New Toyota RAV4 given the official TRD off-road treatment!

New Toyota RAV4 given the official TRD off-road treatment!

New Toyota RAV4 given the official TRD off-road treatment!

When we compared midsize trucks recently, the Toyota Tacoma came up short. Having been thoroughly redesigned for the 2016 model year, the 2020 Tacoma enjoys slightly different styling up front and a bevy of tech/comfort improvements.

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All six Tacoma grades get either a new grille, new wheels, or both, at a minimum. It's a minor change, but perhaps they're working off the old mantra, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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While its sales figures and enthusiasm from owners show that the Tacoma was doing fine as is, there's no doubt all of these upgrades will be welcomed by potential buyers in an increasingly competitive segment. In fact, all Tacoma trims get the new eight-inch display, complete with better graphics, and for the first time, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity. SR5-and-up trims will get 8-inch screens over the standard 7-inch. The Sequoia TRD Pro also gets LED headlights, LED fog lights, and 18-inch BBS wheels in black. Newly available Army Green is the TRD Pro exclusive color for 2020, which will be offered along with Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic. The 16-inch wheels are brand new, and the black inserts in the taillights top off the aggressive look. The springs and shocks have also been tuned. It probably won't mean much out on the trail, but it's always good to see improvement. The RAV4 Off-Road will offer all of the same standard driver-assistance features that are on lesser models when it goes on sale, which include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and traffic-sign recognition. Models from the SR to the TRD Off-Road are available in two body styles, extended cab (Access Cab) or Double Cab.

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The Sequoia TRD Pro has a seven-passenger seating layout, with middle-row captain's chairs and a three-place third-row bench. The DOHC 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8, which uses regular-grade gasoline, produces 381 hp and 401 lb. -ft. of torque, which is mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

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