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2020 Toyota 4Runner Nearly Here and Offering Many Important Upgrades

When the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is released this fall, it will be bringing many changes you have been asking for with this do-it-all SUV. Find out what they are.

When you think of quality, toughness and reliability over a decade or more, you probably had the Toyota 4Runner sprung into your head. Yes, I know there are more than likely 100 other things that popped into your mind, but let’s just hypothesize it was indeed the 4Runner.

The Toyota 4Runner has been transporting families and off-roading enthusiasts alike for several decades, and the upcoming 2020 entry is no exception. Although not a full redesign (you will have to wait until 2022 for that one), the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is packed with useful and important changes you are sure to enjoy.

What changes will 2020 4Runner have?

2020 Toyota 4Runner is just a couple months away.

You asked for updates with safety and you got them. All 2020 Toyota 4Runner trim levels will feature standard Toyota Safety Sense with Pedestrian Detection (TSS-P). This is an important bundle of safety features designed to help prevent front and side collisions, along with nighttime assistance when driving.

Also, prepare for the introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the 4Runner lineup across-the-board. This is something Toyota fans have been asking about for years. Pretty exciting times for multimedia fans. The 2020 Tacoma will be the first Toyota model to receive the popular Android Auto, with many more mainstay Toyota models following suit in the coming months.

Another technological improvement to the 2020 4Runner is the multimedia screens. The TRD Pro will feature an 8-inch touch screen, while all other trims will see an increase in screen size. The only question is whether they will be 7-inch or 8-inch touch screens.

Army Green 2020 4Runner TRD Pro

Vehicle colors often match the personalities of a vehicle and its owners. This, too, should be a perfect fit for 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and the people who buy them.

Toyota is compiling an impressive fleet of TRD Pro trucks and SUV’s across its lineup. The 2020 Tacoma and 2020 Sequoia TRD pro models have already been announced to proudly carry the exclusive Army Green color in their color palette.

The 2020 4Runner TRD Pro, along with the 2020 Tundra (which should have it but has not been announced yet), will also be offered in Army Green. Imagine an Army Green 4Runner TRD Pro rolling through the uneven sands of the nearest beach shore near you. Or traversing an uneven mountain trail. Magical.

It has become a tradition to speculate about and wait for the newest exclusive TRD Pro colors. This year, for 2019, the color is Voodoo Blue. For 2018 it was Cavalry Blue. Clearly this is way too early, but I wonder what 2021 has in store for TRD Pro.

Anything else?

Although I am entirely unsure of any other updates to the slightly-refreshed 2020 4Runner, I do have my wish list. I would like to see the use of more USB or input jacks throughout the cabin. I think with families utilizing and depending on their devices to stay charged, it would be terrific to see this improvement. I will have my fingers crossed.

We know this will not be the time for engine and transmission changes, but it is a time especially for safety and multimedia updates. What updates would you like to see in the refreshed 2020 Toyota 4Runner? Are you in the market for a new 4Runner or other SUV in the next year?

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Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter @toyotajeff1 and tweet him tips for new stories. Jeff also shares Toyota news videos on his Youtube Channel at ToyotaJeff1.


Digitaldoc (not verified)    July 8, 2019 - 10:54PM

No updates to the powertrain? Still the same lackluster fuel economy? How many other vehicles are stuck with the same powertrain for easily over a decade?

Yawn for this minimal list of upgrades, and not getting me back into a Toyota dealership to see this anytime soon.

Forever_Student (not verified)    July 9, 2019 - 4:49PM

Yeah, it'll be really disappointing if the 4Runner doesn't at least get the Tacoma's updated 3.5L V6 and 6-speed for a couple extra ponies and a single extra MPG.

George J Salvesen (not verified)    July 9, 2019 - 10:24PM

In reply to by Forever_Student (not verified)

Under the hood of the new 4Runner is a 4.0-liter engine. This is the largest V6 drivetrain Toyota has to offer. It develops 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque

David (not verified)    July 9, 2019 - 9:18PM

Yeah, this is a major disappointment. Safety is great but just android auto and a touch screen? It's not keeping up with any other SUV. Even the ones in it's own line up. I still love the look but I can't justify buying one with that engine and a five speed. With all the other Toyota models having the newer engines and transmissions it's ridiculous that they haven't upgraded the 4 runner yet.

Wunderdog (not verified)    July 10, 2019 - 6:53AM

In reply to by David (not verified)

Although the 4.0 motor and trans combo are ok for normal driving. Its way under powered for trailering a 21ft boat. I would like to have an option for a 5.7 or a supercharged 4.0, This combo just dont get it done with the a/c on going up hill. It wont hold standard hiway speed without stressing the motor.

Bishal BK (not verified)    July 11, 2019 - 10:44AM

Don't really care much for the upgraded touchscreen. Atleast make it a six speed transmission. Have to really push on the gas pedal when going up a hill. Also the AC is a joke. I turn it all the way up and it is still hot. I have the 2018 model by the way.

Nathan Snyder (not verified)    July 12, 2019 - 11:06AM

Will be looking at the New Bronco and Land Rover Defender and new 4Runner(?) if available when I am ready to get rid of my 2015 SR5.....this doesn't seem like it yet.

Time will tell if an actual upgrade (any fuel efficiency options) rather than feature tweaks comes in time.

Tiger11 (not verified)    July 12, 2019 - 10:39PM

I have a 2019 4Runner and I love it. With that being said, I am looking forward to seeing the new model come out. I wanted to wait for the 2020 to come out but couldn’t wait any longer because my old vehicle crapped out so I had to buy a 2019. They should have had the new bigger touch screen and TSSP standard in 2018 along with a little tweak to the 4.0 and change the 5 speed automatic to the 6 speed that is in the Lexus GX460 or 8 speed that is in the Land Cruiser to get better fuel economy by 5 more mpgs (we all know that Toyota loves to use the same parts or drivetrains across the entire lineup, which is smart). This would have been a more meaningful needed update to the 5th gen. Then roll out the completely new redesign 6th gen. in 2022 with all the bells and whistles that are needed inside and out especially all LED lights EVERYWHERE and lightening it up by about 500lbs with new light weight alloy metals and high strength steel all over! It needs to be able to tow about 6500lbs. like the Tacoma and have better crash and rollover test ratings (it’s starting to show it’s age)! I went on a rant, but come on Toyota quite being so conservative by dragging out models for too long. If all of these things are done in the 2022 6th gen and it has similar aggressive looks like the current model then I’ll trade my 2019 in TOMORROW!!!

ABR (not verified)    July 13, 2019 - 6:46AM

So sad to hear it is 2022 for a makeover. Currently have a 2007 V8 Limited with 177K on it. Not a fan of the current generation and was hoping to replace it with a 4Runner. Probably going to get a wrangler rubicon since it has all the gadgets and computer systems

Ryan (not verified)    August 13, 2019 - 11:02PM

Probably going to get a 2020, but how does it not have a power liftgate after all these years? My wife will barely be able to reach the door to close it. It is almost a deal breaker, but I just can't see ourselves in another look-a-like unibody SUV.