STATUS: Safety updates for 2020 - The brand's body-on-frame utility vehicle is one of the most rugged available, allowing you to go just about anywhere that the highly prized Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can travel. The 4Runner's four-wheel-drive option gets you a part-time system with a two-speed transfer case (it has a low range) in the SR5. The luxury-skewed Limited's 4x4 option is a full-time unit with a locking center differential controlled by a console switch. The standard 270-horsepower V-6 isn't too hard on gas, considering 4Runner's 4,600-pound-plus curb weight (perhaps an update to a six-speed automatic transmission from the current five-speed would help in this regard). Hill Start Assist keeps the 4Runner from rolling backward when stopped on an incline, and Hill Descent Control that prevents unintended out-of-control acceleration on a downward slope. For the most off-road capability, the TRD Pro Series comes with Bilstein-brand remote-reservoir shocks, different springs, a performance exhaust system and unique 17-inch black alloy wheels wrapped with Nitto-brand off-road tires. For the 2020 model year, all trims come with a full array of dynamic-safety technology, such as a emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.
Base price (incl. destination): $36,650
Type: Midsize sport-utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 4.0-liter V-6 (270)
Transmission: Five-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /four-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 17/20/18
Base weight (lb.): 4,680