2018 Toyota 4Runner starts at $35,400 for a rear-wheel-drive SR5 (which you don't want) and climbs to over $48,000 for an all-wheel-drive Limited equipped with a third row and optional paint. A single engine/transmission is offered, while rear-wheel-drive is standard on SR5 and Limited models. SR5 4x4 models feature a part-time four-wheel-drive system with active traction control, while a locking rear differential and multi-terrain select and crawl control are added to TRD models. TRD Pro models receive an off-road capable Bilstein-developed system, while the Limited rounds out the offerings with full-time four-wheel drive, active traction control, and a lockable Torsen limited-slip center differential.
The usual power features are present, along with seventeen-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, leather-trimmed steering wheel, power liftgate window, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Toyota's app suite with navigation, and a rear view camera. But unlike most Toyotas, advanced safety systems like blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning are not offered.
With the 4Runner's off-road prowess in mind, we'd skip the SR5 trim and head for the TRD Off-Road model that adds the upgraded 4WD system along with unique seventeen-inch alloy wheels and all-terrain tires, color-keyed bumpers and exterior trim bits, heated outside mirrors, fog lights, and overfenders. It also allows access to the 4Runner's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that uses hydraulics to adjust the front and rear sway bars – loosening them for extended wheel travel in off-road conditions and tightening them for better control on-road.
Here's how we'd build it
- Model: 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road
- Engine: 4.0-liter V6
- Output: 270 hp / 278 lb-ft
- Transmission: Five-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Four-wheel-drive
- MPG: 17 City / 21 Hwy
- Options: Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system ($1,750)
- Base Price:$38,030 (including a $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$39,780