The Best Used Toyota 4Runner Model Years According to Consumer Reports

The Toyota 4Runner’s reputation precedes it. Over the years it’s gained popularity as both a reliable family SUV and a formidable off-road warrior. Nearly every year of the 4Runner is recommended by Consumer Reports.

A red 2021 Toyota 4Runner
2021 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

Virtually every 4Runner model is backed by high reliability scores. However, in some years things come together better than others. These are the best used Toyota 4Runner model years according to Consumer Reports.

What is the best year for a used Toyota 4Runner?

When you glance at the Consumer Reports ratings and scores for the Toyota 4Runner over the years, a few model years stand out. These models got both 5/5 predicted reliability scores and 5/5 consumer satisfaction scores. We pulled the model years with the best ratings for the purpose of this list of the best used Toyota 4Runner model years.

There are four best used Toyota 4Runner model years total, according to this data. Two models were in the previous generation. Plus, there is one model from the current generation and one model from the third generation which ran from 1996-2002.

Each of these models earned the best ratings possible for both predicted reliability and consumer satisfaction. Every year listed offers drivers several pricing options as well, all of which save plenty of cash compared with the price of a brand new 4Runner. In order to get behind the wheel as an owner of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner, buyers are looking at spending $36,765-$50,745.

The second generation Toyota 4Runner can still be a good used SUV

If shoppers find well-cared-for 4Runner models from the third generation (1996-2002), they will find a sturdy and capable SUV. According to Consumer Reports, the 2001 model year is the best 4Runner from this generation. This year, the 3.4 liter V6 became the standard engine in the lineup.

At this point in the generation, a longer wheelbase and other additions had already been made to improve the quality of this truck-like SUV. 2001 is the best model year for a used Toyota 4Runner according to Consumer Reports. In 2001, the Toyota 4Runner earned a 5/5 for predicted reliability. It also earned 5/5 for consumer satisfaction.

Consumer Reports also bestowed the recommended badged upon the 2001 Toyota 4Runner. Average pricing for the 2001 used 4Runner ranges from $4,975-$6,275.

The fourth generation Toyota 4Runner has two model years with near-perfect scores

The 2006 Toyota 4Runner in a 4x4 off-road test
2006 Toyota 4Runner on the Toyota 4×4 test track | David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images

In the fourth generation, two Toyota 4Runner models came out on top. The 2006 Toyota 4Runner and 2007 model year each earned 5/5 for both predicted reliability and consumer satisfaction. In fact, each of these is one of the best used Toyota 4Runner model years according to Consumer Reports.

Highs for the 2006 model year 4Runner include “quietness, powertrain, off-road ability, towing, [and]cargo volume.” Consumer Reports says that the highs for the 2007 model year are the same. Average pricing for these models is between $8,400-$13,200.

In the current 4Runner generation, there is one model year that earned 5/5 on both fronts

The current generation is still in production. That said, they can also be very expensive. Buying a used model can save buyers some cash.

The 2013 model year is among the best used Toyota 4Runner model years according to Consumer Reports. In fact, the 2013 4Runner earned 5/5 for both predicted reliability and consumer satisfaction. Highs for the 2013 Toyota 4Runner include off-road capability and a good combination of power and fuel economy. Plus, Consumer Reports praises the rugged style. The average pricing for the 2013 4Runner is between $21,300-$26,275.

Buying a used Toyota 4Runner SUV

2013 Toyota 4Runner outside with surfboards on top
2013 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota USA

Buying a used model instead of a new Toyota 4Runner will save some cash. But how should buyers choose the right model year? Most of the Toyota 4Runner model years are recommended. All of them have generally good reliability ratings. However, the 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2013 model years have the best scores from Consumer Reports.

Overall, if you are looking for a used model, these years are a great place to start. However, it’s important to research the history of a used vehicle. Even a very reliable model that’s not taken care of can cause big problems for future owners.

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