Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity – How Much You Can Tow

The Toyota 4Runner has been one of the most popular vehicles on the market since its introduction back in 1983. With a powerful engine, legendary Toyota reliability, and stylish exterior, it’s an excellent choice for anyone looking for a rugged SUV.

4Runners are used for everything from the average daily driver to extreme offroading. But they really shine when the powerful V6 is used for towing in comfort.

The Toyota 4Runner Drivetrain

The Toyota 4Runner has long been known for its powerful engine and smooth shifting automatic transmission.

The 4Runner has a V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Its dual independent variable valve timing technology provides maximum fuel economy and horsepower while still meeting the modern emissions requirements. The Pedal Commander is a popular choice to lessen the strain on the motor and uses less fuel when towing.

The automatic transmission in the Toyota 4Runner is a 5-speed unit with manual shifting capability. It’s equipped with standard hill start assist control, making it easier to navigate starts and stops when towing on an incline. It works by holding the vehicle in place for up to five seconds, giving you time to move from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

The 4Runner allows you to choose between a 2WD, part-time 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case or a full-time multi-mode 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case and locking center differential (available on the Limited edition).

Toyota 4Runner Tow Rating

The towing capacity for the 4Runner is rated up to 5,000 LBS. The maximum tongue weight suggested is 500 pounds. 

This towing capacity allows you to tow things like a golf cart on a trailer, a pop-up camper, or a standard-sized U-Haul trailer. 

It wouldn’t be the ideal choice for extremely heavy cargo like an oversized camper or multi-car hauler.

Other Features That Make The 4Runner Perfect For Towing

The 4Runner has many additional features that make it a great choice for towing. 

Roomy Interior

89.7 cubic feet of cargo space for the two-row and 88.8 cubic feet for the three-row models.

Available Multi-Terrain Select

This system features four driver selectable modes that regulate wheel spin to provide the maximum amount of traction during off-road situations. The multi-terrain select control system automatically adjusts the optimal engine throttle setting and active traction control braking pressure to provide the best traction-based on your selected setting.

Toyota Safety Sense

This safety system offers the following features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
  • Lane Departure Alert.
  • Automatic High Beams.
  • Lane Tracing Assist.
  • Road Sign Assist.

Available Downhill Assist Control

The downhill assist control (DAC) system (optional equipment) helps drive down a steep grade without using the brakes as much. 

This is important because riding your brakes for a long time, such as going down the side of a mountain, overheats the brakes and reduces their effectiveness.

Sequential Shift Mode

Available paddle shifters or the gear shift lever inside your Toyota give you a sense of manual control inside a vehicle with automatic transmission.

Active Traction Control

Works to keep traction between the tires and the surface you’re driving on. This safety feature maintains traction by limiting how much the wheels can spin, making it easier to stay connected in slippery conditions.

Integrated Rearview Camera

Know exactly what’s happening behind you when you are in reverse and backing up. The camera can be seen on the touchscreen, so there’s no need to worry about trying to see out of your rear window. If you do get close to something while backing up, the camera system lets you know with a warning beep.

Overall the Toyota 4Runner is a powerful SUV, with plenty of cargo space and tons of modern safety features. It’s the perfect vehicle for towing or heading offroad on your next adventure.

About Tim Croft

Tim is the lead gearhead at Punishment Racing. He's been in the automotive industry for 20+ years as a technician, fabricator, and shop owner. Twitter

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