The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a mid-size SUV with a body-on-frame style. It can accommodate from five to seven passengers and the interior offers numerous features. The exterior looks rugged and the ride is quiet and smooth.
However, the biggest advantage of this SUV is its off-road capabilities that the competitors such as the Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia can’t reach. Powered by a V6, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner comes with a good tow rating and is perfect for the longer trips. On top of that, this model becomes a family favorite, especially with the optional third – row. Just like in the previous years, a TRD Pro performance-oriented version is available.
2020 Toyota 4Runner exterior changes
The forthcoming 2020 Toyota 4Runner will arrive with minor exterior changes. Basically, everything will remain intact except the front end that gets larger front fascia and headlights that are done in a boomerang shape. The rest of the exterior is the same, so the boxy shape and the rugged style will be present as always before.
The rear features a power-retractable window that is incorporated into the liftgate. Thanks to that window, loading cargo is a piece of cake and visibility is better as well. The TRD models get a hood scoop and better ground clearance.
2020 Toyota 4Runner interior design and trims
The interior of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is very versatile and roomy. The buttons are still large and the center console adds a 120V AC power outlet. The seats are comfortable and are supportive as well. The rear also offers great legroom and the 40/20/40-split seat is in the offer. The base model offers two rows and seating for five passengers. The new model will be available with six trims: SR5, SR5 Premium, Limited, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium and TRD Pro Series.
If you opt for SR5 and Limited trim levels, you can install an optional third-row for a total seven seats. The cargo space is above average and folding rear seats flat will raise the area to 90 cubic feet. When it comes to the standard equipment, 4Runner’s base model offers a navigation, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and Entune Audio Plus. Limited models add standard leather seats, dual-zone climate control, moonroof and premium JBL sound system with 15 speakers.
TRD Pro and off-road model
The TRD pro model comes with long list of features. It includes locking rear differential, multi-terrain select with crawl control, 4-wheel drive system, water-resistant seat fabric. However, the TRD off-road adds Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which can disconnect the stabilizer bars to allow more axle travel. This system is ideal on the tough terrain.
2020 Toyota 4Runner engine
A single powertrain comes with the approaching 2020 Toyota 4Runner and it is a 4.0-liter V6 engine. This unit generates up to 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque and the base model is available with the two-wheel drive setup. SR5 and Limited models are including a four-wheel drive configuration, both part-time and full-time.
A 5-speed automatic transmission is the only choice and the general feeling is that this SUV acts more like a pickup truck. The ride is smooth, however, cornering abilities could’ve been better. What separates Toyota 4Runner from its rivals is a great off-roading manner.
Towing capacity and fuel economy
The tow rating is set at 5,000 pounds, which is good, but on the other hand, the fuel economy isn’t the 4Runner’s strongest point. The fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
2020 Toyota 4Runner price and release date
The starting price is set at $36,000. TRD models are priced at $39,000 and the Limited trim level will cost around $44,500. With those prices in mind, Toyota’s newest SUV costs more than the Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Pathfinder. We could see this model at the very end of 2018.