The 2020 Toyota 4Runner arrives with a ton of new tech.
The Toyota 4Runner is a capable off-roader, but the current-generation model has been on sale since 2010 and has only received minor updates since then. It also faces stiff competition from newer rivals like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Gladiator pickup truck. For the 2020 model year, Toyota has updated the 4Runner with new standard safety features and tech.
The Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) now comes as standard on all grades, adding driver assists including pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with sway warning system, automatic high beams and high-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
All grades also sport a new instrument panel design along with a high-resolution eight-inch touchscreen display for the audio systems. In addition, the infotainment system finally supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Amazon Alexa compatibility. The lack of Android Auto support has been a glaring omission in Toyota models, but the automaker is gradually adding it to its lineup. For added convenience, rear-seat passengers now have access to two USB ports to charge their devices.
In addition, the 4Runner TRD Pro, SR5 Premium and TRD Off-Road Premium grades gain standard smart key with push button start. The SR5 Premium and TRD Off-Road Premium grades also gain this convenience feature for 2020. The 2020 4Runner TRD Pro also gets a TRD-branded cat-back exhaust, which gives the engine a more menacing growl. This trim also gains updated HVAC controls and new Army Green and Magnetic Gray Metallic exterior colors in addition to the current Super White and Midnight Black Metallic color options.
As with last year's model, the range-topping 4Runner Limited is also available with a Nightshade Special Edition that debuted for 2019. Available in Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic or Blizzard Pearl, the Nightshade Special Edition includes 20-inch black wheels, and black exterior trim for the rear bumper, grille accents, exterior mirrors and door handles, window moldings, rocker panels, door garnish, roof rails, badging, front moldings, and the exhaust tailpipe tip. Black interior trim features include the steering wheel, center cluster and console panels, shift knob and shifter panel, and inner door grips.
Like last year's model, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 producing 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five-speed ECT automatic transmission. Pricing hasn't officially been confirmed, but a recent report by CarSales claims the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is getting a significant price hike. The base model will reportedly start at $37,140 including destination, a $735 increase over last year, while the range-topping TRD Pro will start at $50,885 including destination – that's a $2,975 increase from last year.