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Old 01-19-2019, 06:54 AM   #1
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There’s something to be said for contrast, and the Toyota 4Runner definitely provides that on the showroom floor.

Parked next to Toyota’s more refined and freshly designed Highlander, the 4Runner offers a dramatic lesson on the difference between 1990s-style SUVs and today’s wildly popular crossovers. For people who want or need a real SUV — with both the capability and drawbacks that entails — the 4Runner offers buyers a choice that many brands have abandoned.

Designed first and foremost for off-road driving, the 4Runner feels heavy, huge and tall. People who drive pickups will be perfectly at home with the hefty driving feel and high seating position that you climb up into, making every drive feel a bit adventurous.

Compared to the Highlander, which drives more like a big Camry sedan, it’s a night-and-day difference.

With a savage grille, the 4Runner TRD Pro isn’t shy about its off-road chops. This high-riding, heavy SUV feels and looks like it could conquer any trail.

My favorite flavor of 4Runner, the made-for-trails TRD Pro, gets a noticeable upgrade this year that includes Fox internal bypass shocks, a roof rack, standard JBL premium sound system and a skid plate with big, bold “TRD” lettering.
I was pleasantly surprised at just how comfortable the Fox shocks felt on my TRD Pro test vehicle. While it’s still obviously not designed to be a commuter car, I was expecting this meanest off-road grade to have a stiffer, rougher ride — more like the TRD Pros of the past. But just like they do in the incredible Ford Raptor pickup, the internal bypass shocks manage to soak up potholes and bumps impressively well while also delivering good control and traction off the pavement.

While my test vehicle was not cheap, ringing up at nearly $50,000, it also felt like a bargain compared to luxury off-roaders. The new TRD Pro’s mixture of a super-smooth ride and extreme traction reminded me of the Range Rover and Toyota’s pricey Land Cruiser, both of which start well over $80,000, albeit with much fancier cabins and amenities.

Still, there’s a reason car-like crossovers such as the Highlander outsell traditional, truck-based SUVs like the 4Runner by a wide margin. There are some meaningful downsides to all that heft and capability.

At the top of the list is gas mileage. My tester was rated for 17 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway. At a time of low gas prices, both now and in the 1990s, that’s not such a big deal, but it will be more painful every time prices spike in the future.



The 4Runner’s high seating position provides good visibility and makes climbing in and out an adventure.

The 4Runner also has an interior that shows its age. A small digital screen feels odd in such a big vehicle in contemporary America, and the plastics and overall blocky design don’t match the sleeker, soft-touch cabins that are available today. If you can overlook that, the layout is quite smart and useful, including a huge cargo area with an optional slide-out floor and large, easy-to-use control knobs that feel beefy in your hand and are simple to grab and understand.
If you believe, as I do, that function should dictate form, you’ll love it.
Also new for 2019 is a Nightshade Edition 4Runner with blacked-out wheels and trim for a more custom, menacing and ominous look.

Pricing for the 4Runner starts at $34,910 for the base SR5 trim. The TRD Off-Road package, which is not quite as extreme as the Pro, starts at $38,085.
The Limited trim with a luxurious chrome look starts at $43,225, while the glorious, aggressive TRD Pro tops the range at $46,415.

At A Glance

What was tested? 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro ($46,415). Options: Running boards ($345), paint protection film ($395), hitch ball mount ($60). Price as tested (including $1,045 destination charge): $48,260
Wheelbase: 109.8 in.
Length: 191.3 in.
Width: 75.8 in.
Height: 72 in.
Engine: 4.0-liter V6 (270 hp, 278 ft. lbs.)
Transmission: Five-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 17 city, 20 highway

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Style: 10
Performance: 9
Price: 7
Handling: 5
Ride: 6
Comfort: 6
Quality: 7
Overall: 9

Why buy it?
Designed to withstand brutal off-road conditions, the 4Runner offers real SUV capability with a surprisingly smooth ride. New Fox internal bypass shocks on the TRD Pro are very impressive on and off the road.
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It seems as our world becomes more and more connected, some people look for more reasons to unplug and get away from it all. Toyota has been one of the leading purveyors of adventure-ready vehicles for the last four decades, and their newest lineup of TRD Pro vehicles is undoubtedly the most off-road capable. Cleverly packaged as a luxurious, comfortable SUV, the TRD Pro 4Runner takes the shape of a car you want to drive every day around town. But, should the urge for escaping the concrete jungle ever arise, it comes equipped to take you virtually anywhere you want to go.

Shocking Upgrades

Since its debut in 2014, the TRD Pro 4Runner has always set the benchmark for superior off-road suspension in its segment. Five years later, it’s still keeping up that tradition. The 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner (and the rest of the TRD Pro lineup) comes equipped with 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass (IBP) shocks with seven bypass zones, tuned by TRD to the vehicle’s specifications. The IBP shocks allow for seamless transition from comfortable daily driving to fast desert terrain to slow rock crawling. TRD gave the 4Runner specifically designed coil springs up front to give it an extra inch of wheel travel and ride height. The rear 2.5-inch Fox shocks are also designed to work in harmony with the TRD off-road coil springs, featuring a piggyback reservoir and 11 bypass zones within the shock body. It’s about as advanced as off-road suspension gets in any stock form SUV.


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“...it comes equipped to take you virtually anywhere you want to go.”


Styling and Storage

New to the 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner is a factory roof rack that’s reminiscent of the factory roof rack found on Toyota’s now-discontinued FJ Cruiser. Although plenty spacious inside, the roof rack allows for extra storage of items you might want outside the cab, and gives you the freedom to mount a roof top tent directly to it without the need for additional railing. The 2019 TRD Pro comes in three distinct colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Voodoo Blue (only available in TRD Pro line).


2019 Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner Roof Rack

Keeping Traction

A 4x4 is only as good as its grip to the ground, and the 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner has plenty of it. As in previous years, Toyota teamed up with Nitto Tire when it comes to the TRD Pro 4Runner’s traction needs, utilizing the tried and true Terra Grappler all-terrain tire. The Terra Grappler perfectly complements the TRD Pro 4Runner with its mild-mannered and quiet on-road characteristics, combined with off-road grip whenever you need it. Wrapped around a set of 17-inch matte black TRD alloy wheels, the P265/70R17 Nitto Terra Grapplers provide comfort and capability in a single package.




“...the roof rack is perfect for mounting a roof top tent directly to it without the need for additional railing.”

First Impressions

In order to really get a feel for the newest upgrades featured on the 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner, we had to get our hands on one and put it to the test. The on-road performance is well-mannered, easy to drive, quiet, comfortable, adequately powered and above all, very luxurious for an off-road vehicle. These characteristics are what we’ve come to expect with the TRD Pro lineup from Toyota, but in order for us to form an informed opinion of the SUV as a whole, we needed to put it in its element.

Being in Southern California, our editors have the unique opportunity to test drive vehicles in several very different environments without needing to wander too far from our home base. The first test in the dirt was in the Mojave Desert. Although many desert trails allow you to travel at faster speeds, expect lots of surprising wash-outs from recent rains, ruts along the trail and washboard surfaces. Where most SUVs would slow down at the sight of any of these obstacles, this is where the 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner shines. The Fox shocks are so well tuned from TRD that you barely feel any change below you in the terrain as you’re driving through these obstacles, allowing for a very comfortable off-road ride as the suspension does its job. This is a huge upgrade over last year’s TRD Pro 4Runner, which we put to the test chasing the Baja 1000 off-road race.


“...the P265/70R17 Nitto Terra Grapplers provide comfort and capability in a single package.”


The second test took place along the steep trails in the San Bernardino Mountains. The uneven, rocky terrain up in the mountains was no match for the TRD Pro’s off-road driving assist functions. The rear locker made it easy to overcome obstacles safely that low range 4WD just couldn’t handle alone and downhill assist provided for a smooth descent of even the steepest slope. The Terra Grapplers handled both rock and loose dirt with ease, providing great traction alongside the 4Runner’s traction control features. It just seemed to do it all, without any hesitation or hang-up.


If you’re looking for a way out of the hustle and bustle of daily life, but don’t have the means to own and maintain a dedicated off-road vehicle, the 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner may be the right pick for you. In addition to giving you the freedom to “unplug” at any time and head out for an adventure, it’s proven as a comfortable and easy daily driver that will impress even your snobbiest of friends. The 2019 TRD Pro 4Runner carries forth the core values of its predecessors as a capable vehicle at the forefront of technology, while still feeling like a luxury SUV. It’s a clear indicator that the TRD Pro lineup isn’t going anywhere soon, and we can expect to see plenty of these out on the trails next year.
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Why the sudden fascination with pickups capable of driving really fast across a rocky, dusty desert? Nobody knew we needed any such thing until Ford introduced its wide-fendered, tall-enough-to-need-clearance-lights Raptor. Chevy eventually responded with the dimensionally tidier Colorado ZR2, and now Toyota is taking aim squarely at Chevy (and preemptively at Ford, should it decide to bring the Ranger Raptor here) by redesigning the suspension of its 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro for Baja racing.


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FANCY SNORKEL Anybody can Sawzall a hole in the fender and bolt a snorkel to the A-pillar, but the TRD Pro snorkel is designed in. Its fender hole is stamped in the raw steel at the factory, and hence gets the full anti-corrosion paint treatment. It also attaches to a built-in roof-rack fastening point on the roof, so no new holes are created up there. The head can be swiveled backwards to prevent ingesting snow in blizzard driving, and the head is tethered to remain with the truck should a bird or debris knock it loose. Please don't rely on this snorkel for fording 6-foot deep water, though, as there are water drain holes down low that will admit engine-killing external water.

Key to each of these trucks' saguaro-slaloming capabilities is a sophisticated set of name-brand shock absorbers. Chevy made big headlines by utilizing Multimatic spool-valve shocks—a technology previously utilized primarily on cars that race on paved circuits. Toyota (and Ford) chose to go with a more typical supplier of off-road racing dampers—Fox Shox. What they all strive to do is provide comfy, cushy ride quality over the sorts of small bumps one finds on paved roads, while ramping up the damping rates as the speed and size of the bump events increases to keep the suspension from bottoming out harshly, which can cause serious damage. Fox does this using internal bypass passages that provide position-dependent damping-rate variability.

Here's how the Fox Shox work on the Tacoma: As the 1.8-inch-diameter piston moves up and down through its range of travel (which is increased by 0.7 inch in front, 0.8 inch in back relative to base and TRD Off Road Tacomas) various different orifices are exposed for the oil to travel through. Each provides a different damping rate. The front shocks feature five jounce and three rebound zones; the rears provide seven jounce and four rebound rates. The lightest damping rate near the center of the shock's travel promises noticeably smoother on-road ride relative to the previous model's simpler Bilstein shocks and relative to the base Tacoma shocks. The rear shocks also feature 2-inch "piggyback" external reservoirs that serve to increase the volume of hydraulic oil and thereby keep all the oil cooler during prolonged desert running. One downside of the Fox design—its position-dependent nature means that adding aftermarket lift kits and so forth without replacing the shocks could drastically alter the truck's driving dynamics.

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Instead of tubes, orifices, and springy shim packs, Multimatic shocks send oil through spool valves that move inside sleeves, at a rate controlled by a spring. These valves and sleeves each have orifices laser-cut in them for oil to flow through, and by using computational fluid dynamics to precisely design the size and shape of these orifices, Multimatic claims that nearly any force/damping curve an engineer desires can be delivered with high accuracy and vastly less iterative development work than is typically required when developing shimmed-orifice shocks. Each Colorado shock uses three spool valves. This design tends to be pretty expensive.

Before we take the Tacoma for a spin, let's run through the rest of its 2019 upgrades, which include new front springs that add 1 inch of ride height, a larger front anti-roll bar—1.2 versus 1.1 inch diameter (still hollow), progressive-rate off-road leaf springs out back that allow more jounce travel on rough terrain, and 16-inch TRD Pro wheels that add an inch of track width front and rear. (Note that the stiffer front bar is designed to make the truck more eager to rotate and hence more fun to drive on and off road at some tiny expense of its rock-crawling articulation.) There's also a snortier cat-back exhaust with a black-chrome tip and a new Desert Air Intake that keeps the engine breathing cleaner, less dusty air from above the windshield. Neither the intake nor the exhaust alters the output of the 278-hp V-6. Rigid Industries LED foglamps brighten nighttime trail rides, and a TRD Pro-badged quarter-inch-thick front skidplate is strong enough to be used to jack up the vehicle. New standard equipment includes a moonroof and the Entune Premium JBL audio system. All these upgrades increase the price by just $940 (with the manual) or $1,645 (automatic).


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To test out the new Tacoma TRD Pro, Toyota attempted to create a mini Baja in its backyard at a former limestone quarry known as Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport, Texas, about 80 miles northwest of Dallas. The desert simulation was compromised by several inches of falling rain that added to what was already the wettest September in recorded Texas history.

My first few trails involve careful tiptoeing up and down some precipitous and slick rocky hills, which the truck's Crawl Control system accomplishes with astonishing ease. I especially like being able to select among the system's five speed settings using a dedicated rotary knob on the overhead console instead of toggling a cruise-control button or something. The knob lets me see at a glance what speed is selected when slowing back down to a crawl. The 265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires impress with their levels of grip despite tread blocks filled with greasy red clay.

Next I head down to the broad sand/mud pit where the trucks can reach higher speeds to really get those Fox Shox pumping. Maybe the rain and continued use by multiple journalists has made the course particularly rough, but the seat of my pants is recording a level of ride quality that ranks well short of plush. And plush is kind of what I was hoping for, having once ridden shotgun with Ironman Ivan Stewart in one of his SCORE Toyota off-road racing trucks. Sure it had 2-plus feet's worth of suspension travel, external bypass shocks, and the like, but that rig swallowed bumps with a plushness that I was reminded of when I sampled a Colorado ZR2 in 2016. That drive involved jumping and bouncing off a bunch of large but man-made obstacles set up in a parking lot, though, and vastly different conditions experienced years apart do not a valid comparison make. Clearly the question of which shock technology reigns supreme can only be answered by a proper Head 2 Head comparison. Maybe in Baja?

Fox Shox like the Tacoma's, but with unique tuning and more bypass zones—seven jounce and four rebound in front, eight and four in back—and "piggyback" reservoirs on the front shocks
TRD-tuned front springs add 2.0 inches to the ride height
Wheel travel is increased 1.5 inches in front, 2.0 inches in the rear
18-inch forged five-spoke satin black hand-polished BBS wheels that each weigh 3.35 pounds less than previous cast wheels (tires are 275/65R18 Michelin LTX A/T2s)
Quarter-inch-thick aluminum skidplate with red "Toyota" lettering
Cat-back exhaust with black-chrome tip (adds sound not power)
Rigid Industries foglamps
New grille, hood scoop
Pickup bed outer quarter panels get "TRD Pro" stamped into the steel
2019 TOYOTA 4RUNNER TRD PRO


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Fox Shox like the Tacoma's, but with unique tuning and four jounce bypass zones and three rebound zones in front, seven and four in back. Rear shocks are inverted for tire clearance and feature "roost shields" that prevent rocks from striking the exposed piston rod
TRD-tuned front springs add 1.0 inch to the ride height
Wheel travel is increased 1.0 inch front and rear
17-inch matte-black TRD wheels with an offset that widens the track by nearly an inch front and rear
New 265/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler All Terrain tires
Quarter-inch-thick aluminum skidplate with red "TRD" lettering
Unique roof rack for stowing dirty gear
LED foglamps
Blackout grille
Standard Entune Premium JBL audio system with navigation and app suite

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2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
BASE PRICE $43,705
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE 3.5L/278-hp/265-lb-ft Atkinson-cycle DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSIONS 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT 4,450 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 127.4 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 212.3 x 74.4 x 71.6 in
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:36 PM   #4
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Man, this thing is absolutely going to CRUSH IT...on the way to work and in the REI parking lot.
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5th gen is getting long in the tooth. C'mon Toyota, you sell a **** load of these things, invest some money back into it.
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5th gen is getting long in the tooth. C'mon Toyota, you sell a **** load of these things, invest some money back into it.
I’m hearing rumors of a refresh for 2020. 6th gen is coming a few years later. The 5th gen was due to die around 2017/18 but dealers demanded it stay and the recent resurgence in sales convinced Toyota to develop a 6th gen.
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#1 issue with the 4-Runner: Fuel efficiency
#2 issue with the 4-Runner: Moon roof on limited trim (this vehicle does NOT need one)

I would be highly motivated to kick some tires if they solved these two issues. I miss my ‘04 SR5 V8-B. I consistently got 14 mpg (city) and 17 mpg (hwy). Yuck.

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#1 issue with the 4-Runner: Fuel efficiency
#2 issue with the 4-Runner: Moon roof on limited trim (this vehicle does NOT need one)

I would be highly motivated to kick some tires if they solved these two issues. I miss my ‘04 SR5 V8-B. I consistently got 14 mpg (city) and 17 mpg (hwy). Yuck.
I have a 2004 4Runner SE V8 as my winter truck as well. Man, if they put a V8 in this current generation TRD Pro, I would happily drop $50k on it
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5th gen is getting long in the tooth. C'mon Toyota, you sell a **** load of these things, invest some money back into it.
Hey, it's still ahead of the Tacoma.

They are basically 2 body styles of the same vehicle, yet Toyota still throws drum brakes and cheaper feeling interior materials on the Tacoma.

I also thought $47k for a beautiful Voodoo Blue 4Runner at the Utah Auto expo was crazy, until I saw a (also beautiful) Mojito Green Wrangler Rubicon with the 4 cylinder engine for $61k.
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I have a 2004 4Runner SE V8 as my winter truck as well. Man, if they put a V8 in this current generation TRD Pro, I would happily drop $50k on it
You can pick up a Lexus GX for that.
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...yet Toyota still throws drum brakes and cheaper feeling interior materials on the Tacoma.
It's a truck.... More like a wheelbarrow, less like a Mercedes.
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I approached the local Toyota shop sales manager about a '19 Tacoma Pro in Voodoo Blue, and the 6spd manual. I even offered to put money down on the truck to secure the order. Well, you can't order Pro Line vehicles, the dealership allocations are somewhat limited and they can only put in preferences. The dealer in Grand Forks, ND has 2 Pro Line Tacoma's and 4Runners in the their allocation. I'll give the guy until March then it's Autotrader. I could have ordered an Off Road but you can't get Voodoo Blue in that package

The Tacoma is the last mid-size with a manual. Dimensionally it's very close to the '98 F150 we used to own and it'll slurp down the dead dinosaur juice just a quickly. With dealer installed options at MSRP I estimated an OTD price at about $48K.
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#1 issue with the 4-Runner: Fuel efficiency
#2 issue with the 4-Runner: Moon roof on limited trim (this vehicle does NOT need one)



Toyota has filed a patent for a virtual sunroof that could show moving images of the car’s exterior.



This patent is for a ceiling mounted display that would essentially function like a sunroof, showing the environment above you as you drive along via a camera feed. It wouldn’t necessarily show an exact image of the outside, but would instead combine the foreground, mid-ground and background layers, scrolling them at different speeds to create the illusion of speed. This wouldn’t be so much for the passengers to look out of, then, as it would be to create an illusion of speed for the driver and passengers.

It may seem like a bit of a silly, over engineered invention but we get the feeling that automakers will begin to look at different gimmicks like these in order to make the experience of driving electric vehicles more visceral or exciting. This particular invention could give you the feeling of riding in a convertible, in theory, making the driving experience a bit more fun and engaging. This technology might also be used to create a sense of airiness in an otherwise tight and cramped autonomous pod.
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