2020 Toyota RAV4 blue and white driving on muddy road with sunburst

Can I Take My 2020 Toyota RAV4 Off-Roading?

If you have a Toyota RAV4, you have a vehicle that is made to take on the trails. A wise RAV4 owner will avoid rock crawling, but even the base models of most model years of the RAV4 will still conquer plenty of paths off the road. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has its own trims dedicated specifically to rugged adventures. Read on to learn what makes the 2020 Toyota RAV4 a decent off-roading vehicle. 

What is the Ground Clearance of the 2020 Toyota RAV4? 

Ground clearance measures how much space there is between the ground and the bottom of the vehicle when it is not carrying anything. Each trim level has slightly different ground clearance, as some vary in weight or purpose. The lower trim levels generally have an 8.4-inch ground clearance, which is still better than plenty of crossovers from other automakers that are the same size. The higher trim levels get a tiny boost up to 8.6 inches between the car and the ground. 

2020 Toyota RAV4 off roading through forest
2020 Toyota RAV4 off roading driving down snaking path of gravel

What is the Best Trim Level of the 2020 RAV4 for Off-Roading? 

There is one trim level built to turn the RAV4 into an off-roading machine. This trim is called the TRD Off-Road and it comes with AWD standard. It has the same 8.6-inch ground clearance, it also has a TRD-branded skid plate and a 19-degree angle of approach. The angle of departure for this trim is 21 degrees. The angles of approach and departure relate to the degree of elevation the vehicle can take before the front (angle of approach) or the back (angle of departure) scrape on the ground. 

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What Other Features Help the 2020 RAV4 Challenge the Trails? 

If you plan to get a RAV4, get one with AWD. AWD can make all the difference between blazing through a muddy trail and getting stuck and needing a bigger vehicle to come along and pull you out. Most RAV4 models will have a rear limited-slip differential that you can turn on with the push of a button. This technology helps prevent a traction-less wheel from spinning free when only one tire on the rear axle has traction.