Toyota made a big announcement today unveiling that there will be two new grade options for the 2017 4Runner, including a TRD Off-Road and a TRD Off-Road Premium model. The new TRD Off-Road 4Runner will actually be on display this weekend at the FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado, and Off-Road.com will be onsite to check it out.

The exterior of the TRD Off-Road 4Runner will stand out from the rest of the 4Runner lineup with unique exterior features, including black painted wheels and a TRD Off-Road badge on the C-pillar. Unique interior features are also found inside the TRD Pro models, including TRD red lettering on the headrests of the front seats, a center console that features a carbon fiber appearance and TRD Off-Road floor mats.


The 2017 4Runner TRD Off-Road models will come equipped with plenty of off-road features to aid its performance when it gets off of the highway. The Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver adjust the wheel slip of the vehicle to match the terrain and conditions. The TRD Off-Road models will also be equipped with an electronic-locking rear differential for added traction when the going gets rough. Toyota also equips both models with its Crawl Control (CRAWL) system, allowing the vehicle to maintain a constant speed during slow-speed off-road navigation to tackle obstacles. With the transfer case in low range, CRAWL regulates both engine speed and braking force of the 4Runner in one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings, allowing the driver to focus on steering and not worry about throttle or braking input.


“The 4Runner has a large and loyal following, with dependability being a key factor. Of all the 4Runners purchased in the last 10 years, 90 percent are still on the road,” said John Myers, national manager, trucks and SUVs, Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications. “4Runner owners often take their SUVs off the beaten path, so these new TRD Off-Road grades will be a popular recognition of TRD’s history in the off-road arena.”

The 2017 4Runner will be available in a whopping six grades later this year: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. For more information, visit Toyota.com.

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YotaMan July 21st, 2016 at 10:53 am

So you’re saying nothing has changed since the 2010 4Runner Trail Edition besides some emblems and badging?

Gaad July 21st, 2016 at 10:57 am

Well I was rather disappointed with this….I was hoping to see better news, like the engine line (diesel finally?)…but it almost sounds as it the TRD Pro will get killed off sooner than later with these introductions.

Josh Burns July 21st, 2016 at 11:22 am

Yes, this essentially replaces the Trail Edition but adds a few updates.

Josh Burns July 21st, 2016 at 11:24 am

As of now, Toyota still has the TRD Pro available in the 2017 lineup. We got the feeling when the new Tacoma launched that Toyota has no interest in going the diesel route – in fact, Mike Sweers confirmed that. Things could change, but that appears to be the direction for now.

Hollowcreek July 21st, 2016 at 11:47 am

Same ol, same ol. Its a “soccer mom with a tattoo added”. Not a Jeep fighter or a suitable FJ replacement Its still a hatch back (useless if you carry stuff on the roof), no diesel, loaded with interior stuff I don’t want (like carpet). How about bringing the base Land Cruiser sold in the rest of the world that has the diesel, a back door instead of a hatch and a functional, durable and basic interior.

Iwazaru July 21st, 2016 at 12:33 pm

BOOORING! Toyota needs to unveil the 6th Gen 4Runner instead. I have a 2012 4WD. When above 3,500 rpm, that disgruntled V6 reminds me of my wife’s former 2006 Elantra’s 4 cylinder. The 4Runner is also slow during commutes with its 5-speed transmission. This truck needs at least a 7-speed. With curb weight at over 4,5000lbs, it needs 300HP and more than its current 278lb feet of torque. Fuel economy is also pathetic for an engine of this capacity. I expected low MPG when I bought this thing, but I get 17.6 MPG mostly freeway commutes (that’s WITH a K&N performance air filter). My truck IS capable off road, but that’s 20% of my driving (and I suspect for most people as well). I love its dependability – 72,000 miles with absolutely NO problems – so I will stick with this truck, but my God, Toyota, you need come out with the 6th Gen with VAST improvements on power, transmission and fuel economy from the 5th Gen.

Hue Pack July 21st, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Owned 4runner for 8 years. Rusted out frame and exhaust. V8 headers failure due to design flaw. Toyota is unwilling to take care of. Failing sensors that create domino effect. Now not even V8 in line up and 12 years old V6…For now sticking to Grand Cherokee. Maybe will come back when they learn how to do rust prevention and design good new engines.

JEB July 21st, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Sadly, after owning 4Runners since 2004, I’m having to look at other vehicle because of the absence of the V8. I need to tow and as great a motor as the 4.0 is, it has its limitations when towing much more than 3K in the hills. Toyota, put the V8 back in and I’m in line once again.

Mike July 21st, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Laziest company ever…and mindless sheep that buy them.

James July 21st, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Typical uninspired boring Toyota crap built for the uninspired boring masses.

R B July 22nd, 2016 at 12:20 am

We can thank the radical ideologues running the EPA and CARB for there being no diesel option in North American Toyotas. Toyotas in every other part of the world run on diesels, or at least have the option. Other than empowering unelected bureaucrats and restricting Americans’ liberties in the “land of the free,” the policy serves no end.

Yes, other manufacturers offer diesel (at substantially increased cost to the consumer), but each company has to make its own decision based primarily on financials, as influenced by market demand and the regulatory environment.

So if you want diesel Toyotas, don’t ask Mike Sweers. Write to EPA and vote for someone who will hold them accountable for killing thousands of jobs and destroying whole industries.

Name (required)Vic July 22nd, 2016 at 11:02 am

Nothing. Changed. Still. Gutless.

Dez July 22nd, 2016 at 7:21 pm

One of the best SUV’s ever made. This vehicles looks so sleek and its performance is always top notch. Toyota is the most reliable car company. Stop hating. The 4RUNNER will always be the ultimate man machine for serious off and on roaders!

JT July 22nd, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Toyota needs to unveil the 6th Gen; not some re-badged crap. I have a 2012 Limited 4WD with 73K miles on it. First, the truck is under-powered with 270HP and 278 torque trying to pull over 4,600lbs. Worse, the under-powered engine is mated with a 5-speed transmission (this engine needs at least a 7-speed transmission). To top it off, it only gets 16.8 MPG mixed city and HWY…and that’s WITH a K&N performance air filter. Under the Texas heat, and this thing can barely beat out a school bus in acceleration. Off road? Great. Reliability? Excellent (73K miles with NO problems). But, man Toyota, push out the 6th Gen and I hope the engine gets AT LEAST 300 horses, shave off 200 pounds of fat and MY GOD, give it at least a 6-speed transmission.

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