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Despite being the elder statesman of the mid-size SUV segment, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is one of the only ones left that's as rugged as advertised. It may look mostly the same as it did 10 years ago, but its boxed fenders and high beltline still look tough. That image is matched by its sturdy ladder frame and stout V-6 engine, which are great for tackling trails, especially with the lineup's various off-road-ready models, but not so great for refinement and fuel economy. The 4Runner's tall and boxy shape contributes to a spacious cabin and cargo area, but the materials inside look and feel cheap. Toyota offsets the popular off-roader's old age with a suite of standard driver assists, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Still, it's not enough to make the 2022 4Runner as contemporary or desirable as the latest Jeep Wrangler.

What's New for 2022?

For 2022, the 4Runner family welcomes a new TRD Sport model, which for the longest time has only been offered on its pickup counterpart, the Toyota Tacoma. The 4Runner TRD Sport isn't as sporty as its 20-inch wheels, hood scoop, and Sport badges suggest, but unlike most other models except for the more luxurious Limited, it features adaptive dampers that are designed to improve body control. Inside, the TRD Sport features faux-leather upholstery instead of cloth. All 2022 4Runners now illuminate the road with LED high-beams.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Toyota hasn't released pricing for the 2022 4Runner, but that'll likely be announced before it goes on sale at the end of this summer. Since we expect only a minor increase in how much each trim will cost, we can still recommend the TRD Off-Road model. It's not as capable off-road as the lifted TRD Pro, but its significantly lower price tag makes it a better value. Along with standard four-wheel drive and some TRD-specific exterior and interior bits, the TRD Off-Road gets equipment that helps justify its name. This includes an electronically locking rear differential for maximum traction in slippery or muddy conditions. It also has selectable drive modes (called Multi Terrain Select and Crawl Control) that can alter the SUV's powertrain behavior to accommodate various driving scenarios. We'd select the optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension, which allows improved wheel articulation during off-road action. We'd also opt for the sliding rear cargo deck, which makes moving heavy cargo easier and even provides tailgate seating.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Every 4Runner is motivated by a 270-hp 4.0-liter V-6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Available with rear-wheel drive and either full- or part-time four-wheel-drive systems, the outdated powertrain provides unremarkable acceleration, with the last version we tested taking 7.6 second to hit 60 mph. The automatic's lethargic responses certainly don't optimize the engine's uneven behavior, and downshifts often require heavy right-foot inputs to spur the 4Runner ahead. Still, the Toyota feels more composed on pavement than the more unwieldy Wrangler. Our time behind the wheel of the off-road-oriented Venture model showed off the SUV's notable ground clearance, and its body-on-frame construction was supported by a soft suspension that absorbed a variety terrain. The 4Runner's steering is lightly weighted and imprecise, and while those traits betray any sense of sportiness, they're fine for crawling along trails and around parking lots. Aged though the Toyota feels in action, its performance is right in the mix with its more modern competitors, including the V-6 Dodge Durango. And the Toyota's rugged frame and torque-rich engine give it a leg up in towing; its 5000-pound capacity beats the Ford Edge and Wrangler, while falling short of the more powerful Durango's 8700-pound limit.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 4Runner's powertrain combinations show their age at the pump, with every model rated at a lowly 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the V-6-powered Wrangler has much better estimates of 19 mpg city and 24 highway. The last 4Runner we tested on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, did exceed expectations by returning 22 mpg. For more information about the 4Runner's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The interior of the 4Runner is not what you'd call state-of-the-art, with switchgear that could have come from the latter years of the last millennium. Lackluster materials and styling aside, it manages to comfortably fit humans front and rear in spite of its back-of-the-class interior measurements. We haven't tested the optional third row, but we suspect that it's best for children. A flexible cargo area and several large, deep cubbies in the front row mean that the 4Runner is as versatile a hauler as it is a rock-crawler. Just don't try to heave anything into the cargo hold unless you have a chiropractor on call—its floor is uncomfortably high off the ground. The two-row models that we tested had an optional pull-out cargo deck designed to make loading and unloading heavy items—up to 440 pounds—a little easier. It can also double as a tailgate for seating. This provides a flat load floor when the second-row seats are folded, but also robs the cargo hold of several inches of height. Even so, we fit an impressive 14 carry-ons behind the second row.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every 4Runner features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The interface includes a set of physical buttons as well as rotary volume and tuning knobs. The system comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. A built-in navigation system and a 15-speaker JBL audio system are available upgrades.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Every model comes with a host of driver-assistance technology that includes automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, and more. For more information about the 4Runner's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Toyota provides two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, a rarity in this class. The coverage in other categories is less impressive but matches industry norms.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles



2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium 4WD

front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

$44,473 (base price: $40,740)

DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

241 cu in, 3956 cc
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

5-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle
Brakes (F/R): 13.3-in vented disc/12.3-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II, 265/70R-17 113S M+S

Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 191.3 in
Width: 75.8 in
Height: 71.5 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 47 cu ft
Curb weight: 4796 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 7.7 sec
Zero to 90 mph: 16.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.0 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 114 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 194 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.76 g

Observed: 17 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 22 mpg
Highway range: 500 miles

Combined/city/highway: 18/17/20 mpg 


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Toyota 4Runner

Compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by Toyota

Motor vehicle

The Toyota 4Runner is a compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and sold throughout the world from 1984 to the present. In Japan, it is known as the Toyota Hilux Surf (Japanese: トヨタ・ハイラックスサーフ, Toyota Hairakkususāfu) which was withdrawn from the market in 2009. The original 4Runner was a compact SUV and little more than a Toyota pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed, but the model has since undergone significant independent development into a cross between a compact and a mid-size SUV. All 4Runners have been built in Japan at Toyota's plant in Tahara, Aichi, or at the Hino Motors (a Toyota subsidiary) plant in Hamura.

The name '4Runner' was created by a copywriter named Robert Nathan who was working for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The agency held contests to invent new vehicle names before the introduction of new Toyota models. The name 4Runner was created as a play on the term "forerunner," since the sport utility vehicle was the first of its kind for Toyota with an emphasis on its 4x4 capability and seating for four.[citation needed]

For Southeast Asia the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar Fortuner, which is based on the Hilux platform.

As of 2021[update], the 4Runner is sold in the Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the United States and Venezuela.

The 4Runner came in at number five in a 2019 study by ranking the longest-lasting vehicles in the US. The 4Runner had 3.9 percent of vehicles over 200,000 miles (320,000 km), according to the study.[1]

Predecessor: Toyota Trekker (1981–1983)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Trekker was one of the first prototype walk through conversions done to Toyota trucks in the early 1980s. They were similar to the successive 4Runner conversions done by Toyota, which started production in 1984, but were designed and built by Winnebago Industries with the approval of Toyota.[2][3] The Trekker was no longer viable when Toyota started producing the 4Runner in 1984, having in essence acted as a marketing test vehicle for that vehicle.

The Trekker was produced from early 1981 through 1983. The Trekkers were all built on the short wheelbase Hilux chassis. All of the Trekkers were classified as SR5 by both Winnebago and Toyota, regardless of the actual VIN denotation. Originally there were to be a SR5 and Deluxe version of the Trekker, one with vented windows and one without. All 1981 Trekkers had vented canopy windows. Non-vented canopy windows were not installed on the Trekker until the 1982 model year. Unvented windows were installed due to leaking issues of a forward facing vent on the 1981 Trekkers canopy windows rather than the equipment level.

Toyota shipped all trucks from Japan as cab and chassis in order to avoid the 25% assembled truck customs tax. The trucks destined for production as Trekkers were shipped to the dealership handling the national distribution of the Trekker. From there they went to Winnebago to have the Trekker conversion installed, returned after completion to the dealership for national distribution. Most of the Trekker conversions sold went to the west coast of the United States.

The Trekker conversion consisted of a fiberglass tub, bed sides, a non-removable canopy and rear hatch. The kit included a folding rear seat that could be folded forward to lay flat and add cargo space to the back. There was no tailgate on the Trekkers. The factory Toyota vinyl cab headliner was replaced and matched to the custom rear canopy headliner.

About 1500 of the Trekkers were built and sold in the United States. An additional unknown number of Trekker kits, likely less than 200, were shipped to Canada to be installed on Canadian trucks at the dealerships. 20 to 30 of the Trekker kits were sold and shipped to Saudi Arabia for installation.

First generation (N60; 1984)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (N60)
1st Toyota 4Runner -- 01-07-2012.jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux 4Runner
ProductionOctober 1983[4] – August 1989
Model years1984–1989
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi
ClassCompact SUV
Body style3-door wagon
RelatedToyota Pickup
Wheelbase103.0 in (2,616 mm)
Length174.6 in (4,435 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,520–3,760 lb (1,597–1,706 kg) (approx.)

For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1983, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year. Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were more than simply conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.

1987–1989 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (Australia)

1987–1989 Toyota Hilux Surf

1985 Toyota 4Runner with the rear canopy removed

Thus, the first generation is nearly mechanically identical to the Toyota Hilux. All first generation 4Runners had two doors and were indistinguishable from the pickups from the dashboard forward. Nearly all changes were to the latter half of the body; in fact, because the rear springs were not upgraded to bear the additional weight from the rear seats and fiberglass top, these early models tended to suffer from a sagging rear suspension.

In North America, they were sold from the 1984½ model year from May 1984. For this first year (March to July 1984 production), all models were equipped with black or white fiberglass tops. An SR5 trim package was offered that upgraded the interior: additional gauges, better fabrics, and a rear seat were standard with the package. All 1984 models were equipped with the carbureted 2.4 L 22R engine and were all available with a four-wheel-drive system that drove the front wheels through a solid front axle.

1985 (August 1984 production) saw the arrival of the electronically fuel-injected 2.4 L 22R-E (and 22R-EC with California emissions controls) I4 engine. This upped the horsepower numbers from 100 hp for the 22R, to 116 hp for the 22R-E Engine, though the carbureted engine remained available until 1988. Additionally, rear seats were available in all 1985 4Runner trim levels, not just the more upscale SR5.

In 1986, the Surf/4Runner underwent a major front suspension design change as it was changed from a solid front axle to the Hi-Trac independent front suspension. Track width was also increased by three inches. These changes made the trucks more comfortable on-road, and improved stability and handling. The new suspension also increased the space in the engine compartment (necessary to fit larger engines, such as the V6 introduced in 1987) but arguably decreased the truck's off-road capabilities. The North American specification Toyota Pickup also adopted this new suspension, but the regular Hilux for other markets at this point retained the more rugged and capable, if less refined, solid axle configuration. With the 1986 update, the Surf/4Runner grille changed from the three segment type to the two segment grille. Tops were color-matched on blue, red and some gold models, while other body colors were still sold with black or white tops.

A turbocharged version of the 22R-E engine (the 22R-TE) was also introduced in 1986, although this engine is significantly rarer than the base 22R-E. It appears that all turbocharged 4Runner models sold in the US were equipped with an automatic transmission, though a five-speed manual could still be ordered in the turbocharged pickups. Most turbocharged 4Runners were equipped with the SR5 package, and all turbo trucks had as standard a heavier rear differential later used in the V6 model. Low-option models had a small light in the gauge cluster to indicate turbo boost, while more plush vehicles were equipped with an all-digital gauge cluster that included a boost gauge. Turbocharged and naturally aspirated diesel engines were also available in the pickups at this time as well, but it appears that no diesel-powered 4Runners were imported to the United States.

During 1984 to 1986 many 4Runners were imported to the US without rear seats. With only two seats the vehicle could be classified as a truck (rather than a sport vehicle) and could skirt the higher customs duties placed upon sport and pleasure vehicles. Most had aftermarket seats and seat belts added by North American dealers after they were imported.

In 1988, the 22R-E engine was joined by an optional 3.0 L V6 engine, the 3VZ-E. This engine was significantly larger and more powerful although not as reliable as the original 4-cylinder offering. Trucks sold with the V6 engine were equipped with the same heavy duty rear differential that was used in the turbocharged trucks, as well as a completely new transmission and transfer case; the transfer case was chain driven, although considered less rugged, created less cab noise than the old gear-driven unit used behind the four-cylinder engine.

An engine which was not used in the US market and rarely in the Japanese domestic market pickups was the 3Y engine, which was used in place of the 22R engine in New Zealand models, followed more rarely by the 4Y 2.2 L gasoline in later versions. This was a decision by Toyota New Zealand to reduce parts required to be stocked by dealers as no other Toyotas sold in New Zealand at the time utilised the R series engines.

Small cosmetic and option changes were made in 1988 for the 1989 model year, but the model was left largely untouched in anticipation of the replacement model then undergoing final development.

Second generation (N120/N130; 1989)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (N120/N130)
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Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Brazil)
  • Jinhui 4Runner (China, JV)
ProductionAugust 1989 – August 1995
Model years1990–1995
ClassCompact SUV
Body style
Wheelbase103.3 in (2,624 mm)
Length176.0–176.8 in (4,470–4,491 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,760 lb (1,706 kg) (approx.)
SuccessorToyota Hilux Sport Rider (Southeast Asia)

1990–1991 Toyota 4Runner V6 with two-door bodywork (VZN130; US)

1992–1995 Toyota 4Runner (US; facelift)

1991–1996 Toyota 4Runner (LN130R; Australia)

Toyota Hilux Surf (KZN130G; Japan)

Toyota issued a second generation of Hilux Surf and 4Runner in 1989 for the 1990 model year. Known as the N120/N130 series, these models continued their reliance on the Hilux pickup as a basis. It represented a fundamental departure from the first generation model. Instead of an enhanced pickup truck with fiberglass cap, the new 4Runners featured a freshly designed, full steel integrated body mounted on the existing frame. However, the 4Runner did remain virtually identical to the Hilux from the B-pillars forward. It also gained an all new coil spring rear suspension system, which unfortunately proved to be just as prone to sagging as the leaf springs on the rear of the previous models.

Nearly all second generation 4Runners were four-door models; however, from launch in 1989 to May 1993, a two-door model was also produced. These models are similar to the four-door models of the time in that the bodies were formed as a single unit, instead of the fiberglass tops used in the first generation 4Runners. Two-door cars of the second generation are extremely rare. US sales ended in August 1992, but it continued to be available in the Canadian market through 1993, and Japan until May 1993.

Because the drive train was still developed from the same source, the available engines and drivetrains were identical to the corresponding Hilux. The new 4Runner used the independent front suspension that had been developed on the previous generation. The older style gear driven transfer case was phased out on the V6 models and they now had a chain driven case. The older gear driven case was retained on the 4-cylinder models.

The Hilux Surf version for the Japanese market was also available with a range of diesel engines, including a 2.4 L turbodiesel2L-TE I4 up to 1993, followed by a 3.0 L turbodiesel 1KZ-TE I4. Small numbers were also made with a normally aspirated 2.8 L diesel 3L I4, a 2.0 L 3Y I4 naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and 2.4 L 22R-E I4 gasoline engine.[5] The majority of gasoline versions of the Hilux Surf received the 3.0 L V6. Various trim levels were offered in Japan ranging from the base model 'SSR' through 'SSR Ltd', 'SSR-V' 'SSR-X' and 'SSR-X Ltd' to the range topping 'SSR-G'.

Most other full-body SUVs produced at the time (e.g. Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer) featured tailgates that opened upward with the glass closed. In contrast, the second generation 4Runner carried over the retractable-glass tailgate from the first generation. Opening these tailgates requires first retracting the rear window into the tailgate and then lowering the tailgate much like as on a pickup truck.

In 1991 for the 1992 model year, the 4Runner received minor cosmetic updates, including one-piece front bumpers and modular headlamps instead of the increasingly outdated rectangular sealed beams. This facelift distanced the 4Runner somewhat from the Hilux pickups which did not receive the same cosmetic changes. At this time a wide-body version was introduced featuring extended wheel arch flares along with wider wheels and tires.

Additional cosmetic changes occurred between 1993 and 1995, the last year of the second generation.


The first and second generation 4Runners were both targeted as unsafe SUVs. 1980s and early-1990s crash regulations in the United States were not very strict for light trucks, and all early model 4Runners were fitted with doors that offered little protection in the event of a side collision. In most areas, there was little more than two pieces of sheet-metal and the window to keep incoming vehicles from impacting passengers. The crash test rating for the second generation 4Runner was one star for the driver's side in a frontal collision while the passenger side received a 4-star rating. Later, more strict crash regulations mandated doors that offered as much protection as passenger doors. In the United States, the 1994 and 1995 model years added side-impact beams in the doors.

Airbags for both the driver and passenger were added in 1995 (1996 model year).

Third generation (N180; 1995)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (N180)
1996-1998 Toyota 4Runner .jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Zhongxing Admiral
ProductionAugust 1995 – August 2002
Model years1996–2002
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
Body style5-door SUV
Wheelbase105.3 in (2,675 mm)
  • 1995–98: 178.7 in (4,539 mm)
  • 1998–00: 183.2 in (4,653 mm)
  • 2000–02: 183.3 in (4,656 mm)
  • 2WD: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • Limited: 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
  • 1998–02: 67.5 in (1,714 mm)
  • 1998–02 Limited: 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
  • 1995–98: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 1995–98 Limited: 68.7 in (1,745 mm)
Curb weight3,930 lb (1,783 kg) (approx.)

Developed under chief Masaaki Ishiko from 1990 to 1995 under the project code 185T, in late 1995 (for the 1996 model year) a significant redesign of the 4Runner was introduced, with an all-new body shell on an all-new chassis. Though it shared many parts, including engine and transmission, with the new Tacoma, the body and chassis were unique for the first time. Despite moving upmarket with the rest of the mid-size SUV market, the new 4Runner differentiated itself by retaining the rugged off-road character its competitors were sacrificing for highway comfort.[6]

The third generation 4Runner featured new engines shared with the first generation Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks:

  • 2.7L 3RZ-FE I4 replacing the previous 2.4L 22R-E I4; 150 hp (110 kW) max horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 38 hp (28 kW)), and 177 lb⋅ft (240 N⋅m) max torque at 4000 rpm (an increase of 35 lb⋅ft (47 N⋅m));
  • 3.4L 5VZ-FE V6 replacing the previous 3.0L 3VZ-E V6; 183 hp (136 kW) horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 33 hp (25 kW)), and 217 lb⋅ft (294 N⋅m) max torque at 3600 rpm (an increase of 37 lb⋅ft (50 N⋅m)).

Original placard describing the operation of the Toyota rear electronic locker in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner

1998–2000 Toyota Hilux Surf Sports Runner (Japan)

2000–2002 Toyota Hilux Surf (Japan)

In 1996, the 4Runner was dropped from sale in the UK, to be replaced by the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which was badged as the Toyota Land Cruiser Colorado.

Significant changes from the second generation models include a larger body on a longer wheelbase, increased interior space, increased cargo space, dual airbags, ABS, lift-up tailgate, coil-spring suspension all around, rack and pinion steering, and aerodynamic contour designed glass headlights. Additionally, Hilux Surf versions immediately moved to 16-inch wheels and gained a center differential, enabling the use of four-wheel drive on hard surfaces without complication for the first time. The prior system was retained to give on-the-fly shifting between rear- and four-wheel drive as before. The new 4Runner was also available with a factory installed selectable electric locker in the rear differential, a first for the 4Runner but available since 1993 in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The 1997 model year received a few minor updates, including the addition of a color keyed cargo cover.

The 1998 model year remained largely unchanged, save for a few changes in the electronics. More ergonomic switch control panels and a newly designed 4 spoke steering wheel, which also necessitated a redesign of the airbag system.

For the 1999 model year, there were both major cosmetic and interior enhancements. A new "fat lip" bumper was designed to allow for an extended crush zone on the front of the frame, as well as new multi-parabola style headlights, projector style fog lamps, and updated side marker lights and front turn signals. Vehicles with "Limited" and "Highlander" (later called "Sport Edition") trim received color-keyed running boards, front and rear bumpers, mud flaps and flares. The ergonomics of the interior was completely changed, moving all the controls to the center of the dash for the rear window, and defrost, it also received a new instrument panel with a digital odometer. The Limited trucks also received a brand-new electronic temp control, and upgraded stereo. The multimatic transmission became available as an option for 4WD 4Runners for 1999, giving the option of AWD operation.

The 2001 model year received new transparent tail lights and new front grille design. The wheels were also changed to a five-spoke design rim. Limited models received newly designed five spoke wheels as well, however different from SR5 and base model. Also included was a new, sleeker side view mirror design. SR5 and base model 4Runners also have redesigned climate control units utilizing 3 knobs and 2 buttons, contrary to the 1999 model's 2 sliders and 2 knobs. 2001 models were equipped with Vehicle Stability Control standard, and 4WD models came standard with the multimatic transmission. The optional e-locker for the rear differential was dropped in 2001.

The 2002 model year can be distinguished from the rear by their chromed lift gate exterior trim that encompasses the license plate.

Fourth generation (N210; 2002)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation (N210)
03-05 Toyota 4Runner SR5.jpg
Also called
ProductionAugust 2002 – 28 August 2009
Model years2003–2009
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
Body style5-door SUV
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 189 in (4,801 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 189.2 in (4,806 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 75.2 in (1,910 mm)
  • MY2003–05 SR5: 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
  • MY2006–09 SR5: 69.3 in (1,760 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Sport: 71.3 in (1,811 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Limited: 71.1 in (1,806 mm)
Curb weight4,280 lb (1,941 kg) (approx.)

The fourth-generation 4Runner incorporated serious changes to the chassis and body of the vehicle, but was targeted at approximately the same demographics as the third generation. Based on the Land Cruiser Prado 120 series, the new 4Runner retained the same basic exterior styling themes, and was still marketed as a mid-size semi-luxury SUV with off-road capabilities. Available trims were the SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited models. An all-new LEV certified 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 which produces 245 hp (183 kW) and 282 lb⋅ft (382 N⋅m) of torque is standard, but for the first time, a V8 became available, the ULEV certified 4.7 L 2UZ-FE engine which in the US produced 235 hp (175 kW) and 320 lb⋅ft (434 N⋅m). In 2004, for the 2005 model year, the addition of VVT-i increased output to 268 hp (200 kW) and 315 lb⋅ft (427 N⋅m). Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway for the V6 and 15/19 mpg for the V8. Towing capacity is 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) on V6 models and 7,300 lb (3,300 kg) on RWD V8 models (7000 pounds w/4WD). The 4Runner first entered dealer showrooms in October 2002 for the 2003 model year.[8] Three trims levels were offered, SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited. When it was first introduced the SR5 and Sport Edition models used gray plastic cladding and bumpers. Sport models also featured a non-functional hood scoop.

The front suspension used a double wishbone while the rear is a solid rear axle type. The 4runner continued to use a body on frame construction design and a solid rear axle for strength and durability compromising interior room and on-road handling. Toyota's other mid-size SUV, the Highlander is a crossover which is not designed for off-roading. The optional 4WD systems were full-time on V8 models while "Multi-Mode" or part-time on V6 models, both systems used a lockable Torsen center differential. A new suspension system, X-Relative Absorber System (X-REAS), became standard on the Sport Edition and optional for SR5 and Limited models, a rear auto-leveling height adjustable air suspension is sometimes included with this option on Limited models. The X-REAS system links the dampers diagonally by means of hydraulic hoses and fluid using a mechanical center valve which reduces body roll during hard cornering. All 4runners were equipped with skid plates for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank to prevent damage during off-roading. The Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) system prevents the 4runner from rolling backwards on inclines and a Downhill Assist Control (DAC, 4WD only) modulates the brakes and throttle automatically without driver inputs for smooth hill descents at very low speeds, both electronic aids are standard on 4WD models.

Major standard features included a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, single zone automatic climate control, power driver's lumbar support, power rear tailgate window, and on V8 models a tow hitch receiver bolted directly to the rear frame crossmember. Options included HomeLink, an electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror, power moonroof, third row seating, a DVD-based navigation system (loses in-dash CD changer), a 10-speaker JBL Synthesis stereo, and rear seat audio. An optional backup camera system on Limited models used two cameras mounted on the interiors D-pillars to give a wider view when backing up. Some trim levels get two mirrors mounted on the interior D-pillars just inside the rear hatch.

In 2009 with the end of this generation, Toyota Japan ceased production of the Hilux Surf, leaving only the 4Runner available in the subsequent model series.


All 4Runners came with Toyota's Star Safety System which includes anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control and Vehicle Stability Control. Side torso airbags for the front rows as well as side curtain airbags for the front and rear rows were optional on 2003–2007 models and became standard on 2008 models.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 4Runner as "Good" overall in the frontal offset crash test, "Good" overall in the side impact test on vehicles with side airbags, and the 4Runner received a "Poor" rating for rear impact protection.[9] An IIHS report published in April 2007 shows the 4Runner has one of the lowest death rates for all vehicles on the road at only 13 deaths per million registered vehicle years for the 2003 and 2004 model years. Only the Chevrolet Astro, Infiniti G35, and BMW 7 series had lower death rates.[10]

Yearly changes[edit]

  • In early 2003, Toyota added an optional Appearance Package for the SR5 model that included color-keyed cladding, bumpers, and liftgate trim. In April 2003, Toyota made the Appearance Package, along with the previously optional fog lamps, running boards, and 16-inch aluminum wheels, standard on the SR5. The Sport Edition also added black running boards and color-keyed trim, replacing the grey cladding and silver-painted grille, door handles and liftgate trim.[12][13][14][15]
  • In late 2003 (for the 2004 model year), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System was added as standard equipment. A 3rd row seat became optional on the SR5 and Limited models.
  • In 2004 (for the 2005 model year) enhancements were brought to the optional V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic was made standard on the V6 model. Slight changes were made to the exterior including color-keyed bumper trim (replacing the silver painted trim on all colors except Dorado Gold) on the SR5 and Limited; a chrome grille on the SR5; a black roof-rack and running boards (replacing silver) on the Limited; and a redesigned rear spoiler. A Salsa Red Pearl scheme was also introduced for all trim levels, although a similar color scheme was available for third generation models.
Facelifted 4Runner SR5 4WD (US)
Facelifted 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD (US)
  • 2005 (for the 2006 model year) marked the fourth generation's mid-cycle refresh. The changes included revised front and rear bumpers; a reworked grille; new projector-beam headlamps and LED tail lamps; additional chrome trim on the SR5 model; and a smoked-chrome grille with tubular roof-rack and step bars on the Sport Edition. The revised front bumper features circular fog lights and a relocation of the turn-signals to the headlamp assembly. The redesigned bumper eliminates the rear bumper reflectors. MP3 playback capability and an auxiliary input jack were added to all audio systems. In addition, the Limited model was further differentiated from the other trim levels with the addition of unique 18" wheels and a seat memory system. Shadow Mica was added as a color option. Late in this period, the 1GR-FE V6 engine received a modification to allow for an improved head gasket design which resolved a common head gasket failure.
  • In 2006 (for the 2007 model year), the 4Runner remained unchanged.
  • In 2007 (for the 2008 model year), the 4Runner received standard rollover sensing side curtain airbags and front row side torso airbags, a switch to disable Vehicle Stability Control, slightly modified front grille design, refinements in the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and some changes in the seatbelt warning system and brake system control. An Urban Runner Package was also available on the Sport Edition V6 4x4, which added an in dash Tom Tom navigation system, Alcantara inserts in both the front and back seats with dark leather bolstering, the 18" Limited style wheels, a color-keyed front grill and a double-decker cargo system.
  • In 2008 (for the 2009 model year) the 4Runner remained unchanged. A Trail Edition package offered an electronic locking rear differential, a switch to enable/disable Advanced Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Bilstein dampers.

Later models offered a DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES) which used a nine-inch LCD screen and two wireless headphones.

Fifth generation (N280; 2009)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (N280)
Toyota 4Runner -- 04-01-2011.jpg
ProductionAugust 2009 – present
Model years2010–present
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi (Tahara plant)[16]
DesignerKoichi Suga (2007)[17]
Body style5-door SUV
  • 4-speed automatic (I4, 2010 only)
  • 5-speed automatic (V6)
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length189.9–191.3 in (4,823–4,859 mm)
Width75.8 in (1,925 mm)
Height70.7 in (1,796 mm)
Curb weight4,400–4,805 lb (1,996–2,180 kg)

The fifth generation 4Runner was unveiled at the State Fair of Texas on September 24, 2009. It is available in 3 trim levels, 2 of which were available previously. The base SR5 trim as well as the top-of-the-line Limited trim are available as a 2WD or a 4WD. The new Trail Edition is only available as a 4WD. The SR5 and Trail Edition 4WDs will receive a part-time 4WD drive system, while the Limited will have full-time 4WD. All models will come with A-TRAC.[18] The new Trail Edition offers Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Crawl Control which had previously only been available to premium Toyota vehicles, as well as a rear locking differential like the previous Trail Package. Production started on 31 August 2009.[citation needed]

The 4.0-liter V6 adds Dual VVT-i which improves horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and comes standard in all models. A 2.7-liter I4 was available on 2WD models, but was discontinued after the 2010 model year. The 4.7-liter V8 from the previous generation was not carried over to the fifth generation 4Runner.[19] The 4Runner is built on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser.[20]

In 2013 (for the 2014 model year), the 4Runner received a facelift, consisting of revised front and rear fascia with projector headlamps and clear-lensed, LED tail-lamps, as well as other minor exterior cosmetic changes. The interior was also updated, with soft-touch door trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, revised dashboard and center stack, and the inclusion of Toyota's Optitron instrument cluster as standard across all trim levels. Brake lines were upgraded for improved pedal feel, and electronic Trailer Sway Control programming included. No driveline changes were made. All 2014 model year 4Runner models are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) that can develop 201 kW (270 bhp) and 377 N⋅m (278 ft⋅lb) of torque. It is mated to a five-speed automatic ECT transmission.[21]

In 2014 (for the 2015 model year) the TRD Pro trim level was introduced in the United States, with Toyota badging on the front as well as an off-road package as part of the TRD Pro Series. The TRD Pro 4Runner included TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, TRD-tuned front springs and TRD front skid plate.[22] For each model year of the TRD Pro, beyond the two colors available on all trims, the TRD Pro is available in an exclusive color. This was 'Inferno Orange' for the 2015 model year,[23] 'Quicksand' for 2016, 'Cement' for 2017, 'Cavalry Blue' for 2018, 'Voodoo Blue' for 2019, 'Army Green' for 2020, 'Lunar Rock' for 2021, and 'Lime Rush' for 2022. All United States models received the Entune touchscreen infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display and a rear backup camera as standard equipment, with optional GPS navigation, SiriusXMSatellite Radio, HD Radio, and Safety Connect. Only the Limited model featured a standard JBL premium amplified audio system.[citation needed]

In 2016 (for the 2017 model year), the 4Runner Trail and Trail Premium were renamed to TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium in the United States. These trim levels share the same mechanical functionality of the former Trail edition, but add aesthetic differences and TRD badging to differentiate themselves from the base model. They do not share the same suspension as the TRD Pro model.[24]

In 2018 (for the 2019 model year), Toyota began offering a 'Nightshade' package based on the Limited trim which blacks out badging, lower front and rear fascia, wheels, and portions of the interior.[25]

In 2019 (for the 2020 model year), Toyota announced that all 4Runner trims will receive Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) standard as well as two additional rear seat USB ports. The TRD Pro will have an updated grille design to accommodate the front radar sensor for TSS-P.[26] All United States models received an updated Entune 3.0 infotainment system with a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Autosmartphone integration and Amazon Alexa integration, 4GLTE internet access powered by Verizon Wireless, Safety Connect, and standard SiriusXMSatellite Radio and optional HD Radio. The TRD Pro model receives a JBL premium amplified audio system as standard equipment. The system was previously only available on Limited models, where it remains standard equipment. Most models also feature standard GPS navigation.[citation needed]

In 2021 (for 2022 models), Toyota included their Smart Key System with Push Button as standard for all trims. The new TRD Sport trim was also added into the lineup. The TRD Sport receives the same bumper, 20" wheels and the X-REAS suspension from the Limited. It also includes TRD parts such as the TRD shifter, TRD hood with scoop, TRD badges, and Softex seats with TRD lettering. Unlike the Limited, it is available only with 2WD or part-time 4WD. Toyota added LED foglights, lowbeams and highbeam headlights as standard for all trims for the first time. Blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert were added as standard for most trims. TRD Pro now gets standard multi-terrain monitor. Using strategically placed cameras, the system lets the driver check surroundings on the trail, with the ability to spot potential obstacles not easily seen from the cabin. The Limited trim adds a standard Panoramic View Monitor, which is similar to the multi-terrain monitor on the TRD Pro. The Limited grade and TRD models also add a premium Multi-Information Display. All trims receives rear occupancy alert as standard. Lime Rush is the new exclusive paint for the 2022 TRD Pro. [27]

  • Toyota 4Runner SR5, rear view

  • 2014 4Runner Limited (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)


Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2014–present)Marginal1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1vehicle structure rated "Poor"
2strength-to-weight ratio: 4.11


Toyota 4Runner US sales by year
Calendar year US
1984 6,498
1985 5,495
1986 5,564
1987 3,635
1988 20,880
1989 36,927
1990 48,295
1991 44,879
1992 39,917
1993 46,652
1994 74,109
1995 75,962
1996 99,597
1997 128,496
1998 118,484
1999 124,221
2000 111,797[29]
2001 90,250[29]
2002 77,026[30]
2003 109,308
2004 114,212
2005 103,830
2006 103,086[31]
2007 87,718[32]
2008 47,878
2009 19,675[33]
2010 46,531[33]
2011 44,316[34]
2012 48,755[34]
2013 51,625[35]
2014 76,906[36]
2015 97,034[37]
2016 111,970[38]
2017 128,296[39]
2018 139,694[40]
2019 131,864[41]
2020 129,052[42]


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Toyota 4Runner SR5

4Runner SR5

The Toyota 4Runner SR5 has an available part-time 4WD (4-wheel drive) system with Active Traction Control and Downhill Assist Control. It’s powered by a large 4.0L V6 engine that gets up to 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It’s equipped with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) to make it more efficient.

It features a 5-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with Intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift mode for more precise gear shifts. Every trim level has the same engine and transmission.

The exterior has heated power outside mirrors and a color-keyed rear spoiler on top of 17-inch, 6-spoke alloy wheels. Front and rear mudguards and skid plates are also standard on this versatile SUV.

Inside, there are fabric-trimmed seats with a 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seats and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support to help you find your ideal comfort setting.

You get some refinement with your controls with a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio as well as Bluetooth® hands-free phone and voice-command controls. This is linked to your infotainment system, which also features SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and a USB media port. The home for this system is an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen on your dashboard.

Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport provides extra interior enhancements and athletic features. You can look forward to the addition of heated front seats with SofTex® trim in the front and back.

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport also provides drivers with an X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension for thrilling drives.

Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition

Special Edition

The Toyota 4Runner Trail Special Edition helps set the tone for the space and size of each trim level. It showcases the impressive 41.7 inches of front legroom and 32.9 inches in the back.

Standard in the Trail Special Edition, and standard across all 4Runner trims, is 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space to fit all your luggage for a weekend getaway. You can even utilize the split-folding second row to access up to 89.7 cubic feet of space.

The Trail Special Edition also comes standard with a unique 40-qt. premium accessory cooler with tie-down straps in the cargo area to keep all your camping and tailgating necessities cold.

Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

The Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium provides you with the Premium Audio system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Additionally, you can look forward to available SofTex®-trimmed 50/50 split fold-flat third-row seating and sliding second row.

Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

TRD Off-Road

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road is designed to give you the freedom to take your SUV off-road and get through any terrain.

It comes standard with part-time 4WD, which enables you to maneuver through different types of terrain.

This trim is further equipped to travel off-road with the Multi-terrain Select system, which lets you choose among several drive modes. Simply choose a drive mode that matches the terrain you’re on and the vehicle will configure its drivetrain to enhance your handling for the conditions. Thanks to the boosted traction delivered by this system, you’ll be prepared for anything Mother Nature might throw your way.

Plus, you’ll be traveling in absolute comfort with this vehicle due to its standard Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature. Operating like a traditional cruise control system, this system allows you to set a low target speed while your vehicle uses its locking rear differential to crawl over obstacles. Maneuvering over boulders and other obstacles will be simple with this vehicle.

To further bolster its enhanced capability, it features a distinct style with TRD Off-Road hard badges on the exterior as well as the TRD logo on the floor mats and shift knob. This stylish body now rests on bold 17-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels with black accents.

Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

The next trim, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium, adds to that signature style with TRD red lettering on both the driver and front-passenger headrests. It also gives you the convenience of easy access when you’re getting home with a HomeLink® universal transceiver.

Toyota 4Runner Limited

The Toyota 4Runner Limited provides stunning 20-inch, 6-spoke alloy wheels to make its style match its added capability.

You can fully customize your environment, thanks to the dual zone automatic climate control system aboard this vehicle. This trim even provides drivers with standard heated and ventilated front seating, so you can really relax no matter what temperature it is outside.

Finally, this trim enhances your listening experience with a JBL® audio system. This 15-speaker sound system lets you enjoy your favorite music in rich quality, so you can pick out all those little details.

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro


The part-time 4WD returns for the final and most off-road-ready trim—the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. It was built to get up and over any obstacle with TRD-tuned front springs for even greater handling.

This trim also upgrades your performance with unique TRD FOX® high-performance shocks with rear remote reservoirs. This enhanced suspension system provides you with extra control. That way, your 4Runner can traverse some of the most demanding terrains.

2021 4Runner Overview - Specs \u0026 Features - Toyota


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  • Trans: 5 Speed Elect Controlled Auto Transmission
  • Drivetrain: 4X2
  • Exterior: GRAY ME.
  • Interior: BLACK/GRAPHITE
  • HWY: 19 MPG | CITY: 16 MPG†
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  • Rough n' tumble trail capability
  • Big cargo capacity
  • Excellent overall value


  • Unrefined road manners
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  • Slow and thirsty

Toyota 4Runner Expert Review

Alex Leanse

Among midsize SUVs, the 4Runner is the most SUV-like of the segment. This legendary machine is built the old fashioned way: body-on-frame construction with a solid rear axle, just as it has been since its 1984 introduction. Intended for drivers who find newer crossovers not capable enough, the current fourth-generation 4Runner went on sale way back in 2010. Toyota crossovers like the RAV4, Venza, or Highlander can't match the 4Runner's ruggedness.

  • LED headlights, high beams, and fog lamps become standard on all trims
  • Pavement-oriented TRD Sport model added to the lineup

Color us a bit surprised that the 4Runner survives for 2022—the long-running Toyota extends its status of being one of the oldest cars on sale. This generation has been on sale since 2010, and it shows everywhere you look. Compared to newer crossovers, the 4Runner's road manners, technology, efficiency, and safety are well behind the curve.

So what does the 4Runner have going for it? An excellent IntelliChoice value rating, and time-tested off-road capability. Especially in its TRD Off-Road variants, the 4Runner has hardware that enables it to venture well off the beaten path. Few crossovers can take on challenging terrain like it can. That's kept the 4Runner a favorite among off-road enthusiasts and those who like an overland-y aesthetic.

If you're not an off-road enthusiast, though, we can't recommend the 2022 4Runner. Any comparably priced and sized crossover will serve you much better as a regular driver on paved surfaces. Most of those are also quicker, more efficient, more comfortable, and have more modern infotainment and driver-assist features. New isn't necessarily better, but the 4Runner's age is a limiting factor. For drivers who want to get down and dirty, however, it's a solid choice.

The 4Runner is powered exclusively by a 4.0-liter V-6 producing 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Connected to an old-school five-speed automatic transmission, it routes output to standard RWD or available 4WD. In MotorTrend testing, 0-60 mph acceleration took between 7.5 and 8.0 seconds depending on trim. Fuel efficiency should come in at about 16/19 mpg city/highway for RWD and 4WD models.

Mediocre safety ratings evidence the 4Runner's age. From the NHTSA, the mechanically identical 2021 model earned a four-star overall safety rating out of a possible five stars. Side crash protection was five stars, and front impact was four stars, but rollover protection was only three stars. From the IIHS, the 2021 4Runner earned the top Good score in four crashworthiness tests, and the second-lowest Marginal score in the driver's-side small front overlap test. 

For 2022, LED headlights and fog lamps become standard equipment. All 4Runner models are equipped with eight airbags. Driver-assist and active safety features include front automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control is also standard, but it's an older system that does not work below 25 mph.

The 2022 4Runner has a standard two-row, five-seat arrangement, but SR5, SR5 Premium, and Limited trims are offered with an optional third row that increases seating capacity to seven.

Front-row headroom measures 39.3 inches in the 4Runner, slightly less than the 40.1 inches offered by the Subaru Outback. Second-row headroom is 38.6 inches in the 4Runner, less than the Outback's 39.1 inches. Front-row legroom is 41.7 inches in the 4Runner, and 42.8 inches in the Outback. There's much less second-row legroom in the 4Runner, which has just 32.9 inches to the Outback's 39.5 inches. True, the Toyota offers a third-row seat while the Subaru does not. However, it's tiny back there—headroom measures 34.3 inches, and legroom just 29.3 inches.

Cargo space in the 4Runner is 47.2 cubic feet behind the second row seats, or 89.7 cubic feet with the second row folded. That's more than the Outback, which offers 32.5 cubic feet behind its second row, or 75.5 when those seats are folded.

All 4Runner models are equipped with an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while built-in navigation is included on higher-end trims. A 15-speaker JBL premium sound system is available to replace the standard eight-speaker setup. Five USB ports are positioned throughout the cabin.

The 2022 4Runner range is broad and can be a bit confusing—which one should you get? We'd choose the SR5 Premium trim, which costs about $41,000. One step above the approximately $38,000 entry-level 4Runner SR5, it adds niceties like leatherette upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40 split-folding second row, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Frankly SR5 Premium isn't much nicer than the basic SR5, which has keyless entry with push-button start, an 8.0-inch infotainment display, and LED headlights. But the SR5 Premium seems like a slightly nicer place to spend time.

Why not a rugged TRD model? If you're going to go off-roading frequently, one of those could be a good choice. Otherwise, you're paying for hardware you just won't use—over $52,000 for a TRD Pro model. Don't discount the SR5 Premium's standard capability, or forget that there's a robust aftermarket to build your 4Runner however you like.

Why not a high-end 4Runner Limited? At about $49,000 it might be the most luxurious 4Runner, but it's not nearly as luxurious as some newer crossovers. Toyota's own Venza or Highlander are plusher, more fuel efficient, and less expensive. That's true too of segment competitors like the Subaru Outback or Jeep Grand Cherokee, which have better road manners and retain good off-road capability.

TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development. In the case of the 4Runner, the badge generally signifies trims that have been tuned for off-road performance. In addition to standard 4WD, 4Runner TRD Off-Road models have underbody skid plates, a locking rear differential, a hood scoop, and mudflaps. Trail-oriented technology like drive modes for different terrain, low-speed cruise control, and hill brake hold is also included.

The 4Runner TRD Pro is equipped with the most off-road-oriented hardware. It gets Fox shock absorbers and specially tuned springs. Black-painted 17-inch wheels are wrapped in large-diameter all-terrain tires. Its front skid plate is heavier-duty and stamped with the TRD Pro badge. Other exterior signifiers on the TRD Pro model are black badges, a unique grille with bold TOYOTA lettering, and a roof rack.

New for 2022 is the 4Runner TRD Sport, which takes a road-oriented performance approach. Key to that is its X-REAS suspension system, which uses cross-linked dampers that adjust relative to one another based on road conditions. The system works to keep handling more level and stable than soft off-road suspension setups would. Other 4Runner TRD Sport equipment includes 20-inch alloy wheels, additional body-color exterior trim, and gray interior contrast stitching. Unlike TRD Off-Road models which have 4WD standard, the 4Runner TRD Sport is also available with RWD.


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