Toyota has updated the 4Runner with some mild changes inside and out for 2020, and has announced that it will also be offering an all-new special edition — shown for the first time at the 2019 State Fair of Texas in Dallas. It’s the 2020 4Runner Venture Edition, and it starts with a TRD Off-Road Premium trim, then makes a few cosmetic and equipment changes in order to take what is already one of the most capable, old-school, body-on-frame, truck-based SUVs and turn it into a slightly more adventure-ready rig.
Looks Ready to Rock (Crawl)
Cosmetically, the Venture Edition will get some blacked-out trim. Gone is the TRD Off-Road badge on the C-pillar, and all of the badging on the front, rear and tailgate will be black. Additional black accents adorn the mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler. The wheels will be TRD 17-inchers painted in gunmetal gray, but the biggest, most obvious change for the Venture Edition is the standard Yakima Megawarrior roof rack with crossbars up top. The rack is made of heavy-duty steel, and it’s meant to carry equipment and cargo externally on the roof in a deep, spacious tray.
Inside, the interior is straight-up TRD Off-Road, featuring SofTex-trimmed seats front and rear, with the fronts receiving power and heat, as well as TRD lettering on the front head restraints. The Venture Edition adds standard all-weather rubber floormats front and back, as well as a rubber cargo-area protector. A sliding cargo tray is available as an option.
There are some upgrades as part of all 2020 4Runners, such as the newly standard Toyota Safety Sense-P system, which includes pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, a sway warning system, automatic high beams and high-speed dynamic radar cruise control. All new 4Runners also get an updated 8-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa capability, as well as an updated central gauge cluster.
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No New Gear to Enjoy
Mechanically, the Venture Edition is identical to the TRD Off-Road Premium trim of the 4Runner. That means it gets a part-time four-wheel-drive system, two-speed transfer case with low range and a selectable rear locking differential. Toyota’s amazing Crawl Control electronic traction control system is also standard, as is the Active Traction Control, or A-Trac, that distributes torque to any one wheel when slippage is detected. It will also feature the Multi-Terrain Select traction control system that allows settings to be adjusted depending on the terrain the driver is pointing the truck at (dirt, sand, rock, snow, etc.). The engine is also unchanged: a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The new Venture Edition is available for ordering immediately. Pricing has not yet been announced.
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