2023 Toyota RAV4 Woodland
Toyota is no stranger to the current trend of taking everyday models and giving them an off-road attitude. Or, at least, making them look the part; an ethos that has been more-or-less applied to the new 2023 RAV4 Woodland Edition.
Toyota is touting it as their first hybrid off-road special edition SUV, and as such it comes outfitted with a genuine TRD-tuned suspension to smooth out bumpy trails. While it retains the standard Hybrid’s 8.1-inches of ground clearance, that’s still above average for its compact class, and the on-road experience remains comfortable.
Contact is made through Falken WILDPEAK all-terrain tires, wrapping 18-inch bronze wheels. The raised black roof rails provide more options when packing for weekend campsite excursions, and once on site, a 120-volt inverter in the cargo bay can power light appliances.
Beyond that, the rest of the changes are mostly aesthetic— black badges, dual black-chrome exhaust tips and mud guards to protect one of three available paint options.
Inside, expect unique all-weather floormats underscoring the fabric-trimmed seats. Upfront is a 7-inch digital information display paired to some analog gauges, and an 8-inch infotainment screen with smartphone integration.
Reminiscent of our 2019 Long Term RAV4 Hybrid, power delivery is excellent, quiet and smooth. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter inline-four paired to Toyota’s Hybrid System and a CVT automatic, using a rear axle-mounted electric motor for all-wheel drive. It all adds up to a 219 combined horsepower.
And it also adds up to a starting price of about $35,000 with delivery. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Woodland Edition is available now, and we suspect it’ll go fast given the popularity of Toyota’s RAV4 lineup and the continuing fervor of post-pandemic adventuring.
And we’ll have more Quick Spins… soon!
- Engine: 2.5-liter I-4
- Horsepower: 219
- Transmission: CVT
- Starting Price: $34,860