The 2024 Toyota 4Runner Caters to Tech-Resistant Drivers and Excels at It
Every day, new cars and SUVs seem to take significant technological leaps forward. Sometimes things become easier, while sometimes changing the air conditioning temperature is locked behind five not-so-sensitive touchscreen menus. Toyota isn’t one to make rapid changes all willy-nilly, and the 4Runner is our main evidence. Rapidly changing technology isn’t the the case with the 2024 Toyota 4Runner, and ye old faithful midsize SUV will probably remain as such for another year. Which, if you think about it in this frame of mind, isn’t so bad.
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner isn’t full of new tech
In fact, the 2024 Toyota 4Runner probably has some of the oldest technology around. That is usually a major gripe drivers have when discussing Toyota’s popular midsize SUV, but the ones actually driving the 4Runner don’t seem to mind. Toyota dropped the 2024 4Runner earlier this month, containing the fifth generation model for another year.
The Toyota 4Runner has been on the market for more than 40 years, which is why we received the excellent 40th Anniversary Edition for 2023. (Spoiler alert: we loved it). Since hitting the market so long ago, the 4Runner has undergone many changes and improvements. It is safer and more capable than ever, which is really what the 4Runner is all about, anyway, especially on the numerous 4Runner TRD Pro trims.
Though Toyota hasn’t explicitly said the interior isn’t changing, it probably isn’t changing. So why will people who hate tech like the brand-new 2024 4Runner? It probably looks the same as in 2009 when the fifth generation kicked off.
If the 2024 Toyota 4Runner isn’t broken, don’t fix it
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner will likely use an eight-inch or bigger touchscreen display that was actually pretty responsive in the 2023 model. It is easy to navigate through, and things are laid out logically, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road for too long. Toyota included many USB ports and even Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.
The dashboard on the midsize SUV also wasn’t digital last year, which is excellent for those opposed to such tech. The previous model’s steering wheel had buttons to help change the music or end a phone call if you utilized such features. These real buttons also make life easier since you can learn where the location is and press the button without thinking about it.
Additionally, you can turn the knob to adjust the volume and the climate control. There is no need to drag your finger across a menu to hope it lands on the correct fan strength (which it won’t). Toyota uses a real shifter in a logical location that makes life simple. We could do with more cupholders, but I’ll let that one slide. Plus, the 2024 Toyota 4Runner off-road capability remains top-notch with modern systems that make life easier.
Toyota’s midsize SUV still checks all the boxes
You will still find helpful tech on the 2024 4Runner in areas that need it, like off-road capability. The 4Runner TRD Pro has cameras everywhere for the Multi-Terrain Monitor, which can help show your surroundings without getting out of the car. It also adds a Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) suspension on the TRD Sport for better handling on the road.
There is more helpful tech on the 2024 Toyota 4Runner, like the inclusion of the Toyota Safety Sense suite on all trim levels. That includes essential systems like Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams. Toyota also included High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Yes, the 4Runner is dated, but it is still as popular as ever. The 2024 Toyota 4Runner looks good and remains a capable midsize SUV. If you want some modern safety features and off-road capability but don’t want to adapt to the digital age yet, the 4Runner is the MVP.