While almost every other midsized SUV has moved to car-based construction, the 4Runner remains an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, good for off-roading but not much else. The ride is unsettled and handling is mediocre at best; Limited trim versions have a sports suspension 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.
Alerts
There are 8 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).
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).

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.
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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 has moved to car-based construction, the 4Runner remains an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, good for off-roading but not much else. The ride is unsettled and handling is mediocre at best; Limited trim versions have a sports suspension 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; an automatic system 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 2016 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

CD player

"The ejection system did not work. Toyota fixed it."

Cheryl H., NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Entertainment system would intermittently lose power and reboot"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

"problem highly variable skips a month then happens 5 times a day for a week toyota blamed on apple devices and offered `$80 software patch which did not fix issue. entire display goes blank and disconnects devices"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When using it for directions it doesn't track correctly on the digital map. It drifts up to a couple miles off actual position. Therefore when it gives directions it is all incorrect. Then sometime it tracks correctly. Haven't tried to fix it yet. We just use our phone or Garmin."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Outdated information and no updates available. Plus when the update becomes available there will be a serious cost to it"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"does NOT WORK PROPERLY"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"nav rarely goes loco and shows me driving in the wrong state"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"System takes you off road back on route back on and off toyota unable to repair we dont use it"

John P., NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Trouble pairing Android Phone. At first works well, but then needs to be paired every once in a while for some reason. Entune tells you to check for updates via the Entune System. Then everything works again"

Jeffrey S., NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"satellite radio stopped working"

Anonymous, MA (2016 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

"Problem with the front transfer case."

Pierre-Paul L., QC (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"front differential started making rumbling noise at about 45k miles. immediately took it in and it was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

"Differential was suspected of producing vibration and noise"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Front transfer case replaced 4 times. Continues to have a cyclical groaning/growling due to malfunctioning needle bearings"

Richard P., ON (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"SLight noise in drive train between 20mph and up to 40mph. Dealer has heard it but can't figure out. Having a company man look at it."

P H., IL (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Bearings were replaced twice and the Transfer case was replaced as well. Vibration and noise still evident"

Anonymous, ON (2016 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Play break to quickly the brakes lock up. I brought this to the attention of two Toyota dealers and they shrugged it off."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"vehicle needed calipers and pads at 33K."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brake rotors had to be resurfaced, ground smooth. Got wheels aligned. Fixed problem."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"yes 2016 SR5 they making smaller not like 2010 SR5 i had next car handa polit"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes have been replaced by the dealership. They still squeak, but seem to operate fine."

Shawn L., CA (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Brakes have been squeaking quite load everyday at first start since about 2,000 miles...dealer can't find any fault in the brakes."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 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 deadlights were out of alignment. The problem was corrected."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Battery failed. Not a big deal although early. The car battery failed after 3 years. Definitely a big deal."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Check engine light went on. Toyota service person suggested it was due to improper closing of gas cap by gas station attendant. Was told it would work itself out. It did not. It was brought in for service and fixed. No charge"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"It was just a software upgrade after taking to dealership to have looked at"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"rear window wiper quit functioning, have not had it repaired at this time"

Anonymous, WI (2016 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

"After a rain water appears under the right rear seat. Unknown source"

R S., CA (2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The split/fold rear seats add a nifty feature of reclining. This feature requires split seats to have a single seatback mount point that is not the seat base. Each seat mounted to one adjustable connector on the vehicle "wall". The longer seat (passenger side), with the middle seat can cause a lot of torque forces on that single mounting point with a heavier adult passenger seated there. This seems to result in a LOT of creaking when there's a bit of suspension activity (going over bumps and"

C O., MD (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

"In dash rattle. Dealer would not fix. Scott Clark Toyota Charlotte said it would get worse. Service manager was very rude"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Very minor wind noise next to drivers window. I believe the noise comes from wind blowing over the side mirror."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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 interior trim or moldings

"Badglue"

Kelly S., ND (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Easily scratched, thin paint"

Anonymous, (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Appeared to have bubbling, which the dealer claimed was tree sap. Later claimed that it may have been over buffed"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Paint easily scratches if driving on wooded roads. For a heavy duty 4 wheel car, this is unacceptable"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 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

Alignment

"Very slight alignment deviation caused steering wheel to pull to the left. It was difficult to hold it straight"

Gilbert F., CO (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

"I noticed it pulling to the left and brought the vehicle to Boerne Toyota, where I purchased the vehicle. They didn't resolve the problem, had to bring it back and eventually the corrected the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Suspension was very soft and made driving difficult. Replaced the shocks with coil-over springs. Much more dependable suspension."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver door: the interior door panel was making noise, deemed defective and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Cracks in trim along back bumper."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

"Blower is not strong enough to keep 4Runner cold."

David S., KY (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"blower does not put out the volume of air one would expect, as a result the car is slow to warm up. Dealer says it is normal for the model."

Anonymous, WY (2016 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)

"Air Injection Pump failed at 7,000 miles, forcing the vehicle into "limp home mode." Vehicle was unusable (in the shop) for 2 days while the part was shipped and installed. Repair was covered by warranty and loaner car was provided by the dealership"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Recalled and replaced. Was out of this vehicle for most of a day!"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Problem(s) fueling the tank

"After 3 trips to repair service and a new gas cap, still have the same problem. Leak in the gas line and dust entering the line. This also causes the engine light to come on and TRAC off...no cruise control. Service unwilling or unable to fix. As a SUV this shouldn't happen, but it to my RAV4 as well. The only way to fuel the tank was to hold the gas handle and very slowly let the gas dribble in. Now, though there is still a leak in the line, the tank accepts gas regularly."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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.

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

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