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Tough enough for off-roading adventures, the 4Runner falls short of most modern, more refined SUVs. Its rough-sounding 4.0-liter V6 is powerful, but it's thirsty by today's standards.
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 more challenging off-road conditions; Limited trims get a 4WD system that can stay engaged indefinitely. We like the simple-to-use controls, which feature big buttons and knobs, along with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. A tiny third-row seat is optional, and the power-retractable rear window is handy. FCW and AEB are standard.
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2010-2020
2010 Redesign Year
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 touch screen 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.
$37,825 - $50,450
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$35,675 - $48,050
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$32,525 - $44,600
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$29,575 - $40,525
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$25,850 - $36,400
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$23,775 - $34,450
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$22,700 - $28,200
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$20,750 - $25,600
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$18,625 - $23,800
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$17,475 - $21,250
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$15,725 - $19,175
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2003-2009
2003 Redesign Year
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.
$12,675 - $16,850
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$11,450 - $14,475
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$10,450 - $12,950
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$8,400 - $10,525
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$7,275 - $8,950
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$6,375 - $7,875
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$5,450 - $7,125
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1996-2002
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.
$5,200 - $6,675
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$4,975 - $6,275
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$3,450 - $5,875
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