Toy­ota 4Run­ner TRD Pro shows its ca­pa­bil­i­ties

Motor Trend - - Comparison - Miguel Cortina

It’s an un­spo­ken rule that you can’t have two ve­hi­cles from the same brand in a com­par­i­son test. But that doesn’t mean a sec­ond ve­hi­cle can’t tag along as a sup­port ve­hi­cle.

In the case of this test, the 2018 Toy­ota 4Run­ner TRD Pro served as the pho­tog­ra­phy ve­hi­cle for Wil­liam Walker and as­sis­tant Dar­ren Martin dur­ing our trip. How could they take pretty pic­tures if they couldn’t keep up?

Although the new-for-2010 fifth-gen 4Run­ner is show­ing its age in terms of its ex­te­rior de­sign and in­te­rior trim and fit­ments, its fa­mil­iar­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity with dirt, rocks, and river cross­ings was no­tice­able. Our 4Run­ner TRD Pro was equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that pro­duces 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed au­to­matic and a part-time 4WD sys­tem.

The TRD Pro pack­age makes the dif­fer­ence. Our tester was out­fit­ted with TRD Bil­stein shocks with re­mote reser­voirs, Trd-tuned front springs, and a front skid­plate. It also came with fancy off-road fea­tures like crawl con­trol and mul­ti­ter­rain se­lect—but it turns out the 4Run­ner didn’t need to use them.

Although Walker en­joyed driv­ing the 4Run­ner both on- and off-road, he com­plained about brake dive and ride qual­ity. “You feel like you’re sit­ting atop one of those old play­ground toys that’s mounted on a big spring, bounc­ing for­ward and aft un­til equi­lib­rium is reached.” As some­one who spent a lot of time lean­ing out of the 4Run­ner’s cargo space to get the right shot, Walker in­sisted it was a chal­lenge to hold steady.

De­spite a dated in­te­rior lack­ing most of to­day’s musthave tech, the 4Run­ner is still a ca­pa­ble SUV to take to the dirt. And with a base price of $44,230 and a fi­nal tag of $44,709, this Toy­ota was the least ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cle we had on the trip.

We’ll have to see if the 2019 4Run­ner TRD Pro, which re­places the Bil­stein sus­pen­sion with heavy­duty Fox Rac­ing Shox, fixes these is­sues.

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