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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 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Toyota 4Runner owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Display screen freezes up

“Head unit was replaced last month because navigation had failed and would not locate car. New head unit freezes at random, especially when using satellite radio. New head unit ordered, waiting for parts”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

“While driving, the display screen freezes. The radio stops playing, and all functions freeze. The after about 5-8 minutes it seems to just re-boot and all is fine. Happened 5 times in 4 months”

Art M., MD (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Entire system freezes occasionally and requires reboot to work again”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The display screen freezes at least once while driving. Since everything is linked through Entune, you can't do anything with your nav system or radio until the entire system resets. Toyota was very difficult to work with even after bringing up this software problem multiple times and the issue still hasn't been fixed!! I love my Toyota but I want to drive it off a cliff every time the display screen freezes”

Amanda P., NC (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“Radio would lock up and turn off and turn back on again and any GPS was lost. Did factory updates 3 times before issues seemed to be good for the most part. Took 3 months and videos of issue to get resolution. Still not confident in solution long term. Poor service and support by Toyots”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

“It simply goes blank, the music goes off, and after a while it resumes working”

Mary O., OR (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“iPod freezes and must be rebooted constantly when connected to stereo system”

Michael H., CA (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

“Several time during the last year while using the navigation system during trips it would quit working while driving. The screen would freeze up and the system would shut down and reboot. When it came back on it was necessary for me to reenter dest”

Dave N., WV (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Constant problems with GPS freezing or going blank”

Danny T., TX (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“The instruction book does not work for my system. My system has a different method for entering a location, which, by the way is so tedious as to be unusable. The instructions for turning off the voice do not work. I cannot get the right scale on the map. I don't use it. Maps are better, and I don't mean Google maps, I mean paper maps”

Mary O., OR (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Music,GPS, locks up then goes blank. It reboots but goes off again shortly thereafter. Very unsettling when depending on GPS directions”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The navigation is difficult to update and has frozen up on me several times during navigation without any external input. It seems random”

Daniel T., AE (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Before a requested update, the system was unreliable in pairing with different phones”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“My phone is randomly dropped from the connection both during and no during phone calls”

Daniel T., AE (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

“Voice recognition is awful. It maybe gets 1 of 5 words correct, even after trying to use it for 2 years”

Amanda P., NC (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Radio

“This just reflects my previous issue with display freeze and radio stopped playing”

Art M., MD (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“weather stripping on rear passenger door was not installed correctly from factory. had a hassle getting dealer to fix”

Douglas B., UT (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Weather stripping around back hatch was loose from factory. Brought it back to dealer three times for repair, still isn't right”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“dash board seems really cheap and every bump causes the sections on the dash to rub and squeak. super annoying”

Douglas B., UT (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Driver window rattle”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

“Don't know what it is. Dealer can't find it. Only hear rattle when I close driver's door after driving it an hour or more. Never happened on any prior 4Runner and I have owned 4Runners since 1990”

Art H., CO (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

“Driver's seat back lumbar support pops and snaps when pressure changes (e.g. hitting a bump or taking a turn.) Infuriating. Has been "repaired" 3x, waiting to meet with Toyota regional rep to escalate and get resolved under warranty”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 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

4WD/AWD components

“when driving in 4wheel drive mode i hear and feel a rubbing noise when i make a sharp turn”

Edwin M., IL (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Differential

“Differential sounded like my 1948 Nash.... made lots of noise when you let up on the gas”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Traction control

“Anytime the traction control activates, a very loud noise is heard toward the front of the vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2014 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

Blower (fan) motor

“very low airflow in either heating or cooling operations, even on highest selectable speed. Difficult to heat cvar in winter and difficult to cool car in summer”

Robert G., CO (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

“The blower motor is a variable speed type and would periodically stop working, with no air flowing through the vents. Had the dealership look at it and was told to kick the bottom of the dash to allow the motor to start working again. I replaced the motor with an aftermarket version”

Anonymous, AR (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Continuing problem with regulating refrigerant level”

Doug T., VA (2014 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

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Toyotas have always had a problem with getting the last two gallons of fuel into the tank...includes previously owned 2000 Tundra, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2014 4-Runners”

Robert G., CO (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“On start up the engine had loud knock until it warmed up some of the time (one start out of 10)”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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

Master cylinder

“Very soft pedal that almost goes to the floor. Dealership has not addressed issue yet”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“If braking hard/fast the brakes tend to lock up and skid, especially on wet surfaces. Never had a vehicle that does this”

Eddie C., TX (2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Ended up being the oil pump noise and failure, did not have a category to list this issue. Dealer said it was alternator but it was oil pump making loud whining noise. Toyota would not respond to issue when it started at 65K. Ignored me the whole time”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail 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

“Roof rack moulding Double sided tape replaced / repaired by dealer No problem”

Michael M., WA (2014 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

Keyless entry

“Had to replace the soleniids in every door. I have owned many toyotas and they have all had intermittent solenoid problems. Otherwise they have all been great cars”

Anonymous, TX (2014 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.

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Oct 17 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2010-2016 4Runner, 2003-2006 Tundra, 2003-2013 Corolla, 2009-2010 Corolla Matrix, 2004-2005 RAV4, 2002-2007 Sequoia, 2011-2013 Sienna, 2008-2012 Scion xB, 2008-2009 Lexus IS-F, 2007-2012 Yaris and Lexus ES350, 2010-2017 Lexus GX460, 2002-2010 Lexus SC430, 2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350 and 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C and IS350C vehicles. These vehicles had their driver or passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the driver or front passenger air bag inflator or the air bag assembly using an alternate inflator , free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 15, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are J0A, J0B, and J0C. Lexus' numbers for this recall are JLI, JLJ, and JLK.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V741000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 928203
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Toyota 4Runner, 2014-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2014 Toyota Sienna, Lexus IS-F, and 2014-2017 Lexus GX460 vehicles sold, or ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Toyota is also recalling certain 2011-2013 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS250, IS350, 2011-2016 4Runner, 2011-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna, Lexus IS-F, 2011-2017 Lexus GX460, and 2011-2012 Lexus ES350 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Toyota is also recalling certain 2010-2013 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS350, 2010-2016 4Runner, 2010-2013 Lexus IS250, 2010-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2010-2017 Lexus GX460, 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F, and 2010-2012 Lexus ES350 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags), that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, or replace the air bag assembly. The recall began February 15, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are "Zone A" Toyota: G0P, Lexus: GLG; "Zone B" Toyota: G0R, Lexus GLH; "Zone C" Toyota: H0A, and Lexus: HLA.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V005000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1299448
STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Jul 03 2017
If the hood scoop detaches, it may become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2011-2016 Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner vehicles equipped with accessory hood scoops installed by SET or SET dealers. The adhesive attaching the hood scoop may weaken, allowing the hood scoop to detach from the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will mechanically fasten the scoop to the hood, free of charge. The recall began on September 1, 2017. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-954-429-2000. SET's number for this recall is SET17B.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V425000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3547
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
Aug 03 2016
Contact with an exhaust tip may result in personal injury.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runner vehicles manufactured September 3, 2009, to December 1, 2014. The affected vehicles may be equipped with accessory exhaust tips installed by SET or SET dealers that may contact people and possibly burn them while they are standing behind the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will install a re-designed exhaust tip that is smaller in diameter and is more recessed behind the bumper, free of charge. The recall began September 15, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET16D.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V577000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 425
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
Aug 13 2015
Contact with an exhaust tip may result in personal injury.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runner vehicles manufactured March 29, 2010, to July 30, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with accessory exhaust tips installed by SET or SET dealers that may contact people and possibly burn them while they are standing behind the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will install a re-designed exhaust tip that is smaller in diameter and is more recessed behind the bumper, free of charge. The recall began on September 22, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for the recall is SET15D.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V515000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2530
EQUIPMENT
Dec 30 2014
Accessories that detach from a vehicle may result in a vehicle crash and/or personal injury.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Scion FRS, and XB vehicles. The affected vehicles may have accessories installed by SET, such as running boards or other items, that were incorrectly installed. The accessory attaching fasteners were not tightened with the proper torque, possibly causing the accessory to detach from the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the affected bolts, free of charge. The recall began February 23, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-14B.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V828000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3958
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