2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition hits the road this fall

What is happening

Toyota has just launched the 2023 RAV4 hybrid and its new version Woodland Edition.

why is it important

In addition to off-road-focused enhancements, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 also debuts new cabin and safety technology.

And after

The 2023 RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition will begin arriving at dealerships this fall.

Toyota’s RAV4 hybrid SUV enters the next model year via the road less traveled with the launch of the new 2023 Woodland Edition. According to Toyota, this is the first hybrid model in its lineup to receive the off-road edition treatment. special.

The most obvious change for the Woodland Edition are the 18-inch bronze-colored alloy wheels shod with Falken Wildpeak AT off-road tires. If I’m not mistaken, these are the same set of wheels and tires you’ll find on the TRD Off-Road model of the non-hybrid RAV4, but with a unique tint to complement the exterior colors Midnight Black Metallic, Cavalry Blue and Ice Cap available. .

Woodland Edition models also feature beefier TRD suspension to complement the new rolling stock with twin-tube shock absorbers and off-road tuned coil springs and bump stops – better at soaking up bumpy trails and rough streets out of town while maintaining decent body and body roll control.

Roof rack crossbars, black mud flaps, dual black chrome exhaust tips and dark Woodland Edition badging and decals complete the sporty, off-road exterior transformation. Inside, buyers will find all-weather floor and cargo mats with molded Woodland Edition graphics and a 120-volt inverter in the rear cargo area that’s useful for charging and powering electronics and small appliances when driving. a picnic or overnight camping.

Technological changes 2023

Beyond the styling and suspension upgrades, the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid is mechanically unchanged. It still rocks the Toyota Hybrid System II, which develops 219 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque thanks to the combined efforts of its 2.5-liter Dynamic Force gasoline engine and front electric motor. It still uses an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission and still has a second 89-pound-feet electric motor on the rear axle providing electronic on-demand four-wheel drive.

For the 2023 model year, all RAV4 models will be updated to a new version of Toyota’s standard multimedia audio infotainment. The biggest differences being the larger standard 8-inch screen (or a 10.5-inch unit for higher trim levels) and integration with the awkwardly named Toyota Connected Service Drive Connect software suite based on a subscription rolling in cloud navigation with destination assistance, “Hey, “Toyota” voice assistant, over-the-air updates and other connected services. New in-dash hardware also includes dual Bluetooth phone connectivity and standard wireless connectivity . Android-Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility.

LE, XLE and SE models also now feature a new standard 7-inch dash display, while XLE Premium trims feature an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Inside, you’ll find all-weather floor and cargo mats with Woodland Edition molded trees and graphics.

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The standard Toyota Safety Sense suite is also upgraded to version 2.5, benefiting from improved vehicle and pedestrian pre-collision detection that now works at intersections when cornering. Standard full-speed radar cruise control, lane-keep assist and persistent automatic high beams, plus optional features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and camera system as the crow flies.

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Woodland Hybrid Edition will begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Pricing has yet to be announced. Announcing the arrival of the new edition, Toyota is donating $500,000 to the National Environmental Education Foundation in an effort to improve access to public lands across America and improve accessibility for customers of all abilities.

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