Why the Toyota 4Runner is the Old Faithful of SUVs (and What’s New for 2020)

April 23rd, 2020 by

The Toyota 4Runner really needs no introduction. Not only has the rugged midsize SUV solidified its reputation over the last 35+ years, but 2018 and ‘19 marked its best sales years to date. If you’re in the market for a tenacious SUV that seats five to seven and can go anywhere, it’s hard to beat the 4Runner.

While the 2020 4Runner is more similar to previous model years than it is different, there are a number of exciting new features that buyers are sure to love. And as much as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected how car dealerships work, Mount Airy Toyota is open and ready to deal; we’ll even deliver your vehicle to you if you order online!

To help you decide if the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is the vehicle for you, let’s take a look at those new features and cover some other impressive aspects of the midsize SUV:


New Features

Perhaps the most significant change that Toyota has made to the 2020 4Runner is that every trim comes standard with Safety Sense P, which is Toyota’s suite of driving assistance features. These features include:

  • Automatic high-beams
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Pre-collision alert (with pedestrian detection)
  • Autonomous braking

Also new is an 8-inch screen for the redesigned Entune infotainment system, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and two rear USB ports. Moreover, the SR5 Premium and TRD trims come standard with push-button start and keyless entry.


Off-Road Capabilities

Besides its killer looks, the 4Runner has perhaps always been known most for its all-terrain capabilities. While the midsize SUV may not be the best option if you’re simply looking for a smooth-riding daily commuter, it can hold its own off the beaten path against a class that includes the Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, and Hyundai Sante Fe Sport. Along with being a great vehicle for recreational four-wheeling, the 4Runner can tow a solid 5,000 pounds, which is bested only by the Durango.



Reliability is another one of the 4Runner’s most luring qualities. After all, it’s made by Toyota, and it doesn’t get any more reliable than that. As far as predicted reliability goes for the 2020 4Runner specifically, it received a good rating (four out of five) from J.D. Power.

Toyota also checks all the boxes when it comes to warranties. With the 2020 4Runner, buyers get a limited warranty for three years or 36,000 miles, a powertrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles, and—most impressively—complimentary scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,0000 miles.


Interior Versatility 

The Toyota 4Runner has always been known for its versatility, and this model year is no different in that regard. Buyers get the same rugged charm throughout the cabin as in recent years, yet comfort is not compromised. The front seats provide ample support and comfort, plenty of headroom, and a clear vision of the road. This comfort extends to the roomy second row, which reclines and provides ample legroom and headroom. All and all, this makes for relaxing long-distance drives for at least five passengers.

Cargo space is another perk with the 4Runner’s interior. Behind the second row, 47.2 cubic feet becomes 90 cubic feet if you fold the seats down, and the overall shape of the SUV’s frame lends a wide-open space for cargo.


The Different Grades 

Buyers have seven grades to choose from with the 2020 Toyota 4Runner: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro, Limited, and Nightshade Special Edition. The base grade (SR5) has seen several upgrades in 2020, including the Safety Sense P suite, infotainment features, and other technologies. If you’re happy with the standard 4Runner but prefer synthetic leather seats and heated front seats, stepping up to the SR5 Premium is worth considering.

If off-road adventures are a priority for you, one of the TRD models might be your thing. Each comes stock with four-wheel drive capability, among many other performance upgrades, but you can opt for four-wheel drive on most of the other models as well. As far as the powertrain goes, all seven grades come with a 4.0L V6 engine matched with a five-speed transmission.

The Toyota 4Runner has a long-running legacy of being a rugged, comfortable, and reliable SUV. And with all the standard features introduced in this model year, you really can’t go wrong with any model that you choose. Get in touch with us at MountAiryToyota.com so that we can find the perfect 2020 4Runner for your needs.

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