Toyota’s unburstable 4Runner remains a potent off-roader, offering technology from its Land Cruiser sibling at less than half the price. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is also one of the last body-on-frame vehicles on sale, delivering remarkable levels of durability.
What's New for 2019
The 4Runner offers a new styling option on Limited models, named after the deadly Nightshade weed. There’s revised suspension on the flagship TRD Pro, which also gains satellite navigation and an upgraded stereo.
Choosing Your Toyota 4Runner
The 4Runner is an uncompromising off-road vehicle, with nine inches of ground clearance and skid plates to protect its mechanicals against rocks and debris. This purposefulness is continued in its 4.0-liter V6 gas engine that makes 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, and is capable of towing 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy comes in at an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 combined. There’s a sequential manual override for the standard five-speed automatic transmission, which feeds the rear wheels on SR5 and Limited models.
Only TRD versions gain part-time four-wheel drive as standard, though it’s optional on other models. Options packages are erratically priced, with certain items only available in conjunction with other upgrades. Confusingly, these combinations are ordered and priced differently from one model to the next.
Rural buyers will naturally be attracted to the TRD Pro trim, though the SR5 Premium provides the optimal balance between equipment and affordability in the 2019 Toyota 4Runner lineup. Its options packages are also more reasonably priced than identical upgrades on more expensive models.