2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Toyota is updating the 2020 4Runner with more safety tech, infotainment options, and a compelling new trim. Based on the TRD Off-Road Premium trim, the 4Runner Venture Edition ditches the chrome to furnish customers with the ever-popular blacked-out experience. Mirrors, door handles, badging, and rear spoiler are all swapped for the darkest hue available.

The rest of the package plays to the body-on-frame 4Runner’s strengths. Toyota has fitted a Yakima Megawarrior roof rack as standard equipment as the vehicle’s crown jewel. Venture Editions also receive gunmetal 17-inch TRD wheels, while removing all other exterior references to Toyota Racing Development. The manufacturer suggests this provides the trim with “a cool, minimalist look,” and we find it difficult to disagree.

Despite the Venture looking like a streamlined version of the TRD Off-Road Premium, Toyota has actually upgraded the model to offer a bit more standard content. On the inside, Venture Edition owners will find all-weather floor and cargo mats, heated and powered front seats (with TRD lettering), and SofTex-trimmed upholstery.

Both models utilize a 270 hp, 278 lb-ft V6 sending power through a five-speed automatic transmission with part-time four-wheel drive and a dual-speed transfer case. A locking rear differential is also standard.

All 2020 4Runners have been upgraded with a new gauge cluster, keyless entry, and an 8-inch touchscreen that now includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa capability. Toyota Safety Sense P is also present, bringing with it automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, lane-departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control across the lineup. The only other noteworthy inclusion is a couple of fresh USB ports for rear-seat passengers. Not bad for a vehicle that entered its current generation in 2009.

While this goes a long way to make the 4Runner more livable on the street, that’s not where the model can be its best self. The TRD Off-Road has, up until now, probably been the best version of the SUV to buy — and that’s entirely down to what it can do when not isolated to pavement. Put it on gravel, mud, or a steep incline and you’ll be extremely happy. Try to use it exclusively as a grocery getter and you may be left wondering why you didn’t buy something else.

If you’ve been considering the 4Runner for off-road use but want something slightly better equipped, the Venture Edition is your ride. At $45,405 (with destination), it’s only $1,800 bucks dearer than the TRD Premium — offering a few desirable inclusions and some understated style for the money.

While 4Runners begin at $37,140 SR5, the best rock-crawling content isn’t unlocked until you hit those TRD models. Considering the SUV may outlast everything else that’s in your garage, it might be worth making sure you get it configured exactly the way you want it.

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Dave M. The Outback alternates between decent design and goofy design every generation. 2005 was attractive, 2010 goofy. 2015 decent. 2020 good, but the ‘23 refresh hideous.Looking forward to the Outback hybrid in ‘26…..
  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.
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