All About the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition

The 2021 Trail Special Edition of the 4Runner adds a few aesthetic features to the base trim, plus a roof cargo basket.
Written by Olivia Rose
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition upgrades the 4Runner SR5 base trim with impressive aesthetic features that take the SUV’s road allure up a notch, but its performance is largely the same. 
The Toyota 4Runner has been an off-road staple since 1983. Since its release, the 4Runner has maintained thousands of die-hard fans, and proven itself as a worthy addition to the Toyota namesake. 
But what’s so special about the 2021 Trail Special Edition trim?
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What is the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition? 

Toyota announced the Trail Special Edition trim in 2021 for the crowd-favorite 4Runner as a step up from the
base SR5 trim
. The Trail Special Edition adds to the SR5 base trim specs with small aesthetic upgrades: black exterior badges, 17-inch dark gray TRD wheels, all-weather floor mats, and black seats with tan stitching. 

2021 Toyota 4Runner overview

Before we look into the Trail Special Edition, let’s take a look at what makes the Toyota 4Runner such a famed
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner maintains the 4Runner legacy in one simple word: dependability. As
a trail-ready champ
dressed to impress, the 4Runner can handle nearly any driving condition—whether on-road or off-road. While other supposed off-road SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe can’t hold their own off-road, the 4Runner has no performance issues when tackling off-road conditions. 
Toyota has gotten some criticism for sticking to older parts and design for the 4Runner, but that’s precisely what makes the car such a staple. These SUVs will stay in your family for decades, especially if you aren’t driving in the snow and rusting or rotting the frame. They’re just built to last. And the 90s aesthetic Toyota held onto for the 2021 frame is just enough to keep you feeling classic and cool, all at once. 
Key specs
  • $37,480 MSRP
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 4.0-liter regular unleaded
    V-6 engine
  • 270 hp @ 5600 RPM
  • 278 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 RPM
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Combined 17 mpg

What’s special about the Trail Special Edition?

Toyota only made 4,000 Trail Special Edition models, so from the get-go, the Trail Special Edition is special because it’s rare.
The Trail Special Edition comes in rear-or-four-wheel-drive and is equipped with 17-inch dark gray TRD wheels and black exterior badges. Inside, it has black seats with tan stitching and all-weather floor mats.
The Trail Special Edition also has a roof cargo rack, which adds distinct style and function.
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2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition vs. TRD Off-Road

While the Trail Special Edition adds an aesthetic flair to the base trim for the 2021 4Runner, the TRD Off-Road trim adds those same details and performance specs, making it more desirable for many. Here are the things you’ll get with the TRD Off-Road that you won’t have with the Trail Special Edition:
  • Standard
  • Electronic locking rear differential
  • Selectable drive modes: Crawl Control and Multi Terrain Select
  • Optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension
  • Optional sliding rear cargo deck
Compared to the Trail Special Edition’s MSRP of $39,455, the TRD Off-Road trim is $41,445—a difference of almost exactly $2,000. And while that’s a lot of money, it’s not a huge difference in the overall cost of a new car—especially when you’re financing. We think the extra $2k is worth it for many to enjoy some extra performance features. 

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