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The market is so crowded with new SUVs that some automakers have neglected their older models. On the one hand, because they usually don’t have the most cutting-edge technology and interior materials, they’re generally among the cheaper SUVs. The trade-offs are plasticky cabins, tiny infotainment screens, and subpar fuel economy. Here are three SUVs in dire need of a redesign.

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner’s last redesign was in the 2010 model year. That fact is apparent inside this three-row midsize SUV. Most interior components are made from cheap-feeling plastic, and the controls look dated. The center touchscreen is decently sized and offers access to many useful features, but it still looks small inside the 4Runner’s roomy cabin. 

One thing that keeps the Toyota 4Runner fresh is its critically acclaimed off-roading chops. Every model has a two-speed transfer case and a ground clearance of at least nine inches. All-wheel-drive models have a maximum ground clearance of 9.6 inches.

The 2023 4Runner offers four TRD trims, including the TRD Off-Road, starting at $44,000. It has multi-terrain select, crawl control, and a locking rear differential. The TRD Pro costs nearly $10,000 more and boasts TRD springs and beefier Fox shocks.

Fans will be happy to know Toyota has confirmed a 4Runner redesign. In addition to getting a revamped interior, the 4Runner will likely see its V6 engine replaced. A four-cylinder seems likeliest, but don’t count out a hybrid version.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport hasn’t had a remodel since its 2011 debut. But it’s showing promise for change this year with its newly standard AWD. It has also received several minor updates over the years, and it’s one of the cheapest three-row SUVs.

However, it has many drawbacks. The base four-cylinder engine is slow and drones when you step on the accelerator. The transmission is equally sluggish, while body roll and a bumpy ride impair driver confidence. 

Additionally, drivers will experience poor visibility and an uncomfortable seat, and the rest of the vehicle is too cramped. Furthermore, buyers don’t get smartphone integration on the base trim, which has only a handful of advanced driver-assistance systems.

Regardless, Mitsubishi hasn’t given up on the Outlander Sport yet. The company hasn’t confirmed a redesign, but a Ralliart variant is expected soon. This model should have a stiffer suspension, 22-inch wheels, and 286 hp, Motor1 reports.

Dodge Durango

A white 2023 Dodge Durango Citadel parked on asphalt on a cloudless day.
2023 Dodge Durango Citadel | Stellantis

The Dodge Durango is also over 13 years old, but it still impresses with its 710-hp supercharged Hellcat engine. This capable off-roader offers an available tow package delivering a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds. The base V6 is a gas guzzler, but the Durango still has intuitive tech and a spacious interior. 

However, its future remains unclear. Though it’s not selling as many units as the competition, this American SUV’s popularity has risen this year. Rumors of its discontinuation have swirled for years, while other observers believe Dodge could redesign the Durango as early as 2024


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