For nearly forty years, the Toyota 4Runner has been the off-roading stalwart for enthusiasts looking for go-anywhere capability. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner promises even more capability thanks to the combination of up-to-the-minute technologies and equipment with rugged off-roading gear.
Even before we get started on what the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is expected to offer, Toyota says the new model will continue riding on the same tried-and-tested underpinnings as its predecessors. What this means on the surface is that the new model will continue offering serious off-road capability, a variety of configurations, and a smorgasbord of versatility options.
And in order to keep up with the Joneses in its segment, the 2020 4Runner will have to undergo a thorough refreshment. According to rumors, the next gen Toyota 4runner will feature a new exterior design and additional exterior colors.
Speaking of colors, exterior ones include Barcelona Red Pearl, Cavalry Blue, Blizzard Pearl, Super White, Nautical Blue Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic. And while we are still at it, those on the interior include Sand Beige, Redwood, and Black Graphite.
Toyota is yet to indicate plans of increasing the model range. As such, buyers should expect four primary trims – 4Runner SR5, 4Runner TRD Off-Road, 4Runner TRD Pro, and the top-of-the-range 4Runner Limited. Upgrades between them mostly consist of features that enhance the off-roading experience, and creature comforts, like navigation and heating.
So what specifically should we expect from the Toyota 4Runner 2020? First and foremost it is a no-brainer that it’ll receive a ton of interior and exterior redesigns. Among these redesigns should include better ground clearance, enhanced stabilizer bars, and hardware such as Toyota’s trick Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, low-range gearing, and a locking rear differential.
Interior wise, the next gen Toyota 4Runner should come with more standard features. Remember, the 4Runner is among the very few SUVs left from the traditional SUV mold, and the automaker has to make it as attractive as possible. As such, buyers should expect a redesigned interior that includes standard features such as heated exterior mirrors, simulated leather upholstery, a sunroof, power-deploying running boards, heated and ventilated front seats, and a dual-zone climate control system to name but a few features.
Be that as it may, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner isn’t in a class of one. Consequently, it’ll have to battle it out with similarly capable rivals such as the Dodge Durango SUV, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV. In the end, it all boils down to what buyers are looking for. For buyers keen on adventure, we highly recommend sticking with the Toyota 4Runner. But for those looking for something beyond off-roading, we recommend they go with either of the two rivals.
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Included in the newest Toyota 4Runner redesign is a refreshed front fascia. The result is a more aggressive and rugged appearance. To break it down, the grille is more muscular, the headlights are edgy and appear to be more forceful than before. LED is going to be standard regardless of the trim.
Besides the distinctive front fascia, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner will also feature a chrome front bumper and a chrome-plated grille insert. This is an optional feature that is present in the Toyota 4Runner 2019 but will be standard for the 2020 model.
As already mentioned, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner redesign also tags along a revamped exterior color palette. Colors should include Barcelona Red Pearl, Cavalry Blue, Blizzard Pearl, Super White, Nautical Blue Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic.
Standard exterior features include Bilstein dampers, revised front springs, Torsen locking center differential, power-deploying running boards, special all-terrain tires, a front skid plate, and 20-inch wheels.
Interior wise, the next gen Toyota 4Runner should be expected to provide a reasonable mix of comfort. According to Toyota, the redesigned model’s ride quality isn’t as firm. The noise and vibration is at a minimum thanks to the use of sound-deadening materials. And the exterior visibility is optimized.
In addition, the Toyota 4Runner 2020 should be expected to return with an impressive smorgasbord of attractive features and technologies. To this end, features include a 15-speaker JBL audio system, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 120-volt power outlet.
Since Toyota hasn’t announced anything concerning performance upgrades, we assume that’ll still come equipped with the same engine as the one beneath the Toyota 4Runner 2019 model. That said, a 270-horsepower – 4.0L V6 engine should be expected. The mill also produces 278 lbs. ft. of torque.
A well-equipped model should be able to achieve a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Fuel efficiency should be expected to be better, but indications are that Toyota isn’t promising anything yet. According to the existing Toyota 4Runner spec sheet, users should expect 22mpg on the highway and 17mpg in the city.
Rumors have it that the new model is set to go for sale sometime in the fall of 2019 as a 2020 year model. It is still premature to talk about the pricing at this time. Nonetheless, we don’t expect Toyota to increase it significantly over the existing one. As such, anything in the vicinity of $38,052 shouldn’t be a surprise. The cost should also include Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle components’ warranty.