One of the most wanted SUVs on the market right now is definitively the Toyota 4Runner. According to the manufacturer, the latest 2021 Toyota 4Runner is ready to bring many novelties. The upcoming model will continue to be built on the body-on-frame architecture instead of a unibody frame.
As you may know, this platform is very popular among many pickup models. Thanks to that, the 4Runner will be more durable than other SUVs in the same category. The only disadvantage of this SUV is its dated styling and its expensive price. Many rivals look more attractive and cost less. Overall, we don’t know how 4Runner will keeping with that.
Will the 2021 Toyota 4Runner be Redesigned?
In terms of design, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner will keep the same lines and dimensions. The overall design is boxy and unique. In addition, the approaching model will only get mid-cycle refreshments that will include a revised grille, new LED Headlights, and flared fenders. Similar styling is introduced in 2017 with the concept Toyota FT-AC.
TRD version will also add Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that can disconnect the stabilizer bars to allow more axle travel and therefore help conquer tougher terrain. The most popular trim will exchange the look of this SUV. The TRD model looks more rugged and we like its hood scoop, skidplates, chunky tires, and raised suspension. The front overhang is relatively short, which is good news for off-roaders. We must mention that every trim has a roof rack as standard.
The cabin layout of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is simple and modern. This model offers a spacious cabin that can host five occupants. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, ideal for longer trips. Also, 2nd-row seats can be split and fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, and folding them flat opens up a load area of 90 cubic feet.
If you need more space and the third row of seats, one can get it optionally with trims SR5 and Limited. However, third-row in these models is more kid-friendly than adult-sized. The center console looks cleaner than before and the new model has the option of a 120-volt outlet. On top of that, the standard list is longer and now includes an 8-inch touch screen, Entune Audio Plus with the Connected Navigation app and Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth music streaming, and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
More premium features come with a TRD Pro model. This package will include a 15-speaker JBL sound system, navigation, and the Fox suspension. Limited models will add dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed seats (heated/ventilated in front), moonroof, and an X-REAS (cross-linked relative absorber system) suspension for better body control.
2021 Toyota 4Runner Powertrain
The newest 2021 Toyota 4runner is powered unfortunately with only a single-engine option. This mid-size SUV will continue to use the same powertrain as the predecessor. Under the hood is a strong 4.0-liter V6 that is generating 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Besides, the same rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard on the trims SR5 and Limited. However, choosing the TRD models one will get an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, while a full-time AWD setup with a limited-slip locking center differential is available in Limited as standard. Whatever options you choose, this powertrain will send its power through a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Towing of this model is acceptable and 4Runner can maximum tow 5,000 pounds. As you may know, the current model provides a relatively poor consumption average of 18 mpg. However, from the latest information, the new model may get some improvements, and we can expect better efficiency than before.
Release Date and Cost
The release date of the new 2021 Toyota 4Runner will happen this year. Many speculations indicate that this model will be available at the end of this year. Pricing is not yet available, but because of minimal changes, we can assume the same price as before.
The current model starts at $37,140 including the $1,120 destination charge. However, going for the TRD Off-Road trim price will jump to $40,860, while the Pro model that is the most expensive starts at $50,885. If we compare these prices with models in the same segment as Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Kia Sorento, the Toyota 4Runner is more costly.