2023 Toyota 4Runner: Features, Specs, and New 40th Anniversary Model

This article was updated on 9/5/2022 with the latest vehicle information.

Over the past four decades, the Toyota 4Runner has achieved a great deal of success. Toyota has sold more than four million units of the SUV, and the 4Runner has earned a reputation for high-level off-road capabilities. To celebrate the 40th birthday of the 4Runner, Toyota will offer a limited-availability 2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition model. Find out what we know so far about the release date, price, specs, and new features for the new 2023 Toyota 4Runner.

When will the 2023 Toyota 4Runner be available?

2023 Toyota 4Runner, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

The new 2023 Toyota 4Runner will likely hit roads in late Summer/early Fall 2022. It will be available at Toyota dealerships throughout the United States, as well as in select international markets.

The Toyota 4Runner is built in Japan at Toyota’s plant in Tahara and the subsidiary Hino Motors plant in Hamura.

How much does the 2023 Toyota 4Runner cost?

The starting price of the 2023 Toyota 4Runner SUV ranges from $38,805 MSRP for the SR5 trim up to $53,270 MSRP for the TRD Pro trim. For the 40th Anniversary Special Edition model, the starting cost is $46,370 MSRP. Also, the 2023 4Runner has a similar base price as the 2022 4Runner but has a slight cost increase for the higher trim levels.

2023 4Runner specs: Engine output, 0-60 mph acceleration, fuel economy, and towing

Rear angle view of black 2023 Toyota 4Runner, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

All 2023 Toyota 4Runner SUV models come equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, it generates 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. The SUV is not very efficient, with an estimated fuel economy of up to 16 city/19 highway mpg. Also, the 2023 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Additionally, for acceleration, the 4Runner has a 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds. 

Buyers of the 4Runner have a choice of a front-wheel drive system or a traction-enhancing four-wheel drive system. Also, the 4Runner offers various off-road-focused models, including the TRD Pro, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Off-Road Premium.

Features in the 2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition

To mark 40 years of adventures, Toyota will offer a limited-availability 2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition model, which is based on the SR5 Premium grade. The 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition stands out with its retro-inspired yellow/orange/red body graphics. Also, it features “bronze-colored 17-inch alloy wheels, a body-color-matching TOYOTA heritage grille, and a bronze-colored 40th Anniversary exterior tailgate badge.”

Inside the cabin, the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition has unique badging on the center console, bronze-colored seat stitching, 40th Anniversary floor mats, a bronze-colored cross-stitch shift knob, and a 40th Anniversary logo on the Black SofTex-trimmed seats. Also, the limited-edition SUV has a standard power moonroof.

Exterior paint color options for the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition include Midnight Black Metallic, White, and Barcelona Red Metallic. As a nod to the 40-year milestone, Toyota will sell only 4,040 units of the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition.

What are the SUV competitors of the Toyota 4Runner?

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Toyota 4Runner, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

The SUV competitors of the Toyota 4Runner include the Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer, Ford Bronco, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Hyundai Palisade.

Along with the 40th Anniversary Special Edition model, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner offers newly standard blind-spot monitor and cross-traffic alert driving assistance features for all trim levels.

As mentioned earlier, the release date of the new 2023 Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV will likely be in late Summer/early Fall 2022. Also, with a starting base price of $38,805 MSRP, the 2023 4Runner has a similar base price as the 2022 model. However, it costs slightly more for the higher trim levels.

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