Execution or Rebirth: What’s Next for This Popular Toyota Midsize SUV?
Toyota’s brand is evolving and adapting to the times. The Japanese automaker is a pioneer in hybrid technology. It hasn’t been at the forefront of electric vehicle development, but the brand has its sights set on electrifying its portfolio (one way or another). Toyota is redesigning many of its nameplates to suit the times. This process often includes introducing a new hybrid powertrain option and improving fuel economy. One Toyota midsize SUV is clearly due for a redesign. Maybe the company plans to axe the nameplate. What’s next for the Toyota 4Runner, a midsize SUV staple?
Is Toyota redesigning the 4Runner?
At the time of publishing, Toyota has yet to announce a 4Runner redesign. There’s no indication of the brand discontinuing the nameplate either.
The Toyota 4Runner is on its fifth generation. It has been on its fifth generation since 2009. That’s 14 years without a redesign. On average, prior 4Runner generations last for 5.5 years. The fifth generation has lasted for nearly three times as long as previous generations. So, it’s safe to say that it’s time for Toyota to redesign its SUV or to give it the boot.
Toyota is less likely to discontinue the 4Runner than it is to redesign it because the 4Runner still has a large following. Unlike the Toyota Land Cruiser (which was recently discontinued), there’s still a huge market for the 4Runner.
Why do drivers like the Toyota 4Runner?
Drivers like the Toyota 4Runner because it’s built to withstand harsh conditions. It’s an off-road SUV that outlasts most of its competitors. The midsize SUV can easily last for 200,000 miles or 14 years of ownership. Well-maintained models can last for 250K miles or 17+ years of ownership (based on the average annual driving range).
The 4Runner is a long-lasting, off-roadin’, tough family SUV that is reminiscent of the vehicles that put Toyota on the map. It has earned a place in the brand’s lineup and arguably should remain, but it isn’t without its issues.
What problems does the Toyota 4Runner have?
The Toyota 4Runner’s main issue is its fuel economy. It gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. The midsize SUV has a 23.0-gallon gas tank. It can travel for around 402 miles on a full tank. This driving range isn’t great compared to rivals with better fuel economy.
Aside from the SUV’s fuel consumption, its datedness is taking a toll on how it’s perceived. The SUV’s interior isn’t as refined as the interior of its rivals. Its exterior isn’t very modern. Many of the vehicle’s greatest faults can be remedied with a redesign.
Should you get a 2023 Toyota 4Runner?
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner starts at $40,155. It uses a 4.0-liter V6 engine to make 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Business Insider lists the 4Runner as one of the longest-lasting SUVs. It’s a great choice for families that want a reliable SUV that isn’t afraid of hitting the trail. That said, it could use a redesign, like its cousin, the Toyota Sequoia.