When it comes to off-road capability and on-road reliability, there’s almost no better choice for an SUV than the Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner nameplate has been in the automotive spectrum for the past 40 years and we doubt that it will go away soon. In order to continue the SUVs heritage, Toyota recently released the 4Runner Trail Edition for the 2021 model year.
This special edition will be limited to 4,000 models and is offered in four different colors: Black, white, Cement, and Army Green. Aside from a limited color palette, the 4Runner Trail Edition has a lot to offer despite being one of the lower trim levels. Here are five reasons the Trail Edition could be the best value among the 4Runner lineup.
The Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition is priced well
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is currently available in nine different trim levels and is priced from $36,000 to $50,000. Since the Trail Edition is basically a gussied-up version of the base-trim SR5, it’s priced accordingly. It has a starting MSRP of $38,740 for the two-wheel-drive model with the option of four-wheel drive for $2,000 more. This makes the Trail Edition a more obtainable proposition over its pricier upper-trim siblings.
The 4Runner Trail Edition has enough ground clearance
While the 4Runner Trail Edition isn’t as ruggedly equipped or set up as its TRD Pro stablemates, it does have enough clearance to tackle mild trails. With 9.6 inches of clearance, you might not be able to crawl over boulders with the Trail Edition, but you can at least traverse an off-road path with ease.
This semi-base trim level has enough off-road tech
The Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition might be closer to a base model trim, but it still has enough off-road tech to get you through the rough parts. In the interior of the SUV, you won’t find a CRAWL control knob or different off-road settings like you will in the TRD Pro. However, the Trail Edition still includes Toyota’s A-TRAC active traction control system, which aids in wheel spin when going off-road.
Additionally, four-wheel-drive models have the added benefit of downhill assist control (DAC). Essentially, there’s enough off-road tech for the novice enthusiast as well as 90 percent of other 4Runner buyers.
The sliding cargo tray and matching cooler make the Trail Edition picnic-ready
In order to add to the 4Runner Trail Edition’s outdoorsy appeal, Toyota even added a color-matched cooler as a standard feature. This cooler features a lockable lid, tie-down straps, and a freezer-grade gasket to keep food and drink items cold. In case you need help getting that cooler out of the storage area, there’s even a sliding cargo tray that slides out of the cargo area easily and conveniently.
There’s even a Yakima rooftop basket
Just in case the 47.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats isn’t enough, Toyota even tacked on a Yakima basket to the Trail Edition’s roof for more storage. Sure, you can easily find one in the aftermarket and do it yourself, but the Trail Edition has you covered as its basket is already lumped into the car’s selling price.
The 4Runner Trail Edition has everything you need and nothing you don’t
Unless you really need a higher ride height, a skid plate, and all of the tech gadgetry and cameras for the crazy off-road trails, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition should suit all of your needs. It has enough technology and accessories to make your daily commute comfortable while providing a good amount of capability when it’s off the beaten path. Couple all of that with its low price of entry, and we think that the 4Runner Trail Edition could be everything you need in a rugged SUV and nothing you don’t.