2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – Off Road And Track Review

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner 4X4 TRD Pro. This was one of two vehicles entered into the “Extreme Capabilty” category competing in the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year. With a 4.0L V6 engine producing 270 Horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, it’s competing against the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Starting with the drawbacks, the Toyota has almost 5 inches less ground clearance than the Power Wagon (though still a respectable 9.6 inches), has only a 5 speed automatic transmission, and is a bit underpowered compared to the Power Wagon. That said, it’s nearly 2000 pounds lighter in weight, is a much smaller vehicle off-road providing improved agility in forested areas, offers a tremendous amount of cargo space, and is $13,000 cheaper than the Power Wagon as tested. It was just shy of winning the competition by a single vote.

This vehicle was tested as part of the 2015 Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition. The vehicle category and competing vehicles are below:

Compact Utility Vehicles:
2016 Honda HR-V – https://youtu.be/S26LKcdaUlM
2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk – https://youtu.be/lg9mikBMMCQ
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – https://youtu.be/17ZCddwJif8
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – https://youtu.be/OdJoMpY4ob4
2016 Mazda CX-5 – https://youtu.be/jbZham9jtYc

Family Utility Vehicles: (Released May 26)
2015 Ford Edge – https://youtu.be/m5xeKnDLKrc
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk – https://youtu.be/OJWoO3uDtwc
2016 Kia Sorento – https://youtu.be/Fl6uG9qtdrU
2015 Nissan Murano – https://youtu.be/b7CLI8GEbzg
2015 Subaru Outback – https://youtu.be/ukl756G3bdU

Premium Compact Utility Vehicles: (Released May 27)
2015 Buick Encore – https://youtu.be/Ueg0qOkWXTc
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport – https://youtu.be/rYSG4uvSJ_Q
2015 Lexus NX200t F Sport – https://youtu.be/MTkNG6_Bre0
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 – https://youtu.be/iv0zWEY3370
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country – https://youtu.be/BaeSy4a0_m4

Premium Utility Vehicles: (Released May 28)
2016 Acura MDX – https://youtu.be/NT8uYIKYtOA
2015 BMW X5 M – https://youtu.be/YbMzVrDrSCU
2015 BMW X6 M – https://youtu.be/JwaV92d39Bo
2015 Cadillac Escalade – https://youtu.be/FWlv4_Jei-U
2015 Mercedes ML400 – https://youtu.be/6Eq3vcYt1js
2015 VW Touareg TDI – https://youtu.be/FPk0NWnIUgY

Pickups: (Released May 29)
2015 Ford F-150 – https://youtu.be/cqveUnN71uk
2015 GMC Canyon – https://youtu.be/1kfb9DwVs1w
2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel – https://youtu.be/LWSU7–nWkY
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro – https://youtu.be/KGowi1aQsQs

Extreme Capability Vehicles: (Released May 30)
2015 Ram Power Wagon – http://youtu.be/Y3pAdIN6VhY
2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – http://youtu.be/ih42pPHFT00

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37 thoughts on “2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – Off Road And Track Review

  1. Such a sad Demo, not sure what this is supposed to prove. The vehicle in front of him is doing everything he's doing. The crawl control with its clangin brakes, designed so anyone can think they are off-road experts. Come on Toyota, put a V8 under the hood get rid of all the soccer mom extras and make a off Road vehicle. Toyota's will go forever and this is best you can do? The 4Runner limited AWD will go anywhere the other model 4Runners will go, no doubt so why not ride in real leather comfort. Toyota you should have left the land cruiser as their off Road vehicle , instead they turned it into a $85k soccer mom ride. The older Land Crusiers , like the early 70's were king of the off road, a straight 6 with plenty of low end torque a granny gear for your crawl control up or down hill, add some lockers and your unstoppable. True off road guys and girls will go Rubicon or Power Wagon. The 4Runner will always be the occasional on/off trail ride, dependable for thousands of miles, but choose your trails cautiously. Sorry Toyota but you can do better, you have in the past.

  2. So what's the difference between the TRD Pro and the Trail edition? I'm assuming the trail edition is more off road oriented? If so why is the TRD version more expensive? Thanks ahead for any clarification. I'm considering trading in my 2014 FJ in for a 2016 4Runner. However I would like to get the most off road oriented version…. now I'm kinda confused.

  3. This is bad ass! I am going to trade in my Land Rover for this ASAP! I love the white color with black interior with the black rims. Love the style. Love the look! Best looking on the market by far!!

  4. How come there's a center diff?  I thought those were for AWD.  My Titan off-road 4X4 only has a transfer case and differentials front and rear.

  5. I feel like Toyota should fit an 8 speed 5.7 V8 in this car, I would definitely trade my 4th gen in for this one. (if they put the V8 in it) although, I DO think the 4.0 is outdated and underpowered it is still a good engine.

  6. I own a 2015 Trail Edition. In a post commenting about the electronics "dumbing down" the experience of technical off-roading; you do not have to use the aids. They are there for the inexperienced or lack of confidence. It does not make the vehicle less capable if you do not use them. When I'm off-road, I rarely use them myself, but make for handy tools, especially if you don't have a spotter in those rare tricky situations.
    I want to make one more comment; about the presenter's claim that the 4Runner being the last of the body on frame SUVs. Being a former owner of the Xterra, at the time of this review, Nissan had not yet announced the decision to discontinue. At that time, he was wrong, the Xterra is a body on frame and the Pro4X was an extremely capable off-roader. It is too bad the classification lost another comrade. When there are so few players, innovation slows to a "crawl". I know the 4Runner is due for an update soon, I'd hate to see Toyota not put much thought into it.

  7. Wow, even in 2015 Toyota still makes an extremely capable SUV that isn't extremely costly (land cruiser). I just hope people keep buying these so that the 4Runner doesn't become a crossover

  8. I am not sure where you come up with your ground clearance spec. I just looked up the power wagon on their page and Ground Clearance – at curb weight – Running Ground Clearance: 7.1

  9. Anybody else disappointed by this "offroad" test? I mean ya there's trees and some short slight hills and a few mud puddles… but there's also cars driving through the same stuff in the background. If this is a serious 4×4 pro edition let's see some real challenges!

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