Is The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Right For You?

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Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.


, Contributing Writer - July 6, 2017

After eight years without a major change, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is starting to age. But its rugged looks and off-road chops make it a solid value for weekend warrior types.

Toyota 4Runner

Right For

Singles

Its rugged looks may be polarizing, but the 4Runner does stand out from the crowd. It's also a go-anywhere vehicle, easily handling the worst potholes urban streets have to offer, along with the ability to take all your stuff to the trailhead for a weekend of camping, hiking and/or mountain biking.

Value Oriented

Prices start at $35,170 for a RWD SR5, while AWD is an additional $1,830. Our TRD off-road tester had a base MSRP of $37,335. Entune audio with navigation ($345), a sliding rear cargo deck ($350), and a $1,750 Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System brought its total price (including $940 destination charges and a current $500 rebate) to $40,220. Compare that to similarly-equipped automatic Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon hardtop, which offers less comfort and more road noise and checks in at $43,215.

Weekend Warriors

The 4Runner's 4.0-liter V6 puts out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, while 4x4 models come with a 5,000 lb towing capacity, 9.6 inches of ground clearance and 33 degree approach and 26 degree departure angles. TRD Off-Road models feature a hydraulic suspension setup that firms up the front and rear sway bars for on-road control and loosen them for more off-road travel, while TRD Pro models come with a Bilstein remote reservoir system.

Toyota 4Runner

Wrong For

Families

The 4Runner's high ground clearance means small kids will find it difficult getting in and out of the back seat – where an entertainment system isn't even offered and wide pillars and a high beltline give it a claustrophobic feel. A low roof also means front seat occupants sit with their legs stretched out, rather than the chair-like position of most crossovers. Cargo volume in the 4Runner is a generous 47.2 cubic feet, but it comes at the expense of passenger space (6 cubic feet less than the Honda CR-V), and rear seat leg room (7.5 inches less than a CR-V).

Eco Friendly

Not a single body-on-frame SUV that we know of can be classified as "green," and the 4Runner is no exception. 4WD models only manage an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city, 20 on the highway, and 18 combined, while RWD versions don't do much better with an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city, 21 on the highway, and 18 combined.

Tech Savvy

A touchscreen, Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, and a rearview camera are all standard. But the tech ends there as none of Toyota's Safety Sense advanced safety features – which include automatic collision notification, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams – are available.

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Toyota 4Runner

, Contributing Writer

Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.