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2021 Toyota 4Runner Review – TRD Pro and Redesign

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Enthusiasts expected a redesign of the 2020 4Runner. Unfortunately, Toyota brought only modest changes. Now, there is no way they will miss to completely update the next edition. Even the new generation is possible. With new colors and the TRD Pro package, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will be ready to offer incredible off-road performances. That is the main advantage over all other mid-size SUVs. Well, we will see what the upcoming Ford Bronco has to say.

The drivetrain of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will remain the same. Well, some say the hybrid version is possible, but we seriously doubt the company would sacrifice its incredible performance to gain an extra few miles. So, you can write off this rumor. Other speculations mention diesel unit, new generation, and even the discontinuation of the 4Runner. At this point, it is early to predict anything without the official sources. The only one thing is certain – the SUV needs an update. It’s been ten years since the current design is on the market. The competition is not too tough, so Toyota is not in the rush. But, if they want to improve sales, the redesign is the best way to do that.

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specifications

Reliability, capability, power, even the fuel economy… these are just some reasons why we believe the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will continue to use a 4.0-liter V6 engine. For its size, it is not offering some monstrous outputs – 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Well, engineers could push it closer to 300 hp. Still, some 3.5-liter units by Toyota’s rivals can make the same amount of power. But, the 4.0 unit is not letting you down. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission for a total towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

The power is sent to rear wheels by default. The new 4Runner will continue to use a full-time all-wheel drive as an optional setup. However, a part-time AWD configuration is more interesting, since it is used by the TRD lineup. When it is needed, the SUV will distribute power to all wheels or the rear axle only. Fuel economy is returning respectable numbers – 18 mpg. Well, this number goes down if you use normal gasoline. Tip: use premium fuel.

Trims and Features

The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner will keep the SR5 as the base model. This SUV comes with an RWD and 17-inch wheels. The basic Entune audio and 6-inch touchscreen display are highlights of the infotainment system. Premium package will add more options, such as navigation, premium cloth interior, or the projector-beam headlights.

TRD is the badge you want to have on your 2021 4Runner. Well, it is up to you which version to pick. The entry-level TRD package is Off-Road with hill-start assist, part-time AWD, all-terrain tires, locking rear differential… There is still room for an upgrade with the Premium suite. Here we find the Entune system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is there as well. Top of the class version is TRD Pro. However, the most luxurious upgrades you are getting with 4Runner Limited edition.

2021 Toyota 4Runner android auto

Toyota is finally adding Android Auto

What are the Features for 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro?

Toyota recently updated its TRD lineup. Sequoia is the new member. However, we don’t believe that too many buyers will switch from 4Runner to the full-size Sequoia. This package is not paying too much attention to premium features inside the cabin. The main upgrades are coming for the drivetrain system to improve off-road capabilities. Shocks are making the difference, as well as the exhaust system and precise AWD. Still, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro also adds skid plates to protect the body.

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What Are the Colors for the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner is going to refresh the color palette. Of course, the base model will offer the least paints. Black and white will remain there, but the blue could be replaced. Premium packages add more options (red, metallic, grey). TRD lineup has its own paintjobs. In 2021, the SUV will take the same options as Tacoma truck. That means the Army Green will be part of the offer. By then, the Japanese company will figure out more surprises for the entire lineup.

Release Date and Price

The base version of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will cost $38,000. The redesign will make the price go up, but the company is not pushing it too high. Compared to the competition, 4Runner is more expensive than other mid-size three-row SUVs. But, none of them is offering a 4.0-liter displacement. Premium package costs $2,000. TRD Off-Road will start at $40k ($42,000 for the Premium model). At the top of the offer, you will choose premium details of off-road capabilities. The price for TRD Pro and Limited SUVs will be the same, probably just under $50k. The off-road oriented model will remove the third row of seats. The rest of the lineup is coming with a 7-seat configuration.

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