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2020 Toyota 4Runner review

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Toyota 4Runner highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Fantastic off-roader
  • Various trims aimed at tackling your next adventure
  • Offers versatile cargo space

Cons

  • Ride can be bumpy compared to other crossovers
  • The V6 engine isn't the most refined
  • Getting in and out is harder due to the height

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 19 highway, 17 combined

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An adventure-seeking SUV.

Weekend trail-exploring couples and city-dwelling families will equally enjoy the rugged, stylish 2020 Toyota 4Runner. This full-size SUV flaunts a modern suite of technology features in the cabin and impressive mechanics under the hood. From daily commutes to impromptu getaways, this vehicle will get you there comfortably.

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What is new for the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

  • The 4Runner is available in a variety of new trims, including the Nightshade, SE, and Venture.
  • 4Runner trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Automated Cruise Control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The TRD Pro trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The SR5 Premium trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The TRD Off Road Premium trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.

2020 Toyota 4Runner trims

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SR5:

  • Includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, skid plates, fog lights, 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area, power-sliding rear window, infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and more.

  • View all Toyota 4Runner SR5s in stock

SR5 Premium:

TRD Off Road:

TRD Off Road Premium:

Venture:

TRD Pro:

Limited:

  • Includes keyless entry, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control, on-road friendly suspension for city drivers, chrome exterior accents, 20-inch wheels, leather seating, and more.

  • View all Toyota 4Runner Limiteds in stock

Limited Night Shade:

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Toyota 4Runner

1. Ample driver comfort

Toyota 4Runner: Front Seats | CarMax

Drivers are spoiled in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner with an eight-way power-adjustable seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. If you choose the SR5 Premium trim or TRD Off-Road Premium trim, you'll also get heated front seats and power-controlled lumbar support for the driver. The Limited edition flaunts ventilated front seats and driver seat memory for easy repositioning.

2. Great towing and cargo

Toyota 4Runner: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Love weekend trips? The standard trim includes 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats to store luggage, camping gear, and whatever you need on your adventures. If you go for the Venture trim, you'll gain a roof rack to store additional cargo. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner also makes it possible to haul a pull-behind camper or boat with its estimated 5,000 lb. towing capacity (with the 4.0L engine, when properly equipped).

3. Rugged off-road capabilities

If you spend your days exploring trails and rural terrain, the optional locking center differential, two-speed transfer case, and crawl control enhance the capabilities of the Toyota 4Runner 2020. The Multi-Terrain Select System allows you to choose mud, sand, loose rock, rock and dirt, or mogul and rock options to better handle the vehicle on off-road surfaces.

4. Technology-loaded cabin

Toyota 4Runner: Tech Dash | CarMax

For the connected family, the eight-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility will appease everyone in the car. You'll also find USB ports located in the front and back seats for easy device charging on the go. Additional tech features include satellite radio, HD radio, and voice-recognition assistance for hands-free engagement.

5. Helpful driver-assistance features

Shopping for a vehicle for your college-bound teen? The 2020 4Runner not only allows them to haul friends around campus easily, but it also helps them drive smarter. This vehicle features forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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  • Power hatch/deck lid

  • Sunroof

  • Running boards

  • Heated front seats

  • Third-row seating

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Toyota 4Runner an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Toyota 4Runner 7th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Toyota 4Runner features and specs

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • JBL Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Running Boards
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

4.0L

Horsepower

270

Torque (ft-lbs)

278

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

23

Wheelbase

109.8"

Overall length

190.7"

Width

75.8"

Height

71.5"

Leg room

F 41.7"/R 32.9"

Head room

F 38.6"/R 38.6"

Front tires

P245/60SR20

Rear tires

P245/60SR20

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2020 Toyota 4Runner FAQ

More about the 2020 Toyota 4Runner

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Army Green

  • Barcelona Red Metallic

  • Blizzard Pearl

  • Classic Silver Metallic

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic

  • Midnight Black Metallic

  • Nautical Blue Metallic

  • Super White

Interior details

  • 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space

  • Seating for five passengers (or seven with the optional third row)

  • Rear-door storage bins

  • USB ports

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner received an overall 4/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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