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Toyota Goes to Extremes with New TRD Pro Series Trucks

Modified trucks designed to push the limits.

by on Feb.06, 2014

A TRD Pro Tundra goes through its paces.

Toyota wants to kick up some dust with its newest TRD Pro Series of off-road trucks.  Targeting buyers who hope to push the limits with their Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner models, the TRD versions were specially developed by the maker’s motorsports division, Toyota Racing Development, and bear the fruits of successful off-road racing programs like the Baja 1000.

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TRD has been tuning Toyota trucks for more than four decades, with the performance arm establishing a U.S. base in Costa Mesa, California in 1979.

TRD models are designed to be put to serious use off-road, though Toyota claims they have plenty of street cred, as well.


First Drive: 2014 Toyota 4Runner

Subtle tweaks to the familiar formula.

by on Aug.01, 2013

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner retains its classic body-on-frame design.

Few companies have done a better job of shaking up the established order than Toyota over the last few decades. But when it comes to the new 2014 4Runner, the Japanese maker has chosen to let the world change around it, instead.

The midsize sport-utility vehicle has always been one of the maker’s more important products – even more than its sales numbers might suggest — because it helped convince a lot of Americans that Toyota knew how to build something other than small cars.

Since its introduction in 1984, the Toyota 4Runner has developed an impressive following. But the maker faced a significant question when setting out to develop the 2014 update: whether to stay with the conventional, truck-like design of generations past or adopt an all-new, car-like platform much as key competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer have lately done.

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The decision was to maintain the 4Runner’s body-on-frame construction, which makes it’s a holdout in the midsize segment where it will now be the only remaining “truck-truck.”  That said, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner has been updated with a mid-cycle refresh gives the vehicle a fresh face up front that makes it look more rugged. There are also new rear and front bumpers as well as new projector headlights that accent the 2014 model’s grille.


4Runner Gets Makeover

Toyota gives SUV a more aggressive look.

by on Apr.30, 2013

Toyota gave the fifth-generation 4Runner a facelift featuring a more aggressive look.

For nearly three decades, the Toyota 4Runner has been a key part of the Japanese automakers’ product portfolio.

Now one of a small number of true body-on frame sport utility vehicles left in the market, the 4Runner is getting a facelift and new interior appointments for the 2014 model year, Toyota announced.

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Currently in its fifth-generation, 4Runner carries on as a fully capable mid-size SUV. The redesigned 2014 4Runner receives a new exterior design, and interior refinements that add comfort and convenience. They are combined with a comprehensive suspension technology that provides off-road capability with a smooth ride and comfort more often associated with crossovers, Toyota officials noted during an event offering media a look at the updated 4Runner.