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Toyota 4Runner

2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Tough and ready to tackle off-roading adventures, the 4Runner falls short of most modern SUVs. 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. Ground clearance is generous, and underbody skid plates are standard. The part-time 4WD system includes a low range for tough off-road duty. Controls are simple, with big buttons and knobs, but the radio touch screen is relatively small. A third-row seat is optional, and the power-retractable rear window is handy. Modern electronic safety gear such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning is unavailable.
All Ratings & Reliability
2010-2018
2010 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2018
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
2018 N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $26,350 - $38,575 $24,070 - $36,070
2015 $24,100 - $35,450 $21,735 - $32,885
2014 $22,750 - $29,350 $20,310 - $26,760
2013 $20,975 - $25,100 $18,415 - $22,465
2012 $18,400 - $23,075 $15,550 - $20,400
2011 $17,650 - $21,125 $14,545 - $18,445
2010 $15,800 - $19,300 $12,705 - $16,605
2003-2009
2003 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2009
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 $12,225 - $17,075 $9,260 - $13,885
N/A
2008 $10,700 - $14,375 $7,805 - $11,280
2007 $9,625 - $12,350 $6,780 - $9,355
2006 $8,525 - $10,550 $5,750 - $7,675
2005 $7,650 - $9,675 $4,920 - $6,820
2004 $6,700 - $8,175 $3,990 - $5,415
2003 $6,050 - $7,900 $3,395 - $5,145
1996-2002
Toyota 4Runner 2002
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
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Toyota 4Runner Ratings & Reliability
Tough and ready to tackle off-roading adventures, the 4Runner falls short of most modern SUVs. 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.

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2010-2018
2010 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2018
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.

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Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $26,350 - $38,575 $24,070 - $36,070
2015 $24,100 - $35,450 $21,735 - $32,885
2014 $22,750 - $29,350 $20,310 - $26,760
2013 $20,975 - $25,100 $18,415 - $22,465
2012 $18,400 - $23,075 $15,550 - $20,400
2011 $17,650 - $21,125 $14,545 - $18,445
2010 $15,800 - $19,300 $12,705 - $16,605
2003-2009
2003 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2009
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.

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Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $12,225 - $17,075 $9,260 - $13,885
N/A
2008 $10,700 - $14,375 $7,805 - $11,280
2007 $9,625 - $12,350 $6,780 - $9,355
2006 $8,525 - $10,550 $5,750 - $7,675
2005 $7,650 - $9,675 $4,920 - $6,820
2004 $6,700 - $8,175 $3,990 - $5,415
2003 $6,050 - $7,900 $3,395 - $5,145
1996-2002
Toyota 4Runner 2002
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.

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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