We’ll say it again: the 4Runner is no crossover. If you want a vehicle for regular use, there are many options that are much more refined, modern, and fuel-efficient. Now, if you want something to beat up on the trail, the 4Runner is a great choice—that’s what it’s made for. With its many off-road upgrades, the TRD Pro model is certainly the one that’s most ready to get rowdy straight from the factory. It’s also the most expensive.
As you consider your budget, also consider the SR5 Premium with 4WD. This trim has features that make the 4Runner nicer to live with, along with good trail capability straight from the get-go. And at about $10,000 less than the TRD Pro, it leaves space for aftermarket modifications. The 2022 4Runner SR5 Premium with 4WD is the trim we’d recommend to most drivers. Be aware, however, that an all-new sixth-generation 4Runner may arrive in the next few years, potentially with an electrified powertrain.