The 2023 Toyota 4Runner is unlike many other crossovers and SUVs that line the streets and fill the city streets. That’s because the 4Runner is more of an old car than a new car: it has a truck chassis and offers decent off-road capability.
In its highest performance form, it features added underbody protection, an electronically locked rear axle, upgraded suspension and plate tires. In addition to rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, each model has a 270 hp V6 engine and automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the truck is a carryover from racers like the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler.
2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO Interior
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO interior is, designed for performance first, and I love its large knobs and buttons. They are easy to use when driving on bumpy roads. The center console is large, as are the door pockets, but there isn’t much space to safely store small items.
Behind the second row of seats, you’ll find 47.2 cubic feet of space, increasing to 89.7 cubes when the seats are folded flat. Most 4Runners have two rows of seats, but you can get a smaller three-row convertible in the SR5 in the range if that’s your thing.
While the 4Runner has excellent off-road performance, there are many small things about the SUV that could be improved in everyday life. The standard rear camera is just as bad as most land monitors. The 4.2-inch information display in the instrument cluster is low-resolution and unimpressive.
The infotainment system is sluggish (although thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard), There is only one USB port, The sun visor is not adjustable.
The 4Runner’s Multi-Terrain Select system offers modes for mud, sand, bumps, and more. This technology is great for beginners, but I like being able to keep the 4Runner in its default mode and tackle tough tasks on my own. What I don’t like is the monitor’s multi-terrain camera system while the video display is blurry, better get out there and see for yourself.
On the smooth side of the trail, the TRD Pro’s 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shock shines, allowing me to navigate small turns and corners at full speed. With a 33 degree approach angle, 0.3 inch thick aluminum skid plates, a 26 degree angle and a 9.6 inch ground clearance, I couldn’t get over the first rocky part of the Berdoo.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO starts at $53,335 including a destination charge of $1,215, That’s a lot of money, especially considering that newer versions of the Badlands or Wildtrak are cheaper and offer better handling, more power and better technology. Hell, even the luxury Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk costs less.