Fans Warn Against this Next-Gen Toyota 4Runner Redesign Feature
Toyota 4Runner owners are proud to say they own one of the toughest vehicles on the planet.
With its legendary body-on-frame design, 4Runner is built to withstand harsh twisting and pulling and bending. We look forward to hitting the toughest trails and mountains and rivers with confidence and peace of mind.
In short, 4Runner owners “know what they’ve got.”
Next-gen Toyota 4Runner
This is the time of year when we look to what is coming down the pipeline. This year we will be seeing a next-gen 2022 Tundra. Big news here for truck fans and owners.
And if we discuss Toyota Tundra, naturally we may also wonder about its counterparts too – Tacoma and 4Runner.
Toyota is famously secretive with potential breaking news and updates on new models. Until it is ready to share. We really do not know when Tacoma and 4Runner will be redesigned.
Time to focus on Toyota 4Runner and what is next.
I have heard talk about a next-gen 2022 4Runner. And a next-gen 2023 4Runner. And a next-gen 2025 4Runner.
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All in the last month. Plenty of rumors and speculation. I will believe it when I see it. Next thing I know, you will try to tell me that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father or something.
We just do not know when 4Runner will be redesigned. Yet.
Next-gen 4Runner wish list
In the past year I have polled Toyota 4Runner owners and enthusiasts about their “wish list” features for the next generation model.
Fans of my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel and my Instagram page and my Torque News column have weighed in often on this topic.
For example, listen to what Leo is thinking. “I guess they might wanna keep the same 4.0 for regular models, plus maybe a hybrid system for hybrid models, and a new 6-speed transmission. The biggest change might still occur on appearances and gimmicks though. Really not too much to change in the basic mechanical system unless they wanna risk the reliability and longevity of this perfect truck.”
Digitaldoc wrote. “4Runner is way overdue for a powertrain upgrade. The 4.0L V-6 was a great engine, but needs better fuel economy, and power for the size. The simple engine choice for the next gen is a 3.5L V-6 with the 6 spd. I would like to see a turbo 4, like a 2.0T with an 8 spd that should give us equivalent power with better fuel economy. A nice upgrade would be a 3.0L V-6 turbo for more power, but Toyota is not too ambitious, so doubt that would happen.”
Jason commented. “My bet is the 4Runner will progress into a unibody longitudinal engine platform with RWD, AWD and 4x4 with low range versions non-turbo 3.5 V6 and 8 spd AT. Doesn’t cannibalize Highlander sales. In fact, it’ll be closely related to the Jeep Grand Cherokee which has good yearly sales. For hardcore body on frame lovers Toyota should bring a new Land Cruiser, either the Prado or a 70 series with manual transmission choice. It’ll need it to face the Wrangler, the upcoming Bronco and the return of the Nissan Xterra. The large Land Cruiser 200 series should get a turbocharged Inline 6 with hybrid drivetrain like Mercedes does. Diesels: Toyota diesels are underpowered for US drivers preferences. V8: yes, please keep at least one.”
One thing 4Runner fans do not want
When looking at all the comments and feedback, I began seeing a common theme developing. There was one feature I saw multiple times that Toyota 4Runner fans would NOT like to see when it comes time to redesign our beloved SUV.
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Nick warned. “Whatever you do. PLEASE don’t make it unibody. Almost every other company has cheaped out with this class of vehicle. Please, don’t kill the six... refine it!”
“Couldn’t agree more. Full frame is a must. 4Runner is last of its kind in this size/class. Don’t cheapen them up with that unibody crap. V6 is solid refine it. 4Runner stands alone one of a kind.” Suggested David.
“4Runner is the last true SUV left. Please TOYOTA do not give us a unibody frame.” Added Kyle.
Glenn was straight to the point. “If the next 4Runner is a unibody count me out!”
Time for your Toyota 4Runner comments
Does it make a difference to you if the 6th generation 4Runner is built with a unibody or body-on-frame?
If Toyota changes the frame design, how will that affect whether you buy one or not?
Are there any special features you want, or do not want, for sure?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss my evaluation of 2021 GR Supra 2.0.
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Despite being the elder statesman of the mid-size SUV segment, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is one of the only ones left that's as rugged as advertised. It may look mostly the same as it did 10 years ago, but its boxed fenders and high beltline still look tough. That image is matched by its sturdy ladder frame and stout V-6 engine, which are great for tackling trails, especially with the lineup's various off-road-ready models, but not so great for refinement and fuel economy. The 4Runner's tall and boxy shape contributes to a spacious cabin and cargo area, but the materials inside look and feel cheap. Toyota offsets the popular off-roader's old age with a suite of standard driver assists, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Still, it's not enough to make the 2022 4Runner as contemporary or desirable as the latest Jeep Wrangler.
What's New for 2022?
For 2022, the 4Runner family welcomes a new TRD Sport model, which for the longest time has only been offered on its pickup counterpart, the Toyota Tacoma. The 4Runner TRD Sport isn't as sporty as its 20-inch wheels, hood scoop, and Sport badges suggest, but unlike most other models except for the more luxurious Limited, it features adaptive dampers that are designed to improve body control. Inside, the TRD Sport features faux-leather upholstery instead of cloth. All 2022 4Runners now illuminate the road with LED high-beams.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Toyota hasn't released pricing for the 2022 4Runner, but that'll likely be announced before it goes on sale at the end of this summer. Since we expect only a minor increase in how much each trim will cost, we can still recommend the TRD Off-Road model. It's not as capable off-road as the lifted TRD Pro, but its significantly lower price tag makes it a better value. Along with standard four-wheel drive and some TRD-specific exterior and interior bits, the TRD Off-Road gets equipment that helps justify its name. This includes an electronically locking rear differential for maximum traction in slippery or muddy conditions. It also has selectable drive modes (called Multi Terrain Select and Crawl Control) that can alter the SUV's powertrain behavior to accommodate various driving scenarios. We'd select the optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension, which allows improved wheel articulation during off-road action. We'd also opt for the sliding rear cargo deck, which makes moving heavy cargo easier and even provides tailgate seating.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every 4Runner is motivated by a 270-hp 4.0-liter V-6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Available with rear-wheel drive and either full- or part-time four-wheel-drive systems, the outdated powertrain provides unremarkable acceleration, with the last version we tested taking 7.6 second to hit 60 mph. The automatic's lethargic responses certainly don't optimize the engine's uneven behavior, and downshifts often require heavy right-foot inputs to spur the 4Runner ahead. Still, the Toyota feels more composed on pavement than the more unwieldy Wrangler. Our time behind the wheel of the off-road-oriented Venture model showed off the SUV's notable ground clearance, and its body-on-frame construction was supported by a soft suspension that absorbed a variety terrain. The 4Runner's steering is lightly weighted and imprecise, and while those traits betray any sense of sportiness, they're fine for crawling along trails and around parking lots. Aged though the Toyota feels in action, its performance is right in the mix with its more modern competitors, including the V-6 Dodge Durango. And the Toyota's rugged frame and torque-rich engine give it a leg up in towing; its 5000-pound capacity beats the Ford Edge and Wrangler, while falling short of the more powerful Durango's 8700-pound limit.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 4Runner's powertrain combinations show their age at the pump, with every model rated at a lowly 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the V-6-powered Wrangler has much better estimates of 19 mpg city and 24 highway. The last 4Runner we tested on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, did exceed expectations by returning 22 mpg. For more information about the 4Runner's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the 4Runner is not what you'd call state-of-the-art, with switchgear that could have come from the latter years of the last millennium. Lackluster materials and styling aside, it manages to comfortably fit humans front and rear in spite of its back-of-the-class interior measurements. We haven't tested the optional third row, but we suspect that it's best for children. A flexible cargo area and several large, deep cubbies in the front row mean that the 4Runner is as versatile a hauler as it is a rock-crawler. Just don't try to heave anything into the cargo hold unless you have a chiropractor on call—its floor is uncomfortably high off the ground. The two-row models that we tested had an optional pull-out cargo deck designed to make loading and unloading heavy items—up to 440 pounds—a little easier. It can also double as a tailgate for seating. This provides a flat load floor when the second-row seats are folded, but also robs the cargo hold of several inches of height. Even so, we fit an impressive 14 carry-ons behind the second row.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 4Runner features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The interface includes a set of physical buttons as well as rotary volume and tuning knobs. The system comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. A built-in navigation system and a 15-speaker JBL audio system are available upgrades.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Every model comes with a host of driver-assistance technology that includes automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, and more. For more information about the 4Runner's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Toyota provides two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, a rarity in this class. The coverage in other categories is less impressive but matches industry norms.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles
2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium 4WD
front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$44,473 (base price: $40,740)
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
241 cu in, 3956 cc
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
5-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle
Brakes (F/R): 13.3-in vented disc/12.3-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II, 265/70R-17 113S M+S
Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 191.3 in
Width: 75.8 in
Height: 71.5 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 47 cu ft
Curb weight: 4796 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 7.7 sec
Zero to 90 mph: 16.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.0 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 114 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 194 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.76 g
Observed: 17 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 22 mpg
Highway range: 500 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/17/20 mpg
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2022 Toyota 4Runner: Here's What We Expect From The 6th Generation
The Toyota 4Runner is a Japanese SUV model that has been around for a long time now. Toyota launched the first generation of the 4Runner all the way back in 1984, and ever since then, the Japanese carmaker has updated, tweaked, and revamped the model over an impressive five generations.
This article was updated in March 2021: We have updated this feature with the latest information to make it more accurate for those looking for information on the sixth-generation Toyota 4Runner that's expected to be released as a 2022 model.
Whereas the first-gen 4Runner was a compact SUV that, in reality, was little more than a Hilux with a fiberglass shell over the bed, it's now a compact mid-size SUV that has seen a lot of independent development.
Thousands of enthusiasts are waiting eagerly for an official dossier about the prospects of the Next Gen 4Runner model. Until then, here’s a detailed account of everything that we have been able to muster so far about the 2022 Toyota 4Runner concept.
The Legacy Of The 4Runner
It's a well-known fact that past achievements lay the foundation for future expectations. Keeping that in mind while looking at the legacy of the 4Runner, it's easy to see why Toyota would need to take its time and come up with a sustainable concept before bringing out an all-new model.
Every generation of the Toyota 4Runner is unique in its own way. The first-gen introduced us to a brand-new model in Toyota's lineup, the second-gen represented a fundamental departure from the first-generation model as it now had a full steel body, it wasn't just a fiberglass top on a truck bed. The fourth-generation of the 4Runner embraced a whole new range of tech and comfort features, while the fifth generation had challenged the competitors with its on-road and off-road capabilities. However, we consider the third generation of the 4Runner to be the most remarkable re-design of all the generations. It was tagged as “a little ahead of its time.” It offered a powerful and durable 183 hp power-train, it had an impeccable interior, stylish exterior, and safety features that went above and beyond the industry standards at the time. We have seen several examples of these SUVs with more than 400K miles on the odometer. It's not unreasonable to expect the 4Runner to function smoothly for about 30-35 years and outlast its competition, provided it is subjected to regular maintenance and frequent check-ups.
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A Fresh 2022 Concept
Speaking of the 4Runner's powertrain, the next generation is very likely to stick with its 4-liter inline-six engine that produces 270 HP. As for the transmission, we hope Toyota will upgrade the current 5-speed automatic with overdrive to at least a 6-speed automatic, especially seeing as the competition is already using 10-speed auto boxes. The SUV will most likely have both RWD and 4WD driving modes; so we expect no changes here. It's also reasonable to expect a sturdier suspension for the TRD-Pro and TRD off-road models.
The SUV might be available in statement colors that make the car look more refined. For all the off-road enthusiasts out there, be prepared to experience a new TRD Pro special edition model. It's fair to assume that the Pro model will be coupled with the already available Nitto Terra Grappler tires to accentuate its already unparalleled off-road capabilities.
Interior-wise, it's pretty much guaranteed that it will feature upgraded and updated tech features compared to that of the 2020 4Runner model, as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, and so on. Apart from that, the cabin layout will stay mostly the same as it has been over the years — practical and functional. In regard to safety features, the current model doesn't perform as well as we'd expect in safety tests conducted by the IIHS (The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). In addition, it does not come equipped with some basic safety features, such as collision avoidance and forward-warning, something we're 100% sure Toyota is keen to rectify with the new model.
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Outlook & Expectations Of Buyers
Consumers are the ones who drive the expectations and desires of the market. Whether a product will make it or not is highly dependent on how it addresses the consumers' expectations. The Toyota 4Runner is no exception in this regard. While the current model has an excellent reputation in its segment, potential buyers of the next-gen will also want plenty of factory options and a vast selection of 4Runner aftermarket parts. After all, it's not hard to find the best deals on used 4Runner if the new one doesn't satisfy expectations.
The internet is brimming with ideas and suggestions for its power-train and advanced integrated safety features. There seems to be a strong demand for a diesel V8 coupled with a manual 8-speed transmission. Further, the V8 engine should be reconditioned to make it way more powerful yet at the same time make it more economical to run. As for the safety features, some people want daytime running lamps, mostly LED, and a plus version of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
Others are largely concerned about giving a modern touch to both the interior and exterior. We certainly do expect improved heating and cooling for the rear seats, increased space for taller individuals, and padded seats for enhanced comfort in the upcoming release.
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Possible Launch Date & Price
Some things in life are definitely worth waiting for, and that include any official announcements regarding the launch of the new 2022 4Runner. Unfortunately, not a word has been uttered by Toyota. But till then, we have calculated some approximate numbers and dates based on past launches. What remains to be seen is how the 4Runner's rivalry with the Jeep Wrangler in the 4x4 off-roader segment shapes out in the future.
As for the time of the launch, one can expect its arrival in late summer. Also, we have no confirmation regarding the price, so we can only guesstimate that it will be between $36,740 and $50,980. Again, remember that there are multiple possibilities of what the final product will be, so the only way to get any confirmation is to wait for an official word from the carmaker.
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Toyota Fans Anxious for Next-Gen 2023 Toyota 4Runner
There are so many things to like about Toyota 4Runner. For more than three decades, this tough and rugged SUV has been making people and families happy on the road.
And, of course, off the road too.
I appreciate the wide variety of trim levels like SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro Limited and Nightshade. Plus, the new 2021 4Runner Trail Edition is here.
Most people realize Toyota 4Runner is ready to change and be redesigned. Time for the 6th Generation to arrive for us to see.
We have been on our 5th Generation design since 2009. People really like the current entry, but they also are ready to see what comes next.
People talk about 2021 Toyota 4Runner
Comments from viewers of my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel and readers of my Torque News / Toyota News column are what provide ideas for new content. Like this article I am writing today, for example.
People have had interesting observations when talking about our current 4Runner and what might come next. Time to open the comments bag.
“Cannot wait to see what Toyota has next for 4Runner!” Exclaimed Terry.
Lamar apparently thought it has been awhile. “Redesign time. Hasn’t it been a decade already?”
“Jeff do you know if there will be a redesign next year?” Asked Commander Rhino.
Mr Bobby Brown shared his thoughts. “Beautiful, but kind of crazy how they can charge so much for it considering how outdated it kind of is. Specifically, the engine and transmission.”
“Just picked up a 2021 4Runner Venture and plan on trading it in for the new design in a couple years.” Commented Brad.
Good plan Brad. Until we hear differently, probably the best thing to do is think about a redesigned 2023 Toyota 4Runner.
Rumors are swirling in Toyota circles for that time frame. I do not know more but it is a good frame of reference – for now at least.
Here are some of my thoughts on what could be changed or updated.
Toyota 4Runner Hybrid
Toyota has an aggressive plan in place for its growing hybrid offerings in the next several years. This movement includes its entire lineup of cars, trucks and SUVs. I was lucky enough to discuss this a year ago with a Toyota expert in the know.
“In the next few years, we’re trying to increase the number of vehicles that we have with an alternate, electrified power plant to 25% (of total vehicle sales). And give every vehicle we offer an electrified power plant option.” Offered Tom Kretschmann, who is the Product Subject Matter Expert with the Toyota Product & Sales Engagement team.
Having a 4Runner hybrid option for consumers would fit a specific buyer market.
People looking to significantly improve their gas mileage would benefit from a hybrid 4Runner. Currently 2021 Toyota 4Runner buyers will find listed mpg at 16 city / 19 highway / 17 combined for part-time 4WD 4Runners.
Other potential benefits for Toyota 4Runner hybrid could include improved low-end torque, lower emissions and pollution, and potentially higher values.
Toyota 4Runner engine
Current 2021 4Runner powertrain is a 4.0-liter V6 engine that is matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission. This produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque.
This is not the only engine we have seen over the years on Toyota 4Runner. Options such as a 2.4-liter engine and as high as a 4.7-liter V8 engine have moved drivers from Point A to Point B in the past.
It is difficult to speculate what powertrain evolution we can expect to see next. I do feel the biggest room for improvement is in this department.
A more modern transmission would satisfy 4Runner fans and enthusiasts for sure.
Also, I would not be surprised to find a turbo-assisted path similar to the rumored 2022 Toyota Tundra next-gen design.
What are your thoughts on ideal powertrain combinations?
2021 Toyota 4Runner features
When Toyota 4Runner was refreshed for the 2020 model year, it gave owners a few incredibly important upgrades.
On 2020 and 2021 4Runners you will find Toyota Safety Sense, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, larger multimedia screens, slightly updated interior design and rear USB ports.
Yes, there are LED lights across the lineup for 2021 4Runner now too.
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These are practical and essential features for some. Plus, these additions have helped satisfy the cravings of fans who are calling for a redesign as soon as possible.
I would expect a similar but more modernized interior cabin. I would be shocked if new updates do not include standard blind spot monitor on all trim levels.
People want convenience, the latest technology and safety available, along with a “with the times” look.
Not all people, of course, but many. We have many traditionalists as well.
Time for your thoughts on Toyota 4Runner
The important consideration here is that Toyota 4Runner fans and owners love their vehicles because they are 4Runners. It is essential to maintain the legacy and foundation already in place.
Do not change the look too much. Modernize it. Provide ample seating and storage areas. Make it tough and rugged and versatile for weekend camping and trail trips.
Continue to make us proud of 4Runner. Just in modern ways.
What do you think? Are you a 4Runner owner and what has your experience been so far?
What improvements and updates are on your next generation 4Runner wish list?
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