Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road: Built for Driving Off the Beaten Path
You may have seen a 4Runner or two (or one hundred) during your last vacation to the mountains or the beach or along city streets or cruising down the highway. They are everywhere, after all.
Known for their incredible long-term reliability and dependability, along with overall toughness, Toyota 4Runner’s are driven and followed by adoring fans all over the world as if they were The Grateful Dead. This includes the very popular TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium models.
Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Is One of the last true SUV’s left
Toyota’s tagline “Let’s Go Places” inspires car buyers to take their Toyota vehicles to new locations and heights and levels and, ironically enough, places. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road gives drivers the ability and versatility to do just that.
It is designed with body-on-frame construction, which is different from a Highlander's unibody design (click here to compare 4Runner vs Highlander). This means the frame and the body are separate pieces. Because of this, it excels at off-roading where your vehicle is often up against uneven, rocky, tough terrain. It also performs well in hauling heavy cargo. The 4Runner has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
TRD Off-Road lives up to its name
2019 Toyota 4Runner is available in several different trims. If you are expecting to stay on the beaten path more often than not, perhaps the SR5, SR5 Premium or Limited would be the choice for you. Look for the TRD Off-Road, the Off-Road Premium or the TRD Pro if you plan to go where most other vehicles are fearful to find.
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The TRD Off-Road is equipped with many features designed to assist you with more challenging terrain. It drives with a 4.0L V6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Multi-terrain select and crawl control help guide you in low-traction situations. One feature demanded for by loyalists is locking rear differential, and 4Runner owners will be pleased this is standard. Also factory equipped stock is active traction control and hill start assist.
To Premium... or not to Premium... that is the question
Once you have narrowed your selection to the Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road, you then need to pick either Off-Road or Off-Road Premium as your final choice.
Premium buyers will enjoy upgraded Softex-trimmed heated front seats with 8-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power passenger seat. The seat headrests will display “TRD” red lettering proudly. GPS lovers can take advantage of Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation as well.
Look for heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators on the Premium. When you are walking by a 4Runner, look for the turn signal indicator and that is your tip-off that it is a Premium. You will look super smart if you just yell out “PREMIUM!” and others around you will either congratulate you for your perception skills, or else they might back away from you slowly…very slowly.
Another upgraded feature on the Off-Road Premium is an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink garage door systems.
What else can you get with it?
In addition to standard equipment and features, customers can request optional upgrades that add to performance, convenience or to overall value. You can request a power moonroof, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and running boards.
Available sliding rear cargo deck is perfect for working outdoors, for tailgating and even watching your kid’s ballgame while sitting on your cargo deck. It’s a home run.
Base pricing for 2019 Toyota 4Runner Off-Road is $38,085 before shipping/destination. Off-Road Premium base pricing is $39,995.
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