2019 4Runner TRD Review

History of TRD.


Three Trims.


Off-Road Adventures.




TRD Pro: Off-Road Luxury.


When you think of Toyota, there is a good chance a few things pop into your head. Reliability. Quality. Safety. Toyota prides itself on this reputation, but some have argued that because of its focus on reliability and safety, Toyota ignores performance and excitement. Quite simply put, this is simply not true. Case in point: Toyota Racing Development, otherwise known as TRD.

TRD is Toyota’s sport division. Founded in 1976 in Japan and 1979 in the States, TRD has created vehicles for hundreds of races and rallies. In their early days, TRD was famous for its trucks. For several high profile events, TRD put forth Ivan “Ironman” Stewart. A legendary truck driver with a record seventeen Baja 500 wins, he helped drive TRD to prominence.

As the 1990s began, Toyota Racing Development set out on a new goal. They wanted to not only create incredible vehicles for races and rallies, but they also wanted to create products for everyday use. In 1995, TRD released a supercharger for the Camry, kickstarting a new movement. By 1997, they had created a new TRD Off-Road package for the Toyota Tacoma. Thus, the floodgates opened.

For the 2015 model year, a new Toyota 4Runner trim was introduced. This was the TRD Pro. Arriving with a unique color (Inferno Orange), this new trim introduced specially designed TRD parts into the 4Runner’s lineup, and the SUV has never been the same. Soon after the TRD Pro was introduced, the 4Runner’s Trail and Trail Premium trims were renamed TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium respectively. Now, for the 2019 model year, all three TRD trims are ready to take you as far off-road as you want to go.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner starts off with the SR5 and SR5 Premium trims, but it quickly introduces the TRD Off-Road trim as its third option. The TRD Off-Road trim adds a spoke to its standard 17-in. 6-spoke wheels, bringing the total to seven spokes. Special TRD badging adorns the vehicle from the shift knob to the floor mats. But the TRD Off-Road trim is not simply a name.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road has a rear locking differential for better off-road driving. A rear locking differential allows both of the rear wheels to share the same amount of power, creating more stability when driving off the beaten path. The TRD Off-Road trim also comes with CRAWL control with multi-terrain select. When activated, CRAWL control takes over acceleration and throttle so that you only have to worry about steering. This helps when stuck in adverse terrain. The multi-terrain select allows you to choose from Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, and Rock modes.

In addition to the CRAWL control, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road also comes with an optional suspension system called the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System or KDSS. KDSS takes note of how the terrain is hitting each tire and provides pressure to whichever wheel needs it most. This allows for more maneuverability over rough terrain such as rocks or mud.

At a starting MSRP of $38,485, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road is actually a touch cheaper than the SR5 Premium trim ($39,015 MSRP) that is directly below it. If you are interested in the TRD Off-Road trim but want a little bit more comfort, then Toyota has you covered. The TRD Off-Road Premium is only a might more expensive at $40,395 MSRP and comes with everything the TRD Off-Road trim offers.

In addition to the TRD Off-Road’s CRAWL control, multi-terrain select, and optional KDSS, the TRD Off-Road Premium comes with SofTex seats for extra comfort. This leatherette seating gives the inside of your 4Runner a more premium feel. The heating elements certainly don’t hurt the luxurious feel either. In addition to the SofTex seats, the TRD Off-Road Premium trim also receives turn signal indicators on the outside mirrors.

The final TRD trim in the lineup is the TRD Pro trim. You may recognize the TRD Pro trim name because it is also offered on the Tacoma and the Tundra. It is the greatest mixture of off-road prowess and luxury available on the 2019 Toyota 4Runner. It comes with the same CRAWL control and multi-terrain select that the other TRD models get, but it adds even more than the TRD Off-Road Premium.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro comes with several unique aesthetic options. For beginners, the TRD Pro trim comes with the exclusive Voodoo Blue color option. In fact, every year, the TRD Pro trims on the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra introduce a unique color that is not available on any other trim. The colors swap out each year, so if you want a Voodoo Blue 4Runner, you should buy one while you can. If you would prefer a different color, then simply wait for the next model year’s unique color. For the upcoming 2020 4Runner TRD Pro, the color will be Army Green.

Aside from color options, standard on every TRD Pro model are special TRD 17-in. tires. There is also a unique grill for the TRD Pro model. The one major drawback for the TRD Pro trim is that it does not come with KDSS as an option.

New for the 2019 model of the 4Runner TRD Pro are Fox shock absorbers. A new black TRD roof rack has been added, and it gets new skid plates. What might be the most exciting, though, are the new upgrades for the cabin. The 2019 TRD Pro trim now comes standard with a moonroof and JBL audio system. The benefits of a moonroof are pretty self-explanatory, but the JBL audio system is something you need to experience. JBL audio comes with fifteen speakers for a fuller sound that will allow you to listen to your favorite songs clearer while going far off-road.

The bottom line is this: the TRD trims for the 2019 Toyota 4Runner are designed to get you away from the city. If you want to go on a journey where other vehicles simply can’t go, then you are in the right place. Toyota Racing Development has placed an emphasis on creating a unique experience unlike any other. Now all that’s left is for you to experience it for yourself.

If you are interested in purchasing a TRD trim of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.