2020 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP $37,995 - $48,760

Ranked #11 in Suv

2020 Toyota 4Runner Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 22, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The aging Toyota 4Runner gets a new lease of life for 2020 with the addition of the much-needed Toyota Safety Sense P that adds a host of safety and driver-assist features. A new and bigger infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has also been thrown in to keep up with modern times. Under the hood, though things haven't changed and you still get the same old 4.0-liter V6 motor mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox that is although slow to move this bulky SUV but is capable to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Front View

 A few among old designs become popular after they age and the Toyota 4Runner is one of them. It is an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, not a crossover like its kin the Highlander. It is rugged and off-road capable, yet spacious and SUV with seating for five and a generous cargo amount of cargo space. Although the interior quality and ride comfort of the 4Runner is on the lower side and there isn't much to talk about in terms of features too. Yet when it comes to off-roading not many mid-size SUVs can hold a candle against the 4Runner especially when had in the TRD Off-Road trims.

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Pros

Excellent Off-road capability

Big cargo space

Lots of trims to choose from

High towing capacity

Cons

Low-rent interior

Fuel economy is mediocre

Ride quality is choppy

What's New?

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner gets Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS P), a range of driver-assist features.

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard.

Two rear USB ports are now standard on all 2020 4Runners.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

Electronic 5 speed Automatic w/overdrive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/12.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4675 lbs.

ground clearance

9.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1625 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/21 mpg

highway range

483.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SR5$37,995 onwards

SR5 Premium$39,315 onwards

Venture$44,385 onwards

Limited$44,985 onwards

Nightshade$46,725 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Toyota 4Runner in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.4

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a fine example of old yet going strong. The 2020 4Runner lacks most of the modern touches of its rival SUV but comes with a rugged and abuse-friendly underpinning with go-anywhere capability, although the ride and handling take a hit but that's asking too much for this ladder-on-fame SUV.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Front View

The 2020 4Runner is a no-frill SUV but if you seek modern ornamentation then this good old Toyota is not for you. Instead, you are better off with much more modern SUVs like the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Honda Pilot. Thus in this review, we have pitted the 2020 4Runner to see where it lags and where does it shine against them.

2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV front angle view
2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV rear angle view

7.5/10
Features

7.4/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

7.0/10
Final Verdict


2020 Toyota 4Runner Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a midsize SUV available in eight trim levels: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture, TRD Pro, Limited, and Nightshade Special Edition. Of which the main trims are only SR5, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro trim while the rest of them are more of a package added to the primary trim. Although you get a lengthy list of trim levels, sadly all of them share the same 4.0-liter V6 (270 horsepower, 278 pound-feet of torque), five-speed automatic transmission, and 5,000-pound tow rating. SR5 and Limited trims are available with a two- or three-row seating configuration while the remaining trim levels offer seating for five. Drivetrain choice is either an RWD or 4WD on all except the Venture and trims with TRD names, these only come standard with a 4WD. A low-range transfer case comes on 4WD versions of the SR5, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trim levels.

Trim

SR5

SR5 Premium

TRD Off-Road

TRD Off-Road Premium

Venture

Limited

TRD Pro

Nightshade Special Edition

MSRP (RWD)

$36,120

$39,315

N/A

N/A

N/A

$44,985

N/A

$46,725

MSRP (AWD)

$37,995

$41,190

$39,840

$42,570

$44,385

$47,020

$49,865

$48,760

Key Features

270 hp, 4.0-liter V6 engine

Adds or upgrades to 'SR5'

Adds or upgrades to 'SR5'

Adds or upgrades to 'TRD Off-Road'

Adds or upgrades to 'TRD Off-Road Premium'

Adds or upgrades to 'SR5 Premium'

Adds or upgrades to 'TRD Off-Road Premium'

Adds or upgrades to 'Limited'

 

Toyota Safety Sense P

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Locking rear differential

Moonroof

Yakima roof rack

Dual-zone automatic climate control

2.5-inch Fox shocks 

Replaces all chrome exterior trims with black exterior trims

 

Foglights

Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat

Crawl control

Upgraded interior upholstery

Black exterior accents

Genuine leather upholstery

Front skid plate

 

 

Fabric upholstery

Simulated leather upholstery

Multi-Terrain Select off-road settings

 

Dark Grey TRD wheels

Ventilated front seats

Roof rack

 

 

8-inch touchscreen w/ 8-speaker audio system

Heated front seats

 

   

Front and rear parking sensors

TRD springs

 

 

Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Universal garage door opener

 

   

15-speaker JBL sound system

Sunroof

 

 

120-volt household power supply

Navigation

 

 

 

Sport suspension

15-speaker JBL sound system

 

We Recommend

The Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium trim hits the sweet spot for regular buyers as it comes with all the needed safety features and a couple of more creature comforts than the base trim. While serious off-roaders should consider the TRD Off-Road trim, priced just below forty-grands, as it comes with the right off-road hardware you will ever need and is decently loaded with convenience and safety features from the base trim.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

7.4/10

"Driving a no-frills car like the 4Runner is refreshing. It's a perfect SUV for people who subscribe to the less-is-more way of thinking. But if it's modern accouterments you seek, the 4Runner isn't for you.”  -CNET

There is only one engine available with the 2020 4Runner, which is a 4.0-liter V6 that pumps out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It is potent enough to pass traffic on the highway and surge from a standstill with ease. SR5 and Limited trims are available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive while the remaining trim levels are 4WD. Courtesy of 4Runner's old-school rugged underpinning and a torquey engine it has a 5,000 pounds tow rating. The V6 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and this combo has started to show its age. Although shifts are smooth and precise, the transmission could use a couple of more ratios for composed highway driving.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Engine

The 4Runner despite being old goes from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds while taking 15.7 seconds to pass the quarter-mile which are respectable figures. With speed comes the need for good braking and the bulky 4Runner's braking is sadly not up to the mark. The 4Runner took almost 183 feet to stop from 70 mph which is below average for this segment. It tends to nosedive during panic braking and the brake pedal remains tricky to use. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner basic SUV handling

The 270 hp and torque-rich V6 is a heavenly motor, with a lot of muscle for passing, towing, and getting up to the mountains. But remember, the brake pedal can be uncertain sometimes. On the rough landscape, the 4Runner exceeds expectations, because of its narrow-body structure and useful 9.0 inches of ground clearance. The 4Runner is one of few SUVs that still uses a body-on-frame setup. It makes the handling more like a truck than a car, with some body roll while cornering hard.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Climbing Down Front View

On highway speed, it is less stable because of the taller height and you would be required to make constant steering corrections. In any case, the steering is light and precise for easy mobility. TRD models have the most upgrades for going off the beaten path, like a locking rear differential, multi-terrain select, and crawl control. Other features include Fox shocks, TRD-tuned springs, a kinetic dynamic suspension, and special skid plates.

Models

2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$36,020

$32,150

$31,650

$32,765

Engine

4.0-litre V6

3.6-liter V6

3.5-liter V6 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4

Transmission

5-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

310 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter mile

15.7 sec

15.8 sec 14.8 sec

15.3 sec

Top Speed (MPH) 115 MPH 128 MPH 130 MPH 144 MPH

Towing Capacity (lbs)

5000

3500

3500

5300

After just a brief look at the table of comparisons, you’d notice that the 4Runner being pricier than most of the vehicles delivers better performance and power figures. On paper with rivals, the Honda Pilot is the fastest SUV hitting 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The Grand Cherokee courtesy of its lethargic powertrain is the slowest among all. While the Ford Explorer with the highest power and torque figures is not only able to do 0-60 mph in under seven seconds but can also tow the best 5,300 pounds, 300 pounds more than the 4Runner.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 4Runner’s powertrain is a pretty solid unit from Toyota but it shows the age with fuel economy. With standard rear-wheel drive, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner gets 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are below average for a midsize SUV. While a four-wheel-drive 4Runner gets 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Model

2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

MPG (city)

17

19

19 

21

MPG (highway)

21

26

27 

28

MPG (combined)

18

21

22

24
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 23.0 24.6 19.5 17.9
Range (City / Highway) (mi.) 391 / 483 467 / 640 371 / 527 376 / 501

V6-powered rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Honda Pilot fare better. The Grand Cherokee gets up to 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, while the Pilot earns up to 19/27 mpg in the city/highway respectively. While the Explorer with the turbo-four is the most efficient returning 4/7 mpg more than the 4Runner in the city/highway respectively.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Interior

7.0/10

"In terms of design and feature content, the 4Runner looks its age. Everything is very blocky and utilitarian, and there's too much hard plastic in comparison to the more luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee (and when you consider the 4Runner's price point)" - Autotrader

With regards to the 4Runner's rough persona, the cabin is without most frills and extravagances. The structure is basic with lots of hard plastic. The base model's fabric upholstery isn't exceptionally alluring, yet the available leather upholstery enhances the quality. The Toyota 4Runner comes standard with five seats, however, you can include a third row that expands the ability to seven. The front seats are firm and steady, yet the outward visibility is limited because of thick rooftop columns and a high dashboard. There's plenty of legroom for passengers in the front seats and the second row for long rides, however, the third-row seats are best left to kids. With the third row, the second row slides and offers one-touch folding for easy access to the back. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner basic SUV cockpit area

The Toyota 4Runner is a decade old now and its limited technology offering shows it. The interface feels dated when compared to modern systems. The Entune 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard in the 4Runner. It is a simple, intuitive setup that responds quickly with a minimal amount of lag. Other features that you get with this setup are standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with an 8-speaker sound system. While the Limited and above trim gets a 15-speaker JBL sound system.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Cargo 

A crucial reason to buy the 4Runner along with off-road capability is its cargo space. It can hold 47.2 cubic feet of sizable cargo while 88.8 cubic feet are with the rear folding split seat. A squared-off shape and available slide-out tray aid the loading of different belongings.

Model

2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

Passenger Capacity

5

5

8

7

First (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.) 39.3/ 57.8/ 41.7 39.9/ 58.7/ 40.3

40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9

40.7/ 61.8/ 43.0
Second (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.) 38.6/ 57.8/ 32.9 39.2/ 58.0/ 38.6

40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4

40.5/ 61.9/ 39.0
Third (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.) N/A N/A

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

38.9/ 54.6/ 32.2

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

47.2

36.3

16.5

18.2

On paper with rivals, the 4Runner is the smallest in terms of passenger space. Both Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot share the same head/shoulder/legroom in the first two rows while the Ford Explorer manages to find the top spot with a generous amount of real estate on offer inside the cabin. When it comes to cargo space between the 5-seater Grand Cherokee and the 4Runner the latter offers more space while between the three-row SUV the Explorer again takes the lead.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Rear Seats

Interior Features:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • A 120V 100W/400W AC power outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

2020 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

7.0/10

Love it or hate it, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner looks like nothing else on the road” -car connection

The 4Runner's essential look has been around for about 10 years, it's an old-school, body-on-frame SUV. The front end has sharp edges and squinty headlights that frown at the street ahead. The high front bumper gives a good approach angle to ascend mountains. From the sides, the 4Runner is a three-box SUV while the rear has been inspired by the Land Cruiser Prado available in Asian markets 

2020 Toyota 4Runner Front Three-Quarter View

As a truck-based SUV, the 4Runner is a good choice for those who want something with a little more character and presence than the conventional yield of car-like crossovers, including Toyota's RAV4 and Highlander. While dimensionally, the 4Runner is very imposing with a towering 71.5-inches height and 9.0-inches ground clearance.

Model

2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4400

4513

4036

4345

Length (in)

190.2

189.8

196.5

198.8

Width (in)

75.8 76.5

78.6

78.9

Height (in)

71.5

69.3

70.6

69.9

Ground clearance (in)

9.0

8.6

7.3

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

114.7

111.0 119.1

On paper, there is no match to the length, width, and wheelbase of the Explorer which is the reason why it is the most spacious three-row SUV and still manages to offer decent cargo space with all seats up. But that's the practicality aspect as when it comes to off-roading these same big dimensions put the Explorer at a disadvantage and the 4Runner with taller ride height and ground clearance at an advantage.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • Projector-beam headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • Available power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
  • Skid plates — on engine/front suspension, fuel tank, and transfer case (transfer case on 4x4 models only)

2020 Toyota 4Runner Safety

7.0/10

The old platform on which the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is based is like a thorn in its flesh. While Toyota has added a host of driver-assist features in the form of Toyota Safety Sense P standard to keep up with the modern safety standards. As for the safety ratings the NHTSA gave the 2020 4Runner a score of 4 out of 5 stars in overall safety ratings and in individual tests it scored the lowest rating of 3 out of 5 stars in the rollover mitigation test. Moving to the IIHS, the 4Runner got the highest rating of 'Good' in four out of five tests while the driver-side small front overlap test was rated as the second-lowest 'Marginal'.

2020 Toyota 4Runner IIHS Crash-Test

Safety Features:

  • Forward collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

2020 Toyota 4Runner Competition

9.0/10

2020 Toyota 4Runner Vs 2020 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer and the Toyota 4Runner have been foes ever since they were launched. Both the vehicles have historically been good off-roading tools. But, Ford has veered off towards the masses and has made the Explorer a fine tarmac riding machine.

2020 Ford Explorer

Both comfortable and tech-loaded, Explorer is miles ahead of the 4Runner in the segment. The 4Runner on the other side has stuck with its rugged fascia. People who are not into extensive off-roading are better off than the Ford Explorer.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a far more compliant ride than the 4Runner. It has more creature comforts, safety aids, and tech features than the aging 4Runner. The biggest hit to the 4Runner is the fact that the Grand Cherokee is not only fairly cheap than the 4Runner but also provides a much more plush and upmarket cabin.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Finally, Jeep Grand Cherokee has all the pedigree to become your daily driver. Also, the Grand Cherokee is more versatile with several engine options to choose from. The 4Runner on the other hand offers the optional third-row seats and better cargo space between the two. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

7.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner has been in the market for around 30 years. Its aging 4.0-liter V-6, five-speed automatic transmission, and old-school interior may not shine in a highly competitive midsize SUV segment. Where most SUVs have transitioned into crossovers with unibody chassis, the 4Runner continues its body-on-frame cradle that results in harsh and bouncy ride quality over the tarmac. Although the 4Runner with its highly capable suspension and impressive terrain control systems which comes in handy in tough terrains is the only thing that keeps it going even in 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner:

Is the 2020 Toyota 4Runner reliable?

The 2020 4Runner is proven to be very reliable over the years and gets a reliability score of 80 out of 100 from J.D. Powers which puts it at the 6th position in the top ten consumer-rated SUVs, just above the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What's new in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2020 4Runner now gets Toyota Safety Sense P (a bunch of driver-assist features) as standard, Other changes include an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being offered as standard.

How much to pay for the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,120 for the base SR5 trim and tops out at $48,760 for the Nightshade Special Editon trim.

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