Toyota is making some radical changes to its flagship models. The 4Runner is definitely one of the most favorite vehicles among off-road adventurers. With the TRD Pro package, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is going to be unstoppable. Still, the SUV is far more than that, since you can also purchase a family car with three rows of seats. Under the hood is a powerful V6 engine, while the big infotainment upgrade will be ready by 2021. Until then, the Japanese company is adding Android Auto so some of its vehicles and 4Runner will be one of them.
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner might present a large redesign. We can hear some hints about this, but there is no official statement. The last time the vehicle had a big styling update in 2009. The design is aging and 4Runner will have to undergo the redesign sooner or later. No facelift or minor update will help. Also, its sibling from other markets, Toyota Fortuner, is also taking some serious upgrades for the upcoming model, and one of the favorite SUVs in the US will follow its example.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Specs
Under the hood of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will be the same engine we used to see. It is a reliable, durable, and powerful 4.0-liter V6 drivetrain that produces 270 hp and 280 pound-feet of twist. That is enough for a smooth ride on and off the road. Well, the fuel consumption is definitely not something that will make you buy this SUV. With only 18 mpg combined, it is much less than competitors can offer. On the other hand, the new 4Runner comes with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, which fixes the issues with fuel economy.
We can also hear rumors the company is thinking of V8 engine for the 4Runner. After the redesign, the 2021 year model could get a 4.6-liter displacement. The Japanese carmaker is already using this one for its premium Lexus GX SUV and few other vehicles. It improves outputs to 300 hp and 330 lb-ft, but at the cost of higher fuel consumption. Well, there are lots of pros and cons, and the major downside is the size of the drivetrain, which can affect overall weight and handling.
The most impressive version of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is TRD Pro. The company updated the vehicle list and from the next year, Sequoia is going to be the second SUV on the list. Fox shocks and suspension are the things that make a difference. Unique exhaust tips and other parts of the drivetrain system will make this model unstoppable. Of course, there are also cosmetic upgrades that will depend on the redesign. However, expect the new 2021 4Runner TRD Pro to get large wheels with off-road tires, skid plates, and special graphics and colors. If you are about to go to some outskirts, this model will take you anywhere, no matter what road conditions you run to.
We can already say something about the equipment of the new 2021 Toyota 4Runner. First of all, the company is updating the infotainment system for all vehicles. We saw the Apple CarPlay added last year, and Android Auto became part of equipment in 2019. Now, it is a turn for the new generation of the Entune system which will bring more options. The redesign will also change the layout of the interior. 4Runner is now a three-row seven-seater SUV. However, some versions are offering more space for cargo by cutting down the rear bench. For example, TRD Pro models have only two rows of seats. Of course, 4×4 drive is standard, while the rest of the lineup also comes with rear-wheel drive.
New colors are definitely what will be updated outside. After the redesign, the 4Runner will be more aggressive. Designers will revisit front fascia and refresh it with new headlights, bumper, and possibly grille. The rear end will also be under the reconstruction. The hybrid version is not yet in plans, while the SUV for the 2021 season could introduce a diesel unit. Well, this depends on Tacoma and Tundra trucks.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Release Date
The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner won’t be out any time soon. The company will bring heavy updates and the vehicle will be completely new. Spy photos are not available, which means the testing has not started yet. But, as soon as we enter next year, rumors will be louder and we will have more info about the redesign. The new SUV could debut at the NAIAS, which will be held in a new format. That is the perfect spot for the debut of such popular SUV.
What Are 2021 Toyota 4Runner Alternatives?
If you are after an off-road vehicle, the TRD Pro package has no serious competitor. However, Ford is bringing back Bronco next year, and it could be an all-terrain vehicle as well. The base SUV will compete with likes of Honda Pilot, Chevy Tahoe, and Nissan Pathfinder.