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2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road: A throwback SUV

As other midsize SUVs have moved onto unibody platforms, the Toyota 4Runner sticks with a body-on-frame foundation to the delight of off-roaders everywhere.

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As competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer have moved onto unibody platforms, the Toyota 4Runner remains on a body-on-frame foundation.

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TRD Off-Road versions of the 4Runner come standard with an electronic-locking rear differential.

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A 4.0-liter V6 powers the 4Runner with 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque.

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All 4Runners come equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission.

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With four-wheel drive, the 4Runner is estimated to return 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

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The 4Runner is capable of towing 5,000 pounds.

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An adaptive Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System is available as an option on the 4Runner TRD Off-Road to provide additional wheel travel off-road. In addition, the suspension system improves on road handling by reducing body roll in corners.

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To visually set the 4Runner TRD Off-Road apart from other models it gets color-keyed bumpers with silver accents, hood scoop and seven-spoke alloy wheels.

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The 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road starts at $38,780, which includes $995 for destination.

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A Crawl Control system is also standard, which is essentially a low speed off-road cruise control system. 

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