At first glance, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is no different from the predecessor. However, on closer inspections- the differences in exterior styling become apparent. You will feel that the model has same design cues taken from siblings like Tacoma and looks rugged. The Toyota has so many SUVs and crossovers in the market and some of them offer decent to good off-road capability. However, when it comes to robust all terrain or off-roading capability- few can come close to the performance of the 4Runner.
This model has been in Toyota lineup for a very long time. It may lack the visual oomph of some of the rival models from stables of Nissan and Ford but performance wise it still leads the pack. The Toyota is giving the aging SUV a makeover for 2019. The styling changes are not massive but the safety and amenities receive the boost.
2019 Toyota 4Runner – Trims, Colors and Safety
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner will have trims- SR5, TRD Off Road, TRD Pro, top-notch Limited. The limited trim is distinguished by exterior chrome accents and bigger 20-inch wheels. The upcoming model gets three new hues for exterior- Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Cavalry Blue. The last one is reserved only for TRD Pro trim. Other exterior colors include Magnetic Gray Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Nautical Blue Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic and Barcelona Red Metallic.
The cabin of 2019 4Runner is not lavish by any means- even in top trim. The Toyota is keen on keeping copes on utility than lavishness- as it is clear. However, the revamped dashboard is easy on eyes and inclusion of a 120V AC power in the big center console is a prudent move. You can opt for the third row of seats to accommodate 7 passengers. But the third row is not ideal for grown-up people. Opting for the third row will reduce default cargo space to nine cubic feet-which is downright average.
Safety Features and Amenities
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with enhanced safety features and amenities that give it some edge to take on segment rivals. You get enough customization options as well. The Wilderness package brings cross bars atop the roof rack and interior enhancements. The TRD Enhancement package which is only available for TRD Off-Road adds 17-inch wheels with matte-gray paint, aluminum front skid plate. However, some buyers may grudge the features like heated back seats and heated steering wheels are still missing. Limited trim gets full leather seating and a high-end JBL sound system.
All Toyota models get a boost in coming years and the new 4Runner is not an exception to this trend. However, the all trims get safety features like Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control, Advanced Airbag System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution- part of Stay Safety System. The Toyota also offers its Safety Connect services in the 4Runner. It includes roadside assistance, stolen vehicle locator, Emergency assistance and automatic crash notification but you have to subscribe. The car also gets Tire Pressure Monitor System, rearview camera and an Anti-theft system.
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with enhanced edition of Toyota’s Entune infotainment system though feature varies from one trim to another. The visuals are sharp and tactile feedback is smooth.
Engine Specifications of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner
All trims of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine. This is mated with an aging -speed automatic gearbox. It churns out 270 HP. The TRD Off-Road trim and TRD Pro both get Crawl Control feature. Its towing capacity maxes out at 500 pounds.
The TRD Pro trim gets laden with Bilstein off-road shocks, Nitto Terra Grappler tires and additional skid plating. The fuel economy, however, is where the 4Runenr lags behind almost all segment rivals. The EPA rating in the city/highway is rated at 17/22 mpg.
2019 Toyota 4Runner – Expected Price and Arrival Date
The exact pricing of upcoming 2019 Toyota 4Runner is not clear but base trim may be priced around $35.000 or so. It may be unveiled for sale at late 2018.
Summing it up
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner gets small styling changes but the safety features receive a major boost. The powertrain choice is limited but the performance is decent. It offers enough features for buyers to tame rough roads. However, it is held back by average fuel economy and limited amenities.