How much more capable is the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro?
Back at the Chicago Auto Show, we had our first opportunity to kick the tires of the 2019 TRD Pro lineup. That includes the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, which received some handy off-road upgrades for the new model year. Now, TFL’s Roman Mica heads out on an epic, three-day overland trip to test out the new Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner TRD Pro. While it may look the same as the old TRD Pro, what about the 4Runner has changed for the new model year?
On the outside, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro gets matte-black TRD wheels and an old-school grille with TOYOTA letting across the front. Not much different there, although Toyota has fitted a TRD-stamped skid plate on the front end of the truck. All three TRD Pro models, including the 4Runner TRD Pro, are available in three colors. You can order it in Super White (as shown above), Midnight Metallic Black or the best-named color, Voodoo Blue. Inside, the 4Runner TRD Pro gets branded all-weather floor mats, shift knob, and red-stitched seats.
Mechanically, the TRD Pro gets a 1-inch lift and wheel travel over standard models. The biggest change is upgraded, 2.5-inch Fox shocks with 46 mm pistons. They pack seven bypass zones in the front and eleven in the rear, for better controlled damping over the old units. The new 4Runner TRD Pro also gets an inch wider track than standard 4Runners. Finally, the new TRD Pro runs on Nitto Terra Grappler All-Terrain tires.
New year, same powertrain
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro soldiers on with the same naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V6 as before. It still makes 270 horsepower along with 278 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to a rather archaic five-speed automatic transmission. However, since that powertrain has been around for awhile now, it ought to be totally reliable when you want to take it off the beaten track.
Find out more about the new TRD Pro 4Runner in our off-road trek to Ouray, Colorado above! Stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for more Toyota TRD Pro news, views and real-world, Colorado reviews.