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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 2021 TOYOTA 4RUNNER?











Will the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro reach the finish line first in terms of premium features to offer this year, or will it only rank second best against its many rivals?



This article will cover what updates were made in this latest model, which enhanced one of your classic 4×4 favorites.









Toyota Safety Sense

An inside look at 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro's center console and operating system. 


One striking thing about the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is the Toyota Safety Sense feature remains as a part of its operating system that started in the 2020 version. Before, this is only observed on other models like; Avalon, Camry, Corolla, and Highlander, to name a few.

This time, it has additional options too:

  • Road Sign Assist (RSA) – reads traffic signs like; speed limit, yield, and do not enter and flashes them on the driver's multi-information display (MID) if the driver misses them.
  • Road Edge Detection – alerts you when you reach the border between the road and its roadside.

You can initiate it by simply pressing its button on the right side of your steering wheel. Check how the safety sense exactly works on Toyota USA's Channel.





Lunar Rock 4Runner

Photo from Toyota.com

For those looking for a broader variety of color possibilities than the general, Toyota has chosen to welcome a new color in its 2021 4Runner TRD Pro Lineup – the Lunar Rock shade.

If you look at it closely, it gives a very light touch of grey color that resembles the actual look of the moon's surface. However, famous shades such as; the Barcelona Red Metallic, Army Green, and Midnight Black Metallic are still available.



Coil Spring Design

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In terms of riding in comfort, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner comes with redesigned coil springs, including bypass shocks. These are valuable components that reduce the number of vehicular vibrations that can make you more at ease than before, especially during long riding hours.



Flow-form Wheels

Free-flow aluminum wheels in Nitto Terra Grappler Tires, photo from Toyota.com

It's also sporting a new set of wheels. At a glance, they look the same at 17 inches, with their Nitto Terra Grappler tire coats on.


However, these wheels have been renewed, so they're designed in flow-form style; sense, their surfaces are made more durable than standard wheels to help maintain their proper shape, even at an increased amount of abuse.



What Are Flow-form Wheels?

Flow-form wheels appear when you take wheels and have them spin between two dies while they're being heated. In the process, the wheel surfaces are being sold or massaged back and forth to make their surfaces more resilient against impact. See how they're made on KONIG wheels USA's channel.



LED Headlights

As far as headlights are concerned, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is replacing its 2020 halogen headlights with LED ones. We all know for a fact that halogen headlights are very affordable because of their market availability but consume higher power than the LED counterpart at 100 Watts.


On the other hand, LED headlights are the energy-efficient choice at only 20 Watts and can last up to 23 years with their pleasing lighting effect. Discover the differences among various light sources when you read 


2021 Toyota 4Runner Price

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro cost begins at $50,570, as is stated on Toyota's official website.



2023 Toyota 4Runner Redesign

Not enough can be said about the minor changes that have taken place in the popular Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, but rumors are swirling that Toyota is revving up their engines for the huge changes in the coming 2023 Toyota 4Runner Series. It may not be official yet, but Toyota has given 4×4 enthusiasts some ideas as to what these surprises could be.

  • 4-cylinder turbocharged engine – compact, fuel-efficient, and lighter than the traditional V6 engine.
  • Hybrid system design – improves horsepower and torque, which also reduces air pollution.
  • Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) Design – reacts easily to driver's steering input with lower hood for visibility.
  • Larger multimedia screen – about 10-12 inches.

Conclusion

It may still demand two more years to see the major changes in the Toyota 4Runner Lineup, including the TRD Pro. However, the smallest changes matched with some standard components that we now see prove there's a great trade-off between innovation and old-school comfort. After all, there's no use in having a completely new 4×4 model when it isn't even user-friendly. Please tell us how you feel about the updated 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro by discussing below.