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What was tested?

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro ($46,415).
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.

RATINGS

A Legitimate Difference

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.

By Derek Price Cargazing.com

Toyota 4Runner Is a Real SUV in a World of Less Capable Crossovers
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.
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 offroaders.
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 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.

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