2020 Toyota 4Runner V8 Canada Review – Rarely does a car become more popular with age, but that’s exactly what’s going on with the Toyota 4Runner. Despite having served 10 years since it was completely redesigned an eternity in terms of cars, the 4Runner sells exponentially better today than when it was fresh.
Maybe that has to do with today’s hungry SUV shoppers, but the 49 Runner from 2019 is also a distinctive model. It is rugged and off-road, but is spacious and suitable for families. Of course, it is a bit crude and lacks many of the technological features you will find in other SUV’s, but there is an honesty with the 4Runner and a kindness that keeps it relevant. It will not be for everyone, but it will be exactly what many wish.
So, if you think you could be in that “big deal “, here are the good bits of the 4Runner. Its rugged, truck-like construction, abundant ground clearance and legitimate all-terrain hardware give you credentials to go anywhere that few SUVs (and especially crosses) can match or exceed. At the same time, it has a large cabin with a large and square loading area that will make the package for an adventure to go anywhere (or just a trip to grandma for the holiday) to be much easier. You also get a reputation for almost bulletproof reliability and a driving experience that is not as complicated or as a pickup truck, as you would expect in an SUV.
However, there are important drawbacks to consider. The advanced age of the 4Runner means that it lacks the technology to avoid accidents that is found in other Toyota vehicles. The design and materials of your cabin are more utilitarian than rivals with similar prices, and the information and entertainment functions are routed through a small touch screen of 6.1 inches. In addition, the 4Runner cannot match the path refinement and fuel economy of the most modern crossover SUVs.
However, these different highs and lows are part of the honesty we were talking about. The 4Runner is what it is. If you can live with the minimums, or weigh them favorably in relation to their various maxims, the 4Runner should prove that their popularity is not a fad.
The Toyota 4Runner 2019 is a medium SUV available in seven levels of equipment: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD off-road, TRD off-road premium, TRD Pro, Limited and limited Nightshade. All share the same 4.0-liter V6 (270 horsepower, 278 lb-ft of torque), five-speed automatic transmission and 5.000-lb towing capacity. The SR5 and Limited models are available with rear wheel drive or four-wheel drive and a two-or three-row seating configuration. The remaining finishing levels are 4WD-single and seat five. A low-range transfer box comes in 4WD versions of the SR5, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro equipment levels.
The SR5 is the base model, but it is not bare. Standard features include 17-inch wheels, non-skid plates, non-skid lights, a rear view camera, heated mirrors, ceiling rails, a windshield wiper, a rear electric window, seating Front electric (eight-way driver, four-way passenger), reclining and folding second row seats divided into 40/20/40, fabric upholstery, leather-lined steering wheel and 120 volt receptacle in the rear loading area. The standard infotainment system features a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a USB port and a sound system with eight speakers and a CD player, a media player interface, and a high-definition satellite radio.
The step to TRD Off-Road adds a rear differential with locking, 17 inch wheels slightly wider, multi-terrain terrain selection configurations and a tracking control function. The interior carries additional TRD distinctive. The function of the kinetic Dynamic suspension system (KDSS) is optional.
The premium variants of the SR5 and the Off-Road TRD feature simulated SofTex leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, an enhanced 6.1 inch touchscreen display and an automatic dimming rearview mirror. A solar roof is optional.
Serious SUV’s should consider the TRD Pro, which begins with the TRD Off-Road Premium and adds revised front springs, Fox shock absorbers with internal back-end bypass reservoirs, 17-inch black rims, all-terrain tires, a Special front skid plate, a roof bar and a special style. It also features automatic headlamps, LED ceiling lights, solar roof and a JBL 15-speaker sound system.
The Limited model is more luxury-oriented and sacrifices the off-road capability in the process. It obtains a central Torsen blocking differential (4WD models only), a full-time 4WD system and a separate suspension system that Toyota calls X-areas which is designed to reduce body sway without damaging the gait quality. The Limited also obtains the extra comfort features of the TRD Pro, plus 20-inch rims, special styling, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, keyless entry and unlock, heated and ventilated front seats, and Leather upholstery. The electric display execution boards are optional.
The new Limited edition Nightshade edition only adds a black exterior finish, which replaces much of the limited’s silver and chrome standard accents.
Each vehicle usually comes in several versions, although the levels of equipment share many aspects. Ratings in this review are based on our complete test of the Toyota 4Runner Limited (4.0 L V6 | 5-speed AUTOMATIC | 4wd).