV4 Hybrid trim level for 2021, which I recently wrote about for Torque News. Also, look for an important new protective feature on the TRD Off-Road.
2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road
Introduced for the 2020 model year, RAV4 TRD Off-Road provides a vehicle that can handle off-road trails just as well as driving on city streets and highways.
The 2021 model year brings a new addition to this RAV4. Toyota has added a standard front skid plate to protect your vehicle from rocks, moguls, stumps, brush and other obstacles that may hurt your valuable components and parts.
I drove a 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road on a pretty tough off-road trail earlier this year and it performed very well. Shocking to me, in fact.
VIDEO: My RAV TRD off-roading adventure - whoa!
One person who passed me on the trail could not believe I was driving this course with a RAV4. Total street (or off-street) cred here ladies and gentlemen.
This front skid plate is a valuable and important addition.
2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road specs
RAV4 TRD Off-Road is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. torque. It is matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode.
Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds for TRD Off-Road and the RAV4 Adventure trim.
Toyota RAV4 all-wheel drive
One of the biggest benefits for the 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road is its all-wheel drive system. It is called dynamic torque vectoring all-wheel drive with rear driveline disconnect.
That is a mouthful to say and remember, so I can break it down.
Basically, the system allows drivers to use their RAV4 like a front-wheel drive to take advantage of the best gas mileage possible during normal conditions. Then, when a loss of traction is determined, your RAV4 can send up to 50% of its available torque to the rear wheels.
VIDEO: What is New for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road
It can also send extra power to individual left and right wheels as needed. This is ideal while exploring a remote and uneven trail, a mountain pass road, or along a beautiful riverbed. Oh yes, and this is perfect for everyday use while in heavy rain, snow and mud.
Multi-terrain select is standard on RAV4 TRD and it lets you choose what type of terrain you are driving on to maximize traction. Mud and Sand, Rock and Dirt, Snow and Normal modes are choices here.
This system is very easy to understand and to operate.
Time for your thoughts on 2021 RAV4
Are you a fan of Toyota RAV4 and if so, will you be in the market in the near future? Do you own one and how many miles?
What do you think of RAV4 TRD Off-Road? Do you think the front skid plate will prove useful with how you will use your RAV4?
Do you have more interest in RAV4 gasoline, RAV4 Hybrid or RAV4 Prime?
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