The Toyota 4Runner has carved out its place as the do-anything SUV that’s at home whether on the pavement or the trail for nearly 40 years.
For 2022, the 4Runner lineup expands with the addition of 4Runner TRD Sport, offering an exceptional combination of style and performance.
4Runner TRD Sport
Similar to its mid-size truck sibling the Tacoma, 4Runner adds TRD Sport grade to complement TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro, but where TRD Off-Road and Pro add trail-ready features designed for tackling the toughest terrain, TRD Sport looks to add style, flair and some road-worthy upgrades.
TRD Sport builds upon the SR5 grade on which it is based by swapping the 17-inch wheels in favor of new machine-faced 20-inch wheels with Dark Gray accents. All 4Runners come equipped with a full-sized spare tire.
Unique styling comes in the form of color-keyed accents on the grille, rocker panels and body molding. The signature TRD-style hood scoop is added to TRD Sport, as is a front spoiler, and black roof rails complement the color scheme.
With an emphasis on everyday comfort and enhanced road dynamics, 4Runner TRD Sport adds the exclusive Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) suspension to enhance on-road handling. The X-REAS system, also found on the Limited grade, automatically adjusts the damping force of shock absorbers when driving over bumpy surfaces or when cornering. A center control absorber cross-links the shock absorbers on opposite corners of the vehicle, like an “X,” to help reduce pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs.
TRD Sport is available in 2WD or part-time 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case. The 2WD 4Runners provide an ample 9.0 inches of ground clearance while 4WD models offer an even more generous 9.6 inches of ground clearance.
Inside, TRD sport ditches cloth for SofTex-trimmed seats, which adds heated front seats to the mix. The black SofTex-trimmed seats offer unique gray contrast stitching, and the front headrests feature gray-colored TRD stitched logos. TRD Sport floor mats are included and a standard TRD shift knob completes the look.
4Runner TRD Sport is equipped with a standard 8-inch multimedia touchscreen display. In addition to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility, the multimedia system includes a USB media port, hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, and a SiriusXM 3-month All Access trial. Connected Services include Safety Connect with 1- year trial and Wi-Fi Connect with up to 2 GB or 3-month trial, whichever comes first.
The 4Runner Do-It-All SUV
4Runner’s inherent strength starts with its tough-as-nails, body-on-frame construction featuring a four-link rear axle and coil-spring suspension – with TRD Sport, of course, adding X-REAS to its list of suspension features. 4Runner is powered by a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine. The powerplant’s 278 lb.-ft. of peak torque gives it plenty of get-up-and-go, and Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) helps optimize torque across the engine’s operating range.
Mated to the V6 is a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission that includes a sequential shift mode for manually shifting when more control is desired.
TRD Sport, like all 4Runner grades, includes a standard integrated tow- hitch receiver and wiring harness and can tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds, with a maximum 500-pound tongue weight.
4Runner 2WD models feature standard Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD), a function of the traction control (TRAC) that allows some wheel slippage to help the vehicle dig out from sand or snow.
The available part-time 4WD system uses Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and bolsters off-road capability with a 2-speed transfer case with selectable low-range. By distributing drive force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, A-TRAC can help maintain traction when it senses wheel slippage occurring on terrain irregularities and slippery patches.
Inside, when it comes to cargo and storage, 4Runner offers multiple options. With the second-row seats in use, the cargo area offers up to 47.2 cu. ft. of carrying space. If it’s just two people and their gear hitting the road or trail, folding the second row opens a cavernous 89.7 cu.-ft. cargo area.
An 8-way power driver’s seat, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning with rear seat vents and pollen filter are all standard.
A 4.2-inch multi- information display provides the driver with readouts for outside temperature, odometer, trip meters, fuel economy estimate averages, and TSS-P features, including Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
For power on the go, the 4Runner has a standard 120V outlet and two 12V outlets.
And, one of our favorites, TRD Sport comes with the ‘near exclusive’ power-sliding rear liftgate window.
Frankly, this feature would be a deal maker for us given its utility both around town and off the road.
More information – including pricing – regarding the 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport will be made available closer to launch. As it comes available, the team at inwheeltime.com will share it with you.
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Source: Toyota Press Release