The Toyota 4Runner has been transporting people off-roading as well as city streets and highways for decades. It is one of the most popular SUVs in the world, both for its incredible toughness and its amazing reliability and dependability.
The latest 4Runner entry, the 2020 model year, will be hitting dealerships this fall with a host of new features. Typically when a vehicle of any brand is not scheduled for a refreshed design or a complete model redesign, it is left alone without any additions.
However, Toyota listened to its customers and is adding some much-needed safety and technology updates to make the 4Runner safer, less distracting and more convenient for people sitting in any row in the SUV.
These changes come with some good (the Pros) and some less-than-good (the Cons).
First the 2020 4Runner Pros (not TRD Pro but Pros)
Let us look at the updates and additions to 2020 4Runner and see what is really good.
Toyota Safety Sense Added to 2020 4Runner
The addition of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) to the entire 2020 Toyota 4Runner lineup is a big deal and a game changer. This comprehensive package includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection during the daytime, lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams.
These active safety features create real-time, in-the-moment additional peace-of-mind safety for drivers and passengers. They will help limit frontal and side collisions as well as nighttime accidents.
2020 4Runner Gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
If you are the owner of a Google or Apple cell phone, you are about to be very pleased with the new 4Runner updates. Every 2020 4Runner built will feature standard across-the-board Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
CarPlay and Android Auto make it simple to make and accept phone calls, to operate navigation functions, to play music, and to send and receive text messages.
The name of the game is to limit distractions for drivers, and owners of the 2020 4Runner, along with 2020 Tundra, 2020 Tacoma and 2020 Sequoia will all be thankful their vehicles have both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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Larger Multimedia Screens in 4Runner
This might be one of those options that will be important to some, while unimportant to others. I am of the former opinion, as I feel the 6.1” touch screens from previous year 4Runners looked a little out of place and underwhelming when compared to the rest of the expansive, roomy cabin.
All grade levels for the 2020 Toyota 4Runner will have 8” touch screens. This will make reading information on these screens easier, and it will look like an appropriate size in the large 4Runner cabin.
Everyone can enjoy 2 Rear USB Ports
The more prevalent technology becomes in our society, the more important it will seem that we need to be more connected at more times. This even applies to riding in cars and trucks.
Toyota is adding 2 rear USB ports in the 4Runner so that back seat passengers can plug in and charge their devices during short commutes and long family road trips and outings. If you have kids of the ages where they will be using this technology, you will be happy that everyone in the family will not be fighting for USBs anymore.
And now for 4Runner Cons
Since the 4Runner will not be refreshed or redesigned for the 2020 model year, there are sure to be some people hoping for more drastic and widespread changes.
2020 4Runner will keep same powertrain
Toyota 4Runner operates with a 4.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque. It works in combination with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Some 4Runner loyalists have commented they feel it is time for a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine/transmission combination. The good news is this generation of 4Runner has incredible longevity and is dependable and trustworthy for as long or longer than most people will own it.
Same body style for 2020 4Runner
Fans of the 4Runner love the styling of their favorite body-on-frame SUV. They are just ready for it to be modernized and changed up a little.
What does the future hold for 4Runner?
We will have to see if the rumors floating around the internet of a fully redesigned 2022 4Runner come to fruition or not. I was curious what others thought, so I opened up the floor to my readers for their suggestions for an all-new proposed 2022 4Runner. Read the suggestions here – they are fascinating.
I really like the updates coming for the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. I feel they will make life easier, safer and less distracting for drivers and their passengers.
What do you think about the 4Runner? Will you be in the market for a 4Runner within the next year?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story where I am discussing tips on whether to buy a new 2019 Toyota Tacoma or a used one.
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