If you want to leave the streets behind, you’ll find no more capable trail companion than the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.
This off-road-focused midsize SUV model is hard core, from its rugged full-frame construction to its serious four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing to its locking rear differential. Add 9.6 inches of ground clearance, a front skid plate and Toyota’s clever Crawl Control (think of it as an off-pavement slow-speed cruise control), and the TRD Pro will take you just about anywhere you want to go.
My test truck featured an attractive and functional interior. Seats are comfortable, and there’s nearly 90 cubic feet of cargo room you can load up with outdoor gear or whatnot (without the optional—and cramped—third-row seat). The cabin gets extra points for simple, straightforward knobs for climate and audio controls.
Put it all together, and you have one of the most capable SUVs one could hope for when heading to parts unknown.
— Robust hardware/legit off-road capability
— Great cargo room on models without third-row seat
— Poor fuel economy from 4.0-liter V6 engine
— Ride quality can be a bit stiff on pavement.
One of the few modern SUVs that’s more than a poseur off the pavement
Base Price: $36,745
As Tested: $52,147
NHTSA/Overall: Overall: 4 Stars (out of 5)
16/19 (4.0L V6)