2019 4Runner Comparison Review

The Mid-Size Off-Road SUV.


Cargo Space.


Toyota has a Stellar Warranty Program.


Features Designed for Ease.


Retained Value.




You’re an adventurer, aren’t you? You want to see what is off the beaten path, what is hidden from the average Joe. You have never loved the traditional path. You want to go camping, fishing, or simply off-roading in little known areas. To do that, you need a tough vehicle that won’t back down, just like you. If that is what you’re looking for, then allow me to put forward the 2019 Toyota 4Runner.

The 4Runner is the mid-size off-road SUV. It has earned its reputation over more than twenty years as a tough son of a gun that won’t back down. In their review of the 2019 model, Kelley Blue Book says, “The 4Runner midsize SUV is tough and remarkably capable when tarmac gives way to tougher terrain. Ford Explorer? Nissan Pathfinder? These are just nice names compared with the 4Runner’s affinity for the wild.”

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner will get you wherever you want, and if you opt for one of the special TRD trims, you will get even more capability off-road. All TRD models come standard with four wheel drive, but the options they come with differ. The TRD Off-Road package gives you the ability to select different types of terrain you might be driving on as well as Toyota’s signature Crawl Control. The TRD Off-Road Premium gives you the TRD Off-Road features while adding heated seats, heated rear-view mirrors, leatherette seats, and a navigation system. The TRD Pro trim comes with new shocks, new front springs, a new JBL audio system, a skid plate, and fog lights.

Whichever trim you do choose, you will have 9.6 inches of clearance off the ground for better navigation of rough terrain, regardless of if it’s a TRD or not. The 2019 Ford Explorer only has 7.6 inches of clearance, and the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder lives with a mere 7 inches of clearance. When the going gets tough, the 4Runner clears it with ease.

When you go off-road, you want plenty of storage. Luckily, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner has plenty of cargo space. The standard two-row 4Runner has 47.2 cubic feet of storage space. If you fold down the second row, that number jumps to 89.7 cubic feet. In comparison, the 2019 Ford Explorer only has 43.9 cubic feet of space with its third row folded down and 81.7 cubic feet of space with the second row folded as well. Even worse, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has 36.3 cubic feet of space standard and only 68.3 cubic feet with the second row down. That factors out to the 2019 4Runner having 21.4 more cubic feet of space than the 2019 Grand Cherokee.

Not only does the 2019 Toyota 4Runner have ample space for cargo, but it also has special features to make your loading and storage easier. For one, there is an available sliding cargo floor option that makes it easier to work heavier cargo into the 4Runner. The 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee don’t have this option. To help with longer pieces of cargo, the rear window on the 4Runner opens, allowing, for example, a piece of lumber to hang out the back as you drive it back home. The 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee have a rear window that cannot be opened.

Despite its rugged nature, the 2019 4Runner retains its value at an incredible rate. In fact, Kelley Blue Book has it ranked as the fifth best vehicle when it comes to resale value. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner retains 65.7% of its value after three years and 56.3% of its value after five. That puts the 4Runner above notably reliable trucks like the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado. In its own category, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee retains 51.8% after three years and only 41.0% after five years. When five years have elapsed, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner will have still retained more value than the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee after three years.

In a separate study of how vehicles retain value, the 4Runner once again reigned supreme. MotorTrend reports each year on the IntelliChoice awards for best resale value. In their 2019 evaluation of SUVs, IntelliChoice rated the 4Runner as its number one mid-size SUV for value at 65.7% retained value. It topped the Subaru Forester (58.9% retained value) and the Subaru Outback (55.7%) by a fair margin. Additionally, MotorTrend says, “Maintaining a 4Runner over five years also proved inexpensive at $1,763—that's $1,040 less than the Outback and $870 less than the Forester.”

Part of the reason the 4Runner retains value so well is that it lasts for a long time. In a study by iSeeCars, they looked at 13.8 million vehicles that were sold in 2018 to see which cars lasted to 200,000 miles. On the list, the Toyota 4Runner ranked fifth on the list with 3.9% of all vehicles over 200,000 miles. The average for all models sits at 0.8%. Competitors such as the Ford Explorer, the Nissan Pathfinder, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are not even ranked in the top 15 of the SUVs-only list. On the list for vehicles that make it to 300,000 miles, the Toyota 4Runner actually leaps up to second.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner will get you going wherever you want to go. It has the cargo space to fit whatever you need and the features to help you fill out its ample space. While you drive it, you can have peace of mind knowing that it will not only keep much of its value, but also last you as long as you need it. 200,000 miles are potentially waiting for you, and there is an adventure around every corner. With the 2019 Toyota 4Runner, you can find that adventure.

If you’re interested in purchasing a 4Runner, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We look forward to seeing you and setting you up on your next adventure.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

Kelley Blue Book 2019 Toyota 4Runner Review: https://www.kbb.com/toyota/4runner/2019/ 

Kelley Blue Book 2019 Best Resale Value Awards: https://www.kbb.com/new-cars/best-resale-value-awards/best-resale-top-10-cars/

MotorTrend IntelliChoice Best Overall Value SUVs: https://www.motortrend.com/news/jeep-wrangler-lexus-rx-2019-intellichoice-best-overall-value-suv-winners/

iSeeCars 2019 Longest Lasting Cars Study: https://www.iseecars.com/longest-lasting-cars-2019-study