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 6 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.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Toyota 4Runner owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Ball joints

"One ball joint had some play that sometimes transmited a shudder to the steering wheel in some driving conditions."

Paul A., TX (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Minor leak in system developed I was not aware of; problem noted during inspection."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"All 4 shocks/struts were leaking, which gave the vehicle a rough ride. It was very expensive to replace (over $3,000) and took nearly a week to order the parts and the work completed by the dealer where I purchased the car."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Just thought it was very expensive to replace."

Johnie G., VA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Hydraulic system to shock system went out; not aware of issue while driving. Surprised this went out as early as it did; dealer too was a little taken back."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Only front struts were leaking but it requires replacing front and rear as a set along with control system. This was a $3000+ repair that required us to make multiple trips to the dealer because they did not know everything that was required to be replaced and then did not have the parts on hand.."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Would not past inspection. All struts and shocks needed to be replaced at once"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"I'm feeling a clunking noise through the steering wheel. I had a local Toyota dealer attempt to fix it - but just recommended a rear axles lift kit. Installed for $500 and it did nothing. Again, it's a clunking and vibration coming from the front end. Could be steering sub shaft assembly, shock or shock mounts, racks and pinion, etc. I will find a great technician and it will be repaired. On another subject: In hot weather the brake calipers are slow to release. They can make a squeaking noise. They are original. Just pads and rotors were replaced for the first time at over 120,000 miles - but my mileage used to be all highway and I'm aware of not overusing my brakes when the manumatic gears work well. I would buy this again. Toyota is number one. I'm driving this forever. It won't be sold or traded-in. It's paid-off and financing $50k (I would get a TRD Pro for the next one) isn't something that interests me right now."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"An increasing noise was noted in car; first thought to be tires but inspection noted it was rear bearing."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear brake light does not work. Problem not yet resolved."

Anonymous, MS (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Burnt out-replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The headlights are tied to the blinkers. Repetitive issues over a 6 month period."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Horn

"Horn cable failed It was tied to other electrical issues waiting to fail"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Panel lights are red and so dim it's impossible to read them"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"passenger side power door lock solenoid failed"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The power locks on each door failed. Repair is expensive."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Blinkers went out. First left, then right, then left again."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"When braking suddenly or in an emergency the ABS system fails and all 4 wheels lock up. The has happened several times since it was new."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"front brake pads wore out"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Dealer advise brake pads at lower limit"

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Cost to replace brakes and rotors exceeds a $ 1,000 and I believe you do not get the same quality from Toyota service center that you receive new with the car"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"This was probably due to the rotor deterioration, but again, was not caught by Toyota dealer."

Kathleen M., NY (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Braking the vehicle became difficult, requiring foot pedal pressure, with longer response time. All four rotors were corroded at the same time. The vehicle had been inspected and winter tires removed by a Toyota dealer shortly before this, and as usual they did not see it."

Kathleen M., NY (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Hatch would not stay closed due to rust, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Door lock actuator failed."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate would not latch due to rust on lock. Dealer replaced upper part of lock not lower. Upper part is now rusting again. Towing mechanism is also rusted"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The shocks that keeps the hatch door in the rear up failed. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Within a year, the backup camera was turning off intermittently and still is"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I was promised traffic...then Toyota cancelled it...they lied"

Ralph O., PA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"When driving the GPS just hangs up & then after a few minutes it restarts & doesn't remember the location of the destination. To put the destination in again you have to stop (good safety feature). So, I put a Garmin GPS on the dashboard & use that"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"Satellite radio stopped working. It was a problem with the head unit where the satellite antenna plugs in. Replacement started at $3500."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"faulty seat warmer"

Thomas T., AB (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"slow leak"

Howard S., MA (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Corroded piping caused coolant to completely leak out."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Happened 2X. Some small part failed, a valve I think, and had to be replaced. Dealer fixed first with a recharge and then discovered the valve problem, fixed and has been fine since then. About $200 discounted to $125, mostly labor. First time they had seen this valve problem."

Anonymous, KS (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Backed the car into a sign and the drivers rear quarter panel popped out of its retainers. There is a ridge all around this panel."

Charles J., TX (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rear door trim along the bottom (floor) of rear has pulled out during removal of items over time. Repaired free by Toyota under warranty. Tonneau cover has been replaced as well"

Steven B., AZ (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling on front of hood, back fender and bumper, right front door"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Surface rust on inside bottom edge of front doors."

Anonymous, WI (2013 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

Engine computer

"A sensor failed in the engine, it regulated pre-ignition and detonation. The sensor itself was $150 and there are two on this engine. The sensors are located inside the engine so I had a huge project ahead. Also the 2013 model maintenance manual indicated the cylinders have to be removed. Well, let me say Im thrilled with my personal mechanic because he found a way to do the sensor replacement without removing the cylinders and in doing so saved me about one thousand dollars."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"engine knocking noise that factory says is no problem"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"oil cooling HOSE failed"

Michael B., OR (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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)

"Dash lights including Check Engine light appeared suddenly. OBD2 scanner showed Air Recirculation Pump Valve stuck closed. Replaced Valve ($140 part). Problem fixed but annoying to have this brake on 40,000 mile vehicle."

Anonymous, KS (2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"recall from the factory"

Robert B., WY (2013 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

"Windshield washer fluid leaks from tubing"

Isai G., TX (2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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