As one of the most trusted members of Toyota’s lineup for almost four decades, the Toyota 4Runner has definitely earned its reputation as one of the most versatile and dependable SUVs on the market. For 2022, Toyota has expanded the 4Runner lineup by adding in the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Sport edition, which will give drivers an exciting blend of performance, style, and Toyota’s trademark reliability.
The TRD Sport grade for the 4Runner is similar to that of the Tacoma, except that the TRD Pro and Off-Road add in upgrades for taking on rough terrain. The TRD Sport grade for the 4Runner, however, adds a much wanted dose of street attitude and style, as well as some other noteworthy upgrades.
One of the biggest changes to be found in the TRD Sport edition is the fact that it is available with both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), with the 4WD option having a 2-speed transfer case. With the 2WD 4Runner TRD Sport you will see ground clearance of 9 inches, and with the 4WD version you will see an even greater clearance of 9.6 inches.
The 4Runner has long been known as the SUV that can do it all. That has not changed with the addition of the TRD Sport grade as it is just as tough and versatile. Under the hood you will find a 4.0 liter (L) V6 engine that puts out 270 horsepower (hp) and 278 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque and is paired to a five speed ECT-i transmission. The transmission lets you swap to manual shifting when you need it via the sequential shift mode, giving you extra control when you need it.
The 2WD TRD Sport will feature Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD), which is part of the traction control. It functions by allowing a bit of slippage with the wheels in order to help remove the SUV from snow, mud, or sand.
Like all the other 4Runner trim levels, the TRD Sport comes standard with an integrated wiring harness and tow-hitch receiver. It is capable of towing a maximum of 5,000 pounds (lbs) and has a maximum tongue weight of 5,000 lbs.
One of the most sought after features of the 4Runner lineup is storage room for both people and cargo, and the TRD Sport grade offers multiple configuration options so that you can get the maximum. If the second row of seating is being used, you will have 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space. However, if you flip the second row seating down flat, you open up an impressive 89.7 cubic feet of cargo room.
In terms of convenience and technology, both drivers and passengers will be downright pampered by all the TRD Sport has to offer. You can access power while on the go with the two 12 volt outlets and a 120 volt outlet, making it perfect for charging your mobile devices during long trips. Drivers will love the cushy 8-way power driver's seat and the leather trimmed telescopic/tilt steering wheel, and everyone will benefit from the air conditioning’s pollen filter.
Though it is based on the SR5 trim, the 4Runner TRD Sport has 20-inch wheels instead of 17-inch and they come with striking Dark Gray accents. You can expect the TRD Sport to come with a full-sized spare tire, as well. This new addition to the 4Runner lineup has some very distinct styling hallmarks, such as body molding, rocker panels, and color-keyed accents for the grille. There are a couple of other signature TRD features you will find as well, including:
As expected, the interior is just as urbane as the exterior, with the TRD logo being featured on the floor mats, the shift knob, and the seat headrests. The seats themselves are black with gray accent stitching and are trimmed with SofTex to provide the maximum in terms of comfort.
Given how popular the TRD Sport trims have been with other vehicles in Toyota’s lineup, it is no wonder that the anticipation for the 4Runner TRD Sport has been through the roof. The wait is now over – 2022 is the year for you to check out the 4Runner TRD Sport. If you are interested in learning more about this trim, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Westbury Toyota.