2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Canada – Toyota launched a new off-road series called TRD Pro, which was developed to meet the rapidly increasing consumer demand for off-road vehicles after the launch of the Ford F-150 Raptor. The TRD Pro series impacts mainly on both Tacoma and Tundra pickups as well as the 4Runner medium SUV, which comes with amplified accessories to help them deal with the rougher terrain.
The TRD Pro series begins as a pilot project and Toyota is not sure how long it will last. Currently, it is not only a manufacturer that increases sales for all variants of its vehicles, but all versions of TRD Pro marketed in 2018 have been sold — and this year is not over yet! Toyota has made a decision: the TRD Pro series is not to everywhere!
The big news for 2019 was the return of the Tundra TRD Pro after a one-year absence. Mechanically unchanged, Toyota’s half-ton truck began to look old and would undergo major changes. Will the Tundra just arrive in 2020? So far Toyota refused to answer that question.
The only machine available is the 5.7-liter I-Force V8 which produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque combined with a six-speed automatic gearbox. These gearboxes are easily surpassed in sophistication by those of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500.
Aesthetically, 2019 Tundra TRD Pro has a distinctive hood that includes a second (non-functional) air intake, a black high-performance exhaust pipe, a new rim (also black), LED headlights and Rigid Industries fog lights.
Like the rest of the TRD Pro lineup, the Tundra has a front and rear protective plate and a larger gas tank. The suspension now includes a Fox reducer with an external reservoir other than TRD springs. 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Retail with prices starting from $61,530 plus transportation and preparation.
In accordance with the tradition of introducing a new color each year the model for this series, “Voodoo Blue ” is a new color for 2019. Fox Springs with external reservoirs are also featured in Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro. Tacoma got a new snorkeling air intake to help him breathe better in the sand dunes. 4Runner TRD Pro, meanwhile, present standard factory with multifunctional roof shelf.
Like the Tundra, their powertrain hasn’t changed. The Tacoma Pro is powered by the same 3.5 litre V6 producing 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. torque. It can be equipped with an automatic or manual gearbox, both six speeds. For 2019, the 4Runner maintains a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque. The only available gearbox remains five very basic automatic speeds.
Toyota Tacoma starts from $56,435 while 4Runner TRD Pro costs $56,580 before transportation and preparation.
Toyota Canada prepares a muddy off-road circuit for us near the French River, Ontario, north of Lake Huron. The manufacturer also invites Yamaha, which provides a fleet of recreational vehicles so we can experience the adventures of TRD Pro in the same way as the owner’s recreational vehicles will.
According to Toyota, you will often see the owner of this pickup attracting recreational vehicles. Given the old manufacturer partnership with Yamaha (the company helped design the Toyota engines for the Lexus LFA and Toyota Celica GT-S, among others), it made sense to work with Yamaha for this event.
The circuit contains sudden climils, holes, wooden beams, and steep slopes, allowing us to test various off-road driving modes offered by Tacoma and 4Runner. This includes, among other things, a crawl control system, a kind of speed regulator designed for off-road setups that help vehicles protect the obstacles, get off the hill or out of the mud, all without touching either the accelerator or brake.
The system is efficient, but very noisy because it often uses an anti-lock braking system to maintain the cruising speed. Sounds like the vehicle was a mess, but the folks at Toyota assured us that it was very normal.
Honestly, the site chosen by Toyota is too simple for what we want to accomplish. Many of us argue that these vehicles are capable of more, because they manage to conquer obstacles without sweating! However, they are designed for off-road “Extreme “. And with a rivalry like Jeep, who tested Mesin-mesinnya on the Rubicon Trail, it would be nice to see a challenging Toyota truck “Indestructible ” them at the same level.
Nevertheless, the experience, followed by the ride on the vehicles of all Yamaha terrain, allows us to measure off-road capability of each vehicle. Tacoma proved to be the most agile of the mob so far: light, maneuvering and even sporty if pushed to the limit on the beaten path. 4Runner remains a stable vehicle. Although not yet perfect because of its conservative design, it feels sturdy and sturdy on the ground and has no trouble climbing when needed.
Tundra, meanwhile, was a little more awkward. Large, heavy, and long. Not an off-ideal road, easy vehicles get stuck in the mud. The fact that it does not have the same technology as its peers means you have to control it in an ancient way: with the brake and gas pedals.
Some people prefer it that way, including us. But you can do the same thing with Tacoma and 4Runner, which is generally better prepared to face Mother Nature, even without the crawl control.
That said, the vehicle Toyota TRD Pro, although not yet perfect and expensive, undeniably charismatic and will make you want to start the adventure as soon as you take the steering wheel. Plus, the new Fox suspension improves smooth travel both on the road and on the footpath.
With reliability ratings and resale value through the roof — not to mention the tremendous popularity among consumers — Toyota’s decision to continuously sell the TRD Pro series is practically unchanged for the 2019 to be understood. Now it’s time for the manufacturer to be more daring and set up a high caliber off-road event to actually test the line of its adventure vehicles.