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2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road adds rugged looks and capability

Toyota has added the TRD Off-Road trim level to the RAV4 lineup for the 2020 model year.

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The Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for the 2019 model year featuring a new, more masculine stance and design notes shared with the current Toyota Tacoma. For 2020, Toyota is adding more brash to the model with the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TTRD Off-Road.

As the RAV4 Adventure grade proved, the RAV4 is properly off road worthy. This new trim level builds on the Adventure trim adding more rugged-looking exterior accents including high-rise roof rails, large over-fenders, aggressive bumper and grille designs, and fog lights.

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-RoadThe SUV has new exterior accents to make it look more rugged.Photo courtesy of Toyota

The RAV4 TRD Off-Road has the same 8.6-inch ground clearance of the RAV4 Adventure. Toyota has used what it learned from Ryan Millen's Rally RAV4 to employ a suspension, flow-formed 18×7-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels, and Severe Snow Rated tires engineered specifically for trail riding. The model has red-colored coil springs, twin-tube shocks are re-valved and feature internal rebound springs to improve control, and new bump stops to maximize compression-direction wheel travel and help improve body control over large bumps and dips. It also has all-wheel drive and Driveline Disconnect.

The RAV4 TRD Off-Road can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-RoadThe Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is well equipped.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota is selling the model with an exclusive two-tone Magnetic Gray Metallic with Ice Edge Roof combination as well as Midnight Black and Lunar Rock paint jobs with an available Ice Edge roof. The SUV has dark gray front and rear lower fascias, and standard front LED fog lights.

Inside, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road features red stitching and red trim. It seats are covered in black SofTex and the TRD logo is stitched on the headrests. All-weather floor mats and a rear cargo mat come standard.

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-RoadThe model has TRD stitching on its headrests.Photo courtesy of Toyota

The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is on sale now. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 starts at $25,850 and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road starts at $35,180.

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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