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The 4Runner TRD Pro Series Proves Toyota Still Has a Soul

George Kennedy

In college, I owned several older vehicles, but the one that I held more dear was my 1986 Toyota 4Runner SR5. Though I enjoyed it in the early 2000s, every time I drove it, I felt as if I had been transported to the 1980s. As great a time capsule as it was– it was even better on the trail. Thanks to the new TRD Pro Series, Toyota has finally built another 4Runner that lives up to the first-gen (below).

1986 Toyota 4Runner

As one of the debuts this past week from the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the 4Runner was joined by the Tundra and Tacoma pickups as vehicles receiving this new TRD Pro Series upgrade.

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This upgrade package was conceived with Toyota Racing Development (TRD), and features Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, tuned front springs, TRD front skid plate, black wheels, and the unique Inferno color.

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Each of the TRD Pro Series models have certain unique components separate from the others. For the 4Runner that means exclusive mods like a 1.5-inch lift for the front suspension, an added inch of overall wheel travel (how much the shocks can go up and down) and 17-inch black alloy wheels.

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This special model of the 4Runner ditches the milquetoast current Toyota for the old-school “TOYOTA” badging on the front grille. It is definitely the best 4Runner the brand has built in years. We say, “Kudos” to Toyota for letting us know they still have a pulse.