In 2020, the fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner will enter its 11th model year, making it one of the oldest SUVs on the market today. It received a 2014 freshening to keep it up to date, but this last-of-a-dying-breed off-road-ready rig is still dated. Though the 2020 4Runner will be a carryover model, its even more rugged TRD Pro trim will get a handful of updates.
Visually, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner will arrive with the same upright, hard-angled look and feel it’s had since 2014. This look may turn off crossover buyers, but old-school SUV buyers will appreciate its nod to a simpler era of truck-based SUVs. TRD Pro models will gain a new grille design to accommodate a radar sensor for the new-for-2020 safety equipment.
Inside, we expect the same truck-based cabin to carry on unchanged in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. Like the exterior, crossover buyers will likely turn their noses up at this, while traditionalists will appreciate the simplicity.
Though the bulk of the 2020 4Runner lineup’s cabin will remain the same, the TRD Model will get a few small tweaks inside. This will include a new 8-inch touchscreen in place of the old 6.1-inch unit and an upgraded infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, two additional rear USB ports, and keyless entry and ignition.
Under its hood, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner will remain unchanged with its standard 4.0-liter V6 engine cranking out 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. This power will head through a standard five-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels. Buyers can also opt for four-wheel drive. This powertrain will help the 2020 4Runner maintain its 5,000-pound towing capacity.
The Toyota 4Runner has long been behind the times in advanced safety equipment, but that will change in 2020. Toyota will equip the entire 2020 4Runner lineup with standard Toyota Safety Sense P nannies, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and more. Unfortunately, we expect its structural issues, which resulted in a “Marginal” score in the driver-side small-overlap crash test, will carry on unchanged into 2020.