2021 Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity

May 3rd, 2021 by
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The Toyota 4Runner is perhaps best known in Golden Valley for its tough off-road capabilities. But you may also be wondering to yourself, “Just how much can you tow with a Toyota 4Runner?” The answer to that question is really quite simple. The 2021 Toyota 4Runnertowing capacity reaches up to 5,000 pounds when properly appointed. Plus, the 4Runner makes a great alternative to the Highlander if you have heavy-duty towing and off-roading needs. Read on to learn more!

Toyota 4Runner Towing Features

The Toyota 4Runner is so much more than the sum of its parts. Still, many of these components, like the big V6 engine and the towing features are worth exploring. It’s with that in mind that we offer up the following information about 4Runner towing features:

  • Integrated Towing Hitch Receiver: The Toyota 4Runner SUV’s integrated tow hitch comes included to help with your Minneapolis and Edina towing needs.
  • Wiring Harness with 4- & 7-Pin Connectors: With this wiring harness and connectors, you can connect your trailer lights quickly and simply.
  • 4.0L V6 Engine: We can’t forget about the beating mechanical heart that gives rise to the Toyota 4Runner towing capacity — it’s engine. Engendering the 4Runner towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds is a V6 that puts out 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque.

What is an SAE J2807 Towing Rating?

If you were to check out the Toyota 4Runner spec sheet, you’d see “SAE J2807 towing rating-compliant” next to Towing.

SAE J2807 was designed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and it includes all vehicles up to 14,000 pounds GVWR. It’s basically a set of requirements and tests that were designed to bring a sense of fairness to trailer tow ratings for all vehicles from model years 2013 or later. Testing includes:

  • Total Control
  • Braking Performance
  • Launch on Grade
  • Flat-Out Acceleration
  • Highway Gradeability

From hitch design to vehicle dynamics to engine power, multiple vehicle factors are taken into account to produce a towing rating.

Toyota 4Runner Towing vs. the Competition

The Toyota 4Runner V6 towing capacity is competitive with or superior to that of many competitors. See below for details:

  • 2021 Toyota 4Runner SR5 FWD: 5,000 pounds
  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX FWD: 3,500 pounds
  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2: 3,500 pounds
  • 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4-Door Sport: 3,500 pounds

Your Next Toyota 4Runner Awaits at Rudy Luther Toyota!

Now that you’ve had a chance to read more about the new Toyota 4Runner towing capacity and features, we invite you to visit Rudy Luther Toyota in Golden Valley today for a test drive. Or, check out our new 4Runner inventory now to pick out your next SUV!



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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.