Despite that SUV enthusiasts are eagerly waiting to see a new generation of this excellent off-roader, the fact is that the current generation will remain in production for a couple of more years. Given the recent update, which has brought some interesting novelties on the inside, it is obvious that the Japanese manufacturer won’t rush with the redesign. After all, the current model is getting more and popular every year, despite the decade-old design. Simply, drivers appreciate its genuine SUV design and impressive off-road characteristics, so we have no doubt that the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will remain popular as well. We don’t expect to see any particular change for the next year. Count on a familiar design, which hasn’t been significantly changed for years.
On the other side, the cabin has been updated recently, so we don’t expect changes either. Without any doubt, the powertrain department will remain untouched.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Design
In terms of base design characteristics, this SUV definitely won’t change. While the next-generation is still in the early stage of development, the current version marks some pretty good numbers, so the company definitely won’t change the winning formula. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner changes are not expected and things should carry on in a familiar way. A traditional body-on-frame platform in a combination with rugged appearance ensures impressive performances off-the-road.
On the other side, the 4Runner isn’t as driveable as rival crossovers, but no one expects from it such thing from it anyway. It’s fantastic where it needs to be. Everything else is irrelevant. The styling has been updated a couple of years ago, but those changes were quite mild, so the overall shape is pretty close to the original. The next year won’t bring any changes either. Still, don’t exclude the possibility to see new color options and similar minor updates.
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner definitely won’t feature the fanciest cabin in the class. Compared to mid-size crossover, it doesn’t look as car-like as some of you might expect. This is an old-school SUV, which comes with a pretty truckish dashboard design, which is simple and made mostly of hard plastics. Aesthetics aren’t its strong point either, thought eh overall styling is pretty classic, so there is nothing to complain about actually.
A great thing to know is that the recent update has brought a new infotainment system. There is a bigger touchscreen now, with measures 8 inches diagonally. Also, the software has been updated, while you can also count on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, just like in the updated Tacoma, which seems highly convenient.
In terms of the interior space, this SUV comes with two rows of seats, though the third can be ordered as well. Typically for the class, the third row is mainly for children. On the other side, the first and second row offers a quite decent amount of legroom. The cargo area is pretty big. You may count on about 47 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall capacity goes up to 90 cubic feet, which are actually pretty impressive numbers for the class.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Engine
In terms of powertrain, things will definitely remain the same. You may count on a well-known 4.0-liter V6, which is good for about 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. This isn’t an amount of power that can provide some impressive acceleration and performances, but the overall impression is that dynamics are pretty good. The engine comes in pair with a 5-speed transmission. Someone would find this lack of speed a drawback, but everything works very smooth and in a perfectly fine manner. On the other side, we don’t like low mpg ratings, which go around 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
As we already mentioned, this is a highly capable off-roader. All versions are great for such drive, but the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro will be particularly amazing. We don’t expect bigger changes, so it should come with goodies like locking rear differential, crawl control, 2.5-inch Fox shocks, TRD springs, a front skid plate, roof rack and Multi-Terrain Monitor.
According to most 2021 Toyota 4Runner news, we shouldn’t see too many changes in this aspect either. Of course, additions to the list of standard equipment are always welcome, but most of the things will definitely remain the same. Therefore, count on things like an 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, voice recognition, and smartphone-linked navigation.
Higher trims also come with things like dual-zone climate control, navigation, a moonroof, a 15-speaker JBL premium stereo etc.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2021 Toyota 4Runner release date will be scheduled for a typical time of year, sometime in late 2020. Base models should go around 37.000 dollars.