The 4Runner gets some much-needed updates for 2020. Perhaps the most noteworthy change is the addition of a new standard 8-in infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration. Toyota's suite of active safety features now comes standard, meaning that every 2020 4Runner comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams. These new features alone go a long way to bring the 4Runner closer to modern standards but we'd love to see blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert added to the mix. Finally, the 2020 4Runner gets a redesigned gauge cluster that now features a 4.2-in screen and two additional USB ports added for second-row occupants.
Two new colors have been added for the TRD Pro trim for 2020. Replacing the unique Voodoo Blue color offered for 2019 are Magnetic Gray Metallic and Army Green, which are certain to become favorites of enthusiasts. See the 2020 Toyota 4Runner models for sale near you
Forget the street-oriented Limited and Nightshade trims. If you aren't looking to take your 4Runner off-road, you might as well get a more efficient and family-friendly crossover like the Toyota Highlander. Keeping that in mind, we would recommend the 4Runner TRD Off-Road. While it isn't as in-your-face as the TRD Pro, the TRD Off-Road offers all of the same off-road features as the Pro, but swaps out the fancy Fox-branded shock absorbers and offers Toyota's clever KDSS sway bar disconnect system as an option. The TRD Off-Road leverages all of the 4Runner's best qualities in a value-laden package for as much as $10,000 less than the TRD Pro. Find a Toyota 4Runner for sale
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is offered in SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, Nightshade and TRD Pro trims.
Like the rest of the 4Runner lineup, the base SR5 ($37,140) gains Toyota Safety Sense and a new 8-in infotainment system complete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration for 2020. Also included on the SR5 are 17-in alloy wheels, skid plates, a full-size spare, fog lights, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, a power rear liftgate window, a backup camera, an 8-way power driver seat, a 40/20/40-split reclining and folding second-row seat, cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, five auxiliary power outlets and one household-style power outlet, an aux port, three USB ports, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker sound system.
The SR5 Premium ($39,215) adds heated front seats, power driver lumbar adjustment, a 4-way power passenger seat, SofTex vinyl upholstery, an auto-dimming mirror and a navigation system. A sunroof is optional.
The TRD Off-Road ($40,860) comes only with 4WD and builds on the standard SR5 equipment with trim-specific 17-in wheels and interior trim, unique styling elements like a hood scoop, a locking rear differential, and loads of off-road tech including hill start assist control, active traction control, multi-terrain select and crawl control, which is akin to off-road cruise control.
As with the SR5 Premium, the TRD Off-Road Premium ($43,590) trim sees the addition of heated front seats, power driver lumbar adjustment, a 4-way power passenger seat, SofTex vinyl upholstery, an auto-dimming mirror and a navigation system. A sunroof is optional on the TRD Off-Road Premium as well.
Among the few options offered on the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium trims is Toyota's unique Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, also known as KDSS, which can sense when the vehicle is traveling over uneven terrain and automatically disconnect the front and rear sway bars to allow for added wheel articulation, which helps when tackling obstacles. KDSS is available for $1,750 and is a unique feature for anyone looking to really get off-road with their 4Runner.
The Limited ($46,005) is the 4Runner's luxury-oriented offering, but frankly, in an era where the only real reason to buy a 4Runner is for going off-road, the Limited is made all but obsolete by more comfortable crossovers like the Honda Passport and Toyota's own RAV4 Adventure and Highlander. Either way, though, the Limited comes with a more on-road-friendly suspension, dubbed X-REAS and complete with adaptive dampers, 20-in wheels, a locking center differential (4WD only), chrome exterior accents, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, leather upholstery, Safety Connect emergency communications and a JBL sound system.
The 4Runner Nightshade Edition ($49,780) is essentially a Limited with black interior trim instead of chrome.
The TRD Pro ($50,885) is also 4WD-only and includes all of the TRD Off-Road Premium equipment, along with distinctive styling including the much-loved Toyota wordmark grille, matte-black 17-in wheels, mild all-terrain tires, Fox-branded high-performance off-road shock absorbers, a basket-style roof rack, an upgraded front skid plate, automatic headlights, a sunroof and a 15-speaker JBL sound system. Oddly, the 4Runner TRD Pro is not offered with the KDSS feature available on the TRD Off-Road.
Other options available throughout the 4Runner range include a sliding rear cargo deck and under-floor storage box that are available on all trim levels. A 50/50-split third-row seat can be added to the SR5 and Limited trims. The Limited trims can be equipped with automatic running boards.
Note that the availability of options can depend on the region in which you buy a 4Runner.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2020 Jeep Wrangler -- The new Wrangler is even more capable off-road than the 4Runner but is also more difficult to live with day to day. Still, the roof and doors come off, which is pretty cool.
2020 Honda Passport -- Honda's newest crossover is little more than a shortened Pilot. Its independent suspension and car-based platform mean that it isn't particularly capable off-road but, like the Pilot, it's pretty great in every other category.
2021 Ford Bronco -- The Bronco hasn't even been revealed to the public yet, but we're already confident that it's going to be one of the most exciting new off-roaders in years when it goes on sale, which will likely happen in the latter part of 2020. Expect it to offer the same off-road capability as the 4Runner with independent suspension up front, a solid axle in the rear, similar off-road features, and a removable roof and doors.
2020 Toyota Highlander -- If you're looking for a family vehicle, the Highlander is much easier to live with than the 4Runner and has been fully redesigned for 2020. Aside from maybe the coolness factor, expect it to be better than the 4Runner in every measurable way that doesn't involve driving off-road.
Used Toyota Land Cruiser -- If you're interested in a more family-friendly off-roader, the legendary Land Cruiser is a great choice. However, these behemoths cost close to $90,000 when new because of their world-class reliability and hold their value quite well. Buyers who have a 4Runner budget but are interested in a Land Cruiser will need to look to the used market.