More capability to Toyota’s more iconic off-road SUV

Toyota has given its TRD Pro lineup a welcomed update for 2019. That includes the Tundra, Tacoma, and this, the iconic 4Runner. While the changes are relatively small, they contribute to a more capable and more enjoyable off-road experience. From updated Fox Racing Shocks to a new roof rack, the updates keep the 4Runner from gong completely stale.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.

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The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Gets Updated for 2019 Exterior
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Like the Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pros, the 4Runner TRD Pro gets updated Fox Racing shocks with larger, 46mm pistons

Like the Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pros, the 4Runner TRD Pro gets updated Fox Racing shocks with larger, 46mm pistons. The shock bodies still measure 2.5 inches in diameter. The front shocks have seven bypass zones with four dedicated to the compression stroke and three for the rebound stroke. The purpose of the different zones is so the shocks provide progressively stiffer degrees of firmness along its compression. The further the shock compresses, the stiffer it becomes. This allows the shock to provide a smooth ride over typical terrain, while keeping the 4Runner from bottoming out over larger bumps and jumps. The updated front shocks also afford an extra inch of wheel travel.

Out back, the rear shocks receive the same 46mm piston inside the 2.5-inch body. However, each now have new two-inch piggyback (or remote) reservoirs holds extra fluid. The extra juice helps keep temperatures in check over long distances of rough terrain. The rear shocks boast 11 bypass zones with seven for compression and four for rebound. Toyota also added roost shields to help protect the shocks from trail damage.

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Gets Updated for 2019 Exterior
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Other exterior changes include red lettering inside the front skid plate’s stamped TRD logo, just like on the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro models

Other exterior changes include red lettering inside the front skid plate’s stamped TRD logo, just like on the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro models. The roof now comes with a new standard roof rack designed to carry more gear. The 4Runner finally receives LED fog lights from Rigid Industries like those on the Tacoma TRD Pro.

The 2019 4Runner TRD Pro continues to use 17-inch alloy wheels finished in matte black wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires sized in 265/70R.

Inside, the changes include an updated Entune system with navigation and the Premium JBL Audio system. Like before, a TRD shift knob and red stitching help separate the TRD Pro from lesser 4Runner trims, while TRD Pro logos on the floor mats and front seat headrests clearly label this 4Runner as something special.

The 4Runner soldiers on with the rather old 4.0-liter V-6. This engine hasn’t been updated since 2009. It continues to make 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque and is backed by an equally old six-speed automatic transmission. A manually operated, two-speed transfer case controls the 4WD and has both low- and high-range gears.

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Gets Updated for 2019 Exterior
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The TRD Pro trim includes Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control systems, which give the 4Runner even more capability over rough terrain

The TRD Pro trim includes Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control systems, which give the 4Runner even more capability over rough terrain. The Multi-Terrain Select includes various drive modes dedicated to certain terrain like mud, snow, and rocks. Crawl Control works like a low-speed cruise control. The driver sets the speed and can concentrate on steering while the 4Runner’s computers work out how best to deliver power to the wheels with traction. The 4Runner TRD Pro also includes an electronically locking rear differential.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but that information is expected closer to the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro’s arrival in dealerships in the fall of 2018. The current 2018 model starts at $42,875. A slight increase is very likely, especially considering the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, the 4Runner’s strongest competitor, has increased in price over its previous model.

References

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