Toyota 4Runner

Three 4Runner trims are available for 2013: the base SR5, Trail and Limited.

The engine on all trims is a 4.0L V6 making an impressive 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed automatic. The SR5 and Limited can get either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (part-time on the SR5, full-time on the Limited).

Standard safety features include antilock 4-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, anti-skid system, active front head restraints, front knee airbags, front-seat side airbags and full-length roll-sensing side curtain airbags.

Toyota's A-TRAC system is standard on all 4-wheel drive trims, which can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, making rough driving much smoother. Four-wheel drive trims also get standard Downhill Assist Control. Trail trims also get Toyota's Crawl Control, which regulates the vehicle's speed in severe off-road conditions and Toyota's Multi-Terrain Select system, which allows drivers to manually adjust the 4-wheel drive hardware to suit their needs.

All 4Runner trims come with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), which provides additional control by keeping the vehicle stationary while starting on a steep incline or unstable surface. The Limited trim comes standard with an X-REAS suspension system that automatically adjusts the damping force of shocks when driving over uneven surfaces or cornering. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is available as an option, which can disconnect the front and rear stabilizer bars at speeds below 40 mph for greater wheel articulation. A system designed to prevent accidental acceleration by cutting throttle when both the accelerator and brake are pressed simultaneously is standard across the all trims.

Standard equipment on the SR5 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, trip computer and audio system with an auxiliary audio jack. SR5 trims with 4-wheel drive also get heated side mirrors with turn indicators and puddle lights, chrome roof rails and grille and a tow hitch receiver.

The Trail trim adds a hood scoop, a locking rear differential, Crawl Control, off-road tires, smoked head- and taillights, back-up camera, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, water-resistant upholstery, power front seats, a sliding rear cargo deck and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio, a USB port and iPod connectivity.

The Limited trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Toyota's X-REAS adaptive suspension dampers, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights, dual climate control, an upgraded audio system with a navigation, a 6-inch touchscreen display and backup camera. Also included are a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats and driver's seat power-adjustable lumbar support.

Editors' Review

The fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner has been around since 2010, but this tried-and-true SUV gets a few new features for 2022. LED lighting is standard and there's a new rear-occupant reminder, and most trim levels now come with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. There's also a fantastic new Lime Rush exterior color that will kick your eyeballs into your brain. By and large, however, the 4Runner offers the same ol', same ol'.

Nobody buys a 4Runner TRD Pro for its stellar on-road performance. The ancient 4.0-liter V6 delivers 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, but acceleration is sluggish at best. This engine has a pleasant growl, but I wish it backed up that noise with actual oomph. The five-speed automatic transmission works fine, shifting smoothly, but with so few ratios, the 4Runner's fuel economy is pretty poor. The EPA rates the 2022 4Runner TRD Pro at 16 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined. During a week of testing, I only saw 16.2 mpg.

The TRD Pro's on-pavement ride quality is stiff, bouncing me over every little bump at highway speeds. What's good, however, is that the cabin is largely free of wind and road noise, which is especially surprising considering the TRD Pro is shaped like a brick and wears knobby Nitto Terra Grappler tires.

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The Good ~ Will go just about anywhere ~ Looks awesome

The Bad ~ Outdated everything ~ Poor on-road ride

The Bottom Line The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is best for hardcore off-roading and not much else.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6
  • Features 7
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 6.5

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