Off-Road Ready: Meet The 2022 Toyota 4Runner

May 18th, 2022 by

A red 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD is shown from the front driving on a dirt road.

What does your current vehicle say about you? Many people believe their car is a reflection of themselves, and that’s what draws so many to the Toyota 4Runner, an iconic SUV known for its sense of adventure that matches the capability of rivals like the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco mile for mile on the trail. The 2022 4Runner continues that tradition as a versatile SUV that’s fun to drive both on and off the pavement. As your Tuckahoe Toyota dealership, we’re thrilled to show you why the latest 4Runner is everything you imagined and more.

Getting behind the wheel of the 2022 Toyota 4Runner shows the world you’re on the adventurous side. For some, an SUV will be destined for a lifetime on the pavement, commuting to work and running errands. But for others, there is the 2022 4Runner. This SUV doesn’t just look the part; it’s ready to get a little mud on the tires and can do so with ease. If that’s the 4Runner you’re looking for, you’re in luck as Toyota once again proves its legendary SUV is a beast on the trail laden with sophistication, versatility, capability, and innovation.

The Heart of a Warrior

The 4Runner rolls off the production line ready for adventure thanks to its bullet-proof 4.0L V6 engine and proven five-speed automatic transmission. The 4Runner’s V6 engine delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing capability of 5,000 pounds. This power makes the 4Runner quick to accelerate and responsive in any condition without sacrificing efficiency. But the 4Runner is still ready to see plenty of pavement time between trail runs, averaging 16 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models.

Exclusive Four-Wheel Drive Tech

The two-wheel drive 4Runner comes standard with traction control and an automatic limited-slip differential that optimizes traction in moderate conditions and improves handling. Upgrading the system to Toyota’s part-time four-wheel-drive adds A-TRAC Active Traction Control, which enhances traction by constantly monitoring wheel slippage and sending available power to the wheels that need it most. This improves handling and gives the 4Runner more opportunity to shine on challenging terrain.

Opting for the 4Runner Limited makes the SUV ideal for high-speed driving in slippery conditions, thanks to the full-time four-wheel-drive system and center Torsen differential. Why is this significant? The four-wheel-drive system uses a 40:60 torque split, adjusting as needed based on wheel slippage. In addition, the Torsen differential plays a vital role in situations where your front or rear wheels start slipping. Once the system detects wheel slippage, it readjusts the split to send more power to the axle with traction.

Trail-Crawling Made Easy

You can crawl up the trail easily in the 2022 4Runner thanks to unique technology like Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) and the Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM). CRAWL, which is available on the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro, makes navigating the 4Runner easier because it acts like cruise control for the trail. Once engaged, CRAWL maintains a slow speed on the trail, handling both acceleration and braking so that you can focus on the terrain ahead. The feature works even better with the Multi Terrain Monitor, which is standard on the TRD Pro. The MTM works with the 4Runner’s camera system to deliver a better view of what’s in front of, behind, and next to the 4Runner on the trail.

Rough Ride? Not a Chance

Venturing off the pavement is bound to come with a bumpy ride, but Toyota minimizes this discomfort with its available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. Available on the TRD Off-Road, the system actively improves the 4Runner’s ride quality while optimizing its handling and performance in any condition. The hydraulic system accomplishes this by adjusting the lean and sway resistance of the stabilizer bars, increasing the 4Runner’s stability and articulation on the trail, and enhancing its agility and control for optimal on-road performance.

The black interior of a 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

Safety is Standard for Every Terrain

Whether cruising at highway speeds or exploring a new trail, you can do so confidently, knowing that Toyota prioritizes your safety in every condition. Beyond its advanced airbags, the 2022 4Runner comes standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which equips the SUV with Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, Brake Assist, Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and Smart Stop Technology brake override system. While these features work behind the scenes, you’ll find Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite constantly works with you to improve your visibility and minimize the potential for collision when you’re in the driver’s seat. The system, which comes standard on every trim, includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Automatic High Beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System.

Together, these tools actively and passively optimize your safety. For example, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control makes cruising at highway speeds easier by constantly monitoring the flow of traffic ahead and adjusting the 4Runner’s speed as needed. The 4Runner’s Traction Control system continually monitors for wheel slippage and optimizes traction to ensure you have complete control behind the wheel.

A Spectrum of Capability

One of the remarkable things about the 4Runner is its eight-trim lineup that ensures there’s a model for everyone. The 4Runner’s broad lineup includes several off-road options that cater to a variety of needs, whether you’re happy using the 4Runner as an urban commuter, want to tackle a few dirt roads, or need to answer the call of the wild on more technical terrain. Toyota guarantees there’s a 4Runner for you.

New to the lineup for 2022 is the TRD Sport, which shares many similarities to the Tacoma TRD Sport. On the 4Runner, the TRD Sport boasts a unique design with 20-inch alloy wheels and durable SofTex upholstery with TRD-exclusive stitching. It also features adaptive dampers and a sport-tuned suspension that distinguishes it from the entry-level SR5. Since the TRD Sport is designed more for road handling than for rugged off-roading, the trim is ideal for asphalt and well-traveled dirt roads.

If you’re looking for adventures that take you deeper into the wilderness, you’ll find everything you need in the TRD Off-Road or TRD Off-Road Premium. The TRD Off-Road equips the 4Runner with Toyota’s exclusive Crawl Control and an electronic locking rear differential that gives you a boost in capability. Upgrading to the TRD Off-Road Premium unlocks the Multi-Terrain Select System that allows you to customize the SUV’s performance based on the terrain.

For the ultimate off-road rig, look no further than the TRD Pro. Sitting at the top of the 4Runner family tree, the TRD Pro is legendary on the trails. For 2022, the TRD Pro comes equipped with Crawl Control, the Multi-Terrain Select System, and the Multi-Terrain Monitor, which is a vital tool whether you’re a newbie or veteran of the off-road realm. The TRD Pro also features a locking rear differential, Toyota’s part-time four-wheel-drive system, and an aluminum front skid plate that protects vital underbody components and gives you the peace of mind to explore beyond the beaten path.

A white 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is shown from the front off-roading after leaving a Tuckahoe Toyota dealership.

What Makes the 4Runner so Popular?

One of the most popular questions we’re asked is, “What makes the 4Runner so popular?” The 4Runner is one of the only original SUVs left in the industry. What do we mean? The 4Runner is built on a durable body-on-frame platform, making it more like a truck than a sedan. In a world where crossovers reign king or queen, this makes the 4Runner a unicorn in the industry.

The 2022 4Runner can handle everything you throw its way on any given day, and that’s because of its body-on-frame design, proven four-wheel-drive systems, and trail-specific technology. It can easily navigate your daily commute in style, but it can also blaze a new trail in the woods. Taking advantage of the 4Runner’s capability and features is entirely up to you. Sometimes, knowing that the possibilities are endless is enough to spark your next great adventure.