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Why on Earth would you want to replace a Toyota 4Runner? Well, sometimes, a pickup truck simply makes more sense. If you want to unburden the rear from having a roof cutting off the roof area is certainly an option. A better choice would be to replace your Toyota 4Runner off-road SUV with a midsize truck that brings the capabilities desired. Here are a few that could be excellent options.

Let’s begin with what the Toyota 4Runner offers

Front angle view of orange 2023 Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV
2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

The Toyota 4Runner has always been one of the most capable off-road SUVs in the market. If you need to replace the TRD Pro version of this SUV, you’ll want a truck that handles your fun better than this SUV. That means you need a truck that tows at least 6,000 pounds, has 9.6 inches or more of ground clearance, and gives you some off-road equipment.

Which midsize trucks could be fitting replacements for the 4Runner off-road SUV?

Could the 2023 Ford Ranger Tremor be a good choice?

Front angle view of blue 2023 Ford Ranger, affordable Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck alternative costing under $28,000
2023 Ford Ranger | Ford

The latest version of the Ford Ranger gives you towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and a payload rating of 1,860 pounds. This means you can easily carry and pull all the gear you need when it’s time for some off-road adventures.

The Ranger Tremor includes 4WD and offers 9.7 inches of ground clearance, which aligns it with the Toyota 4Runner. The Tremor package is an optional off-road package for the XLT and Lariat trims of the Ranger.

Will you choose the new 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 to replace your Toyota 4Runner SUV?

The latest version of the Colorado ZR2 enters 2023 with a new High-Output engine that delivers 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This Chevy midsize truck can tow up to7,700 pounds and carry up to 1,684 pounds of payload.

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 stands 10.7 inches above the ground, giving you a full inch more than what you find in the Toyota 4Runner. This version of the Colorado is the off-road-focused version of this Chevy midsize truck, giving you a fitting replacement for the Toyota SUV.

If you love your Toyota 4Runner, maybe the 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is what you should buy

Front angle view of Lunar Rock 2023 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck
Lunar Rock 2023 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

The Toyota Tacoma can be had with the same off-road TRD Pro trim as the 4Runner SUV. That said, this midsize truck tows up to 6,500 pounds and can carry 1,525 pounds of gear in the bed. This allows the Tacoma to be a little more capable than the 4Runner.

The Tacoma TRD Pro is often considered to be one of the best off-roading midsize trucks in the market, but the 2023 version only stands 9.4 inches above the ground. That’s slightly less than the 4Rnner SUV and much less than the Chevy Colorado ZR2.

Could you enjoy the drive of the 2023 Nisan Frontier Pro-4X as a replacement for your Toyota SUV?

The off-road version of the Nissan Frontier is the Pro-4X model, and it could be the ideal midsize truck to drive during your wilderness adventures. This Nissan tows 6,400 pounds and carries up to 1,230 pounds in the bed, giving you the capability desired.

In addition to being a strong midsize truck to replace your Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, this off-road-focused Nissan Frontier stands 9.8 inches above the ground. This could be the ideal truck to drive when you’re ready to trade your 4Runner SUV.

Next, learn whether you should drive a truck or an SUV, or learn more about some of these midsize trucks in the video below:


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