I am such a fan of the classic Toyota 4Runner. This is a boxy SUV that was designed to handle all types of terrain with confidence. It reminds me of a more refined version of the Toyota Land Cruiser that was a no-frills, essential, off-road vehicle used all over the world for trekking into uncharted territory to bring supplies and aid to those off the beaten path.
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
There are some updates to the 4Runner being introduced in 2022. Here are four things to expect.
As mentioned, I really like the boxy structure of this vehicle. It has a rugged look that you really want when off-roading. That look hasn’t gone away. What has changed is the introduction of a brilliant new Lime Rush exterior color with black trim. LED lighting is now standard as well.
All 2022 4Runners come equipped with lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. The Pro also comes with a rear-occupant reminder, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Interior and Technology
The TRD Pro’s interior is designed for function, as you would want for an all-terrain vehicle. The control knobs and buttons are chunky and easy to maneuver while driving on unstable ground. The center console is large, as are the door pockets for securing and stowing items while in motion. Behind the second row of seats, the cargo area is 47.2 cubic feet that expands to 89.7 cubic feet when the bench is folded flat.
There is a standard backup camera as well as a multi-terrain monitor. Included is a 4.2-inch information display in the gauge cluster. The infotainment system does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a USB port.
Power and Handling
The 4.0-liter V6 engine delivers 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The engine has a noticeable but pleasant growl. The five-speed automatic transmission works well and shifts smoothly.
The 4Runner’s multi-terrain select system has modes for surfaces conditions such as mud, sand, moguls, and pavement. This technology is a plus for those new to driving an all-terrain SUV.
The 2022 4Runner’s fuel economy has an EPA rating of 16 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined.
The 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro might not be a car for those who only drive in the city or on the highway. This is a rugged SUV designed to take on the challenges of off-road conditions and adventure driving. If you are one who enjoys an expedition from time to time, this is the SUV for you.