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2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition: First Look

  • The Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition essentially adds accessories to the TRD Off-Road trim.

  • The 4Runner last received a full redesign for the 2010 model year.

  • All 2020 4Runners gain active safety tech, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • Venture trim upgrades include accessory roof basket, TRD wheels, black accents and all-weather floor mats.

Last redesigned for the 2010 model year, the Toyota 4Runner is one of the oldest vehicles you can buy new today. Still, its ancient 4.0-liter V6 engine and even more ancient 5-speed automatic transmission haven’t kept it from selling, as the resurgence of off-road vehicles has resulted in the 4Runner moving record numbers over the past few years. As automakers tend to do, Toyota has opted to introduce a special trim level, the Venture Edition, for 2020. Based primarily on the already excellent TRD Off-Road Premium trim, the 4Runner Venture Edition picks up a few items from Toyota’s accessories catalog and a roof basket from Toyota’s new accessories partner, Yakima.

Some Aesthetic Changes

The new 4Runner Venture Edition is essentially a TRD Off-Road Premium model with some appearance upgrades. The Venture’s two most notable changes come in the form of a set of painted-gray 17-in. TRD wheels — the same design you get on the TRD Pro, but in a different color — and a Yakima MegaWarrior roof basket. (More on that below.) In addition, the Venture comes with all-weather floor mats (including a cargo mat), cross bars (to facilitate that roof basket) and black emblems, black mirrors, black door handles and a black rear spoiler. The Venture loses the badging found on the TRD Off-Road’s C-pillar.

All this comes at just $1,815 above the TRD Off-Road Premium trim. If you were to buy a 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium and then buy all of these accessories separately from Toyota and Yakima, you’d spend about $600 more — but you’d also have an extra set of wheels you could sell for about the same amount. So in other words, the cost savings offered by the Venture Edition are minimal.

Same Off-Road Capability

Though it doesn’t come with the TRD Pro’s fancy Fox shock absorbers, the 4Runner Venture Edition and the TRD Off-Road model on which it’s based offer the same manually activated low-range transfer case, the same locking rear differential, and Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control modes, which are operated via dials on the overhead console.

While Toyota’s press release for the Venture Edition makes no mention of the 4Runner’s optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System — arguably its most unique feature — the online configurator for the Venture Edition allows you to upgrade to the system for $1,750, just like on the TRD Off-Road. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System automatically disconnects the front and rear sway bars when it senses that the vehicle is on uneven terrain, which adds articulation and increases stability in sketchy off-road situations.

Combine all this with the 4Runner’s trucklike body-on-frame design and solid rear axle, and you’ve got one of the most off-road capable SUVs on sale today. Other cool features include speakers in the rear hatch for tailgate hang outs and a power rear window.

Yakima Tie-In

Toyota’s new partnership with Yakima means that you’ll likely see the accessory company’s products featured on Toyota’s vehicles in the coming months. The Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition comes with Yakima’s biggest basket-style roof rack, the MegaWarrior. The MegaWarrior’s 52 inches long, 48 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall, and it weighs 35 pounds. On the official Yakima website, it retails for $449.

When Will It Be Available and How Much Will It Cost?

Slotting in between the TRD Off-Road Premium and Limited trims in the 4Runner lineup, the Venture Edition carries a base price of $45,405 when factoring in Toyota’s $1,120 destination fee. A sunroof ($630), running boards ($345), a sliding rear cargo deck with under-floor storage ($350) and Toyota’s clever Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System ($1,750) are among the available options.

As far as the 4Runner’s off-road hierarchy goes, the Venture Edition slots in between the 4Runner TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro ($50,885), offering the same functional additions as the former and adding the sophisticated off-road suspension setup of the latter.

Expect the 2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Special Edition — along with the rest of the 2020 4Runner models — to land on dealer lots by the end of 2019. Find a Toyota 4Runner for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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