SUVs weren’t always as domesticated as they are today, and the earliest examples were burly beasts built to conquer rocky trails. With its rugged capabilities and sturdy body-on-frame construction, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner has a lot in common with these early models. It shines off-road, and it’s spacious enough to offer stellar utility. However, keep in mind that’s it’s not available with certain key driver-assist features.
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is a midsize SUV that seats up to seven passengers. Buyers can choose from seven trim levels: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro, Limited and Limited Nightshade. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available.
Shoppers who’re considering the 4Runner based on its trail-busting skills may want to also take a look at the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. As with the 4Runner, the Wrangler excels in off-road environments.
For the 2019 model year, Toyota welcomes the Limited Nightshade trim level to the 4Runner’s lineup. Also, TRD Pro models add a sunroof and JBL sound system as standard equipment. This trim level also gets new shock absorbers and a new skid plate.
Modern SUVs are known for their curvy lines, but the 4Runner bucks this trend with its boxy exterior design. The front fascia is home to a wide grille that’s bisected by a thick crossbar. In profile, the 4Runner’s stance is angular and upright, with squared-off wheel wells and a flat roofline. Overall, this SUV’s sheet metal conveys solidity.
Our 4Runner TRD Pro test vehicle came in a bright shade Toyota calls Voodoo Blue. This extroverted paint color helped the SUV attract attention. The 4Runner’s snazzy appearance earned an admiring comment from a fellow motorist who waited next to us at a red light.
The base-model 4Runner SR5 is equipped with projector-beam headlights with smoked trim, LED taillights, front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, a body-colored rear spoiler and rear privacy glass.
Buyers can upgrade the 4Runner with optional equipment such as automatic running boards, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, silver- or black-painted roof rails, a power sunroof, LED fog lights and 20-inch wheels.
The 4Runner hasn’t been redesigned since 2010, and its cabin looks dated relative to those of newer models. Still, it’s reasonably attractive, and its layout is ergonomic and user-friendly. The broad center stack is home to buttons that are easy to identify and reach. A cleanly designed dash sits above a capacious glove compartment.
In standard configuration, the 4Runner seats five in comfort. Our test vehicle offered generous headroom and legroom for passengers in both rows. The second row is spacious enough to easily accommodate car seats. An optional third row boosts passenger capacity to seven.
Those who need lots of room for cargo will appreciate what the 4Runner has to offer. Two-row models offer up to 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and up to 89.7 cubic feet with this row folded. Three-row models offer 9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.
Standard interior equipment for the 2019 4Runner includes air conditioning, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat that folds flat and reclines, power windows and door locks, a power liftgate, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
When it comes to optional amenities, the 4Runner can be equipped with heated and ventilated front seats, simulated leather upholstery. an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Limited Nightshade and Limited models bring in dual-zone automatic climate control and perforated leather upholstery.
A 4.0-liter V6 lives under the hood of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner, and it provides 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Gears are shifted by a five-speed automatic transmission.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, but the 4Runner offers a couple of four-wheel-drive options for off-roaders. Part-time four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case is available. With the Limited Nightshade or Limited model, you get full-time multi-mode four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case and locking center differential.
The TRD Off-Road trim has an electronically controlled locking rear differential that sends engine power evenly to both rear wheels. This improves the SUV’s handling on unpaved surfaces by allowing its wheels to travel at the same speed, even if one is off the ground.
With up to 9.6 inches of ground clearance, the 4Runner is able to easily glide over rocks and fallen branches. And with an approach angle of 33 degrees and a departure angle of 26 degrees, this SUV was built to tackle steep slopes.
Some off-road-friendly SUVs feel coarse on paved streets, but this isn’t the case with the 4Runner. Our TRD Pro test vehicle was a smooth customer in city driving, with pleasant handling and a suspension that soaked up road harshness. We were also impressed with our 4Runner’s sprightly acceleration.
According to EPA estimates, the 2019 4Runner achieves fuel economy of up to 17/21 mpg city/highway. Midsize crossovers like the Buick Enclave and Mazda CX-9 provide better gas mileage.
Toyota’s 4Runner is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner comes with a respectable range of standard tech features. Base models are equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker audio system, an auxiliary port, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, voice recognition, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free and a Scout GPS Link navigation app.
Keyless entry and ignition, an integrated navigation system and a 15-speaker JBL audio system are optional. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration aren’t available.
Our test vehicle’s infotainment system earned solid marks for ease of use. We were able to access key functions quickly and without confusion, and the menus were laid out in a straightforward way.
Toyota’s 4Runner is less impressive when it comes to driver-assist features. Base models come with just a rearview camera, and the options list is limited to front and rear parking sensors. Useful amenities like adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor and a lane-departure warning system aren’t offered.
Pricing for the base-model 4Runner SR5 starts at $35,110, not including a $1,095 destination charge. The most expensive model in the lineup is the Limited Nightshade trim, and it kicks off at $45,165.
The base SR5 offers enough standard features to keep most buyers happy. We’d equip it with part-time four-wheel drive ($1,875). This brings the total price to $38,080, including destination.
Toyota’s 4Runner has a steeper base price than rival midsize SUVs like the Honda Passport and Subaru Ascent, and it comes with fewer standard driver-assist features. This hurts its overall value proposition. Still, with its impressive off-roading skills, the 4Runner offers capabilities that set it apart from the pack, and this will boost its appeal with some shoppers.
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is a talented companion on steep mountain trails, making it one of only a handful of models in its segment that can tackle off-roading. It’s got a roomy cabin and lots of cargo space, and it’s refined enough to deliver smooth handling on paved streets.
It’s pricier than some rivals, and it’s missing certain key driver-assist features. Still, the 4Runner may be a desirable pick for those who need an SUV that can handle off-roading and suburban driving with equal proficiency.
By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 3/11/2019)
Warren Clarke is a writer and editor whose work has been published in outlets such as the New York Daily News and Edmunds.com. He enjoys providing car owners with information that can help enhance and simplify their lives.
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User Reviews for 2019 Toyota 4Runner
by Ted on May 18, 2020
"We really like the 4Runner. We sit up higher than most vehicles on the road and that harkens back to first 4X4s I had 40 years ago. It rides nicely and fun on dirt and muddy roads. Looking forward to many years with it. "
lots of room for me in the drivers seat. I am 6'1" and some seats don't go back far enough. Plenty of room on the back seat for stuff.
The look of the grill makes it a serious vehicle. Plenty of clearance.
rides great with good acceleration when needed.
plenty of room for our stuff
I did not buy it for cost effectiveness. I bought it to have fun in my retirement and to pull our trailer and to be dependable for many years.
"I love this vehicle because it is tough it’s sturdy it’s well-built it will last a couple hundred thousand miles and in the meantime I love the lift on it the clearance and its ability to climb over anything"
The back compartment is not very well designed. It’s slants down word so when you open the back hatch things tend to fall out of the back on you especially groceries or other loose items. It’s very frustrating it needs to have a compartment tray or level it to where it’s level not slanted down where everything rolls out
I think the TRD power in other models should be standard power and all four runners because it tends to be a little under powered for the beast that it is.
Love the fifth seat which allows us to take more family members with us. We love the tent feature that is added to the top rack so that we can camp above our forerunner that is the thing that helped us buy it right off the lot immediately when we drove up and saw it
Maintenance on these Toyotas is minimal. The dealer takes care of regular maintenance check ups but these things can run forever without breaking down and that is one thing we love about a Toyota
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2019 Toyota 4Runner Pricing
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The price range for the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is $29,798 - $41,608.
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$35,310 - $47,400
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$29,798 - $41,608
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2019 Toyota 4Runner Pricing By Trim
TrimPrice RangeAverage Selling PriceCARFAX Value
SR5$28,985 - $36,996$32,311$26,470 - $38,810
TRD Off Road$31,500 - $38,772$35,051$30,460 - $40,260
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