2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - The SUV you cannot hide.
Lord help me! When this orange (Toyota calls it Solar Octane) 4Runner was delivered I thought "Who would ever want this color?" Then it grew on me. Now I like it. I never, ever had trouble finding this 4Runner in a parking lot full of anonymous SUVs; a quick scan and yep, there it is. I know, I hear you saying "It's too pretty for off-roading." You know what? Most of you never take the non-road less traveled. You might tackle some snow, maybe you drive a rutted dirt road, but really go rock crawling? Maybe 5-10% of buyers will go where no man or woman has gone before.
That doesn't mean I doubt the off-road prowess of the 4Runner TRD Pro. It definitely looks the part, and it's got a real frame underneath, 9.6" of ground clearance, part-time 4WD with high and low range, Fox shocks and TRD tuned suspension, multi-terrain and crawl control adjustments, locking rear differential, P265/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires, and a stamped aluminum front skid plate.
Under the hood is Toyota's tried and true 4.0-liter V6 that makes 270 hp, and 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. The only transmission available is a 5-speed automatic. I am kind of surprised that Toyota doesn't offer the 10-speed auto that is in the Tundra.
|There is a real gear shift lever and that little lever selects 4WD Hi & Lo, or 2WD.|
Despite all this neat, easy to use 4WD stuff I never used it. I suppose if I lived where the weather can get really nasty I might have to shift into 4WD now and then but I spent my first 40 years in areas where it snowed and I never even had to install chains once; snow tires and sensibility work just fine.