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Toyota 4Runner

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The 2024 4Runner carries forward the successes Toyota has had and doesn’t have any significant changes.  The midsize truck-based SUV has firmly established itself as a leading choice for those looking for backcountry capability in a quieter, more comfortable package.

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Fifth generation
2010 - 2024
2010-present Toyota 4Runner generation
$21,998 - $72,998*
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2010 - 2024

2010-present Toyota 4Runner generation

Fifth generation Toyota 4Runner

Like a lot of modern SUVs, the Toyota 4Runner has rugged styling and a raised stance. But this is no shopping-mall cruiser. The 4Runner backs up its burly skin with a traditional body-on-frame truck chassis, a solid rear axle, and a suspension tuned for serious off-road duty. The 4Runner doesn’t just go beyond the trailhead, it goes beyond the trail itself to parts unknown. Best of all, it has a more comfortable ride and higher max towing capacity than the Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, its two biggest rivals. On the downside, the aging 4Runner can’t keep up with the many powertrain options Ford and Jeep have started offering in the last few years, or with their recent technology upgrades. 

While the 4Runner is great at (responsibly) fording streams and bounding over hills—especially the various TRD (Toyota Racing Development) models—it isn’t as comfortable around town as a crossover SUV like the Toyota Highlander. It’s also not as roomy inside as you’d expect from such a big vehicle, and the antiquated five-speed automatic transmission hurts estimated fuel economy. The 4Runner only recently (2020) received features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration and advanced driver-assist systems.

$21,998 - $72,998

Model highlights

  • Iconic nameplate

  • Off-road capability second to none

  • Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) remotely disconnects stabilizer bars for improved wheel articulation

  • Tows up to 5,000 pounds

  • Multiple trims and configurations to suit different buyers

  • Slide-out cargo tray improves cargo versatility

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Changes by year

Latest generation from 2010 - 2024

2024 Toyota 4Runner

2024 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

Highlights

  • No major changes for 2024

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2023 Toyota 4Runner

2023 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

Highlights

  • Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning system now come standard

  • Retro-inspired 40th anniversary edition

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2022 Toyota 4Runner

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport

Highlights

  • New TRD Sport based on SR5; improves on-road ride quality with Cross-Linked Relative

  • Absorber (X-REAS) system from Limited trim

  • All 4Runner models feature rear-seat occupant alert

  • LED high beams standard on all trims

  • 360-degree camera views added to TRD Pro and Limited trims

  • Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning standard on all but SR5 and TRD Off-Road; available on TRD Sport

  • Trail and Venture editions no longer available

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2021 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

Highlights

  • 4Runner Trail Special Edition limited to 4,000 units; based on the SR5 Premium, it adds black exterior badging, black seating with tan stitching, sliding rear cargo tray, Yakima rooftop cargo basket, all-weather floor mats, 40-quart cooler

  • LED headlights standard on all trims

  • TRD Pro trim gets new wheels and retuned shock absorbers

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2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

Highlights

  • Toyota's suite of advanced driver-assist systems standard on all grades and includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control

  • New touchscreen audio systems include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • New Venture Edition based on TRD Off-Road Premium; features standard Yakima roof rack, gunmetal-colored 17-inch TRD wheels, exterior trim

  • Keyless entry and ignition standard on all but SR5 and TRD Off-Road models

  • USB ports added for rear passengers

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2019 Toyota 4Runner

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

Highlights

  • TRD Pro now features Fox shock absorbers, new skid plate and roof rack, standard sunroof, upgraded JBL sound system

  • Limited Nightshade Edition features black-out color scheme

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2018 Toyota 4Runner

2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

Highlights

  • New Wilderness package available on SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Off-Road Premium adds roof rack crossbars, all-weather floor liners, and cargo tray

  • TRD Enhancement package available for TRD trims adds TRD 17-inch matte gray alloy wheels, TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate

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2017 Toyota 4Runner

2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Highlights

  • Trail and Trail Premium renamed TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium

  • All TRD-branded 4Runner models receive carbon fiber-look interior trim, TRD floor mats

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2016 Toyota 4Runner

2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail

Highlights

  • SR5 and Trail trims add new audio system that allows navigation integration from a smartphone using Scout® GPS Link

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2015 Toyota 4Runner

2015 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Highlights

  • TRD Pro model debuts between Trail and Limited trims with matte black 17-inch wheels, off-road tires, automatic headlights, TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate, Bilstein shocks, upgraded front springs, a higher ride height, a distinct black front grille, and TRD aesthetic upgrades

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2014 Toyota 4Runner

2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

Highlights

  • Exterior styling refreshed with new headlights, grille, front and rear bumpers, and taillights
    Interior refreshed with improved materials

  • Touchscreen audio with Toyota Entune™ standard on all trims

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2013 Toyota 4Runner

2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Highlights

  • No significant changes

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2012 Toyota 4Runner

2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Highlights

  • Improved audio system options with Toyota Entune™ added

  • Power running boards added as option for SR5, Limited

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2011 Toyota 4Runner

2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Highlights

  • Four-cylinder engine dropped from lineup

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Reliability

4
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Toyota 4Runner an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Toyota 4Runner 7th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Toyota 4Runner is $469, compared to an average of $494 for Midsize SUVs and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Toyota 4Runner owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 1.0 times for Midsize SUVs and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 13% for the Toyota 4Runner, compared to an average of 14% for Midsize SUVs and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.



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