Other brands try to cram a number of engine offerings into their brand-new nameplates. This may sound enticing, but consider this: did the engineers really have the necessary amount of time to focus on each of these individual options? Instead of pouring all of their effort into one particular engine, they stretch themselves thin attempting to offer, say, three engine offerings. In this case, you’ll surely see diminished specs in each of the options, and this definitely isn’t ideal.
This is a big reason why you shouldn’t be concerned about the fact that the 2019 Toyota 4Runner only comes with one available engine offering. Engineers were able to focus specifically on this engine, and this led to them creating one of the most desirable options in the entire segment. The 4.0-liter V6 engine ultimately cranks out an impressive 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, numbers that are slightly superior to the competition.
Meanwhile, the system really manages to impress with the fuel efficiency numbers. Thanks to fuel-saving technologies like the innovative Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing (with intelligence), drivers can appreciate a 20-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency. This isn’t a number that’s often seen in SUVs, and it’s only another reason why the 4Runner’s V6 engine is so impressive.
Predictably, the brand added a number of additional mechanical amenities to help keep drivers in control of their hulking SUV at all times. The pair of Four-Wheel Drive systems include Active Traction Control, meaning the 4Runner will consistently maintain a grip with the road. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and Crawl Control unit also optimize traction, and these features will be particularly useful when you’re traveling off the beaten path. Speaking of off-roading, the Multi-Terrain Select allows drivers to choose from four different driving modes, each of which will slightly modify the vehicle’s drivability to accommodate the impending road conditions.
The 4Runner is ultimately a “sports utility vehicle,” so we’re sure you were expecting some athleticism for your new SUV. However, even if you weren’t expecting the 2019 nameplate to deliver these kind of specs or amenities you’re on for a great surprise.