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Toyota 4Runner
2017
Toyota 4Runner 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 SR5 4-door SUV 4WD Automatic
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. Reliability is well above average, but it scores too low in our testing to be recommended.
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2010-2016
2010 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 SR5
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
2016 $32,900 - $39,950 $30,045 - $36,895
2015 $30,425 - $40,000 $27,590 - $36,890
2014 $27,225 - $35,475 $24,475 - $32,475
2013 $26,050 - $34,025 $23,185 - $30,935
2012 $23,525 - $30,675 $20,600 - $27,550
2011 $21,925 - $28,625 $18,910 - $25,425
2010 $19,475 - $25,075 $16,460 - $21,920
2003-2009
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 $14,850 - $21,125 $11,965 - $18,015
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2008 $13,500 - $18,000 $10,630 - $14,930
2007 $11,425 - $16,825 $8,610 - $13,705
2006 $10,225 - $13,850 $7,490 - $10,890
2005 $8,650 - $11,900 $5,980 - $9,030
2004 $7,500 - $10,450 $4,895 - $7,670
2003 $6,225 - $9,400 $3,670 - $6,645
1996-2002
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 $5,400 - $8,200 $2,875 - $5,500
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A