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Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner 2018 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2018 SR5 4-door SUV 4WD Automatic
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Tough and ready to tackle off-roading adventures, the truck-based 4Runner falls short of most modern SUVs on all other counts. Its rough-sounding 4.0-liter V6 is powerful and reasonably fuel-efficient. But the ride is unsettled, and handling is clumsy. The body leans noticeably while cornering, and the bobbing and bouncing ride chips away at driver confidence. A high step-in and low ceiling compromise access and driving position. The SR5's 4WD system is part-time only. A third-row seat is optional, and the power-retractable rear window is handy.
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2010 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 Limited
By 2010, almost every mid-sized SUV had moved to a car-based design, but the Toyota 4Runner remained one of the last full-framed, truck-based SUV holdouts on the market. That makes it especially suited to off-roading. Otherwise, the 2010 redesign felt like a step backwards from the previous refined generation. The unsettled ride, mediocre handling, cheap interior, high-step-in, and low ceiling left us unimpressed. Limited trim versions have a sports suspension with somewhat better control, but a stiffer ride. The 4.0-liter V6 engine is powerful, but roars when accelerating. Fuel economy of 18 mpg overall is decent for this brick-shaped SUV. Controls are simple, with big buttons and knobs, but the touchscreen is relatively small. A tight third-row seat is optional. Truck-based SUVs are generally known for their towing ability, but the 4Runner's rating isn't appreciably higher than some better-driving, car-based competitors.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $31,650 - $40,750 $28,845 - $37,595
2015 $29,950 - $43,200 $27,140 - $39,690
2014 $27,950 - $36,700 $25,175 - $33,675
2013 $26,450 - $32,275 $23,585 - $29,235
2012 $23,050 - $29,275 $20,150 - $26,200
2011 $21,250 - $26,350 $18,260 - $23,225
2010 $18,375 - $22,225 $15,385 - $19,145
2003 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2009 Trim Shown: 2009 Sport Utility
Like traditional SUVs, the 4Runner is based on a full truck-based frame and is especially suited for serious off-roading. It doesn't provide the nimble, carlike handling of car-based SUVs, but among old-school SUVs, the 4Runner was better than most peers. This generation was surprisingly refined, with a reasonably comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin. Lively and responsive, the smooth 4.0-liter V6 returns only 16 mpg overall. A silky smooth 4.7-liter V8 is also available. Stability control is standard. Thanks to near-bulletproof durability and a subsequent 2010 redesign that cheapened the car, this generation is highly sought on the used market, keeping prices high.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $13,975 - $19,875 $11,140 - $16,815
2008 $12,625 - $16,975 $9,805 - $13,930
2007 $11,000 - $14,575 $8,205 - $11,555
2006 $9,675 - $12,175 $6,990 - $9,340
2005 $8,375 - $10,625 $5,730 - $7,830
2004 $7,350 - $9,175 $4,745 - $6,470
2003 $6,200 - $8,050 $3,645 - $5,395
Toyota 4Runner 2002 Trim Shown: 2002 Sport Utility
Based on Toyota's compact pickup, the 4Runner is a traditional truck-based SUV. In pre-'96 models, neither the four-cylinder nor the V6 engine is very strong. The rear seat and cargo area are tight. A 1996 redesign significantly improved this model's ride, powertrain, and interior packaging. A longer wheelbase and lower floor provide more cargo space and rear leg room. A low seat and high floor makes access a chore and the driving position awkward. We prefer the lively 3.4-liter V6 to the 2.7-liter Four. The V6 and stability control became standard on all models in 2001.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2002 $5,450 - $7,700 $2,925 - $5,050
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A