Enthusiasts expected a redesign of the 2020 4Runner.
Unfortunately, Toyota brought only modest changes. Now, there
is no way they will miss to completely update the next edition.
Even the new generation is possible. With new colors and the
TRD Pro package, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will be ready to offer
incredible off-road performances. That is the main advantage
over all other mid-size SUVs. Well, we will see what the
upcoming Ford Bronco has to say.
The drivetrain of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will remain the same.
Well, some say the hybrid version is possible, but we seriously
doubt the company would sacrifice its incredible performance to
gain an extra few miles. So, you can write off this rumor.
Other speculations mention diesel unit, new generation, and
even the discontinuation of the 4Runner. At this point, it is
early to predict anything without the official sources. The
only one thing is certain – the SUV needs an update. It’s been
ten years since the current design is on the market. The
competition is not too tough, so Toyota is not in the rush.
But, if they want to improve sales, the redesign is the best
way to do that.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specifications
Reliability, capability, power, even the fuel economy… these
are just some reasons why we believe the 2021 Toyota 4Runner
will continue to use a 4.0-liter V6 engine. For its size, it is
not offering some monstrous outputs – 270 horsepower and 278
lb-ft of torque. Well, engineers could push it closer to 300
hp. Still, some 3.5-liter units by Toyota’s rivals can make the
same amount of power. But, the 4.0 unit is not letting you
down. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission for
a total towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
The power is sent to rear wheels by default. The new 4Runner
will continue to use a full-time all-wheel drive as an optional
setup. However, a part-time AWD configuration is more
interesting, since it is used by the TRD lineup. When it is
needed, the SUV will distribute power to all wheels or the rear
axle only. Fuel economy is returning respectable numbers – 18
mpg. Well, this number goes down if you use normal gasoline.
Tip: use premium fuel.
Trims and Features
The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner will keep the SR5 as the base
model. This SUV comes with an RWD and 17-inch wheels. The basic
Entune audio and 6-inch touchscreen display are highlights of
the infotainment system. Premium package will add more options,
such as navigation, premium cloth interior, or the
TRD is the badge you want to have on your 2021 4Runner. Well,
it is up to you which version to pick. The entry-level TRD
package is Off-Road with hill-start assist, part-time AWD,
all-terrain tires, locking rear differential… There is still
room for an upgrade with the Premium suite. Here we find the
Entune system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation
is there as well. Top of the class version is TRD Pro. However,
the most luxurious upgrades you are getting with 4Runner
What are the Features for 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro?
Toyota recently updated its TRD lineup. Sequoia is the new member.
However, we don’t believe that too many buyers will switch from
4Runner to the full-size Sequoia. This package is not paying
too much attention to premium features inside the cabin. The
main upgrades are coming for the drivetrain system to improve
off-road capabilities. Shocks are making the difference, as
well as the exhaust system and precise AWD. Still, the 2021
Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro also adds skid plates to protect the
What Are the Colors for the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?
The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner is going to refresh the color
palette. Of course, the base model will offer the least paints.
Black and white will remain there, but the blue could be
replaced. Premium packages add more options (red, metallic,
grey). TRD lineup has its own paintjobs. In 2021, the SUV will
take the same options as Tacoma truck. That means the Army
Green will be part of the offer. By then, the Japanese company
will figure out more surprises for the entire lineup.
Release Date and Price
The base version of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will cost $38,000.
The redesign will make the price go up, but the company is not
pushing it too high. Compared to the competition, 4Runner is
more expensive than other mid-size three-row SUVs. But, none of
them is offering a 4.0-liter displacement. Premium package
costs $2,000. TRD Off-Road will start at $40k ($42,000 for the
Premium model). At the top of the offer, you will choose
premium details of off-road capabilities. The price for TRD Pro
and Limited SUVs will be the same, probably just under $50k.
The off-road oriented model will remove the third row of seats.
The rest of the lineup is coming with a 7-seat configuration.