One of the most intriguing things about this model is that despite it’s getting older, it is also more popular than ever before. In 2018, around 138.000 units were sold, while 2019 was equally good with more than 131.000. Those are the two best years in the whole 4Runner history. We presume that’s because the 4Runned is the only genuine mid-size SUV on today’s market, where crossovers dominate. For the same reason, we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer won’t hurry with the redesign and that the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will come without more important changes.
This means you may count on all familiar design solutions and features that characterize this capable SUV. A rugger appearance in a combination with great suspension setup and the super-reliable engine makes this model the obvious choice for those who need a capable off-roader with decent interior space. Practically, the only big novelty for the next year will be a limited edition of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition
This will be the biggest novelty for the next year and we already know all of its exclusive features. Of course, most of them will be visual. You may count on new 17-inch Dark Grey wheels, blacked badging and unique leather upholstery and stitching on the inside. Furthermore, you may count on a couple in interesting accessories. One of them is a Yakima LoadWarrior rooftop cargo basket. The other one is a custom-made 40-quart cooler. It comes with lots of unique features, such as a lockable lid, and a freezer-grade gasket for an air-tight seal to keep ice frozen up to seven days, as well as with two latches with integrated bottle openers and several more things. Other than that, this version is essentially the SR5 trim.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Engine
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. Therefore, you may count on a well-known, robust and super-reliable 4.0-liter V6 gasoline, which has been around for many years. This unit is good for about 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission, which can be slow sometimes but offers great reliability in return. The whole SUV features amazing reliability ratings. Of course, base models come with RWD, while 4WD is also available. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. When properly equipped, this SUV can tow around 5.000 pounds.
Other than the new 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition, the trim level organization should remain the same. Of course, it’s possible to see a couple of additions for each trim, but most of the things will remain untouched. The current model is available in eight versions – SR5, SR5 Premium, Venture, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro, Limited and Limited Nightshade.
The base SR5 comes standard with Safety Sense P, which includes a full load of safety features. Another great thing about it is that the infotainment system has come with updates. You may count on a bigger screen, upgraded software and standard smartphone goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SR5 Premium is a bit of upgrade, which brings a couple of more things to the table. Some of the highlights are new interior with nicer upholstery and heated seats. The Venture is, on the other side, more like a visual package that a trim level, which adds Yakima roof rack, dark gray TRD wheels and black accents on the exterior.
Those who prefer a little bit better off-road capabilities can get the TRD-Road trim level, which adds a locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select off-road settings and a crawl control function. With the Premium badge, this trim adds similar things you can find in the SR5 Premium, while you can also get a sunroof.
For even more serious off-roading, there is the famous TRD Pro trim, which adds all kinds of upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like adds revised front springs, Fox dampers with internal bypass rear remote reservoirs, all-terrain tires and a special front skid plate. On the inside, you may count on black interior, premium 15-speaker audio and a sunroof as standard.
The Limited trim is more about luxury than off-road capabilities. So, it offers a retuned suspension for the better on-road experience. Also, you may count on keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control and leather seating. Finally, the Limited Nightshade Editions adds loads of black exterior trim for unique visual appearance.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Toyota 4Runner late in the year. Still, the new Trail Limited Edition will probably hit the market a little bit earlier, sometime in the summer. When it comes to the price, the current model starts around 36.000 dollars. We don’t expect bigger changes for the next year.