For some time, the vehicle market has been loaded with likable five- and seven-passenger crossovers, but only a few midsize SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner are available. What's the difference? That’s easy. Built with body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner sits atop a traditional truck platform. More than unibodied crossovers are capable of, a 4Runner can easily take you through deep snow and potholed pavements, whether on your way to work or on a true off-road adventure.
What's New for 2017
Toyota added new TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium grades – essentially the Trail and Trail Premium grades from the 2016 model year – to the 4Runner lineup for 2017. Otherwise, apart from new badging and body-color choices, little has changed for 2017.
Choosing Your Toyota 4Runner
Every 4Runner starts with a 4-liter V6 that develops 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, working with a five-speed automatic transmission that incorporates a sequential shift mode. Owing to the 4Runner's truck roots, all examples come with a tow hitch, underbody protective plates, and hill start and descent assists. The third row available on some models boosts seating capacity to seven.
Four-wheel drive with low-range gearing and 9.8-inches of ground clearance is either standard or available on all trim levels. Drivers can choose two-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case, or full-time multi-mode 4WD with a locking center differential.
A 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds. A Multi-Terrain Select system for TRD versions selects a mode to match terrain and conditions.
Toyota offers the 4Runner in your choice of six trim levels:
The SR5 and Limited are geared toward active families who want a go-anywhere vehicle with room for everyone. The TRD Off-Road is a better choice for drivers who regularly leave the road for recreation, while the TRD Pro is best suited to dedicated off-road enthusiasts.