2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Goes Off-Road With New Woodland Edition

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

Off-Road doesn’t have to mean gas-only. Toyota’s thrown its name into the proverbial off-road SUV hat in the form of the 2023 RAV4 Woodland Edition.

The RAV4’s been a strong seller for Toyota, even overtaking the Camry sedan back in 2017. With the introduction of the current generation, Toyota’s given the crossover more off-road cred with chunkier styling and an Off-Road oriented Adventure trim. The Adventure trim added an upgraded suspension, trick all-wheel-drive system, and a few other goodies, but it was limited to the gas-only powered trims. This new Woodland Edition is based on the RAV4 Hybrid.

To give the hybrid crossover more off-road chops, TRD reworked the suspension with twin-tube shocks and springs that are designed to maximize wheel travel. On the outside, Toyota added black badging, black chrome exhaust tips, all-weather mats, and roof rack bars. The wheels are bronze-colored (flow-formed for extra strength, Toyota claims), with a set of Falken WILDPEAK all-terrain tires wrapped around them. The result is a rugged look, complete with tree-shaped Woodland badging found all over the vehicle.

Underneath, the crossover uses the same 2.5-liter, four-cylinder hybrid setup as the standard RAV4 Hybrid. Meaning, that the rear axle uses an electric motor to drive the rear wheels. The RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition may not have the trick all-wheel-drive system as the RAV4 Adventure, but it comes standard with a 120V power inverter, which would make camping a whole lot more comfortable.

Pricing and fuel economy haven’t been announced yet, but we expect the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition to show up on lots soon, alongside the rest of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 lineup.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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