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

"True 4-wheel drive is great in the Maine snow and ice."

HARVEY W., ME (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent acceleration even while towing 4000 lbs, excellent performance on severe terrain, very "sure footed" excellent rear visibility make it very easy to manuever into and out of tight parking spaces"

TIMOTHY W., FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"love the inside and outside and how tall it is and how i can go over things"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"That drive train - RWD Hi, AWD Hi, AWD Lo, 4WD Hi and 4WD Lo, is the best and most capable in the snow and off road, of any vehicle I've ever owned."

RAYMOND W., CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"With the stiffer suspension of the Sport edition the handling is very secure even on curvy roads at significant speed. The acceleration very brisk. The Sport edition's oversize front brakes provide very quick and short stopping distances. Only downside of the stiffer suspension is a harsher ride but given the advantages I don't at all mind. Overall a fast and secure handling vehicle for the enthusiastic driver."

LANCE N., OR (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"For a heavier 4WD vehicle, it accelerates and handles well."

ROBERT H., NY (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"V8 engine is amazing. Acceleration and speed are similar to that of a V8 in a 4 door sedan"

BRENDAN S., GA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great handling car; a little mountain goat in bad weather"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration is excellent."

MIKE B., TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration,"

DAVID V., LA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"good handling and ride"

KARLENE V., MA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The V6 in the 4Runner is quite powerful as a passenger car and still does well when I occasionally pull a light trailer. This car is frequently driven across the Sierras and has no problems either with power on the hills or with handling on the two lane mountain roads. It is absolutely predictable in how it handles all types of roads. I find no faults with either its power or its handling."

Tom Y., NV (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has excellent acceleration for a V6. The headlight coverage, especially in high beams, is exceptional. The only things I do not like about this SUV Is leg discomfort on trips over an hour and surprising lack of storage area in the rear."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"In sport mode it accelerates as well as any other car--out did a Cadillac SUV hybrid this afternoon. Mileage is excellent, as advertised. It handles very well."

Vernon G., CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Needed 4 wheel drive and it works great"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has an amazing amount of power and can accelerate past anything when you don't have a lot of distance to pass another car. And it corners extremely well."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent acceleration and handles well. We have a V8 so it's great on hills and passing."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The ride is stiffer & seats not as comfortable for a longer trip. Handling is ok but not as good as newer cars. Acceleration is good."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"it's very easy to drive - handles nicely, like a car"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great engine and suspension. On the road or off, it handles wonderful. For what it is...I would not go any other way. In 10 years and nearly 130K miles it's never blinked."

Jerrold B., KS (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Works great off-road! We go to the mountains and love it."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Drives like a sports car. Very quick response pretty smooth ride Front seats great comfort but passengers seats not very comfortable for long drives they are very firm. Turning radius is wide. Does fantastic in mountains and snow and rain"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The acceleration isn't incredible by any means, and the handling is fine, considering it's a top heavy vehicle: it definitely doesn't run the curves in the mountains like a Porshe Carrera would, but, for a 4-wheel drive, off road worthy vehicle, it just does great. It handles the snow and ice, and mountain roads(we live in Denver) so well. It does well both on road and off road, in any conditions."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The small V-8 has adequate power for highway and off-road situations. Transmission also very responsive and smooth both on and off road."

Douglas G., CO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Good acceleration for tollway entrances ."

A G., IL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very reliable in all conditions"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Given the extreme popularity of these 4Runner vehicles, I am surprised by the roughness of the ride. You really have to "drive" this car. It is not a relaxing ride."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration is good even with the smaller V-6 engine. No maintenance problems in 12 years of driving. Excellent handling."

Lois J., TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"I have the V-8 engine and have been very pleased with the performance and fuel economy, avg. 17,2 mpg which I tracked with every fill-up for the first 10 years."

Bryan L., TN (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Has the V8 , great acceleration and handles with a solid road feel"

David V., LA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The acceleration is more than adequate 99% of the time. With the Sport Package the handling is phenomenal. On twisty mountain roads virtually no body lean and neutral steering, very fun to drive."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"This car is fast for a medium SUV. With a V8 engine, it has power and is a much smoother ride than I expected. This is my 6th 4Runner and I had traded them in every 3 or so years. I will keep this one with the V8 as long as I can."

Brendan S., GA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"good power with V8 engine."

Robert L., FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration is very good from the V6, and the car handles exceptionally well. It drives where it is aimed and is very predictable in handling on all types of roads."

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Good acceleration and handling."

R K., VA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride has always been a little rough and noisy."

MARGARET M., CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The cockpit is to small,I don't fit. Seat isn't fully adjustable."

DERRICK D., CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The driver's seat has never been as comfortable or supportive as I'd like it to be. I'd like to replace it with a Recaro brand seat which I had in a previous vehicle, but they're no longer available for aftermarket installations."

ALLAN P., AZ (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"complaints of a harsh ride in the rear seats"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"comfortable to drive and ride in. lots of room and quiet. solid ride"

KARLENE V., MA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The sunroof rattles above the driver when closed--no leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The ride is more truck like. Not as smooth as anSUV on a car chassis"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"I am unhappy with the front seats. Actually, it's prob-ably not the seats but my 74 year-old butt that hurts when I drive for more than a half hour. Solution: don't drive or get a car with plusher seats."

WILLIAM J., FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"High comfort seats, low engine and vehicle noise."

RONALD K., IL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Drivers seat is too short for a normal sized man. Toyota always makes the length of the seats so short. It should extend out the full length of your upper legs. Ride is busy you feel every bump,but to be expected in this model.Several people have gotten car sick riding in the back seat of this car on trips."

LOIS M., OH (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very comfortable to drive or be a passenger. We have driven a number of longer road trips and find the vehicle has great cargo space, golf clubs, fishing gear and luggage, and comfortable people space as well. Seats, ride, climate control all good"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"visibility problems-too many blind spots. seats are supportive and comfortable"

CHARLES S., FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Passenger seat not enough controls to make comfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Not the easiest car to get in and out of for an average size man."

CHARLES C., TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The automatic climate control does not keep the interior comfirtable - when it reaches the set temperature, the vents blow cool air. A manually controlled system you can change up or down as you need if would be better."

BARBARA T., NY (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The climate control is easy to use and effective. The cabin is relatively quiet even at speed and the seats very comfortable despite this being a truck-based 4WD."

LANCE N., OR (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"V-8 acceleration, plenty of room for people or stuff"

DAVID V., LA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Has a somewhat stiff ride compared to other vehicles I've ridden in, but does really well on backcountry roads."

Anonymous, MT (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"I have become allergic to the fabric used in the seats, after 3 yrs of driving. My husband itches after driving also. My daughter borrowed the car for a week and she started itching too."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The vehicle is incredibly quiet on road. Really have to rev the engine over 2500rpm to notice it at all. Rock solid drive train and suspension."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The best go anywhere do anything SUV I've owned (yes there have been several others....Cherokees, Explorers, etc.). I would buy it again without question."

Jerrold B., KS (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"This car has a stiffer ride but it is on a truck suspension . Seats are moderately comfortable, fine on shorter trips but not as good on longer trips. Noise level is not too bad although it is more than the new Highlander."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"This car is roomy, and the seats are very comfortable. The driver's seat, though mostly manual (except for an electric lumbar adjustment) has multiple adjustments, and the comfort level is pleasing even after extended periods of driving. The car is relatively quiet on the road. Some folks might find the ride a bit stiff, as this car has a solid rear axle and a suspension suitable for off road driving. I, personally, prefer this type of suspension/ride, so it is a good fit for me."

Tom Y., NV (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Reliable"

Ron S., TN (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Really enjoy the adjustablity of the seats. The ride can be a little stiff over rough areas, It is a truck based vehicle. Some wind noise from the roof rack."

Greg G., ME (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Leg room up front. I am 5' 11" and am cramped sitting in either the drivers seat or passengers."

Anonymous, DE (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very comfortable ride and the interior has held up well. Quiet and tight with no rattles or vibrations. Acceleration is smooth and good mileage for an SUV."

Lois J., TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"This is a very comfortable vehicle to drive, both on and off road."

Douglas G., CO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Bad - very short seat length. Not much support for your legs."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"for an older car with a truck (Tacoma) body, this car has been a wonderful car and is amazingly comfortable"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great visibility and comfort"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Rough ride"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"To be fair we bought the "Sports" model which I would not do again. Stiff ride and you feel every bump in the road. Several people have gotten car sick in the rear seats."

Lois M., OH (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"front seats began hardening and collapsing. in summer of 2017 had them refilled with padding."

Mary Anne B., CO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The seats are comfortable but I do wish they could be adjusted to sit an inch or two higher. The ride, with the Sport package, is very firm and secure. It is relatively quiet on the road, especially for being a 4WD SUV, but on some road surfaces road noise can get to be pretty loud."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seats too firm."

R K., VA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seat adjustment for short people is excellent. Seat adjustment can be saved for two people."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seat comfort, handling, and road noise are all well above average in this vehicle. Very, very comfortable and stable car to drive both on the highway and Sierra mountain roads."

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Hi cost given the high millage. I needed a car."

DAVID B., MN (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"After 10 years and almost 200k miles, I have driven my 4Runner through all 48 states in the Continental US. I have recorded every gallon of gas used by the V-8 and it has averaged 17.2 mpg. Even with 200k miles, I would get in the 4Runner and confidently drive cross county with no concerns at all."

BRYAN L., TN (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Super reliable SUV. This vehicle was 3 years old when I bought it and to date it has only required regular maintenance."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's a Toyota.very reliable and low maintenance."

JOEL L., NY (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"We got a good deal at purchase and it has been trouble free and a good vehicle."

MIKE B., TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"I am always amazed at how good this vehicle has been as a tow vehicle and how it has held up with minimal service. Still runs like a new truck!"

Brian B., WI (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"The best vehicle I have had so far, made in Japan and has been a very dependable and well built. I am very happy with Toyota, I wish American cars and trucks had better quality and would last as long as my 4Runner."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"It drivrs great, it holds a tom of stuff, it runs great, our $36,000 investment brought us 11 yesrs of great seevice and still goong strong."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Living in the Northeast I am surprised that I still have the original exhaust system after 11 years. Very well built, quality 4Runner."

Greg G., ME (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"the car can go in snow and when it rains I put in in 4 wheel drive and feel good about the way it handles plus the back window goes down and that is nice foe the dogs"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"We bought this 4Runner new in 2006 and have done the upkeep and maintenance and we have never had any major problems with the car. I'ts the most reliable car I have ever owned, and it's still going strong."

Jeanne B., FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Low maintenance cost"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"225000 miles with only routine maintenance replaced alternator"

Scott W., VA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"I've gotten exceptional value. I've only needed to replace the battery once and repair a leaking u-joint."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Owned since new 2006, reliable , with no road failures. Can haul a lot of cargo and still have room for people"

David V., LA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Good engine and transmission for what I needed"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Still running well after 12 years. Never any expensive repairs."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Best car I have ever had. With a V8 engine, the power is surprising. Never had an issue with the car. Change the oil regularly and do recommended service. Never had a problem."

Brendan S., GA (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"A very reliable vehicle. This is our 5th Toyota and we will probably never purchase anything other then a Toyota. What you buy is what you get. Years later there is no issue with fit and finish or mechanical issues. Regular maintenance is all that is required."

Lori S., BC (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Dependable ride that will get you there regardless of the weather (snow etc) We love our 4 runner"

Lois M., OH (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent trailer towing vehicle"

Robert L., FL (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's just an outstanding 4-wheel drive vehicle. We've had it since 2006(it's now 2018), 110K miles, it can go through anything, and the only things we've needed to do outside of routine maintenance is replace the battery a few years ago and we had to replace the starter last year. The things are just bulletproof. We love our 4Runner."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's great!"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"it still looks smart after 10 years"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota 4Runner)

"I love the shape and style of the exterior. It has great excelleration and cargo space. I just wish we had gotten leather, since the fabric is horrible. We all itch from it, tremendously!!"

Anonymous, GA (2006 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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