The New Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

4Runner Venture

The current Toyota 4Runner has been a runaway success, and continues to sell in significant volume each year. This not only speaks to the evergreen appeal of the model, but also to the general consumer appetite for a body-on-frame SUV. The 4Runner is both honest and capable at the same time, yet somehow achieves a youthful and exciting image with buyers. I believe that most of this comes from the genuine capability of the vehicle. It is not a pretender, but a model you can buy new, leave stock, and drive around the world. To continue with the legacy of the model, Toyota has just announced their newest package, the 2020 Venture Edition.

Some may not know this, but the 4Runner is based on the international Prado 150 chassis, the underpinnings that serve NGOs and remote field workers in developing countries around the world. This is why the model boasts one of the better payloads in the industry (up to 1,700 pounds), hundreds of pounds more than even the Tacoma, and up to 650 pounds more than the Wrangler. We have owned nearly every generation of 4Runner, including a 2014 Trail Edition.

The Venture Edition:

  • 17-inch TRD wheels (Gunmetal)
  • Blackout package, including mirrors, door handles, and rear spoiler
  • Standard Yakima Megawarrior rack with roof bar crossbars
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • All-weather floor mats
  • All the TRD off-road goodies, including Crawl Control, rear locker, and Multi-terrain Select

And with our goal of not regurgitating press releases, we spent a day in the Texas sun testing the 2020 TRD 4Runner in mud, rocks, and a high-speed dirt course to evaluate the newest systems. The vehicle remains an outstanding overland option, but now has additional features available with packages like the Venture.

The Venture edition is primarily differentiated by the included Yakima Megawarrior roof rack, which is constructed from welded steel tubing, and powdercoated black. The basket measures 52 inches long by 48 inches wide. The height is 6.5 inches tall.

It is also good to see the model continue to evolve with the multimedia and safety equipment that new car buyers demand. Certainly, the size of the LCD screen is of less importance to overlanders, but it does help sell more 4Runners, and that is a very positive thing for the future of body-on-frame SUVs. In particular, the center stack is significantly changed and improved with an 8-inch touchscreen display that also integrates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even Amazon Alexa.

For the new safety systems, Toyota has now made their Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) standard on all model 4Runners, which includes anti-lock braking, traction control, vehicle stability control, pre-collision detection with pedestrian calibration, lane departure alert, sway warning, automatic high beams, and dynamic adaptive radar cruise control.

It is good to see Toyota continue to value and enhance the 4Runner, which is a much-loved model in our community.

Original Press Release from Toyota North America
Dare to Explore: Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition New for 2020
• Standard Yakima Megawarrior Rack and Roof Rack Crossbars
• Features Gunmetal-Colored 17-inch TRD Wheels
• Black Outer Mirrors, Door Handles, Rear Spoiler and Badges
• New 2020 Multimedia System Includes 8-inch Touchscreen and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa Compatibility
• Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) Now Standard on all 2020 4Runners

September 26, 2019 – The Toyota 4Runner is no stranger to the road less traveled. In 2020, the body-on-frame, do-anything SUV receives some important additions, including Toyota’s active safety system TSS-P on all grades and updated infotainment that includes a larger 8-inch touchscreen, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Along with those key updates (and a few others), the 2020 4Runner will also come in the Venture Edition that boasts more utility and style for where the road takes you… even if there are no roads involved.

Venture Capitalist: Investing in Adventure
4Runner Venture Edition adds more utility and flair in an awesome package designed for explorers everywhere. One of the most notable features is the standard Yakima Megawarrior roof rack. Supported by the included roof rack cross bars, the Megawarrior rack is constructed of heavy-duty steel and provides additional roof-top storage in its spacious tray that measures 52 inches in length, 48 inches in width and 6.5 inches in height.

Inside, 4Runner Venture Edition floors gain additional protection from the elements thanks to standard all-weather floor mats. A rear cargo mat will also come standard, and an additional cargo solution comes in the form of an available rear sliding cargo deck.

A host of exterior changes set Venture Edition apart from the rest. Gunmetal colored 17-inch TRD wheels will be fitted at all four corners. The Toyota logos at the front and rear of the 4Runner, along with the 4Runner badge on the rear tailgate, will be black on Venture Edition, while additional black accents will include the outer mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler. Although based on the TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture Edition ditches the TRD Off-Road badging from the C-pillar for a cool, minimalist look.

Ready to Tackle the Trail Venture Edition is built on 4Runner’s proven body-on-frame construction that features a four-link rear axle and coil-spring suspension. It is equipped with a part-time 4WD system that features a 2-speed transfer case with selectable low range. When the going really gets rough, a selectable rear locker comes standard to provide added traction when needed in low range.

Those features are just the start of the 4×4 tools in Venture Edition’s arsenal. Standard CRAWL control provides additional low-range off-road functionality by regulating engine speed and braking force to slowly move the vehicle in forward or reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. When engaged, CRAWL allows the driver to focus on steering in challenging terrain without having to also modulate the throttle or brake pedal. Active Traction Control (ATRAC) can help maintain traction by distributing drive force to any one wheel in contact with the ground when it senses wheel slippage. Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) is another traction tool that helps improves grip by controlling wheel spin based on the terrain setting (like dirt, sand or rock) selected by the driver.

Active Safety, More Standard Features for 2020 For 2020, the 4Runner makes Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) standard on all grades. This advanced active safety system includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Additional tech can also be found inside the cabin of 4Runner, as every grade features an updated multimedia system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility, all of which can be controlled on 4Runner’s new 8inch touchscreen. The sound system includes 8 speakers through the cabin, and the multimedia system features HandsFree Bluetooth phone and music operation.

In front of the driver is a new instrumentation panel that includes a 4.2-inch MID screen to control TSS-P safety functions and provide additional vehicle details, such as tire pressure, average fuel economy and more. Rear seat passengers will no doubt appreciate the addition of two USB ports to charge devices. Venture Edition will also boast standard Smart Key with Push Button Start.

Inside, Venture Edition is fitted with SofTex-trimmed powered and heated front seats with “TRD” lettering on the headrests. SofTex-trimmed seats are also featured in the second row.

The Stars Align on Safety TSS-P isn’t the only safety system found on 4Runner, as all grades also come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC, or A-TRAC with 4WD), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake-override system.

Eight standard airbags include driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, TAP (thorax, abdomen, pelvis) front seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags and all-row Roll-Sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA).

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. 4Runner also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady