Needless to say, in any version, the Toyota 4Runner will go where most SUVs fear. Roads? paths of fire? No problem. But, if you’re really planning on hitting the hard stuff, skip the TRD Sport trim. Sure, it’s a popular SUV that looks good and has the fancy TRD badges on the rear, but it’s the sleek styling of the 4Runner world.
What is a TRD Sport 4×4?
“What?” you say? the 4Runner Sport is not good? No, it’s just not tuned for dirt like the TRD Pro and TRD Off-Road which, by the way, has Off-Road right there in the name.
Instead, the Sport has Toyota’s X-REAS suspension tuned more for where most of us step on the road. While a soft suspension is great when you’re trying to articulate the front end of your 4Runner over giant rocks, it sucks if you’re trying to change lanes at speed on the highway. Still, that’s the 4Runner’s sweet spot. The 4Runner Sport has the same suspension as the Limited trim, according to news weekmeaning it handles the street better at the expense of off-road capability.
The Sport SUV version gets the hood and badging, as well as a matching grille and lower spoiler. Sport-trim 4Runners also get black roof rails and 20-inch wheels. Sports models are available with two or four wheel drive.
What is Toyota TRD sport suspension?
The Sport trim is more of an appearance package that elevates the 4Runner SR5 trim. The big upgrade is Toyota’s X-REAS suspension that helps the 4Runner Sport maintain its road manners, but without hurting off-road capability too much. The linked hydraulic system is tricky to explain, but let’s just say it works to reduce pitch and roll.
If you choose a 4Runner TRD Pro 4×4, you get Fox 2.5-inch internally bypassed front shocks, TRD-tuned springs, exhaust, and luggage rack. You also get additional skid plates, smaller wheels with off-road tires, and unique badging. Plus, with the TRD Pro you get Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Pick Tool and Tracking Control, to really get dirty.
Is the SR5 4Runner a better deal?
The SR5 version of the 4Runner comes with all the benefits you want. It has cloth seats, power windows with cruise control, power door locks and more. When you upgrade to the SR5 Premium, you get higher-quality seat material, heated power seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Sport Package adds the TRD logo and comes equipped like the SR5 Premium, except it has TRD logos throughout.
All 2023 4Runners come with Toyota’s tried-and-true 4.0-liter V6 that makes 270 horsepower. However, that engine and the rest of the 4Runner are getting old. With an integrated and wired trailer hitch receiver, each 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The SR5 starts at $38,805. The TRD Sport starts at $41,665 while the SR54 Premium (same suspension, no TRD badging) starts at $41,865.
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