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While almost every other midsized SUV had moved to car-based construction, the 4Runner remained an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, which was great for off-roading but not much else. The ride is unsettled and handling is mediocre at best. Limited trim versions have a sport suspension package with somewhat better control, but a stiffer ride. Off-road is where the 4Runner excels.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available; standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2001. Side and head protection air bags available from 2003, standard from 2008.
Road Test

While almost every other midsized SUV had moved to car-based construction, the 4Runner remained an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, which was great for off-roading but not much else. The ride is unsettled and handling is mediocre at best. Limited trim versions have a sport suspension package with somewhat better control, but a stiffer ride.

Off-road is where the 4Runner excels. Ground clearance is generous and underbody skid plates are standard. The four-wheel-drive system includes a low range for tough off-road duty, but the system is part-time only. Automatic four-wheel drive is available only in the top-level Limited trim.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (157 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Toyota 4Runner owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“worn out”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“calipers won't slide because of rust”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

“uneven wear”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Front rotors have been replaced twice, one time before my purchase, for warping”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

“front calipers were froze up so only rears were working and due to that ,the rears ended up squeaking until the front calipers were replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“During the 75000 mile checkup my mechanic recommended that the pads should be replaced as they had reached maximum use and would begin to fail before the next service”

Anonymous, LA (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“Front brake pads were worn down to nothing in 15000 miles and the rotors were warped. Toyota replaced everything at no cost and the brakes have been perfect for the last 35000 miles”

Charles T., CA (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“Since the touch screen has failed (and several dealerships have not been able to reset it - we can only replace it), can't use the CD player at all. replacement of the in dash system is more than $5K. Ridiculous!”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Will not load”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“touch screen completely failed. There is no reset button. Replacement with a aftermarket part would be an outrageous $5000. It was a lousy navigation system to start with, but now we can't use anything in the system - no navigation, no CD, no nothing. this alone would discourage me from buying this car again”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“System states that we do not have the map cd loaded (we do) and the nav system will not work”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Radio

“Satellite radio only works with ground stations, not satellite signal, so no signal outside urban areas. Dealership unable or incapable of repair”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“The plastic lens gets fogged up from UV rays”

Patrick C., NM (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The auto headlight on feature has not worked properly even after sensor replaced still does not come on in daylight when you experience a storm and it gets dark headlights still do not come on Toyota seems to not care. In my opinion this is a safety”

Larry Y., MS (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“rear tail light kept going out”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Lock actuator failed”

Steven M., WA (2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel bearings

“Front wheel bearings on both sides grinding, worn out, for the second time since I've owned the vehicle -- first time at about 60000 miles, second time at about 100000 miles”

Lee J., WA (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The brake pedal was spongy, the vehicle wandered at highway speed and a rumble noise occurred when turning -- both front wheel bearings failed within six months of each other, total cost about $600”

Lee J., WA (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering rack and pinion is perfectly good, but the rack bushings (not a separately replaceable part) have worn resulting in constant off center steering (both left and right) and slight darting over "non-smooth" roads due to rack assembly shifting”

Paul F., CA (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Neutral Safety Switch failed in the gear selector”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Differential

“Front differential needed to be replaced. Common problem and there was a Toyota Service Bulletin that noted the issue”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“Her conditioning stopped working car has been at the dealer for five days. Still not repaired. Can't find problem. Have put in new compreser. Toyota trying to determine problem. $1600 for a compreser five hundred labour still not working. There technician is incompetent.and is causing problems”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat stops after about one hour of driving and it is difficult to keep the interior warm in winter”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Upper corner of windshield started dripping. Turned out the sunroof/moonroof drains were clogged with fir needles and had to be cleared. Also, the front air intakes by the windshield wipers have to be cleared, esp. before any snowfall winds up sealing the mat of needles in place. No car we've ever owned over 50 years (domestic or not) has ever been designed with effective drainage or heater/ac air filtration for evergreen needles. Neither has any car been designed that hasn't assaulted my head u”

Donald M., WA (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“leaking from oil pan fixed by replacing oil pan screw”

David C., VA (2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“leak in dump canister”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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