Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - New 2020 Vehicle Preview -

The brand’s body-on-frame util­ity ve­hi­cle is one of the most rugged avail­able, al­low­ing you to go just about any­where that the highly prized Jeep Wran­gler Un­lim­ited can travel. The 4Run­ner’s four-wheel-drive op­tion gets you a part-time sys­tem with a two-speed trans­fer case (it has a low range) in the SR5. The lux­ury-skewed Lim­ited’s 4x4 op­tion is a full­time unit with a lock­ing cen­ter dif­fer­en­tial con­trolled by a con­sole switch. The stan­dard 270-horse­power V-6 isn’t too hard on gas, con­sid­er­ing 4Run­ner’s 4,600-pound-plus curb weight (per­haps an up­date to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion from the cur­rent five-speed would help in this re­gard). Hill Start As­sist keeps the 4Run­ner from rolling back­ward when stopped on an in­cline, and Hill De­scent Con­trol that pre­vents un­in­tended out-of-con­trol ac­cel­er­a­tion on a down­ward slope. For the most off-road ca­pa­bil­ity, the TRD Pro Se­ries comes with Bil­stein-brand re­mote-reser­voir shocks, dif­fer­ent springs, a per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem and unique 17-inch black al­loy wheels wrapped with Nitto-brand off-road tires. For the 2020 model year, all trims come with a full ar­ray of dy­namic-safety tech­nol­ogy, such as a emer­gency brak­ing and lane-keep­ing as­sist.

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