We understand that a compact SUV isn’t typically seen as the best off-roading vehicle, but the Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road changes things 

After driving the 2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, we can confidently say that this beast is better than you think.  

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is a specially equipped model for tackling adventures in the wild. 

It rides on 18-inch six-spoke matte-black TRD flow-formed alloy wheels wrapped in Falken all-terrain tires. 

This Toyota RAV4 model rides a bit differently thanks to the TRD-tuned independent MacPherson strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar 

The rear features a multi-link rear suspension with another stabilizer bar.  

You can see the red coil springs with revised spring rates to enhance the ride quality. 

Plus, skid plates protect the undercarriage. It has an 8.4-inch ground clearance.  

The dynamic torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and Multi-Terrain Select systems include off-roading modes for Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, and Snow 

You can turn off traction control, access hill start assist and use hill descent control.  

We took the 2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road into the Pisgah National Forest to find some secluded trails 

On the pavement, the RAV4 feels smooth and confident around curves. There is a bit of wind noise, but getting to and from the trails is comfortable.  

We were impressed by the digital gauge cluster in various off-roading modes 

We mostly used Rock & Dirt mode and could see how much power was going to each wheel.