New 2023 Toyota 4Runner ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Capable of serious off-roading, tons of standard active-safety features, good tow rating.
– Outdated powertrain, substandard cabin quality drives too much like a truck.
– Apart from its trail-breaking capabilities and off-road pedigree, the 4Runner is well past its sell-by date.
The 4Runner isn’t the most polished SUV around, and its V6 is thirsty compared to the engines in a lot of similarly priced crossovers. Still, it’s hard to find a vehicle that offers this much capability with this much utility and seating for up to seven people. The 4Runner isn’t the SUV for everyone, but it might be perfect for some.
Impressive off-road capability
Wide variety of configurations to suit many buyers
Versatile cargo area, especially with the optional slide-out floor
Choppy ride quality compared with more modern crossover SUVs
V6 engine is not particularly fuel-efficient
Tall step-in height makes for awkward entry and exit
– What’s new
Retro-inspired 40th Anniversary Special Edition
Previous Trail Special Edition has been discontinued
Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning system now come standard
Part of the fifth 4Runner generation introduced for 2010
The Toyota 4Runner is a rugged, old-school body-on-frame midsize SUV that’s found success in a world filled with stylish car-based SUVs filled to the brim with tech. It’s not fuel-efficient, comfortable or high-tech, but it’s loved for its tough looks, off-road heritage and versatility. Like many truck-based SUVs, the 4Runner is very capable off-road, has plenty of towing capacity and offers loads of cargo space. Some rivals try to mimic the 4Runner’s rugged look with body cladding and all-terrain tires, but few are truly built for off-roading.