Toyota 4Runner (N280)

Toyota 4Runner Limited (Front)
Toyota 4Runner Limited (Front) – Photo by Kevauto
Toyota 4Runner Limited (Rear)
Toyota 4Runner Limited (Rear) – Photo by Kevauto
Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro (Front)
Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro (Front) – Photo by Jason Lawrence
Toyota 4Runner (Interior)
Toyota 4Runner (Interior) – Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota 4Runner

Model Years Produced: 2010 to Current

The venerable N280 4Runner is peak Toyota. Class-leading when it was released for model year 2010, the N280 is still one of the best-selling and lowest-depreciating SUVs on the market 12 years later despite having an anemic V6 and an archaic 5-speed transmission that might as well date to the stone ages. The rest of the 4Runner’s technology is equally dated, from the infotainment to the driver assistance systems. However, the old tech makes the 4Runner one of the most reliable cars on the market, and the V6 – while underpowered – won’t cause any problems at the mechanic.

If you’re looking for more power, consider the Lexus GX 460. Though based on the same platform, the GX 460 receives a V8 and a 6-speed transmission which make up for the 4Runner’s inadequacies.

Verdict

Pros

  • One of the least-depreciating vehicles on the market
  • Capable of conquering any terrain when outfitted with 4WD
  • Extremely reliable

Cons

  • The V6 engine is anemic, especially paired with the archaic 5-speed transmission – those wanting more power should opt for the Lexus GX 460
  • 4WD is not standard, and it is surprisingly difficult to find 4WD-equipped models in southern regions
  • Technology is out of date, especially when compared to its competitors
  • Interior feels cheap and basic considering how much the car costs

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: Toyota 5-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD standard, part-time and full-time 4WD systems are optional w/ 2-speed transfer case
    • Electronically locking center differential standard on full-time 4WD models (not necessary on part-time models)
    • Electronically locking rear differential optional
  • Base curb weight: 4400 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 89.7 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 32.9 in
  • Towing capacity: 5000 lbs

Engines

Toyota 1GR-FE - 4.0L V6

Power Figures

  • 270 hp
  • 278 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 17mpg combined
  • 16mpg city
  • 19mpg highway