2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition Leans on Vintage Appeal
A clever 4,040 units will be offered in the US.
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The Toyota 4Runner is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. As the automaker looks back on 40 model years of body-on-frame SUV goodness, Toyota has reached into its lengthy historical catalog to bring a bit of vintage flavor to the forefront.
Toyota on Tuesday unveiled the 2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition. It's based on the SR5 Premium trim, the second-fanciest one on offer (just below Limited). The limited-edition package will be offered in white, black or red. The owner's choice of body color will come paired with bronze 17-inch alloy wheels, a bronze 40th-anniversary badge on the tailgate and a body-color heritage grille.
And then there's the stripe. The orange, red and yellow body stripe pays homage to 'Yotas past, so it's not exactly a surprise this motif would resurface for the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition. The stripe runs from the top of the C-pillar down and around the passenger window before terminating at the headlight, only to resurface for a brief appearance on the grille.
2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition Takes Us Back
The interior gets a little love, too. Inside, the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition picks up a bronze-colored shift knob, seat stitching in the same color, as well as 40th Anniversary logos on the seats and floormats, with a unique center-console badge rounding out the unique tweaks.
Otherwise, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner continues to soldier on largely unchanged. It offers seating for up to seven individuals, powered by a 4.0-liter V6 producing 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Tweaks for the new model year are incredibly mild, like a new paint color for TRD Pro models (Solar Octane), and the addition of standard blind-spot monitoring for all trims.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition will make its way to owners later this year, and while pricing has not yet been announced, a 2022 4Runner SR5 Premium will set you back $42,730, including $1,215 for destination.