2020 Toyota 4Runner

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$36,020 - $48,660
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2020 Toyota 4Runner Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 24, 2019

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When Toyota chooses to make a vehicle for a specific purpose, it builds the whole car around that one focus. When Toyota initially released the 4Runner, it was one of the most capable off-roader of its class. Today, the 4Runner comes in many flavours, but no matter what changes, it remains true to its origin and is an exceptional offroader.

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Pros

A very potent off-roader

Compelling price points with multiple options

Capacious cargo area with flexible cargo management

Cons

Ride quality when compared to a crossover

Restricted entry-exit due to tall step-in height

The V6 is slow.

What's New?

New Advanced Safety Features

Android Auto and AppleCarPlay standard on the new infotainment system

USB port for rear passengers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36020

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.2/63.2

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4400 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/21 mpg

ev range

391 mi.

highway range

483 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Toyota 4Runner in Barcelona Red Metallic color  2020 Toyota 4Runner in Classic Silver Metallic color  2020 Toyota 4Runner in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2020 Toyota 4Runner in Midnight Black Metallic color  2020 Toyota 4Runner in Nautical Blue Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota 4Runner SR5

SR5

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$36,020 - $37,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,020 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $37,895 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

SR5 Premium

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$39,215 - $41,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $39,215 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $41,090 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture

Venture

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$44,285


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Venture 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $44,285 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Limited

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$44,885 - $46,920


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $44,885 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $46,920 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade

Nightshade

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$46,625 - $48,660


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Nightshade 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $46,625 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Nightshade 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $48,660 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The 4Runner is a capable offroader. It starts around $36k and the base trim too can hold its own in rough terrains. Among the 4Runner lineup, the are trims more suited towards city usage too.

A buyer considers many aspects before they might make a decision to finally buy a car. While the 4Runner is very comfortable in off-roading, there are many other criterias which an SUV needs to excel and the tough competition makes it difficult to lead in every aspect when everyone is gunning for the best spot. The Jeep Grand Cherokee makes for a very capable competitor. The Dodge Durango and the Ford Explorer are also competing in the same category.

2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Rear View
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Toyota 4Runner Features

7.5/10

The 4Runners is offered between $36K to $48.6K and is available in 5 trims. All the trims are offered in either 4x2 or 4x4 except the “Venture Special Edition” which only comes as 4x4. Each trims shares the same engine but have different styling and somewhat built different from one another. The SR5 and the Premium are the “normal” editions of this SUV. The “Venture Special Edition” is overloaded with rugged external look. The “Limited” is more equipped for the city rather than off road and finally the “Nightshade” edition is .. well .. Black, inside and out.

Trim

SR5

SR5 Premium

Venture Special Edition

Limited

Nightshade Edition

MSRP (4x2)

$36,020

$39,215

 

$44,885

$46,625

MSRP (4x4)

$37,895

$41,090

$44,285

$46,920

$48,660

Key Features

Projector beam headlights

heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket

Auto On/Off headlights

Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim

 

Integrated Fog Lights

Windshield wipers with de-icers

Black door handles

Chrome door handles with touch sensor lock/unlock feature

Black door handles with touch sensor lock/unlock feature

 

Heated power outside mirrors

SofTex trimmed heated front seats

"TRD" red lettering on driver and front passenger headrests

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

Aerodynamic variable intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle

 

Roof Rails

Smart Key System

Black rear spoiler with center LED center high mount stop light

Dual zone automatic climate control with air filter and second row vents

Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and rear liftgate windows

 

17 inch 6 spoke alloy wheels

Power rear liftgate window with auto up/down and jam protection

17 inch 7 spoke dark grey metallic alloy wheels

20 inch split 6 spoke alloy wheels

Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats

Which trim to opt for?

Our recommendation is twofold. If you're a person who will be using their 4Runner only in the city, opt for the Limited. Although, if you are going to be tackling the dirt and grime, but are on a tight budget, then the SR5 Premium is the way to go. The SR5 gives you much more offroading capability than the limited due to its smaller tires and more ground clearance.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

The Toyota 4Runner is powered by a 4L V6 engine. This powerful engine is capable of producing thrust the hefty 4Runner with ease. It produces a total of 270 horsepower and 278 pound feet of torque. The engine has the capability to offer the rugged feeling which is slowly but surely fading from today’s mid-size 4x4s.

The 5 speed shiftable automatic on offer feels like a match made in heaven for the bulky engine. It puts the power to wheels in glorious fashion and never skips a beat when told to accelerate quickly at a high gear.

Models

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

MSRP

$36,202

$32,195

$30,495

$33,690

Engine

4L V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder

Transmission

5 Speed Shiftable Automatic

8 Speed Automatic Transmission

8 Speed Automatic Transmission

10 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

270 @ 5600 rpm

295 @ 6400 rpm

293 @ 6400 rpm

300 @ 5500 rpm

Torque

278 lb ft @ 4400 rpm

260 lb ft @ 4000 rpm

260 lb ft @ 4000 rpm

310 @ 3500 rpm

In its class, the Toyota 4Runner offers the least amount of power. While the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango does have better horsepower numbers, the 4Runner hold the podium in torque. Nothing can however think of challenging the Ford Explorer here. This beast of a machine, with its 2.3L turbocharged Inline 4 makes 30 horsepower with 310 pound feet of torque. Getting so much power out of such a small engine is quite a feat.

2020 Toyota 4Runner “0-60”?

The capable V6 of the 4Runner runs smooth. However, for the smoothness it doesn't sacrifice acceleration. The 5 speed auto the 4Runner is equipped with propels it smoothly and with linear trust. The gear ratios here are tall and stays in the powerband longer thanks to its 5 gears. There is no obvious lag while accelerating and although the acceleration isn't fast, it is quite strong. The 4Runner manages a 0-60 acceleration in 7.3 seconds.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV 0-60 MPH In just 7.3 sec

Models

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

0-60 MPH

7.3 seconds

6.7 Seconds

7.6 Seconds

6.8 seconds

Quarter mile

15.3 Seconds

15.2 Seconds

15.8 Seconds

15.3 seconds

Engine

4L V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.4

8.4

8.4

7.3

As just said, the 4Runner isn't very fast. Although it isn't the slowest in class, but almost a second behind the leader, which is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds. Taking the class by surprise is the Ford Explorer. With its small 2.3L inline 4, it catches up with the leader. With a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds, this performance is quite impressive. Finally, the Dodge Durango, the backseater of this class. The 7.6 seconds 0-60 is disappointing, specially with what the Durango name stands for.

How does the 2020 Toyota 4Runner corner?

An SUV this size is expected to be a little wobbly in tight corners, however, the 4Runner is anything but. The heavy SUV takes tight, short corners in a stride. The body roll is quite less considering the weight and the height of the vehicle. This impressive display of control gives huge credit to the suspension system.

2020 Toyota 4Runne Side View
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Three Quarter View


The steering is precise and quick to react to the control of the driver, but provides very little feedback. In higher speeds, the effort to steer changes as it becomes slightly heavier but not enough to cause fatigue in long drives.
It runs smooth and relaxed on the road. It feels more like a crossover than an SUV, but that perception fades away when you take this massive vehicle off-road. The way the 4Runner excels off the road, it becomes evidently clear to even the uninitiated that this is no crossover, this is an SUV a rugged core.

2020 Toyota 4Runner “60-0”?

Although the braking is fine, the pedal feels leaves the driver flabbergasted. The amount of dead travel to the pedal is significant. It will take a decent amount of time to get used to the braking feel of this SUV. However, in the last one third portion of the pedal travel, the braking power on demand. The front and rear disks are ventilated. The massive 4Runner stops well for its size and weight.

2020 Toyota 4Runne Brakes
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Brake Front is 13.3 in.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

13

13

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.3

13

13

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4400

4625

4989

4443

60-0 MPH (ft.)

 

124

127

125

In the class, the cars brake as one can expect after reviewing the data. The heaviest of the bunch, Dodge Durango, travels the most distance in case of a panic stop from 60 miles per hour; 127 feet. Although the Ford Explorer is lighter than the Jeep Grand cherokee, its stops farther, possibly due to its smaller brakes. The Grand Cherokee has the smallest braking distance relative to its weight. A panic brake stop distance of 124 feet is highly impressive for a weight of 4600 pounds.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

The Toyota 4Runner is quite a big fuel guzzler. The fuel economy of the Toyota 4Runner this year has shown no improvement. It still provides 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

MPG (city)

16

18

19

17

MPG (highway)

19

25

26

24

MPG (combined)

17

21

21

20

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal)

23

24.6

24.6

19.2

Range (City/Highway)

368/437

442.8/615

467.4/639.6

403.2/537.6

Mostly it happens if a car is slow, it maintains a class leading fuel economy. However, here the 4Runner is not only one of the slowest cars in the class, it holds the poorest fuel economy. The Ford Explorer holds a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. The position of class leader is a tie between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango, which both hold a combined average of 21 mpg. Here, we think the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the better candidate as it performs much better while maintaining top class fuel efficiency.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Interior

7.0/10

While the 4Runner looks rugged and aggressive from the outside, it looks plush and with a hint of lavishness on the inside; like a coconut. The materials used inside are all top grade. Although there is some plastic here and there, it is used tastefully and is of high grade. The seats are either vinyl or leather and can be heated or cooled or both, depending on the trim. If more seating is required, a third row seat can be opted for.

2020 Toyota 4Runne Frontr Seats
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front Seats

The view from the driver’s seat is very satisfying. You sit higher than your typical crossover, and have a very authoritative position. Almost every driver will be able to find a comfortable position thanks to the adjustments offered on the seats and the tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Adjusting pedals would have been a good touch here for some of the shorter passengers. Visibility is spot on as seeing over the corners of the hood is pretty comfortable and the rear view is very gracious.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

41.4/61.5/42.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.2/58/38.6

39.8/50.4/38.6

40.6/61/39.5

Out of the class, the Ford Explorer has the most cabin room. The seating space in both the front and rear rows are class leading. While the front rows of both the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are identical, the Jeep pulls ahead in roominess of the second row. The Toyota 4Runner is somewhere in the middle.

What are the infotainment features in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

The 4Runner now comes standard with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 8 inch touchscreen is easy to use and responds well to touch input. Voice recognition is easy to use and is also Amazon Alexa compatible. You get a 3 month trial to satellite radio and in car wifi, with up to 2 GB within 3 months. The satellite radio and wifi are services which are for a limited time only and will require you to re-subscribe to continue using.

How big is the Cargo Space in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

The 4Runner has an abundance of cargo space. The 47.2 cubic feet of storage out back is quite well for a car this size. However, if you need more space, the passenger seats fold down flat to make more space for your cargo. The power rear glass makes loading everyday objects easy, while the sliding cargo bay help with the heavy objects.

2020 Toyota 4Runne Cargo Space
2020 Toyota 4Runne Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 47.2 cu ft.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

47.2

36.3

47.7

21

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

89.7

68.3

84.5

80.7

The 4Runner and the Dodge Durango has comparable cargo space. Although the Dodge Durango is technically the winner, the difference in their storage space is negligible. The Ford Explorer is the one behind in line here. With a cargo space of 21 cubic feet, the Explorer really underperformed here. However, things change when we talk about storage room with the seats folded down. The Explorer makes a miraculous recovery from being dead last and caught up to the leaders. Although the Explorer is still at third place, the difference between it and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is now at last place, is quite substantial.

2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV badge
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV badge
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Steering Wheel
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Steering Wheel
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Sunroof Controls
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Sunroof Controls
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Sunroof
2020 Toyota 4Runne SUV Sunroof

2020 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

The intuitive looks of the 4Runner incorporates the right amount of style with off-road prowess. The right amount being lots of off-road with very little style. While the 4Runner would look inconspicuous on the road, take it in the dirt and one will realise its true beauty when its in its natural environment. The flat and boxy front helps the driver view in tight corners. While the silhouette of the 4Runner is the same across models, the details are different. The “Limited” is leaning more toward city use. It sits lower than the other trims and is decorated chrome accents all around.

2020 Toyota 4Runne Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Three Quarter View

The “Nightshade Edition” is better in handling off road challenges. It is lathered top to bottom in black, as you might have guessed (“Night”shade .. duh). Black alloys, grille, black chrome bumper accents finished with a beautiful black interior. Finally, the “Venture Special Edition” out this goes a little overboard with the whole offroad thing. A Yakima MegaWarrior roof mounted cargo basket comes standard here. With that, it also has 17 inch wheels, a black rear bumper and door handles.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

Curb weight (lbs.)

4400

4625

4989

4443

Length(in)

 

190.7

199.8

184.3

Width(in)

75.8

76.5

75.8

78.9

Height(in)

71.5

69.3

70.9

70

Ground clearance (in)

9.6

8.6

8.1

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

114.8

119.8

112.8

Track width (in) F/R

63.2/63.2

63.9/64.1

63.9/64.1

67/67

4400 pounds isn't light, but in this class, it can be considered so. The 4Runner is the lightest in this class. The heaviest is the Dodge Durango. Such a weight is partially responsible for its poor performance metrics. The 4Runner also has the maximum ground clearance of the batch making it the most capable off roader here. Also, a shorter wheelbase means the 4Runner will have more control in short turns.

2020 Toyota 4Runne Side View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Side View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runne Front View

2020 Toyota 4Runner Safety

The 4Runner is equipped top to bottom with a lot of safety features. The car takes a lot car of the driver and its passengers. The whole car is covered with airbags. Along with that, many other features like Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Systems, Stability and Traction control, ABS etc. The 2020 4Runner hasn't been crash tested yet, but the 2019 4Runner very high reviews by the IIHS.

Other safety features:

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Post Collision Safety System
  • Accident Avoidance System
  • Emergency Braking Assist

2020 Toyota 4Runner Competition

2020 Toyota 4Runner vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee has more power and is quicker car in a less expensive package. It also maintains very good fuel economy compared to the 4Runner. This doesn't mean that the 4Runner doesn't have its own advantages. In terms of reliability and handling, the 4Runner is impeccable. It also has very satisfying cargo storage and class leading off-roading capabilities. The choice between the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee depends on the preference of the potential owner.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Toyota 4Runner VS 2020 Dodge Durango

The Durango is the cheapest in the bunch. It is also the slowest. However, it does have good fuel economy and looks on the sporty side. The Cargo space is good but the 4Runner has more. The 4Runner excels in offroading. Its lighter weight makes it ideal to thrust against some dirt. Style and brand liking can be the only reason to choose the Durango over the 4Runner.

2020 Dodge Durango
2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Toyota 4Runner VS 2020 Ford Explorer

The Explorer might not be as light as the 4Runner, but is definitely quicker. The Explorer, with its Inline 4 engine manages a lot when pitted against the 4Runner. It also manages a better fuel economy. However, the 4Runner has the best of the bunch in off roading capabilities. Its focus has been more towards its ability to make the family picnics epic. Its excellent cargo capacity seconds that.

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer

 

2020 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

The Toyota 4Runner is the product of a careful decisions between speed or endurance. Being an offroad vehicle, Toyota has done a lot to make sure the 4Runner doesn't break even after years of using it off road. Not only is it well equipped to handle the harshness of the wilderness, it does so while keeping the occupants completely comfortable. Obviously, Toyota’s reputation makes and keeps some obvious promises. Great handling, sturdy built and a great customer care system put a neat bow on this grand package.