Texas Road Trip: Drive the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
2020 has definitely changed the way we travel. If you’re like me, getting on a plane is not an option that I’m comfortable with right now. However, it goes to a Texas Excursion is an option we can do! What made our first road trip of the year so enjoyable was the new one 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD PrÖ for our ride in the Texas Hill Country! I was thrilled to work with Toyota to give this baby test drive for the week and I can honestly tell you I already miss the car. Below is my review of what I loved about the Toyota 4Runner and how perfect it was to explore the tropical destinations in Texas! #ToyotaPartner #ToyotaSummerRoadTrip
TOYOTA 4RUNNER: YOU, ME & SUVS
Let me give you a little background about myself and vehicles. My family that grew up was a Toyota family. Our cars were Toyota Camrys and we loved them because they were Toyota brand makes great cars that last a long time. We had the Camry until it stopped running, which was about 14 years later. My first car was our 1994 Toyota Camry. This was a handover of my car from my mother to my sister and then to me, but it took a good 14 years.
So we were mostly a sedan family and not that many SUVs. We got an SUV later, but I stayed with a sedan. So I have to admit that I was a little nervous on a road trip in an SUV. I’ve never driven a large body SUV on a road trip before. But when I got to the Toyota 4Runner, I felt very comfortable. There was nothing to worry about as it was equipment with the best features and safety features that made driving a large SUV a breeze.
TOYOTA 4RUNNER: INTERIOR COMFORT
One of the things I like about the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is the entire interior comfort. Not only was it very spacious, as the 2nd row could be folded down, but the seats were also very comfortable to sit on. Some SUVs are so bulky that you feel like your body doesn’t adapt well to the seat, making your back uncomfortable to go for a long drive. Everything is adjustable from the height to the headrest, which makes it comfortable.
I also love all the little compartments in the front. I don’t know why I always have so much stuff when I travel, but I need all the little compartments for my stuff so it’s easily accessible. There are several cup holders in the center as well as in the car door which I loved because they were big enough to hold my large Powerade bottles.
The back cargo space is amazing! So much space in the back that we could definitely store a few pieces of luggage. I love the fact that the 4Runner has an electric rear window too. This is great for getting things done quickly without opening the truck and letting the whole world know what you’re driving with. There is also an electrical outlet in the cargo area so you can charge your electronics like a drone or DSLR camera.
TOYOTA 4RUNNER: SPEAK SPECIFICATIONS
Now for the good stuff – technology! One of the must-see things on a road trip is the great technology. I liked that very much Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Navigation system. When I travel, I usually use my navigation on my phone. It was so nice to have a big navigation screen in the middle of the car and in the driver dash. This navigation system shows you which lanes you should be in when you approach a fork in the road or a section of the motorway. The same image is also displayed on the driver’s dashboard. This is great as your eyes stay closer to the road and not easily look down and off-center. The screen also doubles as a rearview camera, which I loved and needed as I am not used to driving a large SUV.
My next favorite feature is the sunroof! You can’t go on a road trip in Texas without a canopy! I kept the sunroof open the whole time. You have the option to keep the shadow closed so no light can come in or open while the actual window stays closed (as I kept it). You can open or tilt the window to let in some air, or you can open everything completely. We had great sunny weather the whole time, so the mood on the sunroof was just right!
Let’s talk about sound! Whenever we travel we always need to rent a car and every car is always Apple Carplay compatible. But the 4Runner not only has Apple Carplay, but also Amazon Alexa and (Drum Roll) Android automatic compatibility also. Here you can have your favorite Android apps and play your playlist from your phone. I connected Pandora and my Spotify playlist for our ride. We have listed my traffic jams with the JBL audio system with 15 speakers. The sound was amazing.
TOYOTA 4RUNNER: THE DRIVE
What was the overall drive like with all the comfort and technical data? Excellent! I can confidently say this because I have back problems – scoliosis. And I usually have to take breaks or after a few hours my back will kill me or I’m sore or stiff. At the end of this trip, I realized that I didn’t stop because of my back, nor did I have the urge to stop the car because I was restless. It was a very smooth, comfortable ride and I could have continued.
We did 787 miles in total and what was great was that 4Runner did great on gasoline. We only had to fill up twice, which amazed us. SUVs are known as “gas guzzlers”, but we filled up as much as we did with a sedan. it gets 19 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. One of the best things about road trips is filling up in small towns. In large cities, gas prices are much higher than in small towns. So not only did we top up twice but we also spent around $ 30 per top up which is great! I was expecting a lot moree.
I firmly believe that COVID-19 will be here for a while and that traveling will always be a little different. If you love to travel and want to upgrade your vehicle I would consider getting this Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro So you have a great vehicle for family outings. Or if you are planning to rent a vehicle at the airport, I would ask you to reserve a 4Runner! Stay tuned for my Tropical Texas Travel blog post so you can see in detail where we drove the Toyota 4Runner.
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