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2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport

The 2022 4Runner will be offered with a new TRD Sport trim that comes with a few exterior and interior tweaks, and a new suspension tuning for improved on-road dynamics

The 2022 4Runner will be offered with a new TRD Sport trim that comes with a few exterior and interior tweaks, and a new suspension tuning for improved on-road dynamics

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Toyota has been quite busy in the last few days. The automaker unveiled the new GR86, a carbon-fiber Supra, debuted the Corolla Cross, introduced the refreshed Tacoma TRD Pro, and even brought the bZ4x concept to our shores. Apart from all this, Toyota also introduced a new TRD Sport model to the 2022 4Runner’s lineup. If you want something that has more off-road vibes and street cred than the regular trims but not something as full-blown off-roader as the TRD Pro trim, then the TRD Sport will fit your bill.

  • 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    270
  • Torque @ RPM:
    278
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • Price:
    43000 (Est.)
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What’s Special About The 2022 4Runner TRD Sport’s Exterior?

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport Exterior
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The TRD Off-Road and the TRD Pro trims are more about off-road capabilities.

The TRD Sport, on the other hand, is more about being better on the pavement while looking as rugged and tough as its off-road counterparts.

We wouldn’t call it just an exterior package since it comes with a lot of differences under the skin, too. Toyota also noted that all the 200 4Runner trims will be offered with LED headlamps and fog lamps as standard.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport Exterior
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The TRD Sport 4Runner with 20-inch wheels with Dark Gray accents
The SUV will be offered with a two-wheel-drive layout or a part-time four-wheel-drive system
The 4Runner TRD Sport is based on the SR5 trim.

It comes with 20-inch wheels with Dark Gray accents. The other differentiating factors on the outside include color-keyed accents on the grille, rocker panels, and body molding. It even comes with the signature TRD-style hood scoop, front spoiler, and black roof rails. It would’ve been nice to have a new exterior shade as well, just like how TRD Pro models will be available with the Electric Lime Metallic shade from now on. Finally, a full-sized spare tire will also be offered as standard on this trim.

What’s New Inside The 2022 4Runner TRD Sport’s Interior?

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On the inside, the TRD Sport comes with black SofTex-trimmed seats instead of the cloth seats like on the SR5. They feature TRD logos embroidered in gray. The trim also comes with heated front seats. Complementing the dark theme are the TRD Sport floor mats and the standard TRD shift knob. The SUV also features an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

The TRD Sport offers 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Flip them down and you’ll have 89.7 cubic feet of space available at your disposal. It doesn’t look like the 4Runner TRD Sport will be offered with a third row.

What Powers The 2022 4Runner TRD Sport?

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The new trim will be powered by the tried-and-tested 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that dishes out 270 horses and 278 pound-feet of torque.

Power is routed to the wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. You can have it with either a two-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive system.

The SUV will be offered with a two-wheel-drive layout or a part-time four-wheel-drive system. The two-wheel-drive models will come with Automatic Limited-Slip Differential as standard. The part-time four-wheel-drive TRD Sport models feature an Active Traction Control and a two-speed transfer case with low range. The two-wheel-drive models, by the way, sit nine inches off the ground whereas the four-wheel-drive models sit 0.6 inches higher.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport Exterior
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As for the towing capabilities, just like the other trims, the TRD Sport will also include a standard integrated tow-hitch receiver and wiring harness that can tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds with a maximum of 500-pound tongue weight.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport specifications
Engine 4.0-liter, V-6
Power 270 HP
Torque 278 LB-FT
Transmission five-speed automatic
Towing 5,000 lbs

The 4Runner TRD Sport Features A Different Suspension Setup

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport Exterior
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The TRD Sport 4Runner with 20-inch wheels with Dark Gray accents
The SUV will be offered with a two-wheel-drive layout or a part-time four-wheel-drive system

The 4Runner TRD Sport’s highlight is the sport-tuned X-REAS suspension setup that makes it smoother on the tarmac. This is present on the Limited trim, too. It stands for Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System that automatically adjusts the damping force of shock absorbers when driving over bumpy surfaces or when cornering.

Given that the 4Runner is a body-on-frame construction, the ride is not the smoothest out there. This helps iron out the wrinkles to a certain extent when it comes to on-road handling dynamics. As Toyota puts it, ‘it features a center control absorber that cross-links the shock absorbers on opposite corners of the vehicle, like an “X,” to help reduce pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs’.

How Much Does The 2022 4Runner TRD Sport Cost?

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport Exterior
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There’s no word on the pricing of this trim yet, but it should slot between the base SR5 and the Limited trim, thus dictating a price of under $45,000.

Does The 2022 4Runner TRD Sport Come With Safety Features?

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The TRD Sport is powered by the same 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 engine
It comes with a sport-tuned X-REAS suspension setup that automatically adjusts the damping force of shock absorbers when driving over bumpy surfaces or when cornering

On the safety front, the 4Runner TRD Sport comes with Toyota Safety Sense P suite of safety features that includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System
  • Automatic High Beams
  • High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

The SUV also comes with:

  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • Eight Airbags
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PLANO, Texas (June 1, 2021) – As a Toyota lineup mainstay for nearly 40 years, the Toyota 4Runner has carved out its place as the do-anything SUV that’s at home whether on the pavement or the trail. For 2022, the 4Runner lineup expands with the addition of TRD Sport, offering an exceptional combination of style and performance.

Takin’ It to the Streets
Similar to its mid-size truck sibling the Tacoma, 4Runner adds TRD Sport grade to complement TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro, but where TRD Off-Road and Pro add trail-ready features designed for tackling the toughest terrain, TRD Sport looks to add style, flair and some road-worthy upgrades.

With an emphasis on everyday comfort and enhanced road dynamics, 4Runner TRD Sport adds the exclusive Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) suspension to enhance on-road handling. The X-REAS system, also found on the Limited grade, automatically adjusts the damping force of shock absorbers when driving over bumpy surfaces or when cornering. A center control absorber cross-links the shock absorbers on opposite corners of the vehicle, like an “X,” to help reduce pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs.

TRD Sport is available in 2WD or part-time 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case. Regardless of choice, 2WD 4Runners provide an ample 9.0 inches of ground clearance while 4WD models offer an even more generous 9.6 inches of ground clearance. TRD Sport builds upon the SR5 grade on which it is based by swapping the 17-inch wheels in favor of new machine-faced 20-inch wheels with Dark Gray accents. All 4Runners come equipped with a full-sized spare tire.

Unique styling comes in the form of color-keyed accents on the grille, rocker panels and body molding. The signature TRD-style hood scoop is added to TRD Sport, as is a front spoiler, and black roof rails complement the color scheme.

Inside, TRD sport ditches cloth for SofTex-trimmed seats, which adds heated front seats to the mix. The black SofTex-trimmed seats offer unique gray contrast stitching, and the front headrests feature gray-colored TRD stitched logos. TRD Sport floor mats are included and a standard TRD shift knob completes the look.

4Runner TRD Sport is equipped with a standard 8-inch multimedia touchscreen display. In addition to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility, the multimedia system includes a USB media port, hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, and a SiriusXM® 3-month All Access trial. Connected Services include Safety Connect® with 1-year trial and Wi-Fi Connect with up to 2 GB or 3-month trial, whichever comes first.

For 2022, all 4Runner grades include LED headlamps (low beams), fog lamps and now LED high beams as well.

4Runner: The Do-It-All SUV
4Runner’s inherent strength starts with its tough-as-nails, body-on-frame construction featuring a four-link rear axle and coil-spring suspension – with TRD Sport, of course, adding X-REAS to its list of suspension features. 4Runner is powered by a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine. The powerplant’s 278 lb.-ft. of peak torque gives it plenty of get-up-and-go, and Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) helps optimize torque across the engine’s operating range.

Mated to the V6 is a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission that includes a sequential shift mode for manually shifting when more control is desired. TRD Sport, like all 4Runner grades, includes a standard integrated tow-hitch receiver and wiring harness and can tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds, with a maximum 500-pound tongue weight.

4Runner 2WD models feature standard Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD), a function of the traction control (TRAC) that allows some wheel slippage to help the vehicle dig out from sand or snow, for example. The available part-time 4WD system uses Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and bolsters off-road capability with a 2-speed transfer case with selectable low-range. By distributing drive force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, A-TRAC can help maintain traction when it senses wheel slippage occurring on terrain irregularities and slippery patches.

When it comes to storage, 4Runner offers multiple options. With the second-row seats in use, the cargo area offers up to 47.2 cu. ft. of carrying space. If it’s just two people and their gear hitting the road or trail, folding the second row opens a cavernous 89.7 cu.-ft. cargo area. The second-row seats fold flat without having to remove the headrests. For power on the go, the 4Runner has a standard 120V outlet and two 12V outlets.

An 8-way power driver’s seat, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning with rear seat vents and pollen filter, and power-sliding liftgate window are standard on TRD Sport. A 4.2-inch multi-information display provides the driver with readouts for outside temperature, odometer, trip meters, fuel economy estimate averages, and TSS-P features, including Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Toyota Safety Sense P
All 2022 4Runner models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), an advanced suite of driver-assist technologies that includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Along with TSS-P, 4Runner models also come equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC, or A-TRAC with 4WD) and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and the Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake-override system.

Eight standard airbags include driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System; front seat-mounted side airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags, and all-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags.

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