Exterior lighting is far from the only change to the body-on-frame 4Runner, and the boxy Toyota looks to capitalize on its off-tarmac capabilities by way of a new Trail special edition model that adds TRD wheels, a Yakima rooftop cargo basket, and a custom cooler in the cargo hold. Still, those serious about tackling the toughest off-road conditions will want to move up to the 4Runner’s most capable trim: The TRD Pro.
Although plenty competent already, the TRD Pro benefits from additional off-road proficiency for 2021. Stronger, black-painted TRD wheels work with the previously available Nitto Terra Grappler tires to make the most of the Pro’s reworked Fox-brand shocks that promise improved low- and high-speed off-tarmac performance. Until we get behind the wheel of the 2021 4Runner TRD Pro, though, we’ll just have to take Toyota’s word that these revisions help it better take on the rough stuff.
Regardless, the 2021 4Runner TRD Pro will certainly look better bouncing about trails thanks to the addition of a new color: Lunar Rock. The blue-ish hue replaces last year’s Army Green and is available on all other 2021 TRD Pro models, such as the Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia.