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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-Road The 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-Road The 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-Road The 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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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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