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What Is New for the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

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

In this article, we tell you 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. Photo from

One notable thing about the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is the Toyota Safety Sense feature continues as a part of its operating system that began in the 2020 version. Before, this is only seen 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 activate 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

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For those who are looking for a wider variety of color options than the usual, Toyota has decided 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


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 amount 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

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

However, these wheels have been updated in such a way they’re designed in flow-form style; meaning, 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 happen when you take wheels and have them spin between two dies while their being heated. In the process, the wheel surfaces are being pushed 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 their 2020 halogen headlights with LED ones. We all know for a fact that halogen headlights are very affordable because of their market availability but consumes 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 its adequate lighting effect. Discover the differences among various light sources when you read “How to Pick Lights for Your 4×4.”

2021 Toyota 4Runner Price

Price for the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro begins at $50,570 as what is stated in Toyota’s official website.

2023 Toyota 4Runner Redesign

Not much can be said about the minor changes that has taken place in the current 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 turbo charged enginecompact, 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.


It may still take two more years for us to see the major changes in the Toyota 4Runner Lineup including the TRD Pro. However, the minimal changes paired with some traditional components that we now see proves there’s a great compromise between innovation and old-school comfort. After all, there’s no use of having a completely new 4×4 model when it isn’t even user friendly. Tell us how you feel about the updated 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro by giving a comment below.


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