Our Week with the 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
It’s been a month and a half since this SUV was in our driveway, and I still feel sad when I look at the pictures. I actually miss this vehicle! The 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is a mid-size SUV, but it’s a beast and a half. Power, agility, a commanding exterior and the beautiful quicksand color and solid black wheels turned heads everywhere we went.
I’ve been in love with the this flat tan paint job since I first saw it on other Toyotas at the Dallas Auto Show. Our next truck will be a Tundra TRD-Pro, and thanks to our experience with the 4Runner, I’ve decided our Tundra will be this color. Why? We drove this beast all week, hardly touching a paved road. We spent a lot of time on gravel roads, driving through fields and down by the lake where there are no roads, and it never once looked dirty. It’s covered in dust in all these photos, but unless you got about a foot from the vehicle, you couldn’t tell. It really is the perfect color.
This SUV isn’t for everyone.
You’ll want one. Trust me. But, it’s not going to be a practical choice for every driver. The 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD-Pro doesn’t get the best fuel economy – about 18 miles per gallon. If you have kids, or you’re short you’ll need to consider that it’s really tall and requires some climbing or a boost to get in to. The TRD-Pro model does not come with an option for a third row seat, which made me sad, cause I could consider looking past the fuel economy for the looks IF there was a third row.
Of the many upsides… The 4Runner vehicle can handle any terrain on planet Earth. Live in an area with washed out roads, have property to explore, go hunting and fishing a lot, or just like to visit the local mud bog? The 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD-Pro is the SUV for you.
TRD-Pro – What’s That?
The TRD-Pro version of the 4Runner includes some pretty hefty features like TRD Bilstien shocks for a smooth ride on any terrain, an aluminium front skid plate, and front and rear mud guards. For added safety you’ll get an advanced airbag system, front and rear stabilizer bars, crawl control/hill start assist to keep you from rolling backwards as you start up an incline, and lots of other specialty equipment you never see, but would need for a great off-road adventure.
All the Places You Can Go in a 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
We had this SUV the week of Independence Day. My husband is a fireworks technician and he works several shows every year. We’re also members of our local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and this year we had a float in the local 4th of July parade downtown. Busy would be an understatement for our week! We ended up trekking all over the countryside, from one small-town parade and fireworks show to another. One of the days I left it parked for the morning at our local Toyota dealership while I borrowed one of their Tundra’s for the parade. The local sales guys were blown away by the quicksand colored 2016 4Runner and loved getting to check it out since they didn’t have a TRD Pro version on their lot. The rest of the week I drove the 4Runner out to the middle of nowhere, across fields, over the dam of a lake, and down lots of dirt roads. We hauled coolers, chairs, picnic lunches, bug spray and gear everywhere we went. It really was the perfect vehicle for our crazy week!
When you’re testing an extreme off-road vehicle you’re not expecting extreme comfort, so I was quite impressed by the comfort of the 4Runner TRD Pro. This vehicle handles all kinds of rough terrain lacks nothing in the creature comforts department! How about SofTex covered seats feel like leather, but seem a little more durable and are easy to clean? Win! You also get heated front seats, a filtered air conditioning system, touchscreen navigation, a Bluetooth audio system, and a backup camera with projected path. The 4Runner TRD Pro is loaded!
The 7-in. matte-black TRD alloy wheels hugged every inch of the ground and made me feel safe, even when I was asking it to do things I’ve never asked another vehicle to do. I felt confident taking the 4Runner off-roading all over the country! I would love to have needed the 4 wheel drive, it didn’t require it once! Honestly, I haven’t had that much fun driving an SUV since I had my first Jeep and used to take it out on old logging roads or for spins out in the snow.
What in the World IS That?
Have you ever noticed something about a vehicle and wondered what in the world it was for? I honestly hadn’t had that happen to me until I got the 4Runner and saw the sliding rear cargo deck in the back. If you haven’t seen this in person, it’s a slide out floor that extends beyond the back bumper. It literally pulls out like a drawer and extends about a foot past the back bumper. After a day or two of pondering its possible uses I got online and started searching on 4Runner forums to see what this sliding deck was made for and how people use it.
What it’s Made For: The slide deck’s purpose is to allow a user to load and unload heavy objects (up to 440 pounds) without having to bend over into the rear of the vehicle and drag the item towards you. Simply release the lock, pull out the deck, and lift with your knees. Sounds great if you regularly haul heavy loads.
What People Really Use it For: According to the online forums, people had many uses for this slide-out floor! Going camping? You now have a buffet table. Use the deck as a seat at your next tailgate party, or set your boxes of ammo on the deck while you shoot skeet! Everyone had a favorite use for it. We got to try it out some when we went to see fireworks on Independence Day weekend and I must admit, it makes a great tailgate!
Would I pay an extra $350 for this feature? Probably not. I think I’d rather have a nice flat floor with some storage underneath and not have to worry about stuff getting stuck down under the floor, but that’s me.
Here are Some of my Favorite Features
- Keyless entry
- 2 front, 2 rear, 1 cargo area 12V and 120V power outlets
- Rear privacy glass
- Power sliding rear window
- SofTex(R) covered seats
- TRD Pro branding
The Important Stuff You Need to Know
- Base price: $41,550; price for the model we drove, $42,800
- 5-speed auto transmission
- Part-time 4WD with Active TRAC
- Fuel economy: 17 miles per gallon in the city / 21 mpg on the highway
Toyota provided me this vehicle to drive for a week. I was not paid or given incentive to say all these wonderful things about it. No, the 4Runner captured my adventure-loving heart all on its own and you’re reading authentic fan-girl thoughts.