2019 Toyota 4Runner Introduction

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is the SUV to buy, if it’s off-road adventure you have in mind. Based on Toyota’s Tacoma pickup, the 4Runner gets few changes for the new model year. The TRD Pro gets Fox shocks that smooth the ride, and the Limited gets a new dark appearance package.

All 4Runners use a 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 horsepower, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard but most 4Runners get optioned into four-wheel drive.

The 4Runner’s muscular body is bolted to a pickup-truck ladder frame, with a solid rear axle, rear coil springs, and an independent front suspension. The ground clearance is high, so it’s a big step in and out. There’s an optional suspension for the TRD off-road models that reduces the lean in corners.

The 2019 4Runner’s fuel economy comes in at an EPA-rated 17 mpg city, 21 highway, and 18 combined with rear-wheel drive, and the same combined 18 mpg with four-wheel drive.

Unlike other Toyotas, the 4Runner isn’t endowed with much active safety equipment: no adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, or automatic emergency braking. The NHTSA rates it at four stars overall, with a three-star rollover rating. The IIHS rating is a bit better, but still “Marginal” in the small-overlap crash test.

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