If you want a capable SUV that is not a Jeep Wrangler, your next best choice may be the Toyota 4Runner. From the base SR5 model to the fully blown TRD Pro, the 4Runner can handle all kinds of tough terrain. But what if you want one that is a little more road-friendly? This is where the new 4Runner TRD Sport comes in.
Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport joins the series in 2022 and tilts unique design elements such as color-key accents on the grille, a new hood with TRD scoop and 20-inch aluminum wheels with dark gray accents. The roof rails now also have a glossy, black surface, and there are some extra details on the front and rear bumpers to help this latest version stand out. In addition, all 2022 4Runners receive standard LED headlights and fog lights, including the TRD Sport.
Under the shiny metal method, Toyota engineers adjusted the suspension. The Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) from the Limited model, which automatically adjusts damping during turns, comes standard on the TRD Sport. Toyota says that the advanced suspension layout makes the 4Runner better suited for driving on the road.
But of course, this 4Runner is still capable of driving off-road. The TRD Sport comes in both two- and four-wheel drive configurations with an available two-stage transfer case and a limited slip difference on the 2WD model. That version also has 9.0-inch ground clearance, while the 4WD model offers a more robust 9.6-inch.
SofTex imitation leather with gray seams replaces the traditional fabric seats inside, now with heating functionality, while a TRD changer and TRD Sport-branded floor mats complete the sporty look. The same 8.0-inch touchscreen from the previous model is transferred with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
At the heart of it all is the 4Runner’s long-lasting 4.0-liter V6 engine, good for 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 377 newton meters, coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission. Buyers also get the Toyota Safety Sense P standard, which includes a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, automatic high beam headlights and high-speed adaptive cruise control.
One thing that Toyota has not listed yet is the price. In 2021, the SR5 base model will cost $ 36,765, and the TRD Off-Road will cost $ 40,730. so we expect TRD Sport to sit somewhere between the two.