The trusted Toyota 4Runner is largely the same as it ever was, but the 2020 model sees the introduction of a few welcome features like the unmatched off-road ability, standard driver-assistance technology, etc.
While many automakers claim their SUVs have rough and rugged ‘go-anywhere up abilities’, few can actually deliver that sort of performance. When it comes to climbing rocks and getting properly muddy, you need a true 4×4 SUV to handle the rough terrain.
The 4Runner TRD Pro is one of the few SUVs available today with body-on-frame construction, as opposed to the car-based crossovers that are increasingly popular with shoppers.
Available with seating for up to seven passengers, as stripped-out or fully loaded as you like, the 4Runner can be many things to many people.
The 4Runner is a truck and it behaves like one. It is stiff and bouncy, jouncing along the highway. If you plan to use your SUV for commuting, something like the new Toyota Highlander or smaller RAV4 are better choices.
However, if your goal is to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, the 4Runner is an excellent choice. The TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trim come with an electronic-locking rear differential, a Multi-Terrain Select four-wheel-drive system, and a Crawl Control, all of which help drivers scamper over obstacles.
Though the bones of the 2020 4Runner are old, the technology has finally moved into the present day. Yes! your old-as-dirt 4Runner now comes with modern conveniences like lane-departure warning, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The disappointment here, however, is that the adaptive cruise doesn’t work below 25 mph, so it’s pretty useless in a stop-and-go traffic situation.
Inside, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro can be described as utilitarian at best. The knobs are big and bulky, but easy to use with gloves on, and all the off-road controls are on the headliner above the rearview mirror. Staggered cupholders mean driver and passengers alike can enjoy their tea time seamlessly.
The controls are big and chunky, while its infotainment system finally supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
4Runner TRD Pro is pretty spacious, with plenty of space in the rear seat. If folded flat, the rear hold can accommodate 89 cubic feet of cargo, meaning the 4Runner TRD Pro is bigger than its main off-road competitors, ‘the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler’.
All nice and juicy, but how much does the most talked about 4Runner TRD Pro actually cost?
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is priced at $50,885, that’s 17,799,250 when converted to Niara (a little below 18 million Naira). You don’t have to fidget at the price. It is after all a luxury vehicle.
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a niche vehicle at heart. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, this truck-based SUV is an excellent choice. It looks great and it will climb a mountain if you ask it to. I will say it perfectly suits Nigerian roads (No offense). So, go for it if you have the money.