2021 Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity

October 30th, 2020 by

2021 Toyota 4Runner grille
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds, giving each trim level the ability to haul heavy and handle anything from ATVs to RVs. This leading crossover SUV also comes fitted standard with the latest towing features to ensure raw strength is backed by intelligent technology. Before you leave on your next camping trip from near Provo or hitch up your trailer in Draper for a cross-country odyssey, feel free to read this handy towing guide from Brent Brown Toyota.

2021 4Runner Towing Features

Every new Toyota 4Runner configuration comes with intelligent features for safer and more convenient towing across Lehi and beyond, including:

  • Integrated Towing Hitch Receiver
  • Wiring Harness with 4- and 7-Pin Connectors
  • 270 hp, 278 lb-ft of Torque 4.0L V6 Engine
2021 Toyota 4Runner parked by the water

More 2021 4Runner Powertrain Details

  • Engine: 4.0L DOHC 24-Valve V6 with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence
  • Horsepower: 270 hp
  • Torque: 278 lb-ft of torque
  • Transmission: 5-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift mode
  • MPG: 16 mpg city / 19 mpg highway / 17 mpg combined*
  • All-Wheel-Drive: Available with a Part-Time 4WD system or Full-Time 4WD

At the core of the 2021 4Runner’s immense capability is its engine, and it’s no slouch. As capable of hitting the trails as of hauling heavy trailers, the 4Runner offers a nearly unmatched combination of versatility and capability.

What is an SAE J2807 Towing Rating?

The SAE J2807 rating covers a variety of requirements and tests designed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to ensure a level playing field when it comes to towing. Requirements are set across the following areas:

  • Structure
  • Ballast
  • Chassis
  • Tires

Tow ratings account for more than just engine specs. They also need to take the hitch structure and overall vehicle dynamics into account. That means the SAW can be a better measure of Toyota pickup trucks. Trucks not measured by SAE J2807 standards may not be accurate, so it’s wise to do some research to find their true gross combined weight rating (GCWR).

2021 4Runner Towing vs. Rival Crossovers

Asking ‘how much can a Toyota 4Runner tow?’ is going to provide an encouraging answer for anyone seeking leading capability, especially when they’ve checked out rival models. Here’s how the entry-level 2021 Toyota 4Runner SR5 FWD’s 5,000-pound towing capacity compares to the competition:

  • 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

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner’s Towing Capacity Encourages Drivers to Haul Heavy

Our team can help whether you’re looking to find out more about 2021 Toyota 4Runner capability specs or in the mood to compare different Toyota models. Whatever you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Orem dealership today for further advice or assistance.


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EPA-estimated 16 city/19 hwy/17 combined mpg for 2021 4Runner. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.