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The Toyota 4Runner is becoming more and more dated as new, innovative and versatile midsize SUV nameplates emerge. There are plenty of reasons to buy a new 2023 Toyota 4Runner, but there are at least four reasons to run from the seasoned Toyota SUV nameplate. Here’s why the 2023 4Runner may be worth avoiding.

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner is pricey

The Toyota 4Runner isn’t exceptionally expensive for its vehicle segment, but there are plenty of other midsize SUVs that are more practical and affordable. The 2023 Toyota 4Runner starts at $38,805. It tops out at around $53,270 with the TRD Pro trim.

The 2023 Kia Telluride starts at $35,690. The 2023 Hyundai Palisade starts at $35,250. Both the Telluride and Palisade are considered to be at the top of the midsize SUV segment, and they’re each at least $3K cheaper than the 4Runner. Both South Korean models are also better daily drivers than the 4Runner, bringing its pricing into question for the average driver.

The 4Runner is a one-trick pony

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

If you’re fond of off-roading, chances are you’ll enjoy the 2023 Toyota 4Runner because of its natural off-roading capabilities. However, if you don’t have the desire to hit trails and take the road less traveled regularly, the 4Runner loses a lot of its appeal.

This Toyota midsize SUV’s entire identity is wrapped up in its ability to handle well off-road. Today plenty of automakers have developed off-road trims for several SUV nameplates to give more well-rounded vehicles off-roading chops. The 4Runner isn’t as versatile as some of its rivals, and that holds it back from competing at the highest level will models like the Telluride.

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner is too thirsty

A red 2023 Toyota 4Runner is driving off-road.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

According to, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. It has a 23.0-gallon gas tank. So, the 4Runner has roughly 402 miles of total driving range. In a day and age where hybrids like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid can cover over 600 miles on a single tank of fuel, the 4Runner’s driving range is pretty dismal.

Poor fuel economy is an even bigger issue because of fluctuating fuel prices and economic issues plaguing the nation. The fact is, the 4Runner is a gas guzzler by today’s standards. It can cost big bucks to refuel over time compared to more fuel-efficient midsize SUVs.

The 4Runner is due for a redesign

A red 2023 Toyota 4Runner is driving through water.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

5 Things the Next Generation of Toyota 4Runner Will Need to Succeed

Toyota proved that it could breathe new life into antiquated nameplates by redesigning the Toyota Tundra recently. The Tundra got a power boost, better gas mileage, and a more comfortable and well-equipped interior. The Sequoia recently got a redesign as well.

The Toyota 4Runner could benefit greatly from a redesign that improves its fuel economy and makes it a more practical daily driver. Until the 4Runner gets a redesign it just won’t be a formidable opponent for segment leaders.