The Toyota 4Runner is one of few SUVs remaining with the traditional body-on-frame design. Many models switched to the uni-body platforms in order to respond to the growing demand for the car-like ride manners but the 4Runner doesn’t want to be a car-like SUV. What’s more, Toyota upped the ante with the upgraded TRD Pro trim for its 2019 Toyota 4Runner. The model gets visual and interior enhancements including upgraded infotainment system and standard premium sound system. The engine remains but Toyota brings upgraded suspension components.
Toyota hasn’t said, on the other hand, what the rest of the lineup will benefit from. Based on what we know so far, we should expect upgraded infotainment system, new materials, and options. The engine will be familiar while more substantial upgrades will appear in first years of the next decade.
2019 Toyota 4Runner: Design
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner won’t change much of its brutish look. The two-tier grille remains on most models and the same shapes of the panels and headlights. The new TRD Pro comes with unique black grille with TOYOTA block stamping like its predecessor. The TRD Pro badging also makes the distinction and the skid plate now has the red painted logo. This version also continues with the same 17-inch alloy wheels while sports new LED fog lights. The most notable difference will be the new roof rack on the TRD Pro model.
Other versions should also adopt new fog lights and add some new details but nothing too much.
Interior of the 4Runnder will also be a familiar story. The TRD Pro version improves with the updated infotainment system, standard JBL sound system and navigation. This version also has Softex seat covers, red contrast stitching and TRD logos on several places.
The 4Runner can seat five persons in two-row arrangement and still offer 47.2 cubes of the cargo room. With the rear row stowed, the cargo capacity ups to almost 90 cubes. The three rows will also be available. The model has well-arranged controls and will also offer heated and ventilated seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, parking sensors, but we will see also some advanced tech.
2019 Toyota 4Runner: Performance
On the performance front, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner will continue relying on the 4.0-liter V-6 engine. The transmission system also remains a five-gear automatic. The engine produces 270 hp at 5, 600 rpm and max torque of 278 pound-feet at 4, 400 rpm.
The rear-wheel drive is available but the old-school four-wheel drive seems the only adequate for this machine. There is also an electronic locking rear differential but the multi-terrain select system, crawl control as well.
For the 2019 model year, the TRD Pro version upgrades with the 2.5-inch aluminum-bodied, internal bypass Fox shocks. The TRD tuned coil springs underpin all four corners but the front adds an inch of lift.
The 4Runner can tow up to 5, 000 pounds. The engine exploits variable valve timing but the fuel efficiency isn’t the strong side. Expect the current 18 mpg combined.
2019 Toyota 4Runner: Release, Price
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner with upgraded TRD Pro version will arrive this fall. The serious off-roading with this vehicle will again be possible from about $35, 000.