The 2024 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is a standout model in the 4Runner lineup, offering a unique blend of off-road prowess, reliability, and distinctive design elements. 4Runners have not had a major redesign in many years, but small updates have made improvements despite the fact that no changes seem to be needed because sales are strong and resale value of used models remains strong.
The exterior design of the 4Runner TRD Pro is a testament to its rugged capabilities. With a bold front grille, distinctive badging, and aggressive wheel designs, it exudes a sporty and adventurous aura. TRD Pro signifies the most off-road-capable version of the 4Runner, and it comes with all of the right equipment. These design elements are exclusive to the TRD Pro variant, setting it apart from other 4Runner models.
The TRD Pro takes the 4Runner’s off-road capability to new heights with specialized enhancements from Toyota Racing Development. Black TRD alloy flow-form wheels are equipped with Nitto Terra Grappler tires, and specially tuned Fox internal bypass shocks and TRD-tuned coil springs yield an inch of front lift for improved trail-tackling capability. The 4Runner also is rated to tow 5,000 pounds.
The rear Fox shocks feature piggyback-style remote reservoirs to maintain damping performance over demanding off-road terrain. Delivering the best of both worlds, the shock tuning improves trail driving isolation and high-speed performance without compromising on-road comfort and steering response. Like other Toyota TRD Pro vehicles, the 4Runner TRD Pro features a quarter-inch-thick aluminum front skid plate with red TRD lettering.
For even greater off-road prowess, the TRD Off-Road grade can be equipped with Toyota’s optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which allows extended wheel travel at slow speeds for greater off-road capability and control. The KDSS system hydraulically adjusts the lean resistance provided by the stabilizer bars. Sway resistance is reduced for off-road driving to help minimize any tendency for wheel lift. On pavement, KDSS enables the bars to work conventionally, reducing body lean to enhance agility and control.
All 4Runner models are designed with practicality in mind. Ample cargo space, fold-flat rear seats, and a versatile interior layout cater to various needs. The interior design looks a bit dated compared to some of the new vehicles these days, but we like it. The beauty of the 4Runner is its honesty and simplicity and that is what makes the 4Runner reliable and durable.
That reliability begins with the engine. The 4Runner uses a 4.0-liter 24-valve all aluminum V6 engine that puts out 270 horsepower. The engine is similar to the rest of the 4Runner because it is simple and relatively low tech, which is great because it burns 87 octane fuel and it will probably go 300,000 miles with no issues. The sole transmission offered is a five-speed automatic.
The TRD Pro model, being a specialized variant, may come at a higher price point compared to other 4Runner models with a base price of $55,170. The pricing reflects the added performance features and exclusivities that only the TRD Pro offers. Other 4Runner models offer a more budget-friendly option for those who prioritize affordability over specific off-road enhancements. There are seven different versions of the 4Runner starting with the SR5 that starts out at $40,705 all the way up to the TRD Pro. Since all 4Runners share the same structure and drivetrain, you can get exactly the level of equipment that you desire.
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro stands out as a special and off road oriented variant within the 4Runner lineup. Its unique design, off-road capabilities, and exclusive features make it a compelling choice for enthusiasts seeking a serious off road machine. Just like many 4Runners before, it remains a solid choice for a reliable and durable of road machine.
|4.0-liter 24-valve DOHC V6
|270 @ 5,600
|278 pound-feet @ 4,400
|Independent double wishbone
|Coil-spring four-link with lateral rod and stabilizer bar