2019 Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity

February 20th, 2019 by

Dad loading trunk of silver Toyota 4Runner

How much can a Toyota 4Runner tow? When properly equipped, the 4Runner SUV has no trouble towing up to 5,000 pounds*. What’s more, since every 4Runner configuration includes the standard features you’ll need to pull heavy loads, you won’t even have to upgrade to enjoy these impressive capacities in Henderson. Heading out past Pahrump with a trailer or a small boat has never been easier.

4Runner Towing Features

No matter which 4Runner trim level you select, you’ll receive the following towing features for safer, easier rides on the roads near Las Vegas and Mesquite:

  • 4.0L V6 Engine: The 4Runner is powered by a rugged 4.0L V6 engine that generates 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
  • Wiring Harness with 4- and 7-Pin Connectors: Hooking up your trailer lights is simple and easy with this SUV’s standard harness and connectors.
  • Integrated Towing Hitch Receiver: The Toyota 4Runner is built to take you anywhere you want to go! For that reason, all trims come standard with the heavy-duty hitch receiver you’ll need.

The Toyota 4Runner is also available with on-demand four-wheel drive. This feature makes the 4Runner exceptionally stable when you’re towing heavy loads near Mesquite.
Red Toyota 4Runner side view driving out of woods

What Is an SAE J2807 Towing Rating?

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has sought to ensure a level playing field for drivers who need to compare the tow ratings of different models. They’ve designed a series of tests, assessing a vehicle’s structure, ballast, chassis, and tires, in order to ensure all-around capability.

These engineers know that there’s a lot more to towing than engine power alone. As a result, their tests look at overall vehicle dynamics and hitch structure at the same as they evaluate a given model’s power and torque. Choosing an SUV or a truck that’s been rated to SAE J2807 standards is the best way to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth.

4Runner Towing vs. the Competition

Even with its standard front-wheel drive, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner delivers towing power that competitors can’t match. Here’s how a few top challengers measure up against this Toyota:

  • 2019 Honda Pilot LX FWD: 3,500 pounds
  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2: 3,500 pounds
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler 4-Door Sport: 3,500 pounds

Although a 3,500-pound capacity will be sufficient for some tasks, drivers who want to be prepared for anything will feel much more confident behind the wheel of the 4Runner. Drivers who are still searching for that perfect SUV should note that the 2019 Toyota Highlander also offers a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Compare the Highlander to the 4Runner in-depth to learn more.

Learn More at Findlay Toyota

Ready to take the next steps? Explore our inventory today to find a new or used Toyota 4Runner for sale in Henderson today! Once you’ve found the model that’s right for you, you can schedule your test drive and apply for financing with Findlay Toyota.

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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.
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