NOTE: Below we’ve estimated the cost to add similar aftermarket parts for comparison.
For the 4Runner includes: upgraded wheels (+$800), Nitto Terra Grappler Tires (+$648), TRD Tuned Bilstein Front shocks (+$200), Bilstein Remote Reservoir Rear Shocks (+$360), 1” Lift TRD-Tuned springs in the front (+$100), TRD Stamped 1/4” front skidplate (+$180), TRD Pro badging & accessories ($700).
The TRD Pro 4Runner MSRP will be $41,110, which is $2,355 more than a similarly outfitted Trail Grade 4Runner Premium. The additional parts add up to approximately $2,998 (estimated using current internet pricing), so for a 1 to 1 replacement, the TRD Pro Package seems to be a decent deal. Of course if you’re planning to add a full lift kit, heavy duty skid plates, and additional armor, you may be better served with a standard trail model. Still, for those looking for a little more capability from the factory, the TRD Pro 4Runner is a good option to consider.
The TRD Pro Tacoma includes: upgraded 16” beadlock style wheels (+$800), BFG All Terrain KO Tires (+$672), TRD Tuned Bilstein Front shocks (+$200), Bilstein Remote Reservoir Rear Shocks (+$360), 2” Lift TRD-Tuned springs in the front (+$300), TRD Cat back exhaust (+$400) TRD Pro badging & accessories ($700).
Of all the TRD Pro trucks, the Tacoma features the most upgrades, although curiously the skid plate is the same as OEM. The Tacoma is priced at $37,415 for the 4X4 Double Cab AT, which is only $1,396 more than a similarly configured model from the Toyota Website. (NOTE: The Toyota website charges $1999 for Beadlock style wheels, which can be found aftermarket for much less, but not in black). Just like the 4Runner, if you’re looking for a little more off road ability with direct from the factory, the extra $ for a TRD Pro Tacoma could be a good deal.
The bottom line for enthusiasts with both vehicles is this: Can you build your brand new truck for less than the TRD Pro line? Absolutely. In fact, you could build a base model 4x4 4Runner with KDSS for about $38,420 MSRP, then add a lift, wheels, tires, and skids for another $3,500. You would end up with more capability for the same price, but it wouldn’t be with OEM parts. The Tacoma can be built in a similar manner, and for enthusiasts interested in building their own rig, that’s definitely the way to go.
For those just dipping their toes into this crazy off-highway Toyota world, the TRD Pro is a great way to get started. I’ve talked with many people that are NOT part of our community (yet) and to them, this is a great way to enter the hobby of vehicle-based exploring. In fact, these TRD Pro platforms may be a great way to start a Toyota Overland platform.
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