2021 Toyota 4Runner review, Price, Release Date in Nigeria

2021 Toyota 4Runner review, Price, Release Date in Nigeria

Brand2021 Toyota 4Runner
MakerToyota Motor Corporation
Year2021
Price range₦15.1 million – ₦20 million
Release DateNovember 2020

The Toyota 4Runner TRD check all the boxes and is loaded with trail-rated features. 4Runner TRD models get an upgrade with a brand-new Lunar Rock exterior color option, new black TRD Pro alloy wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler tires, 2.5-inch FOX® Internal Bypass Shocks, RIGID® LED Foglights and much more. The Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition is ready for family camping trips with a Yakima® LoadWarrior rooftop cargo basket, a lockable 40-quart cooler, all-weather floor liners, black interior with tan accents, a sliding cargo tray, and TRD Off-Road wheels. 

Toyota says it will only build 4000 copies, which are based on the base SR5 model and come with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Trail Edition is equipped with 17-inch dark gray TRD wheels and black exterior badges. Inside, it has black seats with tan stitching and all-weather floor mats. The 2021 4Runner also receives newly standard LED headlights, and the TRD Pro model gets a couple of unique upgrades: a new Lunar Rock exterior color, newly designed black TRD wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler tires, and retuned dampers that Toyota says are intended to improve isolation during trail driving.

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The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is one of the most rugged mid-size SUVs on the market, but also one of the oldest and least refined. While its sturdy body-on-frame construction and off-road-oriented options make it seriously capable when the road ends and bolster its outdoorsy image, its plasticky interior and inefficient V-6 engine are notable flaws.

The Toyota 4Runner is a remnant of yesteryear as one of the only body-on-frame midsize SUVs available in the U.S. today. In a sea of soft-roading crossovers, the 4Runner offers a ruggedness the class otherwise lacks. Though its design is over 10 years old, other than a new special-edition model, we expect the 2021 Toyota 4Runner to hit showrooms as a carryover model.

We expect the 2021 Toyota 4Runner to roll in with the same basic design it’s had since 2010. Sure, it’s front and rear ends have been through some refreshes over the years, but the bulk of this rugged SUV’s design remains. The only notable change will be the new Trail Edition, which will add dark-gray TRD Off-Road wheels and a Yakima LoadWarrior rooftop cargo basket. The 4Runner Trail Edition will be available in Army Green, Cement, Midnight Black, or Super White.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

2021 Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner’s 4.0-liter V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission can team with either rear-, four-, or all-wheel drive. Entry-level SR5 models are rear-wheel drive, while all other trims except the tippity-top Limited model come with selectable, part-time four-wheel drive. Those models have a manually selectable two-speed transfer case with a low-range setting. Limited models have full-time all-wheel drive with a Torsen center differential that can apportion torque to the front or rear wheels as necessary, depending on road conditions and which wheels have traction. In our testing, the mid-level 4Runner TRD Off-Road model provided dutiful acceleration, it’s old-school V-6 groaning along with a gruff exhaust note. Aged through the Toyota feels in action, its performance is right in the mix with its more modern competitors, including the V-6 Dodge Durango. And the Toyota’s rugged frame and torque-rich engine give it a leg up in towing; its 5000-pound capacity beats the Ford Edge and Wrangler while falling short of the more powerful Durango’s 8700-pound limit.

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Release Date

Toyota has not announced the official release date for The 2021 4Runner, but based on previous years’ releases, we expect its arrival from late November 2020.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Specifications

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium 4WD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
18 million naira (base price: 16 million naira)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement
241 cu in, 3956 cc
Power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque
278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION
5-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle
Brakes (F/R): 13.3-in vented disc/12.3-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II, 265/70R-17 113S M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 109.8 in 
Length: 191.3 in 
Width: 75.8 in 
Height: 71.5 in 
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft 
Cargo volume: 47 cu ft 
Curb weight: 4796 lb

TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 7.7 sec
Zero to 90 mph: 16.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.0 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 114 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 194 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.76 g

FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 22 mpg 
Highway range: 500 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/17/20 mpg 

2021 Toyota 4Runner Price

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner Pricing will range from

SR5: ₦15.1 million ($36,340)

Standard Features

  • Rugged body-on-frame construction
  • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) 
  • LED headlights, taillights and fog lights
  • Apple CarPlay®  & Android Auto compatible
  • Power rear liftgate window
  • Full-size spare tire

 Trail Special Edition: ₦15.4 million ($38,315)

Standard Features

  • 17-in. dark gray alloy wheels
  • Yakima® LoadWarrior cargo basket
  • Cargo area 40-qt. premium accessory cooler with tie-down straps
  • Black fabric seating with unique tan accent stitch
  • Sliding rear cargo deck with under-floor storage compartment
  • All-weather floor liners

 SR5 Premium: ₦15.3 million ($39,550)

Standard Features

  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start
  • SofTex®-trimmed  seats
  • Dynamic Navigation
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • HomeLink® universal transceiver
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

TRD Off-Road: ₦15.6 million ($40,305)

Standard Features

  • 17-in. 7-spoke alloy wheels
  • Crawl Control (CRAWL) 
  • Part-time 4WD system
  • Locking rear differential
  • Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)
  • TRD Off-Road floor mats

 TRD Off-Road Premium: ₦16.7 million ($43,050)

Standard Features

  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start
  • SofTex®-trimmed  seats
  • Dynamic Navigation 
  • Crawl Control (CRAWL) and Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)
  • Part-time 4WD system
  • Locking rear differential
  • TRD shift knob

 Venture Special Edition: ₦17.3 million ($44,620)

Standard Features

  • 17-in. metallic gray TRD alloy wheels
  • Yakima® MegaWarrior cargo basket
  • Black door handles and black rear spoiler
  • All-weather floor liners 78
  • Crawl Control (CRAWL) 100 and Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)
  • Part-time 4WD system
  • Locking rear differential

 Limited: ₦17.6 million ($45,395)

Standard Features

  • 20-in. split 6-spoke alloy wheels
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
  • Premium Audio with 15 JBL®  speakers
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension
  • Front and rear parking assist sonar

Nightshade Special Edition: ₦18.2 million ($46,810)

Standard Features

  • 20-in. black alloy wheels
  • Black door handles
  • Black “Limited” external hard badges and emblem overlays
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Black perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • Premium Audio with 15 JBL®  speakers
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof

TRD Pro: ₦19.6 million

Standard Features

  • 17-in. matte-black flow-form TRD alloy wheels
  • TRD Pro-stamped (in red) aluminum front skid plate
  • TRD roof rack
  • Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
  • Crawl Control (CRAWL) and Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)
  • Part-time 4WD system
  • TRD Fox® high-performance shocks and TRD-tuned front springs

2021 Toyota 4Runner Interior

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The interior of the 4Runner is not what you’d call state-of-the-art, with switchgear that could have come from the latter years of the last millennium. Lackluster materials and styling aside, it manages to comfortably fit humans front and rear in spite of its back-of-the-class interior measurements. We haven’t tested the optional third row, but we suspect that it’s best for children. A flexible cargo area and several large, deep cubbies in the front row mean that the 4Runner is as versatile a hauler as it is a rock-crawler.

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Just don’t try to heave anything into the cargo hold unless you have a chiropractor on call—its floor is uncomfortably high off the ground. The two-row models that we tested had an optional pull-out cargo deck designed to make loading and unloading heavy items—up to 440 pounds—a little easier. It can also double as a tailgate for seating. This provides a flat load floor when the second-row seats are folded, but also robs the cargo hold of several inches of height. Even so, we fit an impressive 14 carry-ons behind the second row.

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