Toyota offers the 4Runner in SR5, Trail Edition and Limited trims. All are powered by a 4.0-liter 270-horsepower V6 with a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard on SR5 and Limited, while the Trail Edition comes only with a part-time four-wheel drive system with locking differential and an electronic terrain system similar to Land Rover's Terrain Response. The SR5 is available with part-time four-wheel drive, while the Limited gets a full-time system as an option. Towing capacity for all models is limited to 5,000 lbs., or similar to what some crossovers are rated at.
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SR5 models get 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows, locks and heated mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, a power rear window, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with AUX and USB inputs. The Trail has the most off-road bias, coming with four-wheel drive, Crawl Control (a system that controls the throttle and brakes for hill climbs or descents), water-resistant seats, big off-road tires and two 120-volt power outlets. The Limited is the most luxurious with adaptive suspension, keyless entry and start, heated leather seats and Toyota's Entune system. A small third-row seat is optional on SR5 and Limited to bring total capacity to seven passengers.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the 4Runner's chief competitor. Jeep offers a V8 with more towing capacity and more luxurious interiors on top trim levels. But the 4Runner offers that hardcore Trail edition and can seat up to seven. The Land Rover LR4 meets or beats the 4Runner off road and also boasts adjustable suspension to boost ground clearance, as well as a more luxurious interior with available third row. But the Land Rover is much more expensive and its V8 is less fuel efficient. The GMC Acadia crossover can tow about as much as the 4Runner and seats up to eight people with a more comfortable third-row, but lacks any off-road prowess. Ford's Explorer has off-road tools similar to the 4Runner's terrain system and hill descent control, and boasts a standard third-row seat and turbocharged engine options. But the Explorer's car-based design means it has less ground clearance and lacks locking differentials.
If your driving includes a lot of towing and crossing treacherous surfaces, the 4Runner could be a good choice. But a number of other SUVs offer the same, or better, off-road credentials and have nicer interiors. And crossovers are better at carrying people. The 4Runner's appeal may be narrower than some midsize SUVs, but for some people it's just the right tool for tackling big jobs the car-based crossovers just aren't cut out to accomplish.
The Limited offers a dose of luxury with the off-road capability of the SR5. Standard features include leather seats, power and heated front seats, the adjustable suspension dampers, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start and the Entune infotainment system. Optional is a comprehensive navigation system that replaces Entune with SiriusXM traffic and weather and a 15-speaker JBL sound system with subwoofer. A third-row seat, automatic running boards and sliding rear cargo deck are all options.
The SR5 comes with all of the basics a midsize SUV driver would want. Power windows, locks and mirrors are included, as is air conditioning with rear air outlets, a power sliding rear window, foglamps, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth, 8-speaker audio system with satellite radio and Bluetooth. The Entune Package with Navigation is optional, combining Toyota's Entune infotainment system with HD radio and a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation system. A backup camera is optional, as is a split-folding third-row seat, anti-theft system, automatic running boards and 8-way power driver's seat with 4-way power for the front passenger's seat.
The Trail comes ready for arduous missions, with beefier tires, four-wheel drive with locking differential and a brace of electronics, including Toyota's Crawl Control – which modulates the throttle and brakes for hill climbs and descents. Other standard features include a sunroof, water-repellant seat fabric, power front seats, 2 120-volt outlets and a sliding rear cargo deck. Also optional is the Entune Package like on the SR5 and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System.
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|Build & Price|
2012 Toyota 4Runner$30,985 | 36,784 mi
2011 Toyota 4Runner$26,000 | 89,496 mi
2011 Toyota 4Runner$29,500 | 35,914 mi
2011 TOYOTA 4RUNNER$29,691 | 42,134 mi
2011 Toyota 4Runner$30,988 | 38,274 mi
2011 TOYOTA 4RUNNER$33,200 | 43,384 mi
2011 Toyota 4Runner$33,588 | 46,478 mi
2011 Toyota 4Runner$35,697 | 40,817 mi
2010 Toyota 4Runner$25,599 | 88,595 mi
2010 TOYOTA 4RUNNER$25,977 | 63,774 mi
2010 Toyota 4Runner$29,955 | 20,837 mi
2010 Toyota 4Runner$30,995 | 36,494 mi
2010 TOYOTA 4RUNNER$30,995 | 58,120 mi
2010 Toyota 4Runner$31,613 | 48,983 mi
2008 Toyota 4Runner$18,892 | 107,368 mi
2008 Toyota 4Runner$24,995 | 77,176 mi
2007 Toyota 4Runner$16,987 | 110,904 mi
2007 Toyota 4Runner$18,988 | 99,346 mi
2006 Toyota 4Runner$12,977 | 125,751 mi
2006 Toyota 4Runner$13,988 | 104,333 mi
2005 Toyota 4Runner$10,995 | 106,655 mi
2005 Toyota 4Runner$11,948 | 120,705 mi
2004 Toyota 4Runner$9,899 | 180,705 mi
2004 Toyota 4Runner$11,995 | 149,840 mi
2003 Toyota 4Runner$9,500 | 111,543 mi
2001 Toyota 4Runner$7,995 | 158,002 mi
1998 Toyota 4Runner$6,450 | 189,330 mi
1997 Toyota 4Runner$5,299 | 139,902 mi
Offers V8, more luxurious interior but no third-row seating available.
Meets or beats 4Runner off-road capability, but is much more expensive.
Better seating and fuel economy with similar towing ability, but has little off-road capability.
Advanced electronic controls for off-roading and standard third row, but still isn't as capable.