Toyota calls the new RAV4 TRD Off Road trim a “segment disruptor,” which makes sense because 

it offers more capability and ruggedness than competitors like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

However, we question if it could be a little overkill for the RAV4 lineup.

starters, this “Toyota Racing Development” branded trim is equipped with the same large fenders

more aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, and high-rise roof rails as the Adventure

but adds a TRD flare via a tuned suspension, 18-inch TRD wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires

a host of the TRD badging inside and out. On the inside, the seats are adorned with SofTex cloth with contrast red stitching and TRD logos, otherwise, everything else is the standard RAV4 affair.

While we get to test out the RAV4 TRD Off Road over the next week, we’ll go over our findings when

we put it through some light-off road paces. But for now, we do have some on-road driving impressions.

In the short time that we have driven on the surface roads and short highway cruising

the added “ruggedness” is definitely noticeable

 For example, Toyotas are known for their numb and somewhat vague steering as well as their more-comfortable ride qualities.

However, a short drive in the TRD model makes it evident that there have been some sportier modifications.

we do feel that it should be reserved for RAV4 owners that will actually make use of it. Although, our time future time spent with it will tell.