2019 4Runner New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is the SUV to buy, if it's off-road adventure you have in mind. Based on Toyota's Tacoma pickup, the 4Runner gets few changes for the new model year. The TRD Pro gets Fox shocks that smooth the ride, and the Limited gets a new dark appearance package.
All 4Runners use a 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 horsepower, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard but most 4Runners get optioned into four-wheel drive.
The 4Runner's muscular body is bolted to a pickup-truck ladder frame, with a solid rear axle, rear coil springs, and an independent front suspension. The ground clearance is high, so it's a big step in and out. There's an optional suspension for the TRD off-road models that reduces the lean in corners.
The 2019 4Runner's fuel economy comes in at an EPA-rated 17 mpg city, 21 highway, and 18 combined with rear-wheel drive, and the same combined 18 mpg with four-wheel drive.
Unlike other Toyotas, the 4Runner isn't endowed with much active safety equipment: no adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, or automatic emergency braking. The NHTSA rates it at four stars overall, with a three-star rollover rating. The IIHS rating is a bit better, but still 'Marginal'? in the small-overlap crash test..
There are six 4Runner models: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off Road, TRD Off Road Premium, TRD Pro and Limited.
The SR5 costs about $36,000 and includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment, power features, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Four-wheel drive costs about $1,800 more.
The SR5 Premium for about $38,000 adds navigation, synthetic leather upholstery, and a few other features. A third row of seats and a power moonroof are optional.
The TRD Off Road, at about $39,000, builds on the SR5 with four-wheel drive, off-road traction control modes, a locking rear differential, and more.
The TRD Off Road Premium for about $41,000 adds synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and more. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that gives the 4Runner better on- and off-road prowess costs $1,600 on either TRD Off Road trim and is paired with navigation.
With its Fox shocks, raised suspension, and off-road tires, the TRD Pro costs about $47,500.
Finally, the 4Runner Limited costs about $46,300 and features leather upholstery, a JBL audio system, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof and more chrome. This year's new Nightshade package tones down the chrome with a darker finish. .