Toyota reveals Rav4 TRD 'Off-Road' model

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The Tacoma has been the top seller in the segment for 14 years running.

So for 2019, the Tacoma's tough looks has been amplified a bit for the new year.

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The TRD Pro package will only be offered for the 7-seat model with middle-row captain's chairs and a three-across third-row seat configuration. Almost every trim level of the 2020 Tacoma will be getting a new grille and set of wheels.

For the rear suspension, the Sequoia TRD Pro uses two-inch-diameter Fox piggyback monotube shocks with bottom-out-control technology created to increase damping force for "improved bottoming resistance in unforgiving terrain". Models from the SR to the TRD Off-Road are available in two body styles, extended cab (Access Cab) or Double Cab. There's also a substantial TRD front skid plate to protect both the suspension pieces and the oil pan from errant boulders and wildlife that might get caught under the gargantuan front end.

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Most changes are found in the TRD Pro.

It's taken a bizarrely long length of time, but Toyota is finally adding Android Auto to its cars and trucks - assuming you have the right model, that is. As for the rear, it gets smoked tail light clusters to complement the changes made to the front. A new 16-inch wheel is added to the mix, which is 4.188 lbs. lighter than the previous version. The rest of the pickup carries over unchanged although it gets a new "Army Green" color option. The new eight-inch display now packs Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, Amazon Alexa, and of course, navigation. The TRD Pro comes only with four-wheel drive while the TRD Sport exclusively sends power to the rear wheels.

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Perhaps one of the most noteworthy updates of the seven-passenger SUV is the addition of Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane departure alert with sway warning system, dynamic radar cruise control with full stop technology, plus automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring. Still, by the end of past year there were suggestions that it was all a done-deal, and Android Auto would be arriving come 2019. The base 4-cylinder is only available with the 6-speed automatic.