Toyota is on a mission to spruce up its entire lineup for 2018 as well as next few years. It is also busy introducing new vehicles with hybrid and electric engines. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is also getting revamped.
However, compared to most of its siblings, the mid-sized SUV receives only nominal updates- both inside and outside. It still looks dated and in terms of safety technology and powertrain- lags behind most of the category rivals. Still, you can count on the vehicle for its off-road prowess and it scores well. Only the venerable Jeep Wrangler can stand up to it in off-road performance.
2019 Toyota 4Runner Trims Features
The exterior styling of 2019 Toyota 4Runner is almost same as the 2017 model. It is available in trims- SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off Road, TRD Pro, and top end Limited. Two new exterior colors have been added for 2018- Midnight Black Metallica and Cavalry Blue and Super White are now available for all trims. Other exterior colors are classic silver metallic, magnetic gray metallic, and Barcelona red metallic.
The cabin of 2019 Toyota 4Runner looks dated and the base trim has enough plastic parts to make potential buyers grudge. While the cabin is precious, the optional third row is really cramped. Limited models do get leather seats and the cargo space is decent. However, those looking for a utilitarian midsized SUV should go for the Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer.
The touchscreen infotainment system of Toyota named Entune is refined but still cannot match the rivals systems from GM, Ford and Nissan. There are USB ports, satellite radio and a few 12-volt outlets in the cabin.
2019 Toyota 4Runner SR5, SR5 Premium, Limited, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium and TRD Pro Series trims
The SR5 trim gets skid plates, rearview camera, fog lights, power liftgate, 17-inch wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry. The TRD Off-Road trim adds crawl control, wider 17-inch wheels. The TRD trims can be laden with exclusive matte gray wheels. A new Wilderness package adds crossbars on the roof rack and there is a special TRD Enhancement package too. Premium variants of SR5, as well as TRD Off-Road, trims get heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, navigation along with -dimming rearview mirror. Limited trim adds a separate suspension system, 20-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, leather seat upholstery, JBL audio system and parking sensors.
In the safe segment, the 2019 4Runner lags behind most rivals in its class. While there are 8 airbags and all trims get updated safety system. But, the models do not have advanced features to avoid collision such as automatic emergency braking.
2019 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specifications and Towing Capacity
The 2019 4Runner continues with the same powertrain used in the predecessor. While the 4.0-liter V-6 engine making 270 horsepower is no slouch, the aging 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox is the downer. The TRD Off-Road trim is an off-road lover’s dream – thanks to its multi-mode traction control setup.
The TRD Pro gets a light suspension lift and Bilstein shocks to tackle rough terrains even better. Maximum towing capacity is 5000-pounds. On city roads, ride quality is not that good.
2019 Toyota 4Runner Price and Debut
The expected base trim price of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is approx $36.000. It will be launched mid to late 2018, as per the updates.
Summing it up
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner will come with small updates to an aging platform. The styling is dated and same is true of its cabin. While the engine is solid it is let down by the dated gearbox. The buyers, however, get enough trim choices and in off-roading- the 4Runner leaves most rivals behind. The high price tag of the SUV may make some buyers grudge though.