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We compare the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition to a Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition to an old 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser – off-road!

The reason this video was created was to spotlight the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition to a Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition; using a Toyota FJ as a benchmark. The 4Runner and the Tacoma start out at the SR5 trim level, and they add the Trail Edition package – which makes them a bit of a bargain.

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition:

This 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition runs $42,000, which is a LOT less expensive than the 4Runner TRD Pro we recently tested. Believe us they were different (and more expensive) vehicles. You can read about those vehicles off-road (here).

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition comes with a four-wheel drive with a proper low-range gearbox. It also has Active Traction Control “A-TRAC” which helps maintain off-road grip. Despite its age, this 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition not only one of the best Toyota off-roaders – its top ten among SUVs.

Similar to the Tacoma Trail Special Edition, the 4Runner version has unique wheels, interior trim, and exterior updates. You get a slick roof basket and 40-quart cooler, among other things. All of these special edition vehicles have nothing that actually improves their off-road ability.

The 2021 Toyota Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition:

This 2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition runs about $41,000. Keep in mind: the Trail Special Edition package runs between $1,775 and $4,055. The prices depend on the accessories you want, but you get exterior, wheel, and interior upgrades no matter what. You also get some sweet extras like the locking bed storage and a nifty cooler. Otherwise, like the 4Runner, the Tacoma is a less expensive SR5 setup.

The best part of the package is the addition of the same Goodyear Wrangler with kevlar that the TRD Pro gets.

Tommy tags along in his FJ Cruiser, and he shows off its off-road prowess too!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.