The 4Runner remains a sound choice among mid-sized SUVs, especially with its available stability-control system. But its pickup-truck ancestry is still apparent. You get a stiff, jittery ride and a tight cockpit with a high floor and low roof. Improved emergency handling, capable off-road ability help offset those flaws, however.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration could be better. I have the V-6 engine but still have to be careful when passing someone."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Accelerates well for an older 6 colinder. The handling seems to have beachme rougher as it has beachme older"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Everything!"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"For a truck base, this is one nice vehicle. Have also driven it cross country twice and through a lot of snow...it handled really well. Just wish the mpg was better!"

GEORGE S., MD (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4 cylinder engine is grossly under-powered for a vehicle of this size and weight."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"All good . Reliable, quiet and excellent ride"

DON F., SC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration is good and for a heavy machine, it feels light on its feet due to good steering and hard ride. Conversely, the ride can be very bumpy, after all it is a truck underneath."

R V., BC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"I live on a hill and need the 4 Wheel drive to get around in the winter"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Of the 26 cars I have owned, this is one of the best."

Richard R., MA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 3.4 liter engine for this year is sluggish and under powered, acceleration is dismal. Vehicle has a rated 5000 pound towing capacity but this is greatly exaggerated. Have towed up to 3000 pound trailers with long acceleration times and struggled to climb uphill grades. Brakes are not overly effective, even when not towing."

Steven C., AZ (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"excellent on and off road"

Bernard O., CO (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has excellent acceleration and a tight turning radius."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It accelerates well, but not as good as I would like. The ride is firm. I have Michelin LTX/MS tires and Bilstein shocks and an AirLift leveling system for towing. It handles very well for an SUV."

Anonymous, NM (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"This 4 wheel drive vehicles drives well in both normal conditions and when in 4 wheel drive. Very capable and not difficult to handle."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"This vehicle has a V6 engine and it is just way down on power. Even from day one it felt weak in the area of acceleration. However, this is my wife's primary vehicle and she loves it."

Randall B., GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"I have no problems."

Terri M., AB (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very capable off road handling. 4Wheel drive handling is better than I expected. The automatic transmission is supposed to be bomb proof, and I haven't had any trouble, but wish there was less slippage, like a modern double-clutch system."

Dan M., OR (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"dependable and reliable"

Karen A., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Accelerates quickly and brakes are good."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"the manual transmission allows great acceleration and gas milage. It goes up hills on the freeway with plenty of power. good gas millage."

Karol G., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The ride is a little stiff but the technology wasn't there in 2000. The acceleration is a little sluggish but both acceleration and handling had improved greatly from my 1994 4Runner. My friends to own new ones are extremely satisfied."

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great acceleration with the supercharger and the sport suspension"

Walt P., OR (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Rides very rough and leans badly around corners. Not much road noise."

Dan W., TX (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Our 4Runners is a great ride for the age of the SUV. Very happy"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It handles well. Acceleration is adequate for around town and on the freeway. We tend to drive within the speed limit and don't need to pass very often."

Cheryl A., GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Has great acceleration and handles better than any automobile I've owned"

Ernest M., MO (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration, braking."

Anonymous, NM (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 3.4L V6 is a great engine for normal driving but short on power for towing a trailer of any size."

Steven C., AZ (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very uncomfortable seating space: Too narrow; no head room."

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"I have no complaints!"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"able to see traffic by sitting high above normal cars."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It rides more like a truck than a car. A bit of a rough ride but not terrible."

DEBORAH D., KS (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It can have some road noise that I think is louder than it should be"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"I guess the only thing I dislike, but is the nature of such SUV's is the height makes getting into or out of more difficult. The seating comfort, view, and drivability are excellent."

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Climate controls are very poorly designed. Instead of a button to turn something on and then off, one must turn a function on with one button but turn it off by selecting a different mode of operation with another button. Some modes of operation lock out some functions in nonsensical ways. Without knowing the interactions between modes it is maddening when trying to switch something on or off. I am 6'3" tall and visibility is compromised by the low ceiling, low window frames and high seat."

R V., BC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seats are not as comfortable as the Sienna, especially on long trips"

PATRICIA F., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4Runner has nice leather seats which are very comfortable. We are tall, and the leg room is sufficient. The car handles very well, and there is minimal road noise."

Anonymous, MI (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The vehicle is a truck, really, with an SUV body. It's 17 years old so it rides a little rough, like a 17-year-old truck, that's all."

R M., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Ride is a bit stiff but to be expected since not on auto chassis."

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"This is essentially built on a truck frame so it is not quite as comfortable as our camry, however since you sit higher up, you can see more from the windows. It is noisier than the camry but not excessively so."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Want more lumbar support in seats."

Anonymous, OK (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"reliable"

Karen A., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"This is a very comfortable vehicle to drive. It is a quiet and smooth ride."

Cheryl A., GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seating is excellent!"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very comfortable and we'll made."

Anonymous, CT (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's a truck so road noise and moderate comfort is expected. But after 260K miles it still runs easily as long as it's maintained properly"

Hyman H., OR (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Best vehicle ever!"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"I would love to driver a newer vehicle with all the new updates such as navigation systems, rear view cameras, etc., but my 2000 Toyota 4Runner is so good that I just cannot in my own mind justify doing it. When and if I do, my intention is to go for another Toyota, a RAV4 hybrid because of its mileage."

MANUEL A., FL (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"very minimum maintenance was required. satisfied with overall performance."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Awesome vehicle; extreme reliability"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Dependanility"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"With very little trouble, this car just keeps on running!"

ELIZABETH R., CO (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very dependable. It will go almost anywhere I want to take it. After being 16 years old it is still tight and reliable vehicle."

JIM T., VA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"We haven't had any major repais on this vehicle. It still runs very well even after 16 years."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very few problems with this car. Routine maintenance."

Anonymous, KY (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"This is a truck that has done everything we wanted it to do from hauling trailers (boat and utility), good acceleration, and reasonable comfort. It is also a tank that has survived crashes and trees falling on it, of course both requiring extensive body work. On the negative side, it is noisy, the disk system went out a long time ago and too expensive to repair, and clutch starts burning with a minor riding. But I would buy it again."

H H., OR (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Longevity and no repairs"

WILLIAM E., VA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Just a great yruck"

DON F., SC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"premier 4wd off-road vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great vehicle that is incredibly reliable and trouble free!"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"255000 miles and still looking and running great, need I say more"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"We bought this vehicle new in October of 1999 and it as been absolutely bullet proof in reliability. However, it is starting to show it's age."

Randall B., GA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"17 years, 251000 miles and very little maintenance required"

Bernard O., CO (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent value"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very good road handling, great styling, could be better on gas mileage, seats are good for support, very useful vehicle when it comes to hauling anything due to seats folding down in order to handling loads."

Walt P., OR (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Best vehicle I have ever had! I have had a lot of vehicles."

Mackenzie H., CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"My 4 Runner is 18 years old and has 162450 miles on it. My last state inspection needed only AC coolant. I’m very pleased"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"very low maintenance, the car has required few repairs, very reliable"

Karol G., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great value! Car running great for 18 years! Very happy."

Anonymous, AL (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"It is still running well at 385k. You cant beat that."

Anonymous, SC (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"265000 miles and other than normal service, no problems with car."

Jeffrey C., CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"what a vehicle....no repairs needed change oil and filter, new battery every 3 years change belts and hoses and plugs every 100,000 miles change timing belt and water pump every 100,000 miles every thing else is original I have only used Mobil ONe oil since day one"

David J., LA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Bought this 4Runner brand new {cash}. I have Never had any problems. I'm still in love with it. Mechanics and car dealers cannot believe that this car is over 18 years old, in show room condition and more reliable than brand new 2018 models of all makes. I feel very secure driving in weather conditions."

Terri M., AB (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Even if styling isn't great, it serves the purpose of hauling, towing a tractor, and taking dogs places."

CATHY W., WA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"The is an amazing car- easy to view all traffic and also to back up a long narrow upward slanted driveway!"

PATRICIA H., CA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)

"Love my 4 Runner. I still think it is one of the nicest vehicles on the road. Simplistic styling"

P B., PA (2000 Toyota 4Runner)
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