No person buys a 4Runner TRD Professional for its stellar on-road efficiency. The traditional 4.0-liter V6 delivers 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, however acceleration is sluggish at greatest. This engine has a pleasing growl, however I want it backed up that noise with precise oomph. The five-speed automated transmission works wonderful, shifting easily, however with so few ratios, the 4Runner’s gasoline economic system is fairly poor. The EPA charges the 2022 4Runner TRD Professional at 16 mpg metropolis, 19 mpg freeway and 17 mpg mixed. Throughout every week of testing, I solely noticed 16.2 mpg.
The TRD Professional’s on-pavement trip high quality is stiff, bouncing me over each little bump at freeway speeds. What’s good, nonetheless, is that the cabin is basically freed from wind and highway noise, which is particularly shocking contemplating the TRD Professional is formed like a brick and wears knobby Nitto Terra Grappler tires.
All 2022 4Runners include automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automated high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise management. The bummer, nonetheless, is that the adaptive cruise management would not work beneath 25 mph, that means it is ineffective in stop-and-go site visitors, which is the place I wish to use it essentially the most.
Nonetheless, if you wish to get off the crushed path and away from all of it, not many SUVs can off-road just like the 4Runner TRD Professional. I’ve pushed the 4Runner within the mountains of Colorado and the crimson rocks of Moab and I’ve by no means come throughout an impediment this SUV could not deal with. For this overview, I head to Berdoo Canyon close to Joshua Tree Nationwide Park. It is a principally straightforward however quick course with a number of obstacles that require low-range four-wheel drive, participating the locking rear differential and cautious tire placement.
On flatter sections of this path, the TRD Professional’s Fox 2.5-inch inner bypass shocks shine, permitting me to get by curves and small whoops at excessive speeds. With 33 levels of method angle, an 0.3-inch thick aluminum skid plate, a departure angle fo 26 levels and 9.6 inches of floor clearance, I’ve no drawback getting by Berdoo’s first rocky part.
The 4Runner’s multi-terrain choose system has modes for mud, sand, moguls and the like. This tech is sweet for newbies however I like that I can simply maintain the 4Runner in its normal mode and get by the tough stuff with my very own talent. The factor I do not like is the multi-terrain monitor digital camera system, which has a video show so blurry it is higher to simply get out and scout myself.
The TRD Professional’s inside is designed for perform above all, and I just like the chunky knobs and buttons. They’re straightforward to function whereas driving on a bumpy path. The middle console is lots large, as are the door pockets, however there is not a whole lot of area to securely stow smaller objects. Behind the second row of seats you will discover 47.2 cubic toes of area, increasing to 89.7 cubes when the bench is folded flat. Most 4Runners have two rows of seats however you may get a small, fold-down third row on the SR5 and Restricted if that is your jam.
Whereas the 4Runner is an admirable performer off highway, there are simply so many little issues about this SUV that should be higher for day by day livability. The usual backup digital camera is simply as unhealthy because the multi-terrain monitor. The 4.2-inch info show within the gauge cluster is low-res and unhealthy. The infotainment system is sluggish (although fortunately Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal). There’s just one USB port. The solar visor is not even adjustable.
The 4Runner TRD Professional begins at $53,335 together with a $1,215 vacation spot cost. That is some huge cash, particularly contemplating a brand new Ford Bronco in Badlands or Wildtrak trim prices much less and provides higher off-road chops, extra energy and higher tech. Heck, even the fancypants Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk prices much less.
Folks nonetheless love the 4Runner for what it’s, however the competitors retains pushing Toyota farther and farther again within the pack. Good as it’s off highway, it isn’t definitely worth the cash for one thing so previous.