2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV

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$39,840 - $49,865
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2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 22, 2020
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Toyota is known for its reliability and the promises they make are fulfilled with every one of their cars. The 4Runner carries the same reliability and longevity like any other Toyota. What the 4Runner offers along with that is amazing offroading capability. This was before the “Toyota Racing Development” or TRD department got their hands on it. What came forth is the 4Runner TRD, which takes the off-roading capabilities of the regular 4Runner to a different league altogether. 

The Toyota 4Runner TRD starts at a price of $39,740 and positions itself as a capable off-roader that does not burn a big hole in your pocket. The 4Runner TRD can be procured in 3 trims, going by the names- TRD off-Road, TRD off-Road Premium, and finally the TRD Pro. If you want to satisfy that adventurer in you, the 4Runner TRD serves will serve as a great companion.

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Pros

Very well equipped for off-roading

Variety of configurations available

Cargo area very versatile 

Cons

V6 engine not punchy or very fuel efficient

Tall step in height

What's New?

New driver safety features

Overhauled infotainment system

USB Ports for rear passengers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39840

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/13.3

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4750 lbs.

ground clearance

9.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1550 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/21/18 mpg

highway range

483 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. /unlimited


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2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV in Alpine Green Metallic color
Alpine Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine And Performance

7.1

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.5

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Off Road

Off Road

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

$39,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Off Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $39,840 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Off Road Premium

Off Road Premium

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

$42,570


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Off Road Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $42,570 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Pro

Pro

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

$49,865


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pro 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $49,865 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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The 4Runner TRD is the more off-road capable version of the standard 4Runner. It is not for people who only have the knack for taking their SUV to no man's land but for ones who are “Off-Roading Fanatics” in the truest sense. With the SUV market growing, the 4Runner has the stage to make its presence known.

Competing alongside the 4Runner TRD are very capable contenders, some more than others. One such competitor is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Not only is it a celebrated off-roader but also holds its own on the street too. Also, the Dodge Durango GT Plus tries its best to compete with both these uber-capable SUVs.

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

8.1/10
Features

 

7.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

7.5/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Features

8.1/10

The 4Runner TRD comes in 3 variants, prices of which start off from over $39.700 for the base variant. Among the 3 variants, the TRD Off-Road and the Off-Road Premium have similar off-roading capabilities, but the TRD Pro is a speck above all.

The base TRD Off-Road variant might be the first in the 4Runner TRD lineup but is it is decently equipped too. The TRD Off-Road Premium is the same as the base in capabilities but gets more upscale features. Finally, there's the TRD Pro. This 4Runner is a true off-roader thanks to the upgraded suspension and better wheels among many other features.

Trim

TRD Off-Road

TRD Off-Road Premium

TRD Pro

MSRP (4WD)

$39,840

$42,570

$49,865

Key Features

Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim

Adds/Upgrades to TRD Off-Road

Adds/Upgrades to TRD Off-Road Premium

  Audio Plus with 8 Speakers LED taillights with smoked sport trim Auto on/off headlight feature
 

Roof rails

Aerodynamic variable intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle

Roof basket

 

"TRD Off-Road" external hard badges

"TRD" red lettering on a driver and front passenger headrests

Black "TRD PRO" external hard badges

 

 

Premium Audio with 8 Speakers

Premium Audio with 15 speakers

Which trim do we recommend?

The 4Runner TRD lineup makes sense for the people who are looking for adventure. The rush of treading potentially dangerous terrain, conquering it and reaching a height of personal achievement is what off-roading is all about. For people who share that enthusiasm for off-roading, we suggest you go all out and invest in the 4Runner TRD Pro.

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Engine and Performance

7.1/10

The 4Runner TRD shares the same engine of the regular 4Runner models. The 4L V6 engine in the 4Runner TRD is powerful and more than capable of aptly powering the hefty body of the 4Runner. The engine produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine offers a rugged feel to the driving experience but not in a bad way. Instead, it satisfies the authentic feel of a true 4x4.

The engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic gearbox that handles the power from the engine pretty well. It puts the power down to the wheels in a controlled manner, which is exactly what an off-roader needs. 

Models

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

MSRP

$39,840

$44,955

$41,595

Engine

4L Regular Unleaded V6

3.6L Regular Unleaded V6

3.6L Regular Unleaded V6

Drivetrain 4WD 4WD AWD

Transmission

5 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

270@5,600

295@6,400

295@6,400

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

278@4,400

260@4,000 

260@4,000

The 4Runner TRD slightly falls behind its competitors in terms of power. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Dodge Durango GT Plus get similar engines and have exactly the same power figures, 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. While the competition makes more power, in terms of the ability to put that power to the ground, the 4Runner takes the lead. It is evident that the 4Runner is built for the wilderness before anything else. For such a case, torque matters more than power. 

How's the Toyota 4Runner TRD's acceleration?

Eyeballing the car, one expects it to be rough and vibrate a lot. However, it is much smoother than you'd expect. While the acceleration of the 4Runner falls behind a little, it is quite smooth and vey well balanced. The gear ratios are tall and allow the 4Runner TRD to stay in the powerband for longer. There is no obvious lag when accelerating either. The acceleration isn't fast but quite strong. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV 0-60 MPH in just 7.3 sec

This results from the fact that the 4Runner TRD's V6 is a bit judicious in sending power to the wheels. That V6 shows its real potential a bit higher up on the powerband. Thereafter, power is always plenty, making for much quicker in-gear acceleration.

Models

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.3 

7.6 

7.6 

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.3 

15.7 

15.8

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 180 N/A

Engine

4L Regular Unleaded V6

3.6L Regular Unleaded V6

3.6L Regular Unleaded V6

Emission

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

10.4

8.4

8.4

When we see the 0-60 acceleration times of the class, the 4Runner comes ahead. In the longer run, the quarter-mile, aslo the 4Runner does well. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Dodge Durango GT Plus fall behind the 4Runner TRD by about 0.4 seconds. 

How does the Toyota 4runner TRD handle?

The steering of the Toyota 4runner TRD is accurate and responds well to the driver’s inputs. Despite the responsiveness, however, it provides little feedback from the road, making it difficult to master the steering. However, at higher speeds, the steering feel of the 4Runner changes completely. It becomes heavier and provides a decent amount of feedback to the driver, which makes controlling this heavy car comparitively easier. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Front View

The 4Runner TRD is made for the offroad. So it gets exceptional suspension and superior body balance, which also allow it to corner rather beautifully. For an SUV its size, its weight does become quite notable while driving. Still, body roll is quite contained. The excellent suspension system is what makes this possible.

The 4Runner TRD maintains its composure on the road too. It runs smooth and relaxed until poked. To put it simply, it handles more like a crossover than an SUV. This perception, however, fades away when you see the 4runner's performance off-road. The TRD lineup, especially the TRD Pro is unconquerable kings of the wild. To say that this vehicle excels off the road is an understatement.

How's the Toyota 4Runner TRD's braking?

The main problem with the braking of the 4Runner TRD is how the brake pedal feels. The amount of dead travel of the pedal is comical. Around two-thirds of the pedal desn't elicit a response.

However, when you finally reach a point where the braking system wakes up, it performs superbly. Both the front and rear brakes are ventilated. While the official metrics of the 60 mph to 0 panic stop tests are not known yet, the 4Runner TRD stops well for its size and weight. 

Model

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.3

13

13.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.3

13

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

4750

5004

4443

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A 124 134

The 4Runner TRD’s 4750 lb weight places it in the middle of the class. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is the heaviest of the class while the Dodge Durango GT Plus is the lightest. Yet, the Durango has the biggest brakes of the class. We’ll, anyway, have to see how the cars fair in the panic braking test to actually judge their performance. 

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2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 4Runner TRD is not very fuel-efficient. This mammoth SUV can go places, be it the city or an expedition through highway, for every gallon of gasoline you stuff into it. But summing up the stats result in meek figures when compared with the segment standards.  

Model

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

MPG (City)

17

18

19

MPG (Highway)

20

25

26

MPG (Combined)

18

21

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23

24.6

24.6

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

391/460/414`

442.8/615/516

467.4/639.6/516

Both in fuel economy and the range, the 4Runner TRD is dead last. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Dodge Durango GT Plus, both while having more powerful engines, yet they manage to maintain a better fuel economy than the 4Runner TRD. Although, seeing that the 4Runner is able to be the quickest of the bunch, this lack in fuel economy can be forgiven.

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Interior

7.0/10

Rough on the outside, lavish on the inside. That is what the 4Runner TRD offers. The cabin is lined with top-notch materials. Even the plastics are used tastefully and are of high quality. The word “TRD” is plastered everywhere to remind you that you are indeed in a TRD and not a regular 4Runner.

For instance, the headrests are embroidered with the “TRD” or “TRD Pro”, depending on the variant. The seats themselves can either be fabric or SofTex. They are heated and ventilated too. They are comfortable enough to enjoy drives in or survive tackling with the wild. One can even opt for a third row if required.

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Rear Seats

Talking of viewing angles, the driver enjoys a clear view of the road. The seats are placed higher than normal, giving a good view of the road. Seeing down the nose of the vehicle is also easy thanks to that high seating position and the flat front of the car. The tilting and telescoping steering wheel accommodate every type of driver, however, the addition of adjustable pedals would have made it an even better package.

Model

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.2/58/38.6

39.8/50.4/38.6

Seating is almost the same throughout the class, with differences of fractions of an inch in each SUV. In the front row, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Dodge Durango GT Plus have the same amount of space and are class-leading. The Toyota 4Runner TRD does offer up more leg space though. Speaking of the second row, the Jeep takes the lead. Right behind it is the Durango followed lastly by the 4Runner. Second-row leg space is visibly less on the 4Runner. 

What features does the Infotainment System of the Toyota 4Runner TRD have?

The infotainment system has remained the same as last year but gets a few good additional features. This year, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. That makes it very easy to connect your phone to your car and control select apps. The 8-inch touchscreen is easy to interact with and is quite intuitive. Further, the voice recognition feature makes for a good addition. The voice control assistant of choice is the Amazon Alexa. You also get a 3-month subscription to satellite radio and in-car wifi. Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the 4Runner TRD are: 

  • Internet access
  • Stand-alone navigation mirroring app
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • 8 speakers
  • Real-time weather display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Window grid antenna
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • Voice-activated radio
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Infotainment System

How much Cargo Space does the Toyota 4Runner TRD have?

The cargo space in the 4Runner is quite large, even for an SUV. The avaialble space makes a neat addition for a daily driver. It also proves advantageous while going off-road. One can load spare tires and equipment to facilitate their trip.

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 47.2 cu ft.

If more space is needed, the second row can fold down flat, increasing the cargo storage space to around 90 cubic feet. That way, the 4Runner TRD is very practical and usable, putting other competitors to shame.

Model

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

47.2

36.3

21.0

Cargo Capacity (with rear seats down) (ft3)

89.7

68.3

80.7

The 4Runner TRD is the class leader in cargo space, both with the seats up and folded down. With the seats up, the difference in storage space between cars is appalling. Even with the seats down, the Dodge Durango manages to catch up quite a bit, but the Trailhawk still falls behind.

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2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Gear Shifter
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Gear Shifter
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Rear Seats
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Rear Seats
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Cargo Space
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Cargo Space
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Infotainment System
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Infotainment System

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior of the 4Runner TRD lineup is quite similar to the regular 4Runners, except for the TRD Pro. Talking first of the TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium. The front is aggressive and suits the overall rugged look of the 4Runner. The flat front helps in sharp corners.

2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Three Quarter View

They have TRD badging all around their body. The TRD Pro, however, has TRD Pro written throughout. It has a different fascia with a special front grille that also has Toyota written on it. While the Off-Road and the Off-Road Premium have roof rails, the TRD Pro has a whole roof rack. Other visual differences include different wheels.

Model

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Dodge Durango GT Plus

Curb Weight (lbs)

4750

5004

4443

Length (in)

191.3

190.7

184.3

Width (in)

75.8

76.5

78.9

Height (in)

71.5

69.3

70

Ground Clearance (in)

9.6

8.6

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

114.8

112.8

The overall look and feel of the 4Runner TRD seem the most rugged. While the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk still holds the character features of an off-road ready vehicle, the Dodge Durango feels nothing like it. However, the Durango is the lightest, which can help it on the road but not off it. 

What are those eye-catching features?

The Toyota 4runner TRD is an aggressive-looking set of wheels. That wide grille and aggressive headlights lend the 4Runner TRD a look that resembles an eagle, preparing to attack its prey. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the Toyota 4runner TRD are: 

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • 1 front tow hooks
  • Fender flares
  • Grille with body-colored bar
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with metal-look rub strip
  • Body-colored fender flares
  • Paint with badging
  • Trailer hitch
  • Front and rear mud flaps
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Rear step bumper
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Front Headlight
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Front Headlight
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Side View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Side View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Front View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Rear View
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Rear View

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Safety

7.0/10

The 4Runner TRD is equipped with a lot of safety features. The car is covered in airbags to make sure the passengers are protected in the event of a crash. Along with that, features such as Lane departure warning, Pre-Collision Systems, Stability, and Traction control can also be found in the car. Off the road, features like Hill Climb and Descent Assist make the tread safer. Other features include:

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Post Collision Safety System
  • Accident Avoidance System
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Underbody mounted spare tire with crankdown
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Toyota Safety Sense P forward-collision warning
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Daytime running lights

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Competition

7.5/10

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is the closest and the most sensible competitor of the 4Runner TRD. The Trailhawk is the offroad variant of the Grand Cherokee. It handles itself very well off-road. The choice between the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee will depend on the kind of vehicle and look one wants. Fitted with a naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk houses 295 ponies underneath its hood, which is a slight bump over the 4runner TRD's 270 ponies. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes out as a better overall package with better interiors, and a composed and collected on-road presence.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD vs 2020 Dodge Durango GT Plus

For a person looking to invest in an off-road capable vehicle, the Dodge Durango isn't for them. Durango doesn't offer an off-road-focused trim as Jeep and Toyota do. The Durango GT Plus has limited off-roading capabilities and won't survive in the wild for long. The Durango also houses a 3.6L V6 engine, which generates the best in class 295 ponies. The Durango is a typical Dodge, paying tribute to the muscle heritage with its interior elements. The ride's limited off-roading capabilities, however, make it a bit less competitive in a hardcore terrain-measuring segment. 

2020 Dodge Durango GT Plus

 

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Final Verdict

The 4Runner TRD is a beast of a car capable of treading through the wilderness. The upgrades done to the 4Runner make a massive difference in the way this SUV operates and behaves off-road. While the 4Runner's off-road capabilities are very well celebrated, it is also very prominent on the tarmac. A complete balance if there ever was one.

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