2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review (w/ video)

Photography by ©2019 Toni Avery

What is the most iconic current production off-road vehicle to you? A Jeep? A specific truck? I’ve always thought of the 4Runner TRD Pro as one of the most iconic of current production vehicles. I was definitely excited to see what it could do!

This 4Runner is equipped with a 4.0 L V6 engine producing 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with part-time 4WD system with Active TRAC.

Having reviewed a number of SUVs and now a good amount of trucks, I can say that this vehicle may be the best performing off-road so far.

Whether we were crawling or hauling, the 4Runner oozed confidence in an off-road setting. The terrain wasn’t treacherous enough to mess with any of the off-road settings and it adapted perfectly well to anything that came in its path.

While it performed very well off-road, on-road it was a bit sluggish feeling when on the gas. It was comfortable for highway and city driving, but it just seems to lack power.

The exterior of the 4Runner is finished in Voodoo Blue with solid black accents and sits on 17” TRD alloy wheels ad P265/70R17 tires.

The outside of the TRD Pro is without a doubt the coolest part. The style of the 4Runner complimented by the TRD Pro accents and parts makes it a very menacing looking vehicle. The TRD Pro includes TRD-tuned Fox shocks and springs, TRD stamped aluminum front skid plate, Toyota front grille, TRD pro badges, black cargo roof rack and high-performance LED fog lights.

Just based on looks alone, I think this is one of the best looking off-road vehicles on the market. Voodoo Blue is such a vibrant color too making the vehicle look so good off-roading.

Inside the 4Runner is an all black interior featuring a TRD shift knob and TRD Pro floor mats. While the outside looks awesome from any angle on or off-road, the inside leaves much to be desired.

I can’t help but feel I’ve been transported back in time when sitting inside the 4Runner. The outside is timeless yet very current while inside it feels like a car from generations ago. It works for what some may use it for, an off-road vehicle, but that’s not every buyer. Maybe someone loves the look of the exterior but may never off-road the car. In that case they may go elsewhere for a more refined and luxurious interior. It doesn’t need to be wrapped in Napa leather with fine wood accents, but some updating to bring it to the current year of 2019 would be beneficial.

This car was fun to drive around for the week. It performed so well off-road and just as well at Costco. I’d be interested to try the 4Runner again in the future when the inside matches the impressive exterior.

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro:

Base Price: $46,415

Destination Charge: $1,095

Total Price: $47,510

Fuel Economy: 17 City, 20 Highway, 18 Combined 

 GirlsDriveFastToo gives the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro an overall rating of (out of 5 total):

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