Unlike the TRD Pro, the TRD Sport is about on-road comfort and agility.
As the SUV market continues its seemingly endless expansion, manufacturers are doing their best to cash in, and few do it better than Toyota. The Japanese manufacturer saw its April sales skyrocket by 188 percent, mainly due to strong sales of its SUV range, including the RAV4, Highlander, and 4Runner. The Toyota 4Runner did especially well and has proven to be quite the cash cow for the brand over the last 40 years.
The 'Runner has seen some impressive updates over the last year, including significant updates for the 2021 TRD Pro model, and now Toyota has more good news: the 2022 4Runner is getting a new TRD Sport model and a bunch of new standard safety features. Toyota did previously reveal the 4Runner TRD Pro earlier in the year but has now expanded on the changes to the rest of the 4Runner lineup as well.
The TRD Sport model joins the more hardcore trail-oriented TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models.
The new TRD Sport will focus on everyday comfort and on-road handling and features a Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) which automatically adjusts damping to reduce pitch and yaw. The new model will be available in 2WD or part-time 4WD and, when sending power to all four wheels, will offer 9.6 inches of ground clearance. Standard 20-inch wheels further bolster its on-road credibility.
Styling features on the TRD Sport include a TRD-style hood scoop, color-keyed accents on the grille, and black roof rails. The interior gets heated black SofTex-trimmed seats with unique gray contrast stitching, TRD Sport floor mats, and a TRD shift knob. Standard features include an eight-inch multimedia touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, an eight-way power driver's seat, and Wi-Fi Connect with up to 3 GB.
Under the skin, the 4Runner is built around a body-on-frame design and is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.
Power is sent to the wheels via a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode and an optional two-speed transfer case with selectable low-range. The 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds and comes with a standard integrated tow hitch receiver and wiring harness.
For 2022, all 4Runner models will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P which includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and dynamic radar cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard on SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro, and Limited trims. Other additions to the 4Runner range include LED headlights across the range. TRD Pro models get a standard multi-terrain monitor, and Limited models get a surround-view camera system. Finally, Toyota has also added rear occupancy alert to every model.
The 2022 4Runner begins at $37,305 for the SR5, with the new TRD Sport going for $40,150. Topping the range is the TRD Pro at $52,120.