Toyota 4Runner

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2020
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2020 Toyota 4Runner Ratings & Reliability
Tough enough for 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. 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; Limited trims get a full-time 4WD system. Controls are simple, with big buttons and knobs. A third-row seat is optional, and the power-retractable rear window is handy. All 2020 models get standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Other changes for 2020 include standard Android Auto compatibility.
2010-2019
2010 Redesign Year
Toyota 4Runner 2019
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
2019 $30,150 - $41,100 $28,175 - $38,670
2018 $27,850 - $39,150 $25,895 - $36,955
2017 $24,725 - $35,550 $22,915 - $33,540
2016 $22,325 - $32,725 $20,490 - $30,660
2015 $20,800 - $31,050 $18,840 - $28,890
2014 $19,675 - $24,750 $17,620 - $22,625
2013 $17,950 - $22,275 $15,625 - $20,075
2012 $16,875 - $20,550 $13,770 - $18,365
2011 $15,700 - $18,375 $12,585 - $16,155
2010 $14,125 - $17,500 $11,050 - $14,500
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 $11,275 - $15,500 $8,345 - $12,340
2008 $9,900 - $12,975 $7,040 - $9,965
2007 $8,875 - $11,075 $6,060 - $8,140
2006 $7,750 - $9,875 $5,015 - $6,985
2005 $7,100 - $8,875 $4,355 - $6,050
2004 $6,200 - $7,700 $3,530 - $4,955
2003 $5,225 - $6,900 $2,600 - $4,175
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 $4,925 - $6,425 $2,290 - $3,720
2001 $4,700 - $6,025 $2,090 - $3,345
2000 $3,250 - $5,525 $1,110 - $2,860