You see them everywhere…the poseurs and pretenders…”bad”-looking SUV’s that look ready to run off into the wild, but might actually have a tough time with anything more challenging than a dry dirt road.

Toyota’s TRD Pro 4Runner is not one of those. Go get it muddy.

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This is a machine that feels like it goes to the gym pretty much every day.

Lean, angular and well-chiseled.

And in the TRD Pro’s case, it can back up those muscular looks.

If you want your 4Runner to have heated and cooled leather and three-row seating, pick a “Limited”. If you want your 4Runner to be a fully-functional, no-unnecessary frills off-road machine, go with the TRD Pro.

While all 4Runners come with Toyota’s proven 4.0 liter, 270 HP V6 and a five-speed auto, only the TRD comes standard with some pretty serious off-road equipment.

You get a quarter-inch aluminum skid plate up front for starters. Plus big Bilstein off-road shocks and heavy-duty springs.

A standard hill-start assist keeps your 4Runner from rolling backwards when going from your break to your accelerator on a steep hill.

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Plus you get a 7 and 4-pin tow hitch connector…..and some pretty serious-looking 17” matte black alloys.

In fact, in its’ standard just-over 40K trim, Toyota’s 4Runner TRD Pro gives you pretty much everything that you’d really want or need to, as Toyota suggests, “Go Places”…..all kinds of places.

Your interior will be Toyota’s imitation leather TufTex…in business-like black, but with contrasting stitching…just what you want to wear well and easily wipe clean. Plus, your date most likely won’t even realize that it’s not genuine leather.

We had just one option on our test TRD….a $350 sliding rear deck. If you’re into tailgating, be sure to check off on this option. One simple flick of a lever extends your cargo floor a little over 18”…and as long as your load is under 440 lbs, gives you the perfect perch to kick-back and sit for a spell. Plus it gives you a thin secret storage space that looks like it could hold a laptop.

Gas Mileage? Pretty much what you’d expect for a strong 4X4….17 city and 21 highway. We got 19 in our week-long commute.

Surprises? Just two. One, the standard sound system is better than what you might expect with a serious off-roader.

And the other is that in spite of all the off-road capability, the ride is perfectly acceptable for day-to-day commuting.

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Have your cake and eat it too? Toyota’s 4Runner 4X4 TRD Pro lets you have your dirt and date-night too!

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