40 years of 4Runner, How Is Toyota Celebrating?

An SUV that doesn’t quite fit the modern mold made it for 40 years, and that means it’s time to celebrate. The Toyota 4Runner 40th anniversary hits when the 2023 model year begins. The lineup for this SUV includes a special edition. This new model brings us retro style along with the modern features desired to show us that Toyota knows how to party.

Why doesn’t the Toyota 4Runner fit into the modern mold?

White 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition playing in a creek
White 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition | Toyota

Most of the SUVs we see in the market today are unibody crossovers that drive smoothly on the roads. This doesn’t describe the 4Runner at all. In fact, the 4Runner is unique as a midsize body-on-frame SUV that’s much more comfortable on the trails than on the road. Of course, we love our off-road-oriented SUVs, which could be the secret to the success of the 4Runner.

What does the 40th Anniversary SUV offer?

This new special edition of the 2023 Toyota 4Runner is based on the SR5 Premium model. The Toyota Newsroom tells us the three colors offered are White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Barcelona Red Metallic.

If you’re looking for something on this SUV to turn heads, the heritage graphics package does the trick. This package includes a yellow/orange/red body stripe that runs from the headlight to the C-pillar and up to the roof to give this version of the 4Runner a sportier appearance.

Buyers of this special vehicle will admire the bronze-colored 17-inch alloy wheels, heritage TOYOTA grille, and bronze tailgate badge that finish off the look.

Going inside for more heritage items in the Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary model

Front Cabin Area 40th Anniversary 4Runner
Front Cabin Area 40th Anniversary 4Runner | Toyota

Once you open the doors to this SUV, you’ll find exclusive badging, a standard power moonroof, bronze-colored stitching, and the modern conveniences that make driving safer and more enjoyable. These retro looks help us take away the punch in the gut that Edmunds describes, which those who remember the original 4Runner will likely feel.

What does the 4Runner SR5 have?

The SR5 model of the 2023 Toyota 4Runner is the base version. The 40th Anniversary Special Edition is based on the SR5 Premium trim, which is one step higher. Kelley Blue Book tells us this special model offers:

  • Standard RWD layout
  • Toyota Safety Sense P suite
  • 8-inch infotainment system
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • LED headlights, high beams, fog lights
  • Power rear windshield
  • Push-button starting
  • SofTex faux leather seats
  • Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Optional 4WD

Does the 4Runner SR5 have a sunroof?

2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition
2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition | Toyota

Typically, the Toyota 4Runner SR5 does not come with a sunroof, but it is an optional item. The 40th Anniversary model of this SUV does have this feature as part of the standard packaging. This means you’ve got a little more for the drive in this retro-styled rugged vehicle.

What powers the 2023 Toyota 4Runner?

The power for this SUV is the same across the lineup. All 4Runner models use a 4.0-liter V6 engine attached to a five-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain certainly sounds like it belongs in the Stone Age, but that is part of the charm of the 4Runner. The power numbers are 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, giving you plenty of grunt for your time on the trails. This midsize SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

How many 40th Anniversary Toyota 4Runner models are being made?

In their own version of playing on the numbers, MotorTrend reports that the 40th Anniversary version of the Toyota 4Runner is only being offered on 4,040 models. That is a pretty significant number for a special edition. Considering there have been more than 4 million of these SUVs sold, it might not be as many as you might think.

Will you drive this retro-styled 2023 Toyota 4Runner? If you’re looking to celebrate with a special SUV, this might be the one that gives you the fun and adventures that you desire.

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