The 4Runner is among the best off-road-ready SUVs in this price range. Despite retaining a body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner rides better than some car-based SUVs. While its cabin is very roomy and quiet, the 4Runner doesn't provide the nimble, carlike handling of car-based models. Still, it is sound and secure. Side- and curtain-airbags are standard.
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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

"The V8 and 5 speed automatic is very smooth and powerful. Excellent towing vehicle. It drives a lot "smaller" than it is."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"4.7 L V-8 Engine is awesome. New 4Runners and Tacomas should be offered with an updated (turbo-charged) version of that power plant."

Rick H., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"drives as expected"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration is excellent and it handles wonderful even after 12 years of use.."

John G., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"V6 is smooth and powerful especially for off road applications. Handling is excellent for highway and off road applications."

Santiago J., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"When accelerating it goes pretty good it's no sports car. I own a V6, they made them in V8 configuration as well much better."

Kris K., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"God acceleration, and handles very well for a 4x4 Utility Vehicle. Excels at off-road ability."

J M., ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"great acceleartion, handles well"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The V8 with 5-speed auto is buttery smooth and powerful. Braking is controllable. Handling is good for a tall body-on-frame vehicle due to the front strut/rear coil spring suspension, but ponderous compared to minivans & crossovers. The 7,000 lb tow rating and impressive off road capability forces a tradeoff."

John P., KY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Best off-road car there is. Excellent four-wheel drive for pulling boar."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Has plenty of power"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"We have always been pleased with how this vehicle performs and how well it has held up."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has over 204,000 miles on it, and it still runs like brand new!"

RANDY M., AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's a little slow off the line, highway speeds is ok, shutters a little like a fuel cut effect at 65"

KRIS K., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great acceleration... the handling is a little stiff but... it's a truck. I have had for less than a month but If I had to issue a grade for it so far...., I'd give it B+"

CHRIS J., AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent driving. Pull a 7,000 lb camper with it. Love it."

DELE L., AR (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Handles a bit rough but I heard newer models do better. Also somewhat noisy"

Anonymous, ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"All is great including the sound system. The only problem, as noted prior, incurred with this vehicle is that after 11 years, the door lock actuators have gone out and will be replaced next week."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"For an SUV, it handles extremely well!! I have gotten out of many a jam because of how it handles."

ROB S., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"This vehicle does not fail to get me where I am going!"

B G., NM (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"That. Acceleration is more than needed. The dashboard display are a tad inefficient."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"For a SUV, the handling is very good, both on and off road. Acceleration is adequate, albeit a bit fuel thirsty. Uses premium fuel, a disadvantage."

J M., ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"See previous answer."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"4 wheel capability"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Amazing off road capabilities. A true SUV; not a "I only use it to take the kids to soccer practice" SUV."

Anonymous, SD (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"This was my first truck so the acceleration and breaking took a little time to get used to. The vehicle handles great."

Bonnie S., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"I like the handling both off road and on road. Acceleration of the cylinder engine is great for the interstates!"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great performance and very dependable"

Renee M., SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Drives through any type of weather, including snowstorms and very, very reliable."

Terry S., MB (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Good acceleration. Good gas mileage. Somewhat rough ride. Tight turning circle."

Thomas B., UT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great acceleration; a great deal of power. However traction control prevents it from accelerating well while turning"

John H., MT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Due to having a V8 engine, this SUV accelerates nicely and handles well."

Alvin P., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The truck can move when asked."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"great excelleration but omly ok handeling."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Drives well for the age of the auto"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's feels heavy and slow to respond. That's partially due to the all-terrain oversize tires and heavy sliders I've installed for driving on 4x4 trails. But it also suffers in comparison to modern vehicles from the 5-speed auto transmission and relatively low HP for a 4.7 liter V8."

John P., KY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"My SR5 has the V6 motor. Acceleration is excellent even when towing 3500 lbs. With the Michelin MSX tires it is very smooth riding & has excellent handling in wet or dry conditions"

John G., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It is equipped with a V-8 engine and auto transmission. Acceleration is fantastic for a SUV family car and will get me out of tight situations when I need to call for more power. No wheel spin on acceleration and handling is great. Passing is a breeze."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Handling is only adequate, functional and reliable, but not outstanding. However, I have the V8 engine, which makes it very quick and responsive."

Philip S., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Accelerates and can carry a heavy load."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"it handles great and has above acceleration"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Driving this vehicle is like sitting in my living room LazyBoy. The ride is solid and very comfortable and the handling is wonderful. This vehicle stays with me until one of us passes on."

Sandra H., AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"quite ride and comfortable for a truck based frame"

John M., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The car just feels boxy and cheap"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The seats are pretty comfortable, although a little lacking in thigh support. Noise levels are moderate, except wind noise becomes obtrusive at speeds higher than 70 mph. The ride is excellent compared to previous 4x4s with true off-road capability and the ability to be modified heavily."

John P., KY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Driver seat uncomfortable. Vehicle steering is unpredictable. Must be very attentive"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"As tight and quiet as the day we took delivery."

J M., ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Arm rest has a fold feature Wh in digs into your arm at a odd angle. The seats are supportive but the low floor cramps your leg after bit of a commute."

Kris K., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It is a truck-based SUV that drives, rides, and feels like a car. It is quiet, comfortable, and goes exactly where I point it."

Michelle D., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Rides hard. Needs attention when highway driving."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The passenger seat needs to have the same controls as the driver's seat. The front seats need to have heat in the bottom and the back of the seats.Stop cheeping out on the Limited vehicle."

DOUGLAS M., ON (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The evaporator coil began leaking refrigerant and was an $800 fix at the dealer. The A/C system is not nearly as good as the A/C system on our 1999 4Runner."

CAROLYN M., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4Runner has been incredibly reliable (except for the actuators on the door locks; over time all of these have failed to operate but over 11 years with this vehicle, that has been the only problem which is remarkable). Also, I got t-boned when a driver ran a red light and although hit hard, the 4Runner barely budged and clearly saved me from being hurt. It's great that Toyota 4Runners live up to their reputation. Mine certainly has."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"except for a few minor exceptions, the quality and dependability has been outstanding compared to other comparable vehicles."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Runs great, but starting to get dated compared to new vehicles"

Anonymous, ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"You can not control the heat! If it is cool outside, the heater comes on automatically."

KELLY S., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"I test drove every SUV on the market. The 4Runner was the only vehicle that fit my bottom, allowed me to position my seat to exactly where I wanted it; the dual AC allows me and my wife to be at the temp we want; excellent ride and steering control, albeit louder than desired wind noise; love the electronic rear hatch lock - I would buy another in an instant if it was still offered with a V-8."

GARY W., MO (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great around town o And on interstate."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"360 degree vision from drivers seat, especially when backing up. Mirrors in rear quarters assist vision of so called blind spots."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"long trips are not tiring"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Like the handling, and the acceleration of the 6 cylinder engine. Especially like the body size and design of the 2005 4Runner. The body size of the 4Runners after 2009 are too large for both on road and off rode vehicle which is what the original 4Runners were marked for! That's the reason I still have the 2005 4Runners!"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Noise level is better than the new models. A very quiet vehicle."

J M., ID (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"This SUV is 13 years old & still drives comfortably & smoothly. Ride is best with Michelin tires."

John G., FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"comfortable seats and ride. especially for a car that 13 year old car."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4Runner is like riding in my favorite recliner. I bought this vehicle new and it is a Limited. The ride is smooth, the handling is wonderful and it accelerates like it did when it was new. I have off-road tires on it so that increases road noise a bit but it has served my purposes for 13 years. I don't think a new one would be any better. It is the best vehicle I have ever owned in my 74 years!"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's a highly capable truck for towing, hauling, and driving off-road. The seat is too short to provide good support on longer trips. The wind and tire noise is tiresome over 60mph. The ride is okay for what it is -- a little bouncy."

John P., KY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The seat are totally adjustable. The truck is quiet for a truck. Seat heaters are great."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"the 4runner would be better with better seats but I've had worse. I'm happy with the noise level. again, I've had better and worse. I don't want a vehicle that I take off road sometimes to be too cushy. We are THRILLED with the value and reliability of this vehicle although we may oneday need a lower vehicle as we are getting older."

Henry M., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Over 13 years old and with 195k km, there are no squeaks or rattles, and the 4Runner has a very comfortable ride. It is extremely well built."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Super value. Not a single problem in twelve (12) years. And car still holds like new."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Really holds its value. Excellent vehicle with very little repairs other than regular upkeep maintenance. Over 12 years old and still running strong and in almost perfect shape."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"No repairs other than routine maintenance replacement in 12 years of ownership."

Charles B., VA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very reliable and safe vehicle good mileage. Very few major repairs in 12 years 134,000 miles. The light on the radio face went out after about 7 years very expensive to fix so it is still out. Other than that a brake job and regular service and tires. Runs great. The seat doesn't go back as far as I like but the newer models do. My daughter has a 2016"

Skip C., ME (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Solid, dependable vehicle. Drives well, handles floods, no major issues."

BENJAMIN M., TX (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"this vehicle is very well made...tires were 100,000 mile, the serpentine piece is not needing to be replaced, etc. many items are made to last the life of the car"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Runs forever. Can get up anything in bad weather."

MICHAEL B., OR (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Bought the vehicle from Hertz Car Sales and got it at a very fair price. We had a problem with one of the shocks shortly after purchase and Hertz replaced all four shocks. The vehicle is sturdy, reliable, and has handled all sorts of terrain very well."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"I bought it used in 2008 and it was in excellent condition 423 thousand. I could not get that in today's market 4 less than 35 and that is outrageous"

PEGGY K., AK (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The automobile is overpriced when you consider that Toyotas are bought for reliability. This one, at 150,000 miles, is acting more like a Chrysler and maintenance costs and recalls are taking their toll on value."

CAROLYN M., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Exhaust rotten egg smell upon acceleration"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"It'll never let you down, it's bullet proof"

KRIS K., CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"We got a great deal when we purchased this vehicle new in 2006. It is more than met our performance requirements and we are still driving it after all this time."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Long lasting."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Again, its a solid performer and surprisingly fun to drive. It is comfortable in cross country driving and a great performer in 18 inches of very wet snow. I have total confidence in this car regardless of conditions."

JAMES M., CO (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Has been pretty reliable; most money spent on it has been for maintenance/upkeep. Gas mileage could be better, but still acceptable for this type of vehicle."

D H., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"412000 miles speaks for itself. transmission rebuild, new alternator, new water pump, one wheel bearing and drive shaft u joint replacement. Great value over all and I am still driving it."

Anonymous, OK (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4Runner is well made, reliable and capable. It combines sport and utility, i.e. it carries my family and our gear while towing a 19 ft boat. We'll wait for a hybrid before trading in our 4Runner."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"If I needed a used SUV of this size I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of these after having it checked out. We are disabled and retired and on a low income now. This is the only vehicle I've ever had that needs only minimal maintenence. I've been told that we might get 2 to 3 hundred thousand miles out of it with care. The value is fantastic."

Henry M., GA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"152,000 miles and still going strong. Purchased new in September of 2005. Lots of miles for the dollar with regular maintenance and replacement of normal wear items."

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"I bought my 4Runner new in 2005. Over the years I have had regular maintenance. As a result I have had no unexpected issues with the vehicle. This 4 Runner has been a great truck!"

Bonnie S., NY (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent value. Great for highway travel/trips. Great visibility to look out of for nature viewing and photography. Nice hauling capacity."

John M., WA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Soft SUV lines, not harsh cubic styling. Sits up high."

ELIZABETH F., CA (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

"Sharp - and I love a leather interior."

GARY W., MO (2005 Toyota 4Runner)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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