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Toyota 4Runner

2018
  • 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
2010-2017
2010 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2017
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 $29,400 - $42,375 $26,660 - $39,160
2015 $26,675 - $38,350 $24,010 - $35,460
2014 $24,875 - $32,225 $22,110 - $29,310
2013 $23,150 - $27,700 $20,280 - $24,730
2012 $20,250 - $25,300 $17,295 - $22,245
2011 $18,675 - $22,900 $15,665 - $19,830
2010 $17,150 - $21,475 $14,130 - $18,390
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 $13,075 - $18,225 $10,180 - $15,155
2008 $11,300 - $15,275 $8,445 - $12,220
2007 $10,150 - $13,450 $7,360 - $10,455
2006 $9,150 - $11,500 $6,390 - $8,615
2005 $7,900 - $10,200 $5,180 - $7,380
2004 $7,075 - $8,550 $4,370 - $5,795
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