Is the Toyota 4Runner still four-wheel drive?

By Product Expert | Posted in Toyota 4Runner on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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What are the drive wheels of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner?

The Toyota 4Runner is an interesting model. It is a true SUV and a lot of attention is centered around what wheels that drive this SUV forward. What are the drive wheels of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner? For the most part, it’s all four wheels, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

2019 Toyota 4Runner red front view on dirt trailIs the 2019 Toyota 4Runner rear-wheel drive?

The two base trim levels, the SR5 and the SR5 Premium, both get rear-wheel drive as standard equipment. Rear-wheel drive used to be the standard for SUVs, but the 4Runner is still carrying the torch by offering rear-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive.

Rear-wheel drive is actually better suited for an SUV over front-wheel drive if you intend to do a lot of towing or even taking it off-road. Anytime you try to accelerate, the weight of your vehicle shifts to the back, so having rear-wheel drive will typically provide better traction for you.

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2019 Toyota 4Runner red side view tire spinning in dirtWhat is part-time 4WD in the Toyota 4Runner?

The SR5 and SR5 Premium are both available with part-time 4WD. The TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, and TRD Pro all come with part-time 4WD as a standard feature. But what is part-time 4WD on the Toyota 4Runner?

Basically, the part-time 4WD drive system is what you are probably used to from four-wheel-drive systems. It gives you three settings with a 2-high mode that gives you rear-wheel drive with regular gearing. The 4-high mode is also available which is normal four-wheel drive. There is a third mode called 4-low which is four-wheel drive with low gearing for maximum traction and torque application.


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2019 Toyota 4Runner white side viewWhat is full-time 4WD in the Toyota 4Runner?

The Limited and the Limited Nightshade Edition don’t come with part-time 4WD. Instead, they get standard full-time 4WD. They are the only two trims that come with this feature, and we can explain how it works.

Full-time 4WD is exactly how it sounds. No matter which mode you select, power will be going to all four wheels. You have three models again with high-4-free, high-4-lock, and low-4-lock. It’s the same scenario as with part-time 4WD with high and low, but the lock and free refers to the locking rear differential, which only comes with full-time 4WD.

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