2020 Toyota 4Runner

Interior


#21 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

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$36,020
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2020 Toyota 4Runner Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.5

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner’s cabin has mostly outdated styling and low-quality materials. Seating and cargo space are pretty good, and a new infotainment system earns praise for its ease of use.

  • "While the 4Runner remains roomy and relatively comfortable, it's looking as tired your grandpa’s Barcalounger. Inside, plastic imitates seemingly every conceivable natural material: There’s plastic that looks like leather, plastic as rubber, plastic as metal or carbon fiber." -- Autoblog
  • "The 4Runner's interior is a nice place. … The dashboard design is both attractive and functional, and it features chunky controls that are easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "In terms of design and feature content, the 4Runner looks its age. Everything is blocky and utilitarian, and there's too much hard plastic in comparison to the more luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee." -- Autotrader (2019)

Seating

The Toyota 4Runner seats five people in its standard configuration, and it has an optional third row that ups seating capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Options include synthetic leather upholstery, genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and ventilated front seats.

The front seats are spacious and offer plenty of comfort and support. The second row has a good amount of room as well, but the optional third row is a tough squeeze for adults.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor for the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, and it requires some force to attach the car-seat straps to them. Additionally, you might confuse other hardware on the backs of the seats for the tether anchors.

  • "Both rows of seating have plenty of space, and headroom is abundant." -- Edmunds
  • Inside, some drivers may find it difficult to find an ideal seating position, while others had no complaints at all. The second-row seat bottom doesn't offer family crossover levels of space, but as long as you skip the headroom-sapping sunroof, it's quite spacious back there. And although the optional third-row seat is inhospitable to adults, kids will climb back there without complaint." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "The cabin layout in the … 4Runner is simple but effective. … The power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and supportive, fine for longer trips, while the reclining 2nd-row seats split and fold in a 40/20/40 configuration for some passenger/cargo versatility." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 4Runner include a household-style power outlet and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, and smartphone-linked navigation.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Optional features include integrated navigation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a moonroof, a 15-speaker JBL premium stereo, front and rear parking sensors, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Critics appreciate the addition of a larger touch screen, along with up-to-date smartphone integration. The system is easy to use and looks more modern than previous versions.

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  • "Inside, a new driver’s instrument panel is more handsome and informative, including a chrono-style speedometer and tach. Toyota has also managed to shoehorn in its 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or Alexa. The 4Runner previously had a tiny 6.1-inch touchscreen and none of those smartphone connectivity features." -- Autoblog
  • "The middle of the dash is dominated by the new touchscreen audio system with a much larger screen than last year's model. The screen itself displays crisper map graphics, and the controls are a pleasing combination of volume and tune knobs along with physical shortcut buttons that get you the screen function you want in a hurry. But the big news here is the addition of support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Toyota 4Runner has 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row and a maximum of 89.7 cubic feet with these seats folded down. Those figures are very good for the midsize SUV class. Models with the optional third row have 9 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. The whole cargo hold is wide and open, but the load floor is a little high.

  • "There's plenty of room to carry all your off-road gear, thanks to 47.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats. Fold those down, and cargo space expands to 90 cubes. And hey, the 4Runner is the only SUV that offers a power rear hatchback window to let in some more wind." -- CNET
  • "The 4Runner's cargo hold is generous. Its boxy shape and broad hatch make it suitable for carrying tall items, and the volume gets even bigger when you fold down the 60/40-split rear seatbacks. The load floor is a bit high due to the presence of a full-size spare hanging beneath the floor." -- Edmunds
  • "Fold the seats, including the optional, child-sized third row … and the 4Runner can swallow an expedition’s worth of gear. Its maximum capacity of 90 cubic feet is actually comparable to three-row midsize crossovers, although it does have a higher liftover." -- Autoblog
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