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2017 Toyota 4Runner

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Pros

  • Serious off-road capability, comparable to a Jeep Wrangler
  • Different trim levels offer varying levels of off-road capability
  • Excellent cargo capacity, plus optional slide-out access

Cons

  • Body-on-frame design with solid rear axle yields a truck-like ride
  • Large V6 engine uses more fuel than four-cylinder options
  • Raised ride height can make cab access challenging

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 20 highway, 18 combined

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2017 Toyota 4Runner carries on with successful formula

The Toyota 4Runner is a specialized SUV not really matched by any other automaker. It's a midsize SUV, but it's built on a traditional body-on-frame platform and optimized for real off-road use. That's what has kept this model popular since its introduction in the mid-1980s. With the 4Runner in its fifth generation, Toyota made only minimal changes for the 2017 model year, electing not to mess with success.

Powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine and using a traditional high-low range four-wheel-drive system, the 2017 4Runner clings to its old-school underpinnings, and that's OK with buyers who want a rugged vehicle. For those seeking extra off-road capability, Toyota has included a TRD Pro trim since 2015. This trim adds skid plates, plus a special off-road suspension. Inside, the 4Runner is functional but comfortable and, above all else, has plenty of space for passengers and cargo.

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What is new for the 2017 Toyota 4Runner?

  • The 4Runner is available in a variety of new trims, including the TRD Off Road and TRD Off Road Premium.
  • The Trail and Trail Premium trims have been discontinued for 2017.
  • The TRD Pro trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The SR5 Premium trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Toyota 4Runner

What We Like 

  • Overall utility: There’s 46.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 88.8 cubic feet with all the seats folded. That's enough to carry a large appliance like a washer or dryer, or an absurd amount of big-box staples. It’s also more than enough space for all of your camping and outdoor gear, or even for you to stretch out and sleep in. The 4Runner's squared-off shape makes it easy to load large items, too. The 2017 4Runner will tow up to 5,000 pounds, enough for an ATV, side-by-side, boat, snowmobile, or a light camper.  

  • Off-road performance: The Toyota 4Runner is built and optimized for off-road capability. This is especially true of the TRD Off Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, and TRD Pro trim levels, which make up half of the available trim options. Each of these trims builds on the previous one, adding features such as skid plates, raised heavy-duty suspension, locking differentials, and other optimizations for off-pavement use. Fully prepped, the 4Runner is among the most capable off-road SUVs on the market. 

  • Overall quality: The engine, driveline, and chassis of the 4Runner are all known for their durability and trouble-free operation. Similarly, the bodywork is well-fitted and sealed for all-weather use. Inside, the functional interior includes high-quality materials. A 4Runner can be expected to last, so there are few concerns with a pre-owned vehicle. 

What Needs Improvement 

  • Ride quality: Because of its traditional truck-based body-on-frame design and off-road focus, the 4Runner offers a rougher ride and slower cornering speeds than unibody-based crossover SUVs with independent rear suspension. Those are direct trade-offs for that off-road capability. Along the same lines, the 4Runner will be noticeably louder than other SUVs and passengers will feel more vibration.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.9 out of 5

9 customer reviews
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is a spacious SUV that has 3rd row seats and where both 3rd and back seats can be folded down for extra space. The car is also luxurious and classy. It has a powerful v6 engine and overall great vehicle. Customers like the price, the size, & the interior of the car.
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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

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

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

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

4.0L

Horsepower

270

Torque (ft-lbs)

278

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

23

Wheelbase

109.8"

Overall length

190.7"

Width

75.8"

Height

71.5"

Leg room

F 41.7"/R 32.9"

Head room

F 38.6"/R 38.6"

Front tires

P245/60SR20

Rear tires

P245/60SR20

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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