Go-anywhere capability; large and highly useful cargo area; more comfortable and less cumbersome than other truck-based SUVs; renowned Toyota reliability; easy-to-use controls
Poor fuel economy; so-so handling on paved roads; dated interior lacks the features and luxury touches of competitors; less passenger space than crossovers; no accident avoidance features available
The 4Runner TRD Pro gets key updates for 2019, including new Fox shocks, a new skid plate and roof rack, plus the addition of a standard sunroof and premium JBL sound system. Its price also goes up by nearly $4,000. Following an industry trend, a new Limited Nightshade Edition adds a bunch of blacked out exterior trim to the 4Runner Limited.
Forget the Limited. It doesn't have the same off-roading credentials as the other models, and without that, you might as well get a more family friendly and efficient crossover like the Highlander. As such, we would recommend the TRD Off-Road. It doesn't have quite as much hardware as the TRD Pro, but you probably won't need it. It has all the capability and off-road toys you'll likely need, it looks pretty cool and comes with a compelling amount of equipment in standard or Premium guise.
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is offered in SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro, Limited and Limited Nightshade.
The base SR5 ($35,110) comes standard with 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 lift gate 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, 5 auxiliary power outlets and one household-style power outlet, one USB port, Bluetooth, the 6.1-in Entune touchscreen interface, a smartphone-based navigation app, and an 8-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and HD radio.
The TRD Off-Road ($38,285) comes only with 4WD and builds onto the standard SR5 equipment special black-painted 17-in wheels, special styling elements, enhanced braking, a locking rear differential, the Multi-Terrain Select system, Crawl Control (essentially a low-speed cruise control for off-roading) and a special fabric upholstery.
The SR5 Premium ($36,940) and TRD Off-Road Premium ($40,195) add 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 Pro ($46,615) is also 4WD only and includes all of the TRD Off-Road Premium equipment. It also gets distinctive styling, matte-black 17-in wheels, all-terrain tires, Fox shocks, an upgraded front skidplate, automatic headlights, a sunroof and a 15-speaker JBL sound system.
The Limited ($43,425) is the luxury-oriented poseur of the group. It has a more on-road-friendly suspension dubbed X-REAS, 20-in wheels, a lock center differential (4WD only), chrome exterior accents, front and rear parking sensors, the sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, leather upholstery, Safety Connect emergency communications and JBL sound system. The Limited Nightshade Edition ($45,165) pretty much adds some black exterior trim in place of the Limited's chrome.
Options include a sliding rear cargo deck and under-floor storage box 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. The TRD Off-Road trims can be equipped with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which is made up of disconnecting sway-bars that increase wheel articulation off-road.
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|
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- Want a midsize SUV that can go off-road? Well, your choices are pretty much the 4Runner or the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep has a more premium vibe, more on-road refinement and an available V8, but the 4Runner is more spacious and rugged.
2020 Kia Telluride -- If you're looking for a 3-row vehicle with a squared-off macho look but without the 4Runner's truck compromises, the new Telluride could be a good bet.
Used Toyota Land Cruiser -- If you're interested in a family-friendly off-roader, the Land Cruiser is a great choice, as it features all the capabilities of the 4Runner and more luxury. Prices are really high, though, so you'll probably want to consider a used model.