2020 Toyota 4Runner Review


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2020 Toyota 4Runner Overview

The Toyota 4Runner maintains all of the rugged off-road equipment that has made it a trail icon while adding some new technology for 2020.

The 4Runner has a distinctive look that signifies its capability. In an era where many SUVs are going for sloping rooflines and raked rear windows, the 4Runner is very square.

The 4Runner comes equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine, which generates 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission comes standard and powers the rear wheels or all four wheels with available 4-wheel drive (4WD) with low range. Regardless of RWD or 4WD, the 4Runner returns fuel economy of 16 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, 17 combined.

Trims for the 4Runner include SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, Nightshade, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. Standard features on the SR5 include cloth upholstery, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a wall-style power outlet. The SR5 Premium adds heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

The TRD Off-Road has a similar look to the SR5, but with upgraded wheels and a muted grey lower front bumper. The range-topping TRD Pro has an all-black grille, lower front shielding, rock rails, special off-road wheels, and a helpful roof rack system. It also comes with a locking rear differential, an off-road crawl mode, and Multi-Terrain Select. The TRD Pro features a functional TRD aftermarket exhaust as well as a JBL Premium Audio System and a navigation system.

The Nightshade trim adds 20-inch black alloy wheels and black chrome details. The Limited bears unique styling with plenty of chrome accents. Inside, it features heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and front and rear parking sensors. The Limited trim has a sport suspension that is tuned for on-road comfort.

All trims of the 4Runner gain updated infotainment features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base system is a 7-inch touchscreen, while upgraded trims, including the TRD Pro, will receive a larger 8-inch touchscreen. These systems also provide Amazon Alexa connectivity.

For 2020, the 4Runner gains Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) standard. This suite of safety technology includes forward-collision warning and avoidance, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. This comprehensive suite of safety technology joins a list of standard safety features that includes a reversing camera, traction control, and a full array of front- and side-impact airbags.

The Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Range Rover have fantastic capability, but the Wrangler has a small cabin and the Range Rover is quite expensive. The 4Runner, on the other hand, is the right-size SUV with off-road abilities.


From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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