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2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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$36,120 — $49,865 MSRP
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SUV
5-7 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Many active safety features now standard
  • Off-road capability
  • 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Available sliding cargo floor

The Bad

  • Tall step-in height
  • Heavy
  • Clumsy on-road driving manners
  • Fuel economy
  • Loud exhaust (TRD Pro)
  • Busy control layout
2020 Toyota 4Runner exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Toyota 4Runner
  • New Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity
  • New Venture Edition
  • 270-hp V-6 standard
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Seats up to seven with available third row
  • Off-road-oriented versions available

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2020 Toyota 4Runner Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

We took the 2020 Toyota 4Runner out on the road to test its new redesign and take a look at its interior and exterior.

What Is the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

In an era where most SUVs have a car-based platform, the Toyota 4Runner is something of a throwback with its rugged body-on-frame construction. Power comes from a standard 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered, and the 4Runner can seat up to seven with an available third row. Competitors include the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What’s New on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

Toyota Safety Sense P is now standard. The suite of active safety features includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control. The 4Runner also gets a new instrument panel design, and all trim levels have an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. There are two new USB ports in the backseat, too.

The off-road-focused TRD Pro model features a new TRD exhaust system and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Army Green is a new color choice for the TRD Pro, as well.

A new Venture Edition is also available. Features include a Yakima roof rack, 17-inch TRD wheels, black badges, black mirror caps, black door handles, a black spoiler, all-weather floormats and a cargo mat.

What Features in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner Are Most Important?

Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the 4Runner’s aggressive exterior looks and available goodies like a locking center differential, a two-speed transfer case, a locking rear differential, crawl control and a selectable terrain management system.

Standard convenience features include a power-sliding liftgate window, while upscale options include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and push-button start.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: How Do They Compare?

Both mid-size SUVs are built to tackle challenging off-road terrain, but of the two, the Grand Cherokee is the more civilized with better on-road driving manners. The Jeep’s refinement carries over to the cabin, which has a more premium feel on high-end trim levels — and the pricing to go with it. Whereas special versions of the 4Runner increase its off-road prowess, certain variants of the Grand Cherokee significantly enhance the SUV’s on-road performance. The 4Runner’s available third row gives it more seating capacity than the two-row-only Grand Cherokee.

Should I Buy the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

Toyota’s solid 4Runner remains one of the last truck-based mid-size SUVs and serves as a multitool on wheels. With a respectable 5,000-pound towing capacity and nearly 90 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, the 4Runner blends capability and off-road prowess. The 4Runner’s on-road driving manners, however, are disappointing, and the SUV lacks fuel-efficient drivetrain choices.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
66 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Love my 2020 Toyota 4Runner

by JanFos from Arvada, CO on September 24, 2020

I have owned a 4Runner for the last 10 years, and I really like the reliability, feel, look and that it allows to drive safely in all kinds of weather and on all kinds of roads. Read full review

(5.0)

Most fun car I’ve ever owned

by Jwilken from Arvada, Colorado on September 7, 2020

This car met all my needs. Fun and nice to drive. Fit all of my needs. Apple Car Play is fantastic and I’m enjoying the smooth ride. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Toyota 4Runner SR5

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
3 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 4Runner received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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