2019 Toyota 4Runner | Off-roading Capability reviewed Toyota of Goldsboro
Introduced in 1984, the Toyota 4Runner has been known for 35 years as an SUV for the adventure driven individual. Over the years, Toyota added more comfort features to make the 4Runner appealing to a larger variety of consumers. While updating the comfort level of the 4Runner, Toyota maintained the body-on-frame construction that made it a durable SUV that could handle anything. In 2019, the 4Runner is still a versatile vehicle that can transport people or gear both on and off the pavement.
The 4Runner sports a 4-link rear axle and coil-spring suspension along with rugged body-on-frame construction. This combination provides both durability and a comfortable ride. The new 2019 4Runner TRD Pro is equipped with an all-new suspension package that provides for both off-road performance and on-road handling.
The 4Runner allows buyers to choose between a 2WD, a part time 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case, or a full-time multi-mode 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case and locking center differential (on the Limited edition). All of the four-wheel drive 4Runners have 9.6 inches of ground clearance to allow for more off-road adventures. Automatic Limited Slip Differential is a standard feature on all 2WD 4Runners. This feature is part of the traction control system and is designed to provide enough wheel slippage to give traction on surfaces like snow or sand. Part-time 4WD systems use Active Traction Control to distribute drive force to any one wheel that is touching the ground in order to maintain traction on slippery surfaces or uneven terrain. The full-time 4WD system that is exclusively available on the 4Runner Limited uses a Torsen center differential with a locking feature that alters the torque split based on tire slippage. The torque ratio changes depending upon which wheels slip during a turn.
Toyota has equipped the 4Runner with additional features to help drivers maintain control in a variety of situations. Hill-Start Assist Control helps drivers maintain control when accelerating from a stop on a steep incline. Hill-Start Assist holds the vehicle in position for approximately five seconds to allow time to move from the brake to the accelerator. Limited and SR5 models utilize a Downhill Assist Control feature to help drivers maintain a steady slow speed on a downhill descent which allows the driver to focus on steering the automobile.
Contact Toyota of Goldsboro to find out more about the 4Runner’s off-roading capabilities.