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.
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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

"It drives great. It is responsive and I feel very safe."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Solid vehicle. Good 4x4 system. Could use a bit more power at altitude."

David W., AZ (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The only deficit in the vehicle is the sluggish acceleration. I attribute this to the six cylinder truck engine, but I forgive it because of the excellent 90 cu ft of storage with the seats down."

Steve W., SC (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration is not as good as I expected."

MIKE B., TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The front shocks are too soft and the OEM tires are more for a car than a truck."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Transmission can be "shifty" It shifts prematurely specially driving up hills"

JOSE C., AZ (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Just getting into the car is hard, I am tall at 6'1 and old and stiff. When you step on the gas it just does not want to go"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Not enough power in a 6-cylinder engine. Poor acceleration because of that. I live and drive in mountainous regions and there's not enough power to keep up to highway speeds. It's a DOG. They didn't have V-8 engines when I bought mine."

NANCY P., NV (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Vehicle is underpowered. Ride is a bit harsh."

DAVID T., PA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"unexpectedly rough ride, this was not clearly demonstrated during test drive. The limited grade should have more lexus-like options"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Poor acceleration. Should have turbo engine and more gears for better speed and mpg."

WES M., CO (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The vehicle is under powered. It handles poorly and feels bigger than it actually is. The pedals are too close together. Shoes with soles that are not flush will tend to catch under the edge of brake pedal while trying to go from the accerator to the brake. This is a safety hazard. Front seats are very comfortable and provide good support."

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The brake assist is horrible and dangerous. I don't need the Toyota back seat monkey to step on the brakes for me because I don't know how to. If I can't brake the vehicle hard enough I should't be driving. With the Toyota monkey driving I have locked it up 6 times unintentionslly. I had driven 1250000 miles and wridden motorcycles 250000 miles since my last unintentional lock up. Now I have to adjust my braking to keep the Toyota monkey from jaming on the brakes. Makes it dangerous switching ve"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Wish they would make a Turbo charged engine for this model. Could use a little more power, especially for towing"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration performance is greatly enhanced by selecting 4WD-H, but steering at low speeds is significantly reduced. Parking lot maneuvering can become extremely difficult. Switching back to 2WD should be highly recommended, particularly in tight spaces."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Toyota no longer offers a V8 in the 4Runners. EPA dictating to the consumer what they are aloud to purchase. 4Runner Limited should have a V8, no a V6, especially in Colorado. This is a dog with fleas, at 6500 feet. Best SUV I ever had was a 2004 Toyota Sequoia V8. Best pickup was a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Toyota has morfed into GM which sucks."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"handling in the trail model was tight and sure, much better than the sr5 model I previously owned"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Only a five-speed auto tranny - lots of hunting for the right gear. Electric steering should be speed-variable - very mushy at highway speeds feels unsafe and awkward."

SCOTT N., CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"For being a fairly large SUV with only a V6 engine, this vehicle has enough power for on the road as well as off-road driving."

DAVID H., CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"A little more power for towing would be nice."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4 Runner replaces a 2001 Tacoma in which the acceleration was slow and not particularly responsive. The 4Runner handles better and is more responsive than the Tacoma. We had a 1998 4 Runner with 358k miles and look for this one to be the same or hopefully better."

David N., KY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"the brakes are the best i ever owned"

Karen K., IL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's ride is shockingly good for a body-on-frame SUV/ tank. Very smooth. It's acceleration is fine, but it's an off-road war-horse. Nothing stops this thing."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Plenty of power for a heavy vehicle. Very smooth. Drives very nice on the highway. Accelerates and stops well"

Jeff S., KY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Pulls our boat will ease"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Decent power, towing and cargo volume in safe body-on frame vehicle. Has optional KDSS hydraulic anit-roll system, so handles well for a suv with high sidewall tires. 4..-wheel drive when needed."

Robert N., GA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great acceleration. Handling a ease particularly with in city driving."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Slow acceleration, jerky handling"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Vehicle rides good but handling is very squirrely. can not relax while driving car tend to wander and needs constant correction to keep in straight line."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Powerful enough. Smooth riding and responsive steering."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Sloppy suspension and brakes are oversized causing unnecessary small skids at highway speed for the occasional quick braking actions. Truck nose dives during normal braking. Steering is not responsive and loose. Doesn't inspire confidence."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"It's a great road vehicle-sits heigh-very safe"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The only complaint I have with this truck is the steering feel and Unsettling ride. The SUV seems to have more pronounced body roll than I like."

Christopher W., AL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"At highway speeds the vehicle feels tippy on curves especially if it is windy."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I know the 4Runner handling is not up to your standard. But, for someone who wants the feel of a truck drive it is great. For exam[;e. | love my Highlander car like drive bit. sometimes you want that truck drive feeling."

Anonymous, NB (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Could use more horsepower and torque for towing , without going to a Tundra."

Stephanie T., OH (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The most disconcerting thing is the high amount of "nose-dive" exhibited under hard braking. The vehicle generally maintains a straight line but it is still not very confidence-inspiring when it comes to emergency handling. Handling can be very ponderous with considerable body lean in sharp turns. You quickly learn to slow down before entering sharp turns. You can tell when you're reaching the vehicle's limits - but those limits are pretty low."

Donald J., TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has great acceleration and does not loose power when going uphill."

Isidro O., ON (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Nice acceleration, handling is firm and responsive."

Anonymous, KY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Vehicle accelerates acceptably but leans heavily in sharp turns. Braking is just par"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"It has plenty of power and handles well"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I'm finding that I constantly compare the acceleration of the 4Runner to the Lexus and am slowly getting disappointed almost to the point that I'm considering selling the 4Runner and getting another Lexus RX . My needs for a big storage vehicle have diminished this year."

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Acceleration and towing capacity is adequate, but this heavy vehicle would benefit from a small V8 engine with more power."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Plenty of power. Smooth acceleration. Good turning radius"

Geoffrey S., DE (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I wish the truck had more horsepower and better acceleration. The vehicle's road handling is excellent in my opinion."

Christopher P., NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent in snow and on forest service (dirt) roads"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Many plastic parts in the 4Runner that can make noise inside the vehicle. This does not effect the drive of the vehicle but the noises can be annoying."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very comfortable and the ride is great for a body on frame SUV!"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"OK Comfort. Gets a bit tiresome on a long drive."

David W., AZ (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Rides very smooth with very little road noise, if any. Heated seats are evident and work great but see little effect from cooled seats"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The seats are comfortable and the feeling while driving is one of stability and security. There is little road noise."

Steve W., SC (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The heated seats could be warmer. The space between seats and console should be wider as when things fall in between it is too narrow to get your hand in there to fish the item out."

ROBERT Z., CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very rough ride, not demonstrated in test drive. I bought the limited and feel it should have more lexus-like options like others in the limited grade."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I love driving this vehicle due to its smooth, quiet and powerful ride."

DAVID H., CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Only complaint is wind noise at highway speed."

DOUGLAS C., FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I am petite, and the seats are too large for me. Very uncomfortable esp on long drives. Have to have seat more forward which means I can't use armrest. Built for men, not women! Quiet cabin. Easy to maneuver. But poor acceleration. I live in a mountainous region and a 6-cylinder engine is not powerful enough. So it is frustrating to drive."

NANCY P., NV (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The arm rests are not at good heights and the door padding is rather firm."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I need more cool air flowing to the rear seats in both vehicles."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Doesn't fit many larger items in back with seats folded due to them not folding all the way down. Should have a 3 row seat"

SUZANNE S., MN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seats are uncomfortable and head rests of front seats too tall and uncomfortable. Back seats bottom parts are snap-on cloth to hide the fact that cushion is thin, snap parts are easily pulled loose and won't snap back in 100%, look cheap material wise. Noise is loud on highway."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The seats are comfortable for long trips as well as 4x4 trips. It is a little noisier than average at highway speeds."

JOSEPH A., WV (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Overall the interior of the 4 Runner limited fits the character of the SUV. Had one issue with a pull in the driver's seat leather which was repaired by Toyota. The sound system is outstanding. The full time 4 wheel drive is noticeable on wet or sandy roads."

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Quiet and smooth."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Comfortable for long drives."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very well built vehicle. Quiet no rattles. Nice ride for a body on frame vehicle."

Jeff S., KY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The seats are very supportive and comfortable on long trips. The driving position is excellent with a very good view and small blind spot areas. The ride is controlled on road and exceptional off road."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"This truck has a great ride and handling for a two ton plus vehicle. The interior is very quiet without any mechanical rattles, the seats are comfortable and supportive."

Christopher P., NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very lumbering ride. Floaty and sometime disconnected from the road. But this is why you get a 4 runner. Awesome in bad weather and the main reason I own this vehicle."

Jeremy K., IN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"I want more comfortable seats for longer trips."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very smooth ride. Seats could use a little more padding."

Joyce B., AZ (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very comfortable seats. heated and ventilated. Firm ride, some road noise, but not obnoxious."

Anonymous, KY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very comfortable ride, wish the rear storage area was larger, even with the back seats folded down. Noise is minimal, seats very comfortable."

John G., NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Our Toyota 4Runner is so nice and comfortable to ride in. The seats are so comfortable after we adjust them to our liking."

William R., FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Very noisy and bumpy ride"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Driving up to 1,000 kilometres in one day requires a comfortable seat. Our 4Runner provides firm, comfortable seating for driver and passengers. This vehicle provides a solid, quiet ride for all to enjoy."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"So smooth - have a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner & there's NO comparison!"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seats are comfortable, vision of the road is great seating gives a high vantage point"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Seats do not have good leg and thigh support and are hard"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"It is just what I want for rugged driving conditions. I don't go off road per se but it can go anywhere I legitimately want to go in comfort and it seems to be as reliable as my last 4 runner that lasted 20 good and very hard years."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"A great vehicle, good performance, great quality interior, good pulling power,"

JERRY L., WA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Bought it through Costco so no hassles and got a fair price"

JOHN L., AZ (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great vehicle. Very expensive, Toyota, will not work with you to adjust payments."

PETER H., CO (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4x4 functions on the Trail version are outstanding."

JOSEPH A., WV (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"You get what you pay for -- and I was surprised to find car-based CUVs like the Kia Sorrento that have a higher MSRP than my 4Runner Limited."

RYAN M., HI (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The only thing I miss is having the window in my roof! It only came on the Limited."

JUDITH D., OH (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Great car, very reliable, holds its value really well."

Scott S., OR (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The vehicle is very reliable"

Charles R., FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"A quality vehicle with a great resale value."

Gary N., IL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"The 4Runner holds its value nearly as good as gold and silver."

Christopher W., AL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent reliability record."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent, low depriciation"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"This vehicle has been an excellent value. After more than 50,000 miles nothing more than routine maintenance has needed to be performed and the vehicle still drives like new. It has done everything asked of it from hauling people and gear to towing a small trailer. It really is a swiss-army knife of a vehicle that does everything well, especially getting our family to and from remote camping and exploring areas safely and reliably."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Our 2015 4runner is rugged with styling that surpasses so called car based SUV's. Our vehicle is very capable of handling off road situations and handles our gravel road with ease. For the money it is a great value."

David R., WA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"After shopping around for a comparable 4 wheel drive vehicle Toyota provided unequalled quality, modern styling, and the lowest competitive price to other manufacturers. Resale value is also much higher than the others."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Excellent value. No mechanical or electrical problems"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"It was expensive, but I think it only depreciated about $4k. Nothing comes close on the road."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"One of the best resale values in the industry."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Can't beat it. Lowest depreciation, best reliability, go anywhere, do anything, decent highway mileage (23-24mpg), holds all my stuff."

Robert N., GA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Good automobile! Quality construction and fair price. Spartan interior. Very little concealed storage."

R C., VA (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the full-frame feature. It is excellent on the highway and excellent off road. The car looks distinguished and classy. I am proud to be seen in it."

VERNE G., MN (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"You either love it or hate it. I love it."

RYAN M., HI (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"It is an ugly looking SUV. I did not buy it for the looks, I bought it for the reliability."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Awesome look. Stands out from other similar SUVs."

JAMES F., MD (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"nice looking truck"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

"Needs more caddy space I. Front center. Extra cup holder that pulls out. Have the dash face the driver just a little bit"

MARGARET W., MD (2015 Toyota 4Runner)

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