Toyota RAV4 Base Model
Toyota TRD RAV4 Model

Toyota RAV4 TRD Trim vs. non-TRD Trim Levels

As many Toyota enthusiasts know, the automaker recently added the TRD trim (which stands for Toyota Racing Development) to the beloved RAV4 SUV. The RAV4 has long been positioned as an adventure-ready SUV that’s up for anything, and fans wholeheartedly agree – the RAV4 makes for an excellent companion on the road. Now, with the new, the RAV4 is ready to tackle more challenges than ever before, specifically off-roading. What distinguishes the RAV4 TRD from other RAV4 trims? Let’s explore the key differences to find out.


The performance category is where the largest differences can be seen between the TRD trim and other trims of the RAV4. The RAV4 TRD is equipped with Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, giving you more control over your wheels when you’re off the road. You’ll also find that the TRD trim comes with a multi-terrain select mode dial with mud & sand, rock & dirt, snow, and normal modes as well as downhill assist control. TRD RAV4 vehicles are also equipped with a special TRD-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar, multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar (unique shocks, struts, red-painted coil springs, jounce bumpers). These TRD-specific performance features are not available in every trim level.

Additionally, there are several specs for the RAV4 TRD that differ from non-TRD models:

  • 37.4 turning circle diameter vs. 36.1 on non-TRD models
  • 14:4:1 steering ratio vs. 14:3:1 on non-TRD models
  • 2.65 steering wheel turns (lock-to-lock) vs. 2.76 on non-TRD models
  • An Engine oil cooler and upgraded 150-amp alternator
  • Falken® all-terrain tires
  • 3500-lb. towing capacity

Appearance and Packages Comparison

The RAV4 TRD is also set apart by distinct, trim-exclusive styling. Inside the vehicle, the premium black SofTex upholstery offset by red accent stitches, adding a premium, sporty look. The headrests are also embroidered with the TRD logo, further setting the trim level apart. Outside, dary gray front and rear fascias and black TRD badging make the RAV4 TRD even more attractive. The TRD is available in many exterior colors, and there is a trim-exclusive two-tone option with a Magnetic Gray body and Ice Edge roof.

Though the RAV4 TRD is already admirably equipped in many ways, there are several add-on packages to help you further equip your RAV4 TRD, including:

  • TRD Off-Road Weather Package
  • Premium Audio, Dynamic Navigation, and JBL® Package
  • TRD Off-Road Technology Package

These packages add amenities such as heated and ventilated seats, rain-sensing wipers, 11 JBL® speakers, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, front and rear parking assist, a bird’s-eye-view camera, digital rearview mirror with HomeLink®, and more.

Find Your RAV4 at Miller Toyota

Whether you’re interested in gearing up for adventures on the trail with the TRD trim of the RAV4, or are interested in another incredible trim of the RAV4, we have just what you need at Miller Toyota in Manassas, VA. Browse our online inventory of RAV4 vehicles today to find the one that’s right for you!

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