2014 Toyota 4Runner review

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Toyota 4Runner highlights

Customer rating


  • Great off-road ability
  • V6 engine performance
  • New styling and features for 2014


  • Limited towing capability
  • Tight third-row seat legroom
  • Uncomfortable second-row seats

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 21 highway, 18 combined

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Upgraded midsize SUV

The Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV combines outstanding go-anywhere ability with a smooth V6 engine and plenty of cargo and passenger space for far-flung outdoor adventures. 2014 trims have upgraded interior features and technology.

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What is new for the 2014 Toyota 4Runner?

  • The 4Runner is available in a variety of new trims, including the SR5 Premium and Trail Premium.
  • 4Runner trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats, A/C Seat(s), Memory Seat(s), and JBL Sound System as standard equipment this year.
  • Leatherette & Cloth features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.
  • The SR5 trim now comes with Rear View Camera and Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Toyota 4Runner

1. Feature-rich trims 

Toyota packed the 2014 4Runner full of features to please. The SR5 trim has projector beam headlights, air conditioning, a power rear liftgate window, a rearview camera, and cruise control. The SR5 Premium trim adds a power sunroof and heated front seats. On top of the SR5 trim’s features, the Trail adds body-color details and electronic off-road controls. The Trail Premium trim adds the features from the SR5 Premium trim on top of these. Highlights of the Limited trim include 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, and keyless entry. 

2. Rugged looks 

The Toyota 4Runner is updated for 2014 with new styling — the redesigned front fascia with the new front grille and smoked headlights make the 4Runner more distinctive. The SR5 and Trail trims have a color-keyed grille insert and foglights, while the Limited trim has a chrome grille insert and front bumper. All trims have LED rear tail lights and a roof rack. If you really want to stand out, choose one of the new Barcelona Red Metallic or Nautical Blue Metallic paint colors. 

3. Off-road ability 

The Toyota 4Runner’s dual personality as a spacious road-going family hauler or capable crag-hopper comes alive when you take it off-road. Whether traversing mountain trails, or riding uneven surfaces, the 9.6 inches of ground clearance, and standard part-time 4WD and locking rear differential of the Trail and Trail Premium trims let you go almost anywhere. The SR5, SR5 Premium, and Limited all have 4x2 rear-wheel drive, which is great for on-road exploits. Available part-time 4WD (SR5 and SR5 Premium) or full-time 4WD and locking center differential (Limited), give you added confidence should the going get unexpectedly bumpy. 

4. Entertainment to enthrall 

There is onboard entertainment to keep kids big and small happy in the 4Runner. A 6.1-inch color touchscreen is standard on all trims, along with the eight-speaker Toyota Entune integrated audio system with Bluetooth® connectivity, HD Radio®, and USB port. The SR5 Premium and Trail Premium trims add Entune smartphone services and navigation.

The Limited trim has a JBL® premium audio set-up. 

5. Space to spare 

The Toyota 4Runner has five seats, but if you need to take the kids and their friends to the skate park or the campsite, choose the available third-row seats on SR5, SR5 Premium, and Limited trims. If it’s cargo and not people you need to carry, there is 47.2 cu-ft of luggage space behind the second-row seats. Fold them down to reveal 89.7 cu-ft of luggage capacity, the 40/20/40 split-fold function giving you added flexibility when you have both cargo and passengers. If you need to haul extra gear, the 4.0L 270-hp V6 engine of the 4Runner can tow an estimated 4,700 lbs, when properly equipped.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a reliable, comfortable, and affordable SUV. Customers like the spacious interior and 4Runner's ability to perform on rough terrain.
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.

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Toyota 4Runner features and specs

SR5 Premium 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Entune
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Third Row Seat

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.7"/R 32.9"

Head room

F 38.6"/R 38.6"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

470/4700 lbs.



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