Chicago Auto Show – 2021 Toyota 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma Trail Special Edition
Uniquely Optioned Toyotas Add Some Off-Road Style
Revealed at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota pulled the covers off the 2021 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma Trail Special Edition. Each is based on its nameplate's respective SR5 trim level with two- or four-wheel drive, adding a few custom touches to make it unique.
The Trail Special Edition also comes with black exterior badging, black upholstery with tan stitching, and standard all-weather floor liners. Whether 4Runner, Tundra, or Tacoma, the unique package will be available in four colors: Army Green, Cement, Midnight Black, or Super White.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition
Based on the SR5 crew cab, the Tacoma Trail Special Edition offers that model's value-oriented feature set. But to justify its rough-and-tumble name, the Trail Special Edition gets 18-inch TRD Off-Road wheels mounted on Kevlar-reinforced all-terrain tires. The Tacoma Limited donates its flashy grille to the Trail, while the bed receives a 115V power outlet for improved functionality at the worksite, campground, or stadium parking lot. Speaking of tailgating, lockable in-bed storage makes an appearance on the Tacoma, and the driver-side unit is insulated to double as a cooler.
2021 Toyota Tundra Trail Special Edition
The Tundra Trail Special Edition is based on the SR5 Crew Max pickup with the SR5 Upgrade Package (bigger fuel tank, front bucket seats with adjustable driver lumbar, tilt-and-telescoping wheel, anti-theft system, and more). To that base, the Trail receives a the 1794 Edition's chrome/color-keyed grille, unique wheels, and lockable in-bed storage with an insulated, cooler-imitating driver-side box.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition
Dark grey TRD Off-Road wheels help set the 4Runner Trail apart from its siblings, including the similar Venture Edition. A standard Yakima LoadWarrior cargo basket and sliding cargo tray improve versatility, and the 4Runner Trail comes standard with a custom, 40-quart cooler built specifically for Toyota. A lockable lid and freezer-grade gasket help the cooler keep ice for up to a week, both heavy-duty latches include bottle openers, and tie-down straps and special brackets on the cargo tray keep the cooler secured while driving. It is color-matched to the Army Green and Cement exterior colors, while the Midnight Black and Super White 4Runners get a Cement-colored cooler.
Trail Style With a Little Substance
The 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma Trail Special Edition improve versatility over their SR5 brethren somewhat, but no suspension or drivetrain changes mean these trucks are more about style than significant upgrades. That's just fine with us, given how capable and adroit Toyota vehicles tend to be off-road anyway.
Toyota desperately needs to update these three trucks significantly, given how much better their competition has gotten on-road. But that said, there's still plenty of charm to be found, and with the Trail Special Edition versions, Toyota makes a (visual) statement that their vehicles are still among the best when the pavement turns to dirt.