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The 2020 Toyota 4Runner Is Bringing Important New Changes You Asked For

Toyota 4Runner and multimedia fans should be thrilled, as the 2020 Toyota 4Runner will be updated with the latest applications like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. What else is next for the immensely popular SUV?

The Toyota 4Runner is the one Toyota model I call a sure thing. Although it is one of the least-advertised Toyota models on the market, car shoppers just seem to know where to find it and remain fiercely loyal to this body-on-frame SUV. One of the last true SUV’s on the planet. I call it a cult-like following.

Perhaps this 4Runner phenomenon is due to its long-term reputation for quality, reliability and dependability. This is one reason 2019 4Runner ranked #5 on KBB’s list of 2019 Top Resale Value vehicles (#1 on the list is 2019 Toyota Tacoma and #3 is 2019 Tundra). Pretty strong resume.

This fall Toyota will update the 2020 Toyota 4Runner with important multimedia and safety changes. While remaining largely unchanged for the last many years, what else could be in store for the next 4Runner?

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The 2020 Toyota 4Runner updates we know so far

Although wildly popular with SUV owners, the one main critique for the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is the need for upgraded safety and technology. You asked for it and you are getting it.

Toyota is adding both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2020 4Runner model year. These applications make in-vehicle multimedia use both safer and more convenient. Also, look for Amazon Alexa compatibility as well.

I would expect this multimedia improvement to also increase the size of 4Runner’s touch screens. I would be surprised if Toyota carries over any of its 6.1” screens found on all levels of the 2019 4Runner. Expect to see 7-inch and 8-inch screens across the board. The 2020 4Runner TRD Pro has already been announced with an 8-inch screen.

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For people concerned with safety, Toyota Safety Sense-P (Pedestrian) will be added to all trim levels of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. This will include pre-collision system with pedestrian daytime detection, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control and lane departure alert with sway warning (do not expect it to have steering assist which nudges your vehicle back into its lane).

TSS-P features a camera located just inside the windshield and a sophisticated radar located within the grille. These systems work together to drastically reduce the potential for front and side collisions, as well as nighttime driving accidents. For example, you will find the radar just below the “TOYOTA” logo on the grille of 2020 4Runner TRD Pro.

Expect to see Toyota and JBL continue their partnership with Premium JBL Audio. The 2019 4Runner is optionally equipped with 15 JBL speakers with subwoofer and amplifier. Your car’s sound quality dramatically improves when you “JBL upgrade,” as it features concert-like quality right in your vehicle. I suggest car shoppers test it out while at your local dealership to see what you think.

SiriusXM will be featured in all grade levels of 2020 Toyota 4Runner. Toyota is gradually phasing in standard SiriusXM across all trims for every one of its models, beginning in August of this year. This movement should be completed by May of 2020.

Did someone say Army Green?

Toyota has already announced a plan for symmetry within its truck and SUV TRD Pro lineup. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will feature Army Green as its exclusive color this upcoming model year. With the all-new 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro speculated to feature Army Green as well, will 2020 4Runner TRD Pro and Tundra TRD Pro also be seeing (Army) Green in their futures? I think an Army Green 4Runner would look fantastic.

All trim levels should see a new grille but not completely different from this current 2019. They will be tweaked to incorporate the radar for Toyota Safety Sense.

What about the powertrain?

As the 2020 model is not a full re-design year, Toyota 4Runner will continue with its 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with dual independent variable valve timing with intelligence. This delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque. This engine works with a 5-speed electronically controlled transmission.

All this talk about refreshed and re-designed new 4Runner models has gotten me to thinking. When the time comes for a full Toyota 4Runner re-design, what do you think will be the way to go? Should Toyota keep the current 4.0-liter engine and 5-speed transmission, or should they bring in a completely new powertrain?

What has your experience been with Toyota 4Runner? Do you plan on buying one within the next year? What do you think of the updates for 2020 and what would you like to see happen with a re-designed 4Runner?

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Reducing the size of the grille will give the front view a more elegant view of the front, there's be a long time of this view.
A definite improvement would be the transmission, a couple more gears would help.
I've owned two, with my current one just going over 250K miles. It will probably be my last since they have never updated fuel efficiency...
Agreed, they really need to update the inefficient powertrain. I kept my 2004 4Runner for almost 14 years waiting for a new powertrain to be released, and it never came. I was hoping for a smaller 3.5 V-6 from the Tacoma, with the 6 spd transmission, and year after year, the word on the Toyota forums was that that the update was coming in a year or two down the road. I finally could not wait any longer, and updated it last year. I now marvel at how much better fuel economy I get, and Toyota's lack of action cost them from another sale from me.
I'm about to buy a 2008 runner because the new model is dogsh*t. I really wanted a 2001, best version they ever made (minus the low power), but they are getting to be too old.
What did you buy that gets that marvelously better fuel economy? I seriously doubt you got anything with the capabilities of the 4Runner... You could have gone with the Highlander Hybrid if that was the main driver...
My favourite suv in this price range. I hope it has keyless go. I sold my 2019 trd pro for its lack of tss and keyless go.
I'm waiting for a hybrid 4 Runner. That would be my ideal. I am happy that they are updating safety and sound.
Right on Pauline!
I say keep the 4 0L V6, but give it 300 horses and an 8 speed transmission.
Will it still have the ugly sad catfish front end?
I have a 2014 T4R limited with a stage 2 icon lift that I absolutely love! Not everyone in the suv market wants a car based unibody - as all other manufacturers have transitioned to. I want a body on frame traditional suv to utilize in snow, sand, mud and rock! Whatever route Toyota goes I hope they maintain a traditional truck based SUV.
I sold my 2016 4runner mainly due to the underpowered engine. Too weak and seems to labor excessively. Change that and I will be back.
How about a modern diesel, like Toyota sells in every other country but the US? I have no use for 7-8” screens but would love an actual locking front diff... I was all set to buy a new Tacoma based on the supposed diesel coming to America in 2020, since this turned into just another rumor, I bought a diesel Colorado ZR2 Bison. Toyota lost a lifetime owner due to sitting on their hands.
They just make truck for kooks that want to look tough now. They don't make actual truck anymore, they proved that with the camera in the skid plate on the new Taco. Someone that knows how to drive offroad knows where their low clearance is and it's not at the approach, it's at the diffs. You don't need a camera, and you definitely don't need it where it is, but a city kook that wants to look cool definitely wants that camera to show off to his other kook friends.
Don't change anything. There is a reason it sells great and is reliable. Honda keeps upgrading and becoming less reliable. Toyota knows their older drivetrains are rock solid and will last a lifetime. Look at the old v8 in the Lexus.
Is this article some kind of joke? Speak to 4-Runner owners about what is "important". None of those I know would consider the changes listed in that light. Number one is power, number two, try to get it in a manner that still improves fuel efficiency. Present owners are not looking to upgrade because of high tech safety, big screens, accident avoidance, or keys you can keep in your pocket.
100% agree with you JGinNJ. I absolutely love my 07 4 Runner in all its plain glory. I have over 225,000 miles and hoping for another 225,000 more. A little better fuel mileage would be nice but not a deal breaker for me.
As an owner of a 4runner with the 4.7l v8, I'd love to see a 4runner with the 5.7l v8 and an 8 speed transmission. The v6 is ok if you're not towing much but by no means powerful. With my 4.7l my fuel economy sucks but surprisingly enough, it has enough torque and power that I was able to tow a 2000lb trailer with a Jeep Grand Cherokee on it up hill and my fuel economy was only reduced by 0.8 mpg. So for more towing capacity and overall power, add the 5.7l engine and a transmission with more speeds. I think the size of the 4runner is about perfect for offroad and a daily driver.
Why don't you offer an optional V8 engine.? I had one in my 2006 and loved it. I have since owned a 2011 and 2019 4 Runner but still miss the power.
The biggest thing they need to do is de-bulk the frame, make more of an off road truck and not a city car. They made the same mistake with the stupid nose of the Taco, there is a foot of deadspace in the nose for appearance - it's stupid. They should add power to the full line up and add back the FJ but a slimmed down 4 wheeler. The original FJ40 was a premier 4x4 decades after they stopped making them because everyone knows Jeeps suck (worthless at speed on dirt and shitty crawlers stock) but they abandoned the market so now that's all you see.Toyota needs to get back to its roots - meaning what they did in the 60s-90s.
I have 2018 4Runner TRD Pro. Also have a GLE63, 911TURBO. Love the TRD Pro but deeply miss the lack of horse power vs my other vehicles. Otherwise very happy to have scored a TRD Pro.
I've been considering getting the 4runner for some time as an alternative to my Lexus LX570. Held up due to the lack of Safety Sense. Looks like it may be time.
I prefer reliability over gadgetry. I would like to have a larger display screen for NAV, etc.and vents that run to the back when the seats are folded down. Otherwise, it's a perfectly designed body on frame vehicle.
I'm surprised I only seen one other post. I had a 2003 4Runner with the 4.7 V8. That was the only body style that had the V8 and in my opinion it also looked the best. Not to mention the V8 only got 1mpg or so less than the V6. It also got much better mpg on the freeway than advertised unless you had your foot into it. The only thing the current version has is the TRD model. The others aren't as good looking and a refresh is long overdue. Bring in a new powertrain and a revamp and I'll be at the dealership tomorrow.
Just change ugly front back to 2013 and increase your sales exponentially.
Agh! No, I hate that front end!
I have a 2016 Trail edition 3 4runner. I like almost everything except the terrible rule economy which should be much better considering the lack of power. I have a F350 Are Cab Dully and gets better milage then my 4Runner.Also the lack of modern features. My 206 doe not have automatic headlights. Something that has been on most cars since the 80s.