2020 Toyota 4Runner Safety

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2020 Toyota 4Runner: NHTSA and IIHS Ratings, and Safety Features

Updated on: March 25, 2020

 2020 Toyota 4Runner Safety and Reliability

2020 Toyota 4Runner Safety

The 4Runner is a vehicle which Toyota designed to be able to tread the harsh surfaces of the wilderness.

Front Airbags

Knee Airbags

Safety Ratings



Overall Rating 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star
Overall Front Star Rating 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star
Front Driver Side 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star
Front Passenger Side 3 star 3 star 3 star
Overall Side Star Rating 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Front Seat) Not Rated
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Rear Seat) Not Rated
Side Barrier Driver 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star
Side Barrier Rear Passenger Not Rated
Overall Side Pole Star Rating 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star
Rollover Star Rating 4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star
Overall Side Barrier 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star 5 star
Small Overlap Front(Driver) Marginal
Small Overlap Front(Passenger) Not Rated
Moderate Overlap Front Good
Side Good
Roof Strength Good
Head Restraints and Seats Good
Headlights Poor
Front Crash Prevention Not Rated
Latch Ease of Use Marginal

The 4Runner is a vehicle which Toyota designed to be able to tread the harsh surfaces of the wilderness. To be able to provide the same amount of reliability and longevity in a vehicle which prompts you to take it places where normals cars can't go, it needs a good amount of safety features.

There are certain organisations which are dedicated to test vehicles in different categories to determine how safe they are. Organisations like the NHTSA and IIHS perform various tests, including crash tests, and give scores to the vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for checking the build quality of the vehicles through various crash tests. For the 2020 Toyota 4Runner, the NHTSA has not performed the tests as of now. In fact, the current generation has not been tested. We might need to wait a little while longer to see how the 4Runner fairs in these tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

IIHS on the other hand has in fact tested the 4Runner. The most recent has been of the 2019 model. The 4Runner has gotten top marks in almost all the categories. They perform crashes from various angles to see how a car performs. The ratings for the various crashes are as follows:

The “Small overlap front: driver-side” crash test of the 4Runner is the only crash position in which it did not achieve top marks. This crash position is a head on collision in which the object which crashes into the vehicle is at an offset to either the extreme left or right of the front of the vehicle. Out of 4 possible grades, the 4Runner got the second last grade, which is a score between 25%-50%.

This happened because of the poor structural integrity and safety cage of the 4Runner in the crash. While the test dummy showed that the passenger’s life will be saved, the leg portion is completely crushed.

While this can be a fluke, the other issue IIHS “Brought into the Light” wasn't (you will get that in a second). The headlight have poor visibility. The overall illumination area is not impressive according to the IIHS. This can be quite concerning for offroading, where the natural light is not enough at times to guide you.

Safety Features

4Runner comes equipped with the Star Safety Feature, a collection of 6 systems which work together to provide control and safety to this massive vehicle.

  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Smart Stop Technology

Lane Departure Warning

  • Your 4Runner takes over the wheel when it senses that it is creeping out of lane. This can potentially save a lot of accidents

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

  • This system constantly monitors the road for obstructions or pedestrians. When it detects a crash is imminent, it takes measures to warn the driver of such and can even apply the brakes to avoid the crash.

No Cost maintenance and Roadside Assistance

  • Toyota comes with ToyotaCare. Under it, Toyota offers factory scheduled service for 2 years or upto 2500 miles.

Is the Toyota 4Runner safe?

The 4Runner provides many safety features which can make the everyday use safe for the occupants. Along with that, the 4Runner has good crash test results. Our final verdict is that the 4Runner is safe. It will keep not only the occupants, but the people on the road safe.