Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: 10 Facts You Should Know

Toyota 4Runner is a famous SUV that anyone knows. This SUV has been updated since its launch many years ago and comes in several models with new additions.

Toyota 4Runner comes in several models, one of which is the 4Runner TRD Pro. This article covers some important things you need to know about this mid-size SUV.

The 4Runner TRD Pro is a mid-size SUV that is great for off-road as well as city driving. The off-road version of the Toyota 4Runner models came mostly from the 4Runner TRD Pro model. This is because of the unique parts that are designed to improve the ability to off-road.

One of the main reasons for the vehicle’s popularity is that the parts designed to improve off-road capability are also excellent for city driving.

White Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - Off-Roading Space
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1. Is 4runner TRD pro suitable for off-road use?

The 4Runner TRD Pro is a mid-size SUV suitable for off-road driving. Any Toyota truck or SUV with the TRD Pro logo can be described as off-road vehicles.

Although the vehicle is primarily designed for off-road driving capabilities, it is also equipped with new technologies suitable for city driving. That is why the 4Runner TRD Pro has become so popular.

The special feature of the 4Runner TRD Pro is that it can wade into the water at a depth of about 30 inches. It comes with a number of specialized hardware and software that enhance off-road driving capabilities. Below are some of the hardware and software that come with it.

  • Fox 2.5inch internal bypass remote-reservoir shocks
  • Aluminum skid plate
  • TRD springs
  • Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires
  • Locking rear differential
  • Gear Patrol reports
  • Multiple 4WD modes
  • Off-road cruise control

2. How tall is 4runner TRD Pro?

The height of the 4runner TRD Pro is 72 inches. When it is measured in feet, it is 6 feet tall. Although the height of the 4runner TRD Pro is slightly less than that of an SUV, it is the correct height for a mid-size SUV.

When we buy an SUV, whether it is for off-road use or not, we pay special attention to its height. The reason is that the aggressive look of an SUV comes from its height.

Although the 4runner TRD pro is 72 inches high, the TRD roof rack makes it look even taller. As a result, there is no shortage of aggressive looks that an SUV should have.

3. Does the 4runner TRD Pro have a lift?

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro has Fox 2.5-inch shocks, Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires, and TRD springs, which gives the TRD Pro a 1-inch lift over the other 4Runner models. This results in 9.6-inch ground clearance.

This mid-size SUV body gets more ground clearance. Therefore, this is useful for anyone who goes off-road with a 4runner TRD Pro, even once a month or once a week.

The 4runner TRD Pro does not come with an inbuilt lift kit when purchased brand new. No matter how you plan to use this vehicle, the lift kit you need is available in the market from various brands.

Since lift kit is available in the market from different brands, there are a few things to consider before deciding which one to choose. The following are the points to consider.

  • How much do you plan to go off-road?
  • What kind of trails do you choose to travel?
  • Do you have an Overlanding rig or adventure travel plan?
  • The style of the overland you are planning ( Full overland style for example)
  • How much weight plan on bolting up to the frame?
  • The nature of the roads you hope to go off-road?

4. Does 4runner TRD Pro have KDSS?

KDSS stands for Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. The main purpose of this system is to improve road handling and reduce body rolls. This system allows for better handling of the vehicle on the off-road as well as road.

Both Lexus and Toyota have several models that use KDSS. TRD Off-Road Premium and TRD Off-Road are two 4Runner models with the KDSS option available. But the KDSS option does not come with the 4runner TRD Pro model.

Although the 4runner TRD Pro does not have KDSS, the TRD Pro trim is also a great option. It has several enhanced features. Those special features are as follows.

  • Fox 2.5inch internal bypass remote-reservoir shocks
  • Upgraded front skid plate
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Hood scoop
  • Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires

5. How to tell if 4runner is TRD pro?

4Runner comes in several models and each model has many similarities. So the 4runner TRD Pro model can be a bit difficult to identify.

The SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD off-road, and TRD off-road premium are some of those 4Runner models. Below are some of the special changes in the 4runner TRD pro model compared to these 4 models. These differences explain how a 4runner can be identified as a TRD pro.

  • TRD roof rack
  • Black “TRD PRO” external hard badges
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • The LED high beams
  • TRD Pro-stamped front aluminum skid plate
  • 17inches matte-black flow-form TRD alloy wheels with P265/70R17 A/T tires
  • TRD roof rack
  • Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • TRD Pro all-weather floor liners
  • Fox 2.5inch internal bypass remote-reservoir shocks
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • All-terrain tires

6. Will 4runner TRD Pro fit in the garage?

Before looking at whether the 4runner TRD Pro will fit in the garage, you need to know the dimensions of this vehicle. The dimensions of this vehicle are given below.

Dimensions of 4runner TRD Pro

  • Length – 191.3 inches (15.9 feet)
  • Width – 75.8 inches (6.3 feet)
  • Height – 72 inches (6 feet)

The 4runner TRD Pro category is a mid-size SUV. But this vehicle has a slight difference in size compared to a normal SUV.

The following is the size of the garage that fits the 4runner TRD Pro. These sizes are for a garage that fits only one vehicle, and with the minimum sizes.

Minimum size for a single-vehicle garage

  • Length / Depth – 20 to 24 feet
  • Width – 12 feet
  • Door Width – 9 feet
  • Door Height – 8 feet

If you already have the garage set up, you can compare this data to determine if the 4runner TRD pro is fit for your garage.

7. Does Toyota 4runner TRD Pro have 3rd-row seat?

The 3rd-row seat is an extension of another row of seats beyond the front and rear seats of most vehicles. This third-row seat can be found on SUV, MPV, station wagon, and minivan. The third-row seats are designed to bend to the floor, fixed, against walls, or removable. Some of them are activated by a switch.

The third-row seat comes in several 4Runner models, but the 4runner TRD Pro model does not have a 3rd-row seat. This third-row seat is available as an option on the 4Runner models Limited, and Nightshade Special Edition.

Many 4Runner models have this option, so there are a lot of opinions that the 4runner TRD Pro also has a third-row seat, but that is a complete misconception.

8. Does 4runner TRD Pro have remote start?

A remote starter is a system that allows you to start the vehicle from a distance outside the vehicle using a remote fob or Smartphone application. Basic systems only allow you to turn your vehicle on and off. Advanced systems come with car safety and extra features.

The remote start feature is available in the 4runner TRD Pro 2021 model. This remote start feature is only available on the 2021 4runner TRD Pro and 4runner Limited but most people are not aware of it. This feature can be done using a smart key fob and the Toyota app.

All you need to know to start the 4runner TRD Pro using the smart key fob from outside the vehicle are a few very simple steps. Those steps are as follows.

  • First, check that the doors and windows of the vehicle are closed. If doors and windows are not closed, close them
  • Check that the vehicle is locked and if it is not locked then lock it
  • Come to the front of the vehicle and pay attention to the headlights
  • Double press the lock button on the smart key fob
  • After pressing the lock button twice, hold down the lock button for the third time and hold it for a few seconds
  • Then wait a few seconds, then the headlight will flash and the engine of the 4runner TRD Pro will start.

The engine can be stopped by pressing the unlock button on the smart key. Or it will shut off on its own after 10 minutes.

9. Does 4runner TRD Pro have a sunroof?

The 4runner TRD Pro does not have a sunroof feature. This vehicle has a moonroof feature (Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade). Many people have confused ideas about this sunroof and moonroof features or consider these two as one. But there are similarities as well as differences between the two.

The moonroof is a clear or tinted glass that can often be slid open at the click of a button. Because they can be controlled with a button, the moonroof is easier to operate than sunroofs.

The sunroof is a glass or metal panel that can be opened (slides open or pops up) to allow natural light or fresh air. In some vehicles, the sunroof is made to tilt or retract into the roof or slide directly above it.

10. How to use 4runner TRD Pro roof rack?

We need a roof rack when there is not enough space inside the 4runner TRD Pro or when we need to carry large items. But, there is a high risk of road accidents due to ignorance of proper use of the roof rack, improper tying habits, and not taking the proper time to load cargo.

If you want to prevent damage to your cargo or an accident, you need to know how to properly use the roof rack on a 4runner TRD Pro.

When the roof rack is used using the proper techniques, your cargo can be safely carried to the destination without any accident to anyone on the road.

Below are some tips on how to properly use the roof rack on a 4runner TRD Pro, and things to consider when carrying items on the roof rack.

Before loading the roof rack of a 4runner TRD Pro, you need to know how much weight the roof rack can carry. Then you can evaluate the item you are carrying. The roof rack of the 4runner TRD Pro has a static load capacity of up to 600lbs and has a 300lb driving load capacity.

Once you have decided which items to carry, you need to decide which tie-downs are best for tying the items to the roof rack. There are several types of tie-downs, and their use varies from case to case.

Web strapping

These are sturdy straps that come with strong buckles. One end of the strap can be locked with the other end. Therefore, these straps can bind the cargo tightly to the roof rack.

Ratchet tie-downs

These are the type of straps that come with very strong buckles. This type of tie-down straps may not be compatible with the 4runner TRD Pro roof rack. Ratchet tie-downs can put a lot of pressure, which can damage your cargo as well as the roof rack.

Bungee cord straps

When the vehicle is speeding, these straps are likely to bounce and flex, causing the cargo can be thrown around. Then items can be thrown out of the vehicle, therefore this tie-down is also not suitable for the 4runner TRD Pro roof rack.

It is always a good idea to use a rope in addition to a tie-down to tie the cargo. Be sure to use a few heavy knots to prevent slipping and untying when traveling. Wrap or tie the excess to the belt rack, or tie the ends of the straps inside the car and close the door.

After loading the cargo onto the roof, check that the items attached to the roof rack are moving. If you feel too much shaking, slowly tighten the straps until your gear stops wiggling.

Go around the vehicle and check that you have secured each knot tightly. If you are going on a long trip, check the roof rack and cargo again after about five miles. Be sure to check the roof rack every time you park for rest.


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