2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV

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2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 14, 2019


Since 1979 the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has been helping enthusiast to get most of their Toyotas. Not many vehicles popular after they age and the Toyota 4 runner TRD is among them. It is an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, not a crossover like its kin the Highlander. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is a rugged and off-road capable, yet it's spacious and family-friendly.

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Pros

Excellent Off-road capability

Cargo space

Old-school charm

Towing capacity

Rugged suspension

Cons

Shabby interior

Fuel economy

Ride quality is choppy

Tight third-row seating

What's New?

There are no changes regarding to engine and design of Toyota 4runner. Following additions have been made:

Nightshade limited edition with blacked out grille and trim

TRD pro has new Fox shock absorbers, new skid plate and roof rack, standard sunroof and JBL sound system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38485

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lbs.-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.2/63.2

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4750 lbs.

ground clearance

9.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1550 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/20 mpg

highway range

460 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV in Barcelona Red Metallic color  2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV in Classic Silver Metallic color  2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV in Midnight Black Metallic color  2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV in Super White color
Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

Exterior

9.2

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Off Road

Off Road

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$38,485


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Off Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $38,485 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Classic Silver Metallic
  Barcelona Red Metallic
  Nautical Blue Metallic

 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Off Road Premium

Off Road Premium

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$40,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Off Road Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $40,395 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Magnetic Gray Metallic
  Classic Silver Metallic
  Barcelona Red Metallic
  Nautical Blue Metallic

 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Pro

Pro

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$46,815


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pro 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $46,815 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
5-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Super White
  VooDoo Blue
  Midnight Black Metallic

Expert Review

9.1

Overall Rating


Every 4 runner variant is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 generating 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque which is a mate to a five-speed automatic transmission and 5,000-pound tow rating. The suspension is bit rough and it lacks modern technology you will find in other options, but the 4Runner is one of the most capable SUV’s on the market today.

The 4runner has gone anywhere capability, although the ride and handling are not as good as Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, and Honda Pilot. The 4runner is a no frill SUV but if you seek modern ornamentation than this good old Toyota is not for you.


 

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2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Features

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is a midsize SUV available in seven trim levels:SR5,SR5 Premium,TRD Off-Road,TRD Off-Road Premium,TRD Pro,Limited and Limited Nightshade.All 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 rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and a two- or three-row seating configuration. The remaining trim levels are 4WD-only and seat five. A low-range transfer case comes on 4WD versions of the SR5, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trim levels.

Toyota provides two years of complimentary scheduled maintenances. The coverage in other categories include:

  • The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles

Trim

4runner TRD Pro

MSRP

$42,875

Features

4.0-Liter DOHC 24-Valve V6 with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

 

Part-time 4WD system with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) Hill Start Assist Control (HAC),34 Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL)

 

TRD FOX36 high-performance shocks with rear remote reservoirs

TRD-tuned front springs

 

TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate

 

High-performance LED fog

 

Black roof rack2

 

Overhead console with Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL)18 switches

 

Entune Premium JBL15 Audio with Integrated Navigation13 and Entune App Suite,14 and 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display

 

HomeLink19 universal transceiver

The 4runner TRD pro comes with wilderness package which differentiates it from rest of the lineup:

  • Roof rack crossbars
  • All-weather floor mats and an all-weather cargo tray
  • Special 17-in matte gray wheels and a skid plate.
  • Bilstein shock absorbers
  • TRD shift knob
  • wheels3 TRD air filter TRD oil cap TRD oil filter TRD radiator cap

We Recommend

As the TRD Pro is a standalone trim of the 4runner, it is the only one you can choose.

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There are many shortcomings to the 4Runner with its veteran drivetrain, less-than-stellar fuel economy, lack of creature comforts and slim technology offerings, but there's something still undeniablycool about it. When driving it, you don't get lost in a sea of features. There's beauty in simplicity. 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

Engine and Transmission

There is only one engine available with the 4runner, powered by 4.0 liter V6 that pumps out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It is potent enough to pass traffic on highway and surge from a standstill with ease. SR5 and Limited trims are available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive while remaining trim levels are 4WD. All of the trim levels has a similar 5,000 pound tow rating.

The V6 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, which performs well. Shifts are smooth and precise, and the transmission always finds the right gear for the situation. The all-wheel drive variant has low-range gearing. The 5-speed automatic works fine, but could use another cog for composed highway driving.

Models

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

MSRP

$42,875

$30,695

$39,440

$36,325

Engine

4.0L V6 DOHC SMPI

3.6L Pentastar V6

3.5L DI V6

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

270 hp

295 hp

284 hp

290 hp

Torque

278 lb-ft

260 lb-ft

259 lb-ft

255 lb-ft

After just a brief look on the table of comparison, you'd notice that the 4Runner follows the same old \u2018no replacement for displacement' motto but still fails develop enough power to give the rivals a competition. All of the vehicles on the list is at least $2-$3 grand cheaper while providing more power and a better tranny.

Acceleration

The 4runner being a 7 seven seated SUV is surprisingly smooth. Aged though the acceleration from groaning 6 cylinders is linear and powerful. The 60 mph mile mark is achieved in 7.5 seconds while taking 15.3 seconds to pass the quarter mile flag. Due to the tall gearing ratio's, the power is evenly distributed with no ropy lag. It's not fast but comes with real off-road capability and ruggedness.

Models

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

7.4 sec

7.4 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec

15.9 sec

15.7 sec

16.3 sec

Engine

4.0L

3.6L

3.5L

3.5L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8

8.4

8.0

9.8

On paper with rivals, the Ford Explorer is the fastest SUV to 60mph @ 6.4 seconds. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Nissan Pathfinder both do the same in 7.4 seconds.

Ride and 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. Remember, the brake pedal can be uncertain sometimes. On the rough landscape, the 4Runner exceeds expectations, because of narrow body structure and useful 9.6 inches of ground clearance. The 4Runner is one among 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. On highway speed, it is less stable because of the taller height and you have to work with the steering a lot.

The ride is composed over smooth asphalt but it turns to bouncy and stiff on rough terrain. 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.

Braking

4runner's braking effect is vague and one needs to squish the pedal to two third of travel for a sudden stop. Majority of the stopping power remains in the last third of the pedal travel. The car takes 183 feet's to stop from 70 mph which is below average for this segment. It tends to nosedive during an emergency situation. You can also hear weird squeals from tires while enthusiastic driving on corners.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Brake Front(in)

13.3

13.0

12.6

12.8

Brake Rear(in)

12.3

13.0

12.1

12.8

Curb weight(lbs)

4750

4625

4489

4629

60-0 MPH (ft.)

127

120

125

123

The Jeep Grand Cherokee with its lighter build a bigger rear brake is the fastest to a 60-0 mph halt in under 120 ft. The Nissan and the Ford both take 125 ft and 123 ft respectively to complete the same halt.

Towing Capacity

The Toyota is an off-road centric SUV and was designed to accommodate hauling heavy loads with relative ease. Properly equipped, the 4runner can tow up to 5000 lbs. But, it sure starts to put a pressure on the engine the moment its towing capacity is reached.

On comparison with rivals, the Pathfinder is the only one that can tow more than the 4runner. Both the Explorer and Grand Cherokee fail to cause any major issues to the 4runner.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Capacity (lbs)

5000

3500

6000

2000

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Fuel Economy

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 2019 Toyota 4Runner gets 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are average for a midsize SUV. A four-wheel-drive 4Runner gets 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

MPG (city)

17

18

19

16

MPG (highway)

20

25

26

22

MPG (combined)

18

20

22

18

The Pathfinder is the most fuel-efficient of the group but only by 4 mpg. The Jeep and the Ford are almost the same as the Toyota in terms of fuel economy.

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Interior

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) - Auto trader

Seating and Comfort

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.

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.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

42.2/60.9/42.2

41.4/61.5/42.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.4/60.4/41.7

40.6/61.0/39.5

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/57.2/32.3

N/A

37.8/57.1/30.7

37.8/50.8/32.0

On paper with rivals, the 4Runner is actually the smallest in terms of passenger space. Both Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer share the same head/shoulder/led room but the Ford manages to find the top spot with its mighty big 151.7 ft.cube Passenger volume.

Interior Features

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents
  • Multi-Information Display (MID) with outside temperature, clock, average fuel economy and
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support
  • Fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • Fabric-trimmed 50/50 split fold-flat third-row seat and sliding the second row with passenger-side one-touch access to third-row seat
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • The in-key remote keyless entry system
  • Power door locks with programmable auto door lock logic
  • Backup camera with projected path
  • One cargo area 120V 100W/400W AC power outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Infotainment System

The Toyota 4Runner is a decade old now and its limited technology offering shows it. The interface feels dated when compared to the modern systems. The Entune touchscreen infotainment system is standard in the 4Runner. It is a simple, intuitive setup that responds quickly with a minimal amount of lag. For 2019 it still lacks Android auto and Apple car play.

  • 6.1-inch screen
  • Satellite radio
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth audio and USB port
  • 15-speaker premium JBL stereo (TRD Pro variant)

Cargo Capacity

A crucial reason to buy the 4 runners along with off-road build and capability is its cargo space. It can hold 46.3 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 aids loading of different belongings. Campers can easily stretch out a sleeping bag in the rear. The hatch opening is wide which enhances the utility, also the rear liftgate power window allows you to load stuff without opening the tailgate entirely.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

Behind 3rd Row(ft.cube)

 

N/A

16.2

21.0

With 3nd Row folded (ft.cube)

46.3

36.3 (w/2nd row folded)

47.4

43.8

With All Seats folded (ft.cube)

88.8

68.3

79.5

80.7

The Nissan Pathfinder is the only vehicle that sports a larger 47.4 ft.cube. Space behind the 2nd row against 46.3 ft.cube. Of the 4Runner

The old platform on which the 4Runner is based on is like a thorn in its flesh. Toyota has been able to accommodate only a few selective active safety aids on the 2018 model as well. The structural efficiency tests, however, rate the 4Runner TRD Pro as \u2018Good' in most of the sections.

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Exterior

9.2/10

Love it or hate it, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner looks like nothing else on the road- car connection

Dimension and Weight

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. Every variant is equipped with a roof rack as standard.

Model

Toyota 4runner TRD Pro

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

curb weight(lbs)

4750

4625

4489

4629

Length(in)

191.3

189.8

198.5

198.3

Width(in)

75.8

76.5

77.3

78.9

Height(in)

72.0

68.1

69.5

70.0

Ground clearance(in)

9.6

8.6

7.0

8.3

Wheelbase(in)

109.8

114.7

114.2

112.8

Track width(in) F/R

64.1/64.1

63.9/64.1

65.7/65.7

67.0/67.0

When comparing all other dimensions with rivals, you can conclude that most of them are about the same size with minor decrease or increase in dimensions.

Exterior Features

  • Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim
  • LED taillights with smoked sport trim
  • Integrated fog lights & LED fog lights
  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • Chrome door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Black door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
  • Aerodynamic variable intermittent windshield wipers with mist cycle
  • Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and rear liftgate windows
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center high-mount stop light and integrated concealed rear wiper with mist cycle

Skid plates on engine/front suspension, fuel tank and transfer case (transfer case on 4x4 models only)

Wheels

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro sports 17-inch wheels with an increased track width for improved stability, and Nitto Terra Grappler P265/70R-17 A/T tires that provide looks and traction.

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Safety

Safety Features

  • 4-Wheel Traction Control
  • ParkSense Rear Park-Assist with Stop
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • 7 Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera


 

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Competition

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

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 4 runners. The final nail in the coffin is the fact that it fairly cheap than the 4Runner as well.

So finally, Jeep Grand Cherokee has all the pedigree to become your daily driver. It, however, will fall short the moment you go off-road. This where the 4Runner is ahead by leaps and bounds and not to forget, it has a large list of aftermarket parts available easily.

Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4

The Nissan Pathfinder SL 4x4 and the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro are both fines off-roading SUVs. The Pathfinder enjoys a better power figure and a little big feature list. The interior quality is below par in both the vehicle but the Pathfinder will be easier to gulp down the throat than the 4Runner.

But, with the latest installment of the Pathfinder, Nissan has decided to take off the foot from off-roading aspect of the vehicle and make it more of a family SUV with tech such the CVT making its way in. So, if you desire a complete off-roading centric vehicle, the 4Runner is still your best bet.

Ford Explorer XLT 4x4

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 have made the Explorer a fine tarmac riding machine. 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 Ford Explorer.

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV Final Verdict

The Toyota 4Runner has been in the market from 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 SUV segment. While most SUVs have transitioned into crossovers with unibody chassis, the 4Runner continues its body-on-frame cradle.

The 4Runner with its highly capable suspension and impressive terrain control systems sells more than enough to justify its existence.