The problem with having an ever-increasing number of SUVs on the road is they all begin to blend together. Nothing really stands out and the average person is hard-pressed to tell the differences between them all. Unless you’re talking about the 2019 Toyota 4Runner which has bold, boxy styling that makes it unique in today’s sea of SUVs.
It’s decidedly old-school with its big front grille and squared off lines. While most SUVs try to look sleek and sporty, the 4Runner is rough and rugged. You want to go off-road? You want to tackle some tough terrain and get things muddy? Then take a look at the 4Runner.
There’s a choice of seven models in the lineup starting with the base SR5 at $35,310 and topping out with the TRD Pro at $46,815. You’ll get the most off-road bells and whistles if you go with the Pro, but you don’t have to break your budget to get solid capability. There’s the TRD Off-Road at $38,485 and TRD Off-Road Premium at $40,395, which are both more budget friendly.
Power comes from a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission with a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. This is a big vehicle, so while that engine provides enough power for easy highway merging, it’s not especially quick. This is where you feel the 4Runner’s heft, particularly if you need extra power for highway passing.
Inside, there’s lots of room for five passengers with a back seat that accommodates three adults without issue. Even if you have a long trip planned, rear seat passengers won’t feel squished and be begging for a break. There’s plenty of headroom and legroom and seating is comfortable, especially if you’re sitting up front.
We spent our time in the TRD Off-Road Premium and found the ride good, but a little stiff. Where the 4Runner shines is off-road, so it’s ride quality and noise suffer some on the highway. It’s a tradeoff that doesn’t seem so bad when you finally venture past the pavement.
Standard features on this trim include four-wheel drive, hill start assist, electronically controlled locking rear differential, and multi-terrain select with crawl control. There’s also 9.6 inches of ground clearance with a 33 degree approach angle and 26 degree departure angle to help clear uneven terrain.
It’s capable and roomy and it’s ready to handle cargo, too. There’s 46.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats with 88.8 cubic feet behind the front seats. It can also tow up to 5,000 pounds of additional cargo and includes an integrating tow hitch and wiring harness with 4 and 7-pin connectors.
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner offers something a little different when it comes to SUVs. Rather than following along with the pack and leaning toward a sportier, streamlined look, it looks bold, angular, and ready for adventure. It backs up those looks with genuine off-road capability, a roomy interior, and towing that lets you take whatever you need along for the ride.