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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.
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

“Please keep in mind that a 4runner is a truck and not a car when evaluating ride and handling.”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“Can't read numbers on radio screen cancelled XM paid radio because of that, its orange screen with black letters&numbers make it very hard to see”

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“Super reliable even in the worst off road conditions. I wish that the vehicle was offered with a standard transmission.”

JOANN D., TX (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“slow to excelerate”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“The vehicle is "mushy" in its ride, not firm as you might expect with a four-wheel drive.”

MARTIN S., NM (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“Needs a V-8”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“Horrible car sluggish poor steering . Horrible brakes. I've owned previous 4runners 2005 2008 and they were excellent . The 2010 model is horrible and dangerous to drive!”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“This my second 4 runner and I love them. Only thing that I'm dissatisfied is the climate control in the back seats, way too hot back there and not a lot of air going back. I love the acceleration for a V6. I have had to put 3 sets of 4 tires as the handling gets worse and bumpier ride.”

ROBERT W., TX (2010 Toyota 4Runner)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“Very comfortable driving experiences, especially on longer trips. Very smooth ride and comfortable interior.”

THOMAS O., CA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“The seat does not go quite low enough, and the rear view mirror high enough for my liking. I can't look completely out the back window without seeing the rear seatbacks.”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“My 4Runner is quieter on the highway than many other cars my family drives”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)


Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“Since it is a more rugged vehicle the ride is a little rougher and seats not as comfortable as the Lexus. The climate control is great and noise level is low. All in all a great vehicle.”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)


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

What Owners Say

“This was my my 7th Toyota from the same dealer. I bought it through fleet sales and was given a 6,000 dollars off the window sticker.”

CHARLES T., CA (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“I compared used vehicles to a new 4 Runner and found that for a few thousand more I could get the new 4-Runner with a 7 year warrantee as opposed to a vehicle with 30K+ and a partially expired warrantee. Additionally, mechanically the 4-Runner is "industrial quality, heavy duty" nothing breaks- just normal maintenance- tires @ 55K rear breaks at 68k, oil changes @ 10 K, windshield wipers @45k, oil, air and cabin air filters. That is it!! Oh, I also use the 4-Runner for light plowing in the wint”

RICHARD M., NH (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“There is no denying that this has been an extremely reliable vehicle; but, this being said the truck was a step backward from the previous generation model. The handling/ride is only fair. I suspect that the lack of competition for Toyota for this type of vehicle has diminished development and enabled Toyota to sell it at a premium price.”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota 4Runner)


MICHEL R., ON (2010 Toyota 4Runner)

“The vehicle was like new but had a few more miles on it then I wanted but we got a great deal and it has been trouble free since we bought it.”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota 4Runner)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“My 4-Runner is silver and I added chrome running boards. It is a head-turner. Strangers stop me in shopping centers and ask what kind of truck it is and want to look in the cabin. They inquire about features”

RICHARD M., NH (2010 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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