Crossover & Midsize

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is the Most Satisfying SUV

Do you want to feel really happy about your SUV? Then consider the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. Based on what drivers enjoy, the Toyota 4Runner has the most positive features. Check out why it’s the most satisfying SUV. 

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is worth buying 

Based on studies by AutoPacific, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is the most satisfying midsize SUV. AutoPacific is an automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. They conducted extensive proprietary research and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers, and more worldwide. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro crawling over a rock
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro | Toyota

Based on their custom research that involves over 4,000 focus groups, surveys, expert panels, one-on-one interviews, and more, they can determine what makes people happy. One of their most interesting insights is that the 2020 4Runner it’s so pleasing after this outdated SUV hasn’t received more than a slight refresh since 2014! 

Why does the 2020 Toyota 4Runner make people happy? 

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner dominates the midsize market segment by receiving top satisfaction scores in 23 of the 27 attributes drivers are asked about.

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People enjoy how much visibility there is from the driver’s seat, how comfortable the front seat is, passenger roominess, and its safety features and ratings. 

What helps the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is the fact that Toyota Safety Sense P comes with each trim of the Toyota 4Runner. The standard features include automatic forward collision prevention with pedestrian detection and bicycle detection. 

You also get lane departure alert with steering assistance, road edge detection, automatic high beams, road sign assistance, lane tracing assistance, and full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition driving through mud
2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition | Toyota

The Toyota 4Runner also comes with the Star Safety System, including vehicle stability control, traction control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology. 

We were surprised to see that the Toyota 4Runner received praise for passenger space, as the optional 3rd row is pretty cramped. But according to Edmunds, the second row is big enough for adults and bulky car seats. 

What else should I know about the 2020 Toyota 4Runner? 

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner begins around $36,120, putting it on the more expensive side for a midsize SUV. However, it’s priced that way for its off-roading capabilities and luxurious features that improve comfort and safety. 

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro's rear cargo area, with its sliding section extended
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro cargo seat extended | Matthew Skwarczek

You’ll find a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque under the hood. It can tow up to 5,000 lb when properly equipped. Also, it’s a gas guzzler with an estimated EPA rating of 17 mpg combined. 

According to GearPatrol, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, which is pretty good for a midsize SUV. Edmunds noted that the 4Runner has a smooth engine and transmission with nimble handling around curves. 

However, it does have a bit of a choppy and bouncy ride. But on a positive note, the cabin isn’t terribly loud because the body-on-frame construction provides an extra layer of sound suppression between the road and cabin. 

2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited interior front
2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited interior front | Toyota

Also, in 2020 the Toyota 4Runner received a few tech upgrades, including a new touch screen with clearer graphics. It supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and smartphone connectivity. For some reason, previous Toyota 4Runner models lack these features.