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 5 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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2018 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

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Using iphoneX there is an echo on the receiver side of the call making it very difficult to communicate"

John M., NV (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Phone and Entune system do not pair well often causing display to reboot. Through my research I discovered it is a known problem although my dealer was not aware. They replaced the system thinking it would resolve the problem, but it did not. The only way to solve it is to not sync my contacts with my stereo system."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Electronics are very outdated"

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The apple phone can not be used with the radio/bluetooth system installed in the Toyota 4runner"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"It forgets or does not communicate with a phone sometimes."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"when the phone is used, the communicating to the vehicle, not in the vehicle, receives an echo on their phone to the point it is not doable in the hands free mode."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"It completely stopped working. It wouldn't turn on at all.. rendering navigation inoperable as well as the screen for the back up camera."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Routine software updates

"Update took most of day while waiting at the dealership."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Software update fixes

"Toyota dealer has not been able to fix the software issue causing the phone echo problem mentioned earlier."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The software doesn't resolved the issue with the phone"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)
Speakers

"When a paired phone makes or receives a call and uses the vehicle's speakers, the incoming audio portion sounds for all the world like two children talking via tin can telephone. It's horrible to the point that it's unusable. My wife has a 6-year-old (Toyota) Venza with the same basic audio system and hers works perfectly. The dealer said it's a known problem with this series 4Runners. He tried software updates (the system was up to date), deleting the phone from the vehicle and the vehicle from the phone and then re-pairing to no avail. I've owned a 4Runner previously, my son has owned three of them (and currently owns one), but this one is putting a real damper on my previous enthusiasm for the marque. I feel the underlying problem is Toyota building these to an unrealistic price point, e.g., 4WD is an option on most of the trim lines. How do you call it a 4Runner without 4WD?! The Entune system in general is horrible in that it's totally non-intuitive and function limited. I can rent any car with an Apple Carplay system and in three minutes feel like I've owned the car 3 years. I've owned this one almost 8 months and still have no use for the infotainment system. Another example is the back-up camera. It displays on a very small screen with not nearly the clarity of newer and/or larger screens, and the guide lines don't move with the steering wheel inputs! Ten years ago, that would have been okay. Today, there's no excuse for it, other than the unrealistic price point. My previous 4Runner was a 1997. The window sticker was about $30k, the window sticker on this one was about $40k. This is a much more capable vehicle in almost every regard and I'm sure it will be as reliable as everything else Toyota builds, but there needs to be a trim line available which addresses a boatload of shortcomings which have no real excuse for being there. Background: I've owned Toyotas continuously for 40 years and this is not my first 4Runner."

John H., DC (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Speakers had to be replaced due to distorted sound."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Left front speaker came loose from bracket. Dealership replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)
Voice control commands

"the system does not follow what I say. I will ask to call Granny, it brings up Sharon as an example."

Anonymous, OR (2018 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

Air or water leaks

"Rear hatch leaks dust into the cabin bottom right and left corners"

D T., NV (2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The front seat had to be totally replaced because of squeaking while driving from natural weight shifting due to bumps and normal imperfections in the road. I also have gotten a lot of squeaking noise from the suspension after driving more than half an hour."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"Fender liner, many trips to dealer to remedy."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD 4.0-L V6)

"Squeak coming from the left front of the car. Only audible at lower speeds with the radio off, but very annoying. It took three visits to two dealers and a call to Toyota to finally get fixed. One dealer replaced the Kbss suspension bushings under warranty which did not solve the issue. After my call to Toyota I received a loaner and the dealer kept the car for two weeks and did two test drives with me to finally find the problem. One of the front headlights was making the noise, because of an issue with the seal. Fixed and not a problem since."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"What I perceive to be excessive wind and road noise every time I drive on the highway Has been like this since I purchased it"

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD 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

"Vehicle drifts more than expected. Dealer says alignment, not warrentied. Aligned 3 times since new. Better but never really right."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Told alignment was correct . Vehicle wanders all over road ! was told was normal by service manager !"

D T., NV (2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The dealer charged me $1995 for a protection package ( they do this for all new cars ; you have an option to reject ) This is an add on package to increase the dealers profit. This package provides nitrogen in all tires, 1 new key replacement within the first 3 years and protective coating applied to the paint. After about 2 years there were several spots on the hood where the paint developed faded rough spots that couldn't be waxed or detailed out. It was a major fight with the dealer because they said they do not sell such a package. They did change their mind when I took them out to their showroom and pointed out the charge that was present on every vehicle new car sticker on their lot. They did repaint my hood but refused to reapply the protective coating. they gave me a kit from Permaplate and said that I could reapply it myself."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

"I hit a deer and had to have the right front repaired. Body man says paint is extremely soft and thin. Multiple chips in paint on front of hood, looks terrible. Anywhere you bump the paint, it leaves a mark."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 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

Driveline vibration

"Engine /drive line stutters or shutters between 30 to 55 mph. Can not hold constant speed on interstates (55 to 70) , must constantly adjust pressure on gas peddle. Deal says Toyota knows about this problem but there is no fix. Toyota confirms. So I just bought a new SUV that runs like a '81 Doge Omni. I would like to talk to someone at CR about this, maybe an article in your magazine would help all 4runner/Tacoma owners."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD 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)

"At low speeds 0-25 mph the system does not work, the wheels lockup and the vehicle slides. the dealer tells me this is normal."

Anonymous, ID (2018 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm kept going off for no reason. It could be as little as 15 minutes between triggers up to 8 hours. Dealer fixed it under warranty. Problem turned out to be a bad hood latch."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

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 Minor

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

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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.

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Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Nov 04, 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 4Runner, 2019-2020 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2017-2019 Highlander, 2018-2020 Camry, 2020 Corolla, 2018-2019 Land Cruiser, 2017-2020 Tacoma, 2019-2020 RAV4, 2019-2020 Sequoia, 2017-2020 Sienna, 2019-2020 Tundra, 2018-2020 Lexus ES350, 2017 Lexus GS200t, 2017-2019 Lexus GS350, 2019 Lexus GS300, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500h, 2019-2020 Lexus LS500, 2018-2019 Lexus GX460, 2017 Lexus IS200t, 2019 Lexus IS300, 2019 Lexus IS350, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500, 2018 Lexus LS500, 2019 Lexus LS500h, 2018-2019 Lexus LX570, 2017 Lexus RC200t, 2019 Lexus RC300, RC350, 2017 and 2019-2020 Lexus RX350, 2018-2020 RX350L, 2019 Lexus UX200, 2018-2019 Lexus NX300 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly with an improved one, free of charge. Owners of specific models were notified that remedy parts were available starting January 21, 2021. Owners of other models will be notified as remedy parts become available. Remedy parts should be available for all affected vehicles by late March 2021. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 20V-012. Toyota's number for this recall is 20TA02. Lexus' number for this recall is 20LA01.
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: 20V682000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1525742
STEERING, SUSPENSION
Sep 20, 2019
Loose fasteners may cause a loss of vehicle control, or cause an accessory to detach from the vehicle and become a road hazard. Either of these scenarios can increase the risk of a crash or injury.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner vehicles. During installation, certain steering and suspension components may not have been properly tightened.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and re-tighten the steering and suspension fasteners as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 19, 2019. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET19B.
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: 19V670000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 34
EQUIPMENT
Oct 25, 2018
An overloaded vehicle can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Toyota 4Runner vehicles that SET modified to be equipped with a TRD wheel package. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on the certification label may be incorrect, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
SET will notify owners and mail them corrected certification labels, free of charge. The recall began November 28, 2018. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET18A.
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: 18V753000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1295
EQUIPMENT
Dec 20, 2017
An incorrect load information label can result in the operator overloading the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner and Tundra, 2018 Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and Lexus GX460 and 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles. These vehicles may have incorrect load carrying capacity modification labels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners and provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on January 23, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are H0Z for Toyota vehicles, and HLF for Lexus vehicles.
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: 17V831000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 649
STRUCTURE
Nov 29, 2017
If the Billet Grille Overlay detaches while driving, it can become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Toyota 4Runner vehicles equipped with an accessory Billet Grille Overlay installed by SET or provided by SET and installed by SET dealers. The U-nut that secures the overlay grille may fracture, allowing the Billet Grille Overlay to detach from the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will replace the securing U-nuts with upgraded hardware, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 26, 2018. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET17C.
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: 17V763000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 431
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