By on September 26, 2019

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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28 Comments on “2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    This truck has taken a huge price increase since I bought my 2016, I paid right around $30k and base price was $32 or 33k iirc. So $37k is a big jump. The upgraded infotainment is a long needed upgrade, the old Toyota system seemed outdated when Mine was new.

    Also interested in knowing what type of mechanical locker is standard on this package, mechanical or electrical(brake)? My base truck has a electrical rear locker if you know how to engage it.

    I’m a little disappointed in the large price increases, as base price is getting into V8 territory but realistically the 4Runner has one competitor, the Wrangler. It’s also the smallest way to get into an off-road vehicle (ignoring 2 door Wrangler). Puts Toyota in a good spot to charge whatever they want for this truck. And the Japanese build location just helps solidify this as a real Toyota with the reliability reputation. that built the brand. You can’t blame them for taking advantage of the situation particularly given the increasing YOY sales we’re seeing.

    Mine has been a fantastic highway cruiser and daily driver keeping miles off of other vehicles, I get over 20MPG, an excellent seating position, visibility unheard of in modern vehicles, and a comfy, quiet ride on Michelin tires.

    • 0 avatar
      Peter Gazis

      Hummer

      But Donnie John Trump says “Buy American” Driving a Vehicle Made in Japan, makes you a bad Republican. You should find some commie pinko leftist and sell them the 4Runner. Then buy a vehicle that’s “Trump Approved”

      May I suggest the Toyota Sequoia.
      – Assembled In V.P Mike Pense’s home state of Indiana
      – Just as outdated as the 4Runner,
      – and It eats even more gas than the 4Runner

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        Not sure what your saying, I own plenty of American vehicles and have no problem buying a vehicle from a 1st world country that is an ally of America, I doubt everyone’s favorite president would be upset particularly seeing the outcome of our recent trade deal.

        I don’t want the Sequoia, not because it’s a bad vehicle but because it has independent rear suspension which makes it useless as a truck. It seems your trying to use the term “outdated” as an insult, it’s the best reason to buy the 4Runner, proven and reliable are better terms. Something American made Toyota’s don’t quite grasp as well as their Japanese counterparts. I’ll keep my very fuel efficient 4Runner as the DD to save money on fuel and keep miles off of my other vehicles.

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          Hummer

          Resale value is determined by supply & Demand. A few years ago, Nissan killed the X-terra and Toyota killed the F. J. Cruiser. Driving up sales of the Wrangler & 4Runner.
          Last few months Wrangler & 4Runner sales were down, and Ford is about to release the new Bronco.
          If I’m reading the market correctly 4Runner resale value is going to start dropping.

          Outdated – well you still need a key to start the thing.

          From what I’ve read, DJT is negotiating a minor trade agreement with Japan that doesn’t include autos or auto parts.

          I withdraw the rest of the political B.S. It doesn’t belong on an automotive website.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            “Last few months Wrangler & 4Runner sales were down, and Ford is about to release the new Bronco.
            If I’m reading the market correctly 4Runner resale value is going to start dropping.

            Outdated – well you still need a key to start the thing.”

            I’m grateful that Ford is about to offer competition, Toyota could stand to redesign the 4Runner and add a bigger engine but they never will unless they have competition.

            Needing a key to start a car makes it outdated? Really? That’s kinda grasping at straws if that’s what makes a vehicle outdated. I’ve never been burdened by needing to turn a key 80 degrees with a barely measurable amount of force applied by my hand and wrist. I’m more inconvenienced by the excessively bulky keys all of these push start vehicles have. I still have to take the keys out of my pocket regardless.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            “If I’m reading the market correctly 4Runner resale value is going to start dropping”

            LOL, don’t worry, you’re not reading anything correctly.

            Don’t you have some Mexican Blazers and Chinese Envisions to sling?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Sir, you need some reading glasses for the market if you think 4Runner resale is going to go down in any significant way.

          • 0 avatar
            Peter Gazis

            gtem/28-Cars-later

            4Runner sales down 4.3% thru August.

            Why don’t you boys get some facts to back up those insults. Come back when you grow some hair on your crotch.

      • 0 avatar
        RHD

        “Assembled In V.P Mike Pense’s home state of Indiana”

        Good job misspelling the Vice President’s last name.
        Literacy is optional for Trump supporters, and often only semi-present.

        The 4Runner has always been an excellent choice in its category, and outlasts almost everything else on the road.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Mr. Gazis’ sarcasm regarding the President suggests he is not a supporter. Typically I have found those with poor English skills to be politically aligned with the “left”. I agree with you on 4Runner though.

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          RHD

          Haven’t seen or heard anything from the Vice President since the election. I can barely remember his name, you want me to spell it right too.

          The jag off who refuses to address me directly is right. I was being sarcastic. Almost lost my house the last time a Republican held the presidency. There’s no way in hell I would ever vote for one.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Yeah, sometimes I yearn for the days when all Toyotas were built over there, but after having owned a couple of US-built Toyotas (Sienna and Tacoma), I haven’t seen much difference in quality. Some of the interior materials have become kinda Americanized (read: hard plastics), but even the hard plastics they use are pretty good.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        @dukeisduke

        I owned a 2010 Highlander built in Princeton Indiana and you are right. The assembly was fine but a few of the parts from I’m sure squeezed suppliers were lacking.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    Despite any and all technical specifications, projected reliability, and high resale value, I simply cannot get past the abject fugliness of the nose on 4runner and Tacoma. There should be a law against such hideous designs.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      lol if I ever get into the mindset of “I’m just going to by based on resale value and who gives two shakes if I enjoy it” the 4Runner and the Wrangler would be at the top of my list but danged if I can figure out why people who never go off road buy them.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        PrincipalDan

        My dad bought a new 2016 4Runner because he wanted a high riding vehicle So he could see what’s going on with traffic in front of him. Wasn’t enough to make up for all the vehicles short comings.
        Last month he traded it in for a new GMC Acadia Denali. His first non-Toyota product in 20 years, and his American vehicle in 30 years.

        So far he loves it. I’m guessing he keeps for a long time.

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        I’d just like to get one because it’s RWD-based (easier to work on), and I could get my wife out of the FWD Sienna. Maybe someday.

      • 0 avatar
        R Henry

        I believe the “rough and tough” image has lot to do with it.

        Did you know Jeep has identified lesbians as one of the top demographic groups who purchase 4-Door Wranglers?

    • 0 avatar

      It’s a free economy, what law? Obviously buyers love it and the whole concept that it represents. Just ask man who owns one.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      I have a ’19 SR5 as a rental this week – as I said yesterday, Hertz has a sense of humor about the term “upgrade” and Roanoke had nothing less bad available. It’s appliance white and the front end makes it look like a ticked-off Stormtrooper from Star Wars. Fuugly. And tiny windows you can’t see out of.

      Agree with the author – it’s HORRIBLE on road. I had a new 4dr Wrangler for a rental a couple months ago and it was FAR better. Nicer interior too. Of course this is MUCH cheaper than the insane $53K that Jeep MSRP’d for. Though $40K for a VERY basically equipped 4Runner isn’t exactly cheap either.

  • avatar
    thejohnnycanuck

    Oh dear, it’s one of those man bun guys.

    Hopefully he’s either attacked by a bear or she stabs him in his sleep.

  • avatar
    markf

    How many years until Toyota puts a modern transmission in the 4Runner? I had a 2107 and as awesome as it was off-road it was terrible as a daily driver. The 5sp trans spends all its time hunting for gears that are not there. Here in Colorado, basically every road is a hill and the transmission is terrible.

    I didn’t really care about the infotainment system, as long a Bluetooth works (it did) All built in nav systems are useless so I didn’t care about that either.

    I get it, if you want a V8 Toyota wants you to buy a Lexus but even my 2011 Sienna had a 6spd transmission.

    Of course with the amount of 4Runners they sell I see why they want to invest zero dollars into updating it.

    • 0 avatar
      Dan

      Agree that the powertrain in these is just terrible, I was all set to buy one until I actually drove it, but the terrible is on the motor side. No low end so it’s always working hard and poor NVH so it’s always telling you how hard it’s working. A better transmission would fix the gear hunting in the hills but do nothing at all to address the either/or of slow and loud. It needs either another 60 lb-ft to get it done in gear or the NVH to turn 4000 without screaming at you that it doesn’t want to.

      Toyota’s old 4700 V8 had both of those qualities and was a very pleasant drive paired with that same 5 speed transmission in the old Tundra, Sequoia, GX470, etc.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    carsalesbase shows record sales for 4Runner in 2018. It’s not for me right now, but I can see the appeal.

    Pop quiz: Load your vehicle. Now look at your vehicle. If you see cargo outside your vehicle, *you’re doing it wrong*.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    Underpowered pooch! My buddy sold his after towing his enclosed snowmobile trailer once and realized what a useless mutt it was a truck. He didn’t care for the way it drove on the highway either. He is much happier with his Tundra.

    I’m sure if the heaviest thing you stick into the receiver hitch is a bicycle rack it’s fine……..LOL

  • avatar
    ajla

    I guess if you’re going off-road a lot then a higher trim 4Runner makes sense, but I’d say GX or bust.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    The interior is awful on these things. Have they done updates to the interior.

    My daughter in law had one. Rough ride (expected for a off-road bias vehicle) rock hard seats, an awful radio-and a dashboard that looked like back to the future circa 1970s.

    They traded it in on a Jeep Cherokee. It had much more pleasant pavement behavior.

    The RAM dealer couldn’t get rid of the 4Runner on their used car lot. The last price I saw was just over $1,500.00 that they traded it in for. So-I’m not really sure that they are “hot” on the used car market.

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