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2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – All the Details

Chris Kaiser

Toyota has added even more to love about the next 4Runner with updates to the top trim TRD Pro. “Lunar Rock,” suspension upgrades, and more are all in store with the 2021 model year.

New Year, New Paint Job

Like most of Toyota’s non-RAV4 trucks and SUVs, the 4Runner continues the company’s philosophy of, if it ain’t broke, incrementally improve on it. But even if a major overhaul isn’t in the cards, there is still plenty for 4Runner fans to look forward to for the 2021 model year.

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - pressroom.toyota.com

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – pressroom.toyota.com  |  Shop Toyota 4Runners on Carsforsale.com

This fall sees the next iteration of the Toyota 4Runner’s top trim the TRD Pro and with it some key upgrades, including an eye-catching new paint job. Every year Toyota grants the TRD Pro trim its own exclusive paint color. Last year was the pitch perfect Army Green. For 2021, all TRD Pros are getting a new color, Lunar Rock, a spiffy new light gray.

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - pressroom.toyota.com
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - pressroom.toyota.com

For all you fans of the Army Green, fear not. Though the TRD Pro trim has moved on, Army Green will now be available on Trail Special Edition trim, which already features Cement, Super White and Midnight Black.

LEDs and Suspension Upgrades

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro headlights - pressroom.toyota.com
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro headlights - pressroom.toyota.com

A new paint color isn’t the only upgrade to the 4Runner TRD Pro, there’s a number of other improvements. The most notable are the new standard LED headlights on all 4Runner trims, along with optional LED fog lamps. The Limited, Nightshade and TRD Pro trims also add LED high beams to the mix.

Part of Toyota’s goal with the 2021 4Runner was to improve its already stellar off-road capabilities. To that end, the 4Runner TRD Pro will also get exclusive new black “alloy flow” wheels and Nitto Terra Grappler tires. The suspension likewise gets its own tuning and the addition of 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass shocks. These are on top of the TRD Pro’s extra inch of ride height it already enjoys over lower trims. All-in-all we’re excited to get the 4Runner TRD Pro out on the trails and see how these upgrades actually translate to the real world.

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What Stays the Same

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 4.0L V6 engine - carsforsale.com
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 4.0L V6 engine - carsforsale.com

What isn’t changing in the 2021 4Runner will be the powertrain, which will remain the same as last year’s 4.0L V6 making 270hp and 278lb.-ft. of torque. That grants the 4Runner a towing capacity of 5,000lbs. You’ll also still be getting the TRD Pro inscribed bash plate, unique “TOYOTA” grille and more TRD Pro badging than you can shake a stick at, both inside and out.

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 40 quart cooler on sliding rear cargo deck - pressroom.toyota.com
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 40 quart cooler on sliding rear cargo deck - pressroom.toyota.com

A few adventure oriented items include the TRD roof rack (styling courtesy of the FJ Cruiser), the optional sliding rear cargo deck, and Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control for all of those overland enthusiasts among you.

What Doesn’t Stay the Same

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - pressroom.toyota.com

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – pressroom.toyota.com  |  Shop Toyota 4Runners on Carsforsale.com

The price on the top trim TRD Pro version of the 4Runner will start at $51,645 before options. That’s up $660 from the previous year. The 2021 4Runner might not be the long awaited next-generation, but then again, why mess with a good thing?

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Chris Kaiser
Chris Kaiser

Chris’ greatest passions include topiary, spelunking, and pushing aging compact cars well past 200,000 miles on cross-country road trips. His taste in cars runs from the classic and esoteric to the deeply practical with an abiding affection for VW Things, old Studebakers, and all things hybrid-crossover.

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