The 2020 Toyota 4Runner, a compact mid-size SUV, will arrive in showrooms with numerous tech and safety upgrades. With a base MSRP of $37,140, the new 4Runner will be a bit more expensive than previous models but buyers may consider the selection of upgrades worth the price hike.
The 4Runner SR5 Premium will be listed at $40,355 and the TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium trims will cost an additional $1,280 and $2,100, respectively, as compared to their 2019 model year equivalents. Meanwhile, the price of the range-topping 4Runner TRD Pro will increase to $50,885. The 2020 Pro will feature a TRD exhaust, updated infotainment software and Toyota's full Safety Sense-P suite of cutting-edge driving aids, including a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.
Among the upgrades found in the 2020 4Runner, drivers will find a redesigned instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch screen between the dials. The new model also includes a smart key with push-button start and two additional rear USB ports for backseat passengers. The new 4Runner will also provide connectivity with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
One of Toyota’s oldest models, the 4Runner was first introduced in 1984. The original model was a compact SUV, which resembled a Toyota pickup with a fiberglass shell over the bed. Since then, the model has undergone substantial redevelopment, becoming a cross between a compact and a mid-size SUV. Noted for its durability, this year the 4Runner was ranked in the fifth position by iSeeCars.com as one of the longest-lasting vehicles in the US.
The price hike shouldn’t surprise 4Runner fans. This year, TRD Pro prices increased by $3,340 with the addition of sturdier sport shocks, restyled wheels, and an overhauled skid plate and a remodeled roof rack. The 4Runner’s last significant redesign was in 2010, yet competition nowadays is fiercer with models like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Jeep Gladiator pickup cutting into the 4Runners market space.
As for the rest of the Toyota lineup, the RAV4 will debut its first TRD Off-Road model this year, while the Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia will receive TRD-related enhancements in an effort to stimulate the TRD brand.