The Toyota 4Runner, a mid-size SUV, has been in production since 1984. Although the original 4Runner was built on the Toyota Truck of the present, it has evolved into its own vehicle. Since 2009, the Toyota 4Runner is in its fifth generation. The new 4Runner is stylistically inspired by previous generations. It has a squared-off design, but it’s also larger than the older models.
The Toyota 4Runner is a great off-road vehicle. It also has a wide range of interior options and an excellent infotainment system.
Pricing and Trims
There are seven trim levels for the Toyota 4Runner.
The entry-level SR5 trim comes with a hitch that can be used to integrate towing, as well as a wiring harness that has connectors for both 4-pin and seven-pin connections. The SR5 has a rear liftgate power window and Bluetooth wireless technology to allow for music and phone connectivity. The SR5 is priced at $35,310 for rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive costs about $2,000 more.
The SR5 premium adds heated front seats and power to the 4Runner SofTex leatherette upholstery. The SR5 Premium also gains navigation, premium audio system and heated power mirrors. The MSRP for the SR5 Premium is $37,140
The TRD Off-Road includes restyled wheels, a locking differential at the rear and TRD Off-Road badges. It costs around $38,500. TRD Off-Road premium adds a premium audio system, navigation, and special front seat TRD-Off-Road lettering to increase the MSRP by $2000.
The Limited trim adds more creature comforts to the 4Runner. You get dual-zone climate control, leather front seats, power moonroof and sonar assisted parking. The 4Runner Limited also gets a JBL sound system and larger 20 inch wheels. The Limited comes with a $43,625 sticker price and a Limited 4WD at $45,660.
The Limited Nightshade trim has a new look. It includes all the Limited’s fineties and dark style elements. To add more mystery, it also comes with black 20-inch wheels. Nightshade starts at $45,365
The TRD Pro is for the serious enthusiast. It comes with a locking rear differential and FOX shocks. TRD Pro comes with a roof rack and black grille, as well as a TRD shift knob, floor mats, and a TRD shift knob. With a MSRP of $46,815, the TRD Pro is the top 4Runner model. TrueCar customers receive the TruePrice. This is the price that one would pay at a Toyota dealership, including any accessories and incentives.
Engine and Performance
All trim levels have the same engine, and there are no upgrades. The 4.0-liter V6 still puts out impressive power numbers. Dual overhead camshaft, 24-valve engine produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 278 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. This engine is classified as a Low-Emission Vehicle II.
The 4Runner’s rear-wheel drive models have an automatic limited-slip differential, which improves traction. Active Traction Control is the standard transmission on the Trail’s part-time four-wheel-drive Trail. It is also known as ATRAC. A special upgrade is the full-time four-wheeldrive with Active Traction Control, Torsen limited slip center differential with locking, and Torsen limited-slip central differential with locking.
Limited, SR5, SR5 Premium and SR5 are available with either four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. TRD Offroad, TRD Offroad Premium, and TRD Pro models can only be purchased with four-wheel drive.
The EPA estimates a 4Runner with two-wheel drive should attain 17/21/18 mpg city/highway/combined. The fuel economy of a 4Runner with four-wheel drive is only marginally affected at 17/20/18 MPG
The SR5 has manual air conditioning with second row vents for temperature control, while the Limited offers dual zone climate control with vents in both the second and third rows.
The SR5 has a sound system that includes AM/FM radio, a CD-player, MP3/WMA playback capability and SiriusXM Radio with a free 90-day trial. It also features an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port for iPod connectivity, eight speakers, and an auxiliary audio jack. You can also stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth wireless technology and hands-free calling. The Limited goes one step further by adding Display Audio with Navigation, Entune and Audio with Navigation. The touch screen measures just six inches in size and can also be connected to a backup camera display. The sound system includes AM/FM radio, a CD-player with MP3 and WMA playback and Sirius Radio. It also features a jack with auxiliary audio and control. All of it is connected via Bluetooth wireless technology.
The interior quality is excellent. The controls are easy to access and large. Good forward visibility is possible thanks to the seat height and ride height. The interior of the 4Runner feels sturdy and ready to take a few scratches. It is in keeping with the SUV’s go anywhere attitude.
The cargo volume is excellent, with 47.2 cubic yards of space behind rear seats. You can now fold down the back seats to make 89.7 cubic feet. These numbers are somewhere in between the Toyota Highlander midsize and full-size Toyota Sequoia. There is plenty of room for groceries and camping gear.