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The Toyota 4Runner is one of the sturdiest midsize SUVs in the game. The 4Runner has made a name for itself in the industry, but it isn’t infallible. Toyota can make plenty of improvements to the midsize SUV for the next model year. The 4Runner needs to fix these annoying problems if the brand wants the nameplate to remain competitive.

The 2024 Toyota 4Runner should avoid these issues

An orange 2023 Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV is parked off-road.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

Of all 4Runner problems, transmission issues seem to be the most common based on problems listed by RepairPal. Toyota 4Runners with automatic transmissions can have trouble shifting properly when the vehicle’s mileage gets high.

The 2024 Toyota 4Runner shouldn’t have issues with its transmission, even at high mileage. The 4Runner is designed to last for at least 200,000 miles. That works out to over 14 years based on the national average annual driving distance. Consumers often get the 4Runner because it’s so sturdy and reliable. A transmission that has shifting issues is one problem the new 4Runner can do without.

The midsize SUV also has issues with front brake rotors being worn out earlier than normal. This can force drivers to change brake rotors more often and add to the vehicle’s overall cost of ownership. It may not be a huge hindrance, but the cost of regularly changing brake rotors prematurely can add up. The 2024 4Runner should avoid this issue.

Ultimately, the Toyota 4Runner is still one of the most reliable SUVs in its vehicle segment. It’s a long-lasting model than can endure 17 years of ownership when well-maintained. Drivers that take good care of the off-road SUV can own it for over two decades. Despite its few reliability issues, the 4Runner is certainly built to last. That being said, there are still some improvements that the Japanese automaker could make to the SUV to make it more appealing.

The Toyota 4Runner needs better gas mileage

A gray 2023 Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV is parked.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

Toyota’s midsize SUV is incredibly thirsty. It gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. The 4Runner has a 23.0-gallon gas tank. It can travel for over 402 miles on a full tank of gas. It costs around $84.64 to refuel based on the national average gas price according to

If the 4Runner got at least 21 miles per gallon combined its driving range would improve significantly. Toyota recently improved the fuel economy of models like the Tundra and Sequoia. The Toyota Sequoia is now a standard hybrid. The 4Runner could use a hybrid powertrain option as well to boost its gas mileage and power output.

Toyota’s midsize off-road SUV could use a redesign

The Toyota 4Runner is in its fifth generation. It has been over a decade since the nameplate has been redesigned. The 4Runner’s interior and exterior would benefit from a redesign so the midsize SUV could fit the brand’s evolving lineup.

The Prius, Sequoia, and Tundra all recently got redesigns. Toyota hasn’t confirmed that the 4Runner will be redesigned for 2024, but it’s certainly due for a change after so many years.


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