The fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner hit the market for the first time at the end of 2009 and was sold as a 2010 model years in the United States. The 4Runner has now entered its 11th model years, which makes it one of the oldest mid-size SUVs across the globe. And unfortunately Japanese automaker have no plans to bring the all-new 4Runner, although 10 years should be the right time for Toyota to bring the next-generation 4Runner SUV with major improvements. Instead, Toyota introduced a mild-facelifted version of the 2020 4Runner SUV at the Chicago Motor Show earlier this year.
So far, Toyota has only provided a few minor revisions and improvements for the 4Runner, including the TRD Pro Series, which comes with an off-road package, updated features and standard equipment until the 2019 model years. So don’t expect redesign and major improvements for the 4Runner at this moment. Speaking of design changes, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is almost the same as the 2014 model year in terms of its design looks, it still adopts a big boxy-shaped body with sharp angle design line, upright, and muscular looks. It’s still adopting the old-school SUVs looks that may be less attractive for the current crossover buyers.
Not many changes were given by Toyota for the interior, and that was relatively unchanged from the current model. Nevertheless, there are some minor revisions and updates for interior features that you can find on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series that includes a new infotainment system with a newly-available 8-inch touchscreen, new keyless ignition, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility, and two USB ports for rear seats. The Japanese factory now also offers the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) as standard safety equipment on the entire 4Runner lineup. It consists of lane-departure warnings, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection system. The availability of TSS-P is claimed to be the most significant standard safety package upgrade compared to outdated outgoing models for technology-based safety equipment.
Like the current model, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is still equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission which is capable of cranks out up to 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feed of torque. Japanese manufacturers claim that the 4.0L powertrain is capable of providing 5,000 pounds maximum towing capacity. Depending on the selected trim level, it can be available with standard rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive setup. So far Toyota has no plans to offer a new powertrain for the 4Runner mid-size SUV lineup.
Although the release date is unknown, but expect the 2020 Toyota 4Runner to reach showrooms sometime later this year. The facelifted 4Runner is rumored to be starting production this August at the Toyota assembly plant. Price tag for the 2020 4Runner SUV is likely to rise slightly from the current model, which starts at the base MSRP of $35,705 and jumps to $47,295 for the TRD Pro version. Some key competitors for the new Toyota 4Runner include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.