As one of a few body-one-frame SUVs available, the Toyota 4Runner manages to keep the high place considering sales in its segment. Offered in many trim levels, available with a seven-seat configuration, and excellent towing capability, the 4Runner is the great choice for families who love off-road adventures. However, according to some rumors, the carmaker is planning a redesigned of this model which has started to look a bit outdated. So, the newest 2020 Toyota 4Runner could get some upgrades in exterior styling and technology front this time.
Engine and performance of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner
We expect the 2020 Toyota 4Runner to return with the same engine as its predecessor. It is a 4.0-liter V-6 engine which is found in all trim levels. This engine is able to generate 270 horsepower and the torque of 278 pound-feet of torque. It is linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. The 4Runner comes with three drivetrain options. The SR5 and Limited come with rear-wheel drive, the SR5 and TRD are offered with a part-time all-wheel drive, and the Limited is also available with full-time all-wheel drive configurations. The 4Runner is a great hauler and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
As for the fuel efficiency, the rear-wheel drive model gets 17 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. Connected to all wheels, this model is rated at 17 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined.
The exterior design of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner
The Toyota 4Runner features a rugged and aggressive look and boxy shape which hasn’t changed for years. The front fascia sports a two-tier grille which in the Limited model gets more chrome. There are also the prominent headlamps with indentations below in a shape of a boomerang. The TRD models feature a slightly different hood and provide better ground clearance. Looking from the side, the 4Runner has the same two-box shape. The base model uses the standard 17-inch wheels while the 20-inch wheels are offered in the higher trim levels. All the models come standard with a roof rack.
On the other hand, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner might finally be revised in the terms of exterior design. So, this time, we might see a redesigned grille and lights, especially the rear ones which hasn’t changed for years. However, we still don’t have any official information, so we will have to wait a bit while for more details.
Design of interior
Inside, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is simple but functional. The cabin features two rows of seats and the third row is optional in the SR5 and Limited trim levels. The front seats are cozy and supportive and the second row is able to place three passengers although they might feel a bit tight. The third row is, however, best for kids and occasional use. Depending on a trim level, the seats are upholstered in fabric, synthetic leather, or real leather. The base model comes with 47.2 cubic feet for cargo. However, with the third and the second rows of seats folded down, the 4Runner provides the room of nearly 90 cubic feet.
Equipment of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner will be available in several trim levels. Those include SR5, SR5 Premium, Limited, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, and TRD Pro models. The base version comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, audio system with 8 speakers, a rearview camera, a power driver’s seat, fabric upholstery, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SR5 Premium will add front seat heaters, a navigation system, and synthetic leather upholstery. These both models are available with a 50/50-split third-row seat, and the SR5 Premium offers a moonroof. The base model can also be equipped with navigation.
Furthermore, the TRD models will be more off-road oriented. They will be equipped with the same features as the SR5 and SR5 Premium models, but they will add a locking rear differential, Crawl Control, and more modes for the traction control. The TRD Pro will also include a unique design of the front grille and wheels, Bilstein shocks, thicker skid plates, and a heavy-duty suspension. The TRD model won’t be available with the third row but will offer some packages. So, the Wilderness package will add roof rack cross bars, rubber cargo mat, and floor mats. The Limited version will get 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a JBL audio with 15 speakers, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, while the third row will be optional.
Safety-wise, all 4Runners come with 8 airbags, a rearview camera, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and active head restraints. The current model doesn’t offer automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning or blind-spot monitors. However, this could change for the 2020 model year.
Release date and price
Although it is not official, we believe that the newest 2020 Toyota 4Runner should go on sale sometime during 2019. The price is also not known, but it could be slightly higher than the current which starts at $35,500.