How Much Can a 2020 Toyota 4Runner Tow?

November 22nd, 2019 by

2020 4Runner parked in a driveway
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner’s towing capacity is 5,000 pounds,* making it a true powerhouse in addition to a versatile option for families around Santa Cruz and Monterey. It’s not just what’s under the hood that enables this midsize SUV to handle so much weight — there’s plenty of brain behind the brawn, with lots of towing-specific features to help you make the most of it.

Top 2020 4Runner Towing Features

The new Toyota 4Runner comes with a variety of features designed to make towing easier. It obviously starts with the 4.0L V6 engine — it provides 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque — but a pair of other key features include:

  • Wiring Harness with 4- and 7-Pin Connectors: Makes it simple to connect your trailer lights, helping other drivers will be able to see your turn signals even when you’re hauling a large trailer.
  • Integrated Towing Hitch Receiver: A tow hitch receiver is standard equipment for any SUV that’s committed to offering real towing power, so of course you’ll find one on the new 4Runner.

Rear of 2020 Toyota 4Runner

4Runner Towing vs. the Competition


The 2020 4Runner is equipped to tow immediately after you drive it away from the dealership, but its muscle also outdoes the competition in a significant way. Just take a look at how it compares to the base trim of some of its top competitors:

  • 2020 Toyota 4Runner SR5 FWD: 5,000 pounds
  • 2020 Jeep Wrangler 4-Door Sport: 3,500 pounds
  • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2: 3,500 pounds
  • 2020 Honda Pilot LX FWD: 3,500 pounds

What Does “SAE J2807 Towing Rating” Mean?

This standard is a product of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and encompasses a range of requirements designed to offer an objective measure of towing capability. It includes requirements for trucks’ chassis, structure, ballast, and tires, and also takes engine power, hitch structure, and overall vehicle dynamics into account.

Because it’s based on objective standards, it’s an excellent measure of a truck’s actual towing capabilities. Trucks that are not measured by SAE J2807 standards may not offer towing figures that are accurate, which puts the burden on the consumer to conduct research to learn a vehicle’s true gross combined weight rating (GCWR). Fortunately, this is not a problem with the 4Runner.

Learn About What the 2020 4Runner Can do at Santa Cruz Toyota

Any of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner’s trim levels offer incredible towing capacity, making it a great all-purpose choice for families in Aptos and beyond. But don’t just take our word for it — contact us today to schedule a test drive at our dealership in Capitola. You can also apply for financing ahead of time.

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*Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner’s Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle’s exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo.