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

"too much road steer and wind steer even with alignment is set with highest amount of caster"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota 4Runner)

"I do a lot of off roading, and it is unstopable and outstanding. Also great for towing. Leads hard life, but is tough and very well engineered"

C T., IL (2009 Toyota 4Runner)

"It is a V8 and has excellent acceleration and it handles very well."

Jan A., WA (2009 Toyota 4Runner)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"It fits my body and is very comfortable on long drives."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has a rough ride and is relatively loud road noise."

ROBERT K., TX (2009 Toyota 4Runner)


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

What Owners Say

"I spent about $39,000 for the car. I haven't had any problem other than regular wear and tear. For example, I didn't have to replace the brakes until the car had 110,000 miles. It has been completely reliable. It is paid for and continues to save me a car payment every month. I addition to that, it has a good resale value, and Toyota continues to offer to buy it from me. I'd say that that is good value"

ERNESTO B., NY (2009 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's a great value for the money. It has a very good resale value so it's worth buying out right ."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota 4Runner)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The body style is still pleasing to us but it is starting to show it's age. 4Runner changed body style in 2010 and have carried that style through 2016."

LARRY H., TX (2009 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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