The Toyota 4Runner is an oldie however goodie. And I’m speaking concerning the new one.
The 2020 4Runner is the newest version of a model that dates back to 2010. It’s obtained a number of upgrades alongside the best way, however the fundamentals are just about the identical: Physique-on-frame building, a 270 hp Four.Zero-liter V6 engine, a five-speed automated transmission and a part-time four-by-four drivetrain.
Oh, it additionally has a tailgate window that rolls down. That’s about as old-school because it will get.
Together with the brand new Jeep Wrangler, the 4Runner is the one mainstream midsize SUV you should purchase that sticklers would contemplate a “truck,” though the rebooted Ford Bronco can be becoming a member of them later this 12 months.
Not like the Wrangler, the 4Runner’s roof can’t be eliminated and its entrance suspension is unbiased. Each of these attributes contribute to a extra refined on-road experience. All issues thought of, it sort of splits the distinction between the Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
4Runner costs begin at $37,240 for an entry-level two-wheel-drive SR5 and high out with the $50,985 TRD Professional. All fashions get normal automated emergency brakes and adaptive cruise management for 2020, plus an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Alexa, similar to them fancy trendy vehicles have. There’s even an non-obligatory dashcam that can be utilized to seize moments, together with accidents and break-ins, or file and map longer journeys. In evolutionary phrases, the 4Runner is a shark with frickin’ lasers on it.
The TRD Professional comes loaded with off-road gear that features high-performance Fox shock absorbers that may deal with lengthy rides on tough roads with out overheating, a one-inch entrance suspension raise, an aluminum entrance skid plate, a throaty TRD exhaust, 17-inch wheels with meaty all-terrain tires and a basket-style roof rack to reinforce its already big cargo bay. Straightforward clear Softex-upholstered seats and all-weather ground mats complement all the above.
The TRD Professional additionally will get an digital locking rear differential, Toyota’s low-speed Crawl Management for pedal-free rock crawling and a Multi-Terrain Choose traction administration system with settings for a wide range of surfaces from mud to moguls.
With simply 9.6-inches of floor clearance, that entrance suspension and open entrance differential, a inventory TRD Professional can’t deal with essentially the most excessive terrain on the market, however you’ll actually should exit of your approach to get it caught. It scurries up rock-strewn trails with ease and rips by ruts with out being a ache within the butt.
It additionally maintains its composure on street, thanks partially to Toyota’s intelligent Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system, which makes use of hydraulic mounts on its roll bars to manage physique motion on pavement with out proscribing its articulation throughout sluggish, off-road maneuvers. It received’t idiot you into considering it’s a Toyota Rav4 on the road, however is way smoother and quieter than the Toyota Tacoma pickup.
Sadly, whereas a lot of the 4Runner’s attributes have improved with age, its gasoline economic system ranking is from one other period at a dismal 16 mpg metropolis and 19 mpg freeway. One other gear or 5 within the transmission in all probability wouldn’t damage, however folks seem like prepared to pay the worth on the pump, as a result of Toyota bought 130,000 4runners final 12 months. That is about 3 times as many because it bought in 2010. Maybe extra spectacular is that the 4Runner is J.D. Power’s most dependable midsize SUV and holds its value better than anything but the retro Wrangler and Toyota’s over-the-hill pickups.
Old fashioned-style vehicles clearly nonetheless maintain quite a lot of enchantment.
2020 Toyota 4Runner
Base worth: $40,960
As examined: $50,985
Sort: Four-door, 5-passenger 4×4 SUV
Engine: Four.Zero-liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed automated
Energy: 270 hp, 278 lb-ft
MPG: 16 metropolis/19 hwy