2020 4Runner New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner's an old-school SUV. It has a body-on-frame structure, a solid rear axle, and beefy pickup-truck parts. That gives the base SR5 model some significant off-road capability, while the TRD Off Road and TRD Pro models take the recipe to its limits.
For 2020, the 4Runner gets standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors; its infotainment system adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 4Runner's engine is a 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The seats are big and soft, and even though they're mounted low, it's a big step up into the cab. Thanks in part to its weight and big tires, the 4Runner's handling can feel ponderous at slow speeds.
Ironically, the TRD Off Road can make the 4Runner feel more secure on-road. It can be equipped with hydraulically actuated sway bars that reduce lean in curves. The TRD Pro uses another suspension setup, Fox dual-reservoir shocks and a 2.5-inch suspension lift that gives the 4Runner a plush ride, although an even higher step up.
The rear-wheel-drive 4Runner gets 17 mpg city, 21 highway, 18 combined, while the four-wheel-drive model remarkably gets virtually the same, at 17/20/18 mpg.
The NHTSA gave the 2019 4Runner four out of five stars overall in its crash tests. The IIHS gave it its top 'Good'? scores in many crash tests, but 'Marginal'? in the driver-side small-overlap test. .
The base 4Runner SR5 costs around $36,000 with rear-wheel drive, $38,000 with four-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes power features, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. A Premium package adds synthetic leather upholstery and a power moonroof.
For about $37,800, the SR5 Premium adds a power moonroof, synthetic leather seats that are heated up front, and a few other features.
The TRD Off Road runs about $41,000 and comes with a locking rear differential, off-road cruise control, and driving modes for four-wheeling. The best option is the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which Toyota bundles with navigation for about $1,600.
At about $50,000, the TRD Pro goes whole hog with Fox shocks, a suspension lift, all-terrain tires with lightweight wheels, a beefy roof rack, and additional underbody protection.
For about the same price as the TRD Pro, the 4Runner Limited features big wheels and chrome-laden dashboard. .