Except for a visual refresh in 2014, the fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner has remained virtually unchanged since 2010. Rolling into the 2022 model year, Toyota will again let this rugged SUV carry over unchanged, for the most part. However, it will gain a new sporty trim and some updates to its standard features.
Visually, the bulk of the 2022 Toyota 4Runner lineup will remain the same. It will, however, gain a new, sportier TRD Sport trim. The new 2022 4Runner TRD Sport will be based on the entry-level SR5 trim, but it’ll gain TRD Sport badges, 20-inch machine-faced wheels with Dark Grey accents, and color-keyed accents on the grille, rocker panels, and body molding. Inside, the TRD Sport will get gray contrast stitching, gray TRD stitched logos on the front headrests, TRD Sport floor mats, and a TRD shift knob.
Other updates will include LED high beam and low-beam headlights, LED fog lights on all 4Runner models, a Multi-Terrain Monitor, new Lime Rush exterior color on TRD Pro models, a new panoramic view monitor on Limited trims, and standard rear occupant alert on all trims.
Under its hood, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will retain its 4.0-liter V6 engine that cranks out 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. This power will route through a five-speed ECT-I automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels as standard or all four wheels with optional four-wheel drive. For superior on-road handling, the 4Runner TRD Sport will borrow the Limited trim’s Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) suspension.
Also new, all 2022 4Runner models will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). This suite of safety gear will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, sway warning, automatic high0beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. Because of its “Marginal” small overlap crash test on the driver’s side, the current 4Runner misses out on being an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and we expect this to remain in the 2022 4Runner.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2022 Toyota 4Runner doesn’t have an official on-sale date yet, but we expect it to arrive in the fall of 2021.
Pricing also remains unconfirmed, but with minimal changes, we expect its MSRP to remain close to the current range of $37,480 to $51,960 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2022 4Runner