2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL

$42,400

6.8

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While most of the automotive manufacturers are shifting their focus toward more crossover-esque vehicles, which are more “sport” than “utility”, the 4Runner sticks to its roots. Toyota has optimized their SUV to be the pioneer of the rocky trail, by pumping steroids through its veins and labelling it the TRD Pro.


8.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

4.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

Starting at $42,875 the 4Runner TRD Pro is the off-roading edition. With Bilstein shocks, raised chassis, and boxy fenders, the 4Runenne is the perfect machine for conquering the undulated terrain. However, the 4.0L gasoline engine, unchanged since 2002 is overdue for an upgrade.

The 3-row SUV segment is not well known for off-roaders, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder offer stiff competition to the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro in the unforgiving terrain. Let's see how well the Toyota fares against the rivals.

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Features

8.5/10

The TRD Pro is an off-road trim to the 4Runner SUV in the 3-row segment. It is available with only a single standard configuration. The TRD badging on the skid plate, blacked out exterior elements and all terrain tires help it to be spotted amongst a crowd of regular 4Runners.

There is a lot of badging on the inside as well such on the front headrest, floor mats etc that always remind you that you’re travelling in a TRD Pro variant.

Trim

4runner TRD Pro

MSRP

$42,875

Features

Locking rear differential

17-inch wheels

Crawl control function

Additional TRD badging

Off-Road mode

Upgraded Suspension and Swing-arms

We Recommend

This is highest trim of the 4Runner lineup, the off-road specialist SUV from Toyota. If you’re looking for a capable full-size SUV which can carry not just your family, but also haul cargo when you wish to.

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Engine

7.0/10
“Like a shark, it's survived the passage of time unscathed and mostly unchanged. Evolution? That's for things that haven't figured it out yet.” The Drive

Engine and Transmission

Toyota has equipped the 4Runner TRD with a big 4.0L engine with plenty of torque to conquer mountain trails, however, it feels underpowered on highways. Despite, the great low-end torque, the power feels slow to catch up to the the throttle.The rugged engine is mated to a chunky, yet reliable 5-speed automatic gearbox.

Models

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

MSRP

$42,875

$30,695

$39,440

$36,325

Engine

4.0L V6 DOHC SMPI

3.6L Pentastar V6

3.5L DI V6

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

270 hp

295 hp

284 hp

290 hp

Torque

278 lb-ft

260 lb-ft

259 lb-ft

255 lb-ft

The rivals are exceptionally ahead of the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro with not only better engines but also more power from the get go. The transmission in the much more affordable Grand Cherokee is an advanced 8-speed automatic, worth considering as an off-roader.

Acceleration

The sprint to the 60mph mark takes a while, which Toyota manages to complete in 8 seconds. The soft, off-road tuned suspension lurches into a squat as you jam the throttle for the sprint. But, for an SUV the acceleration might only matter when you’re taking this off-roader to the Dakar Rally.

Models

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

7.4 sec

7.4 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec

15.9 sec

15.7 sec

16.3 sec

Engine

4.0L

3.6L

3.5L

3.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8

8.4

8.0

9.8

The Ford is the fastest one to the finish line with a time of 6.4 seconds, however, it is dead last through the quarter-mile, even behind the Toyota. The Grand Cherokee and the Pathfinder reach 60 together, while the Nissan pulls ahead to the quarter-mile.

Ride and Handling

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is a thoroughbred off-roader with Bilstein shocks and a ladder frame chassis which adds rigidity to the SUV, but compromises on agility. The soft as a pillow suspensions cause the 4Runner to leap and bound at every undulation on the backroads.

The Steering gives tactile feedback but does nowhere hide the mammoth size of the SUV. Toyota can keep up and sometimes even outclass the most rugged pickups through the most unforgiving terrains, justifying why the 4Runner wears a TRD Pro badge.

Braking

Toyota has given this heavy SUV bigger brake discs than rivals to maintain good grip through the rocky trails, but in the panic brake test, the numbers don’t add up. It takes the longest stretch of tarmac to stop from 60 miles-an-hour to a standstill, primarily because of the massive curb weight, soft suspension and high center-of-mass.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Brake Front(in)

13.3

13.0

12.6

12.8

Brake Rear(in)

12.3

13.0

12.1

12.8

Curb weight(lbs)

4750

4625

4489

4629

60-0 MPH (ft.)

127

120

125

123

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first one to stop and takes 120 feet in the braking test, followed closely by the Ford Explorer at 123ft and the Nissan Pathfinder at 125ft.

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Fuel Economy

6.3/10

Quite evident from the high displacement engine, the 4Runner does not exhibit very good fuel efficiency in the city or on highways. Considering how efficient modern crossovers have become, Toyota needs to revamp the 4Runner TRD’s engine for better mileage.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

MPG (city)

17

18

19

16

MPG (highway)

20

25

26

22

MPG (combined)

18

20

22

18

In comparison the Nissan Pathfinder with the smaller engine shows how displacement affects fuel usage, with an impressive 26 mile to the gallon on highways, closely tailed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Surprisingly, the Ford’s Explorer has very low economy in the urban landscape, but manages a decent number on the highways.

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Interior

7.8/10
“Outside of the strange mix of surface materials, the first thing you'll notice is the massive, chunky knobs and buttons to control the stereo and HVAC systems. Functional, yes. Aesthetically pleasing, no.” - The Drive

Seating and Comfort

Toyota has skipped out on premium materials while designing the cabin for the 4Runner TRD Pro, but it’s still comfortable enough as you’d expect from an off-roader, kudos to the Bilstein shocks. The high seating position and the rearview camera means you wouldn’t need to strain your neck to maneuver around tight spots, be it in a parking lot or off into the wilderness.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

7

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

N/A

105.4

137.8

151.7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

42.2/60.9/42.2

41.4/61.5/42.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.4/60.4/41.7

40.6/61.0/39.5

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

N/A

37.8/57.1/30.7

37.8/50.8/32.0

Comparatively, the Explorer has the maximum cabin space and all the creature comforts that you’d expect to find in a modern Ford. The Nissan Pathfinder may not be as feature-rich as the Ford, but it has appreciable seating space even in the third row.

Infotainment

The 90’s called and they want their infotainment back. Toyota’s infotainment may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but it gets the job done. The 6.1-inch center display gets the Toyota Entune MMI software which works fine most of the times. However, one could argue that you won’t really mind these minor shortcomings in this fun SUV once you hit the backroads and get the wheels dirty.

Cargo Capacity

Inside the 4Runner TRD Pro, you’d find enough space to carry all the luggage and gear for your off-roading trips and long journeys. By any chance if you find 88.8 cubic feet not enough to carry everything you need, Toyota provides you with roof rails to strap down stuff on top of your ride.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube)

N/A

N/A

16.2

21.0

With 3nd Row folded (ft.cube)

46.3

36.3

47.4

43.8

With All Seats folded (ft.cube)

88.8

68.3

79.5

80.7

The Jeep lags behind in terms of cargo capacity, while the Pathfinder and Explorer have a very similar storage space at the back. Despite the class-leading volume, the 4Runner’s high ground clearance makes it a task to load and unload cargo.

Towing Capacity

If you need to haul a trailer or camper, Toyota offers you 5000 pounds of hauling capacity from the 4.0L engine. This is where the crawl control function really shines, pulling heavy loads uphill is literally cake walk for the TRD Pro.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Capacity (lbs)

5000

3500

6000

2000

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Nissan Pathfinder is also a very capable hauler and surpasses the Toyota with 1000 more pounds worth capacity, however, the Ford comes with a disappointingly low towing capacity.

Interior Features

  • 6.1 inch touchscreen
  • TRD PRO seat badges
  • Optional Sunroof
  • Roof mounted off road controls

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Exterior

7.0/10
“The 4Runner stays true to sport-utility tradition, which dictates a truck front end and a wagon body. It sits high off the ground and rides on tires with big, rock-absorbing side walls, adding to its brawny look.” - Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

Instantly recognizable with boxy fender flares, huge ground clearance of 9.6-inches and skid plates the Toyota 4Runner is a beast that will glide over the rocky trails like a hot knife through butter. Most of these 3-row SUVs are virtually the same size - gargantuan - but the Pathfinder and Explorer are noticeably longer than the shorter Grand Cherokee and 4Runner.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

curb weight(lbs)

4750

4625

4489

4629

Length(in)

191.3

189.8

198.5

198.3

Width(in)

75.8

76.5

77.3

78.9

Height(in)

72.0

68.1

69.5

70.0

Ground clearance(in)

9.6

8.6

7.0

8.3

Wheelbase(in)

109.8

114.7

114.2

112.8

Track width(in) F/R

64.1/64.1

63.9/64.1

65.7/65.7

67.0/67.0

The 4Runner is a tall SUV with a slender profile compared to the much wider Ford Explorer which gives the SUV a sportier, hunkered down look.

Exterior Features

  • LED fog lights
  • Blacked out projector headlamps
  • Blacked out front grille with TRD logo
  • Matte black 17 inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rack
  • Rolling rear window

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Safety

4.0/10

The 4Runner is not big on features, evident from the bare-bones infotainment, and Toyota would’ve even left out the rearview camera if it hadn’t been mandated by the authorities. Apart from that, the other features standard on the SUV are:

  • 4-Wheel Traction Control
  • ParkSense Rear Park-Assist with Stop
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags
  • Hill Start Assist
  • ParkView Rear Back Up Camera

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Competition

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

The Grand Cherokee is a fabulous sports car but not a great off roader. Jeep may have tried to fit a Hellcat engine inside this beast but it still cannot conquer the badlands, which is still the territory of the 4Runner TRD Pro. It has better ground clearance, better suspensions, and better towing capacity, and everything else you’d expect from an off-roader. The Jeep is better on the paved roads, but the Toyota is the reigning champion of the rocky trails.

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

The Pathfinder may have beaten the 4Runner in most arenas, but on the backroads the 4Runner still holds the crown. Nissan had put a better infotainment and a better engine on the Pathfinder on the 3-row SUV, but it still cannot compete with the king.

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Preferred by most because of the features and sturdiness, even the police force has chosen the Explorer to be the vehicle of choice, to chase down perpetrators on the streets. The Explorer may lag behind in terms of towing capacity but it trumps the 4Runner still ahead when it comes to off-road capability.

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Final Verdict

The 4Runner is a capable and utilitarian SUV meant to be taken off-road. If you’re buying the 4Runner TRD Pro as a sporty daily driver, it a mistake. You’d be better off choosing the Jeep -Grand Cherokee. The Pathfinder is ahead in almost every arena, but the TRD Pro is still ahead in the mountainous trails. The Ford Explorer is a great SUV for the flat roads. The 4Runner is the one to choose if you want a 3-row SUV which can dominate the backroads.

Pros

Off-road Capability

Imposing looks

Large towing capacity

Cons

Outdated interior

On-road ride not upto mark

Missing modern Infotainment

No option to get modern safety features

What's New?

TRD-specific floor mats

Red TRD badging on the front seat headrests

Mock carbon-fiber center-console inlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

241

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lb.- @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.3 ventilated disc brakes/13.3 ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

72 in.

curb weight

4750 lbs.

ground clearance

9.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

47.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1550 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

183 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/20 mpg

highway range

370 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro in Super White color  2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro in Midnight Black Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro in Classic Silver Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro in blizzard pearl color
Super White

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Ratings

Safety

4.0

Exterior

7.0

Engine

7.0

Interior

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.3

Features

8.5

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro TRD PRO

TRD PRO

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$42,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TRD PRO 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $42,400 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5   blizzard pearl
  Classic Silver Metallic
  Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Midnight Black Metallic
  Super White