Is the Toyota 4Runner Expensive to Maintain?

Do you have your heart set on the new Toyota 4Runner? If you do, you might be wondering how much the 4Runner actually costs to own. Fortunately, we’ve got the inside scoop on how much the Toyota 4Runner costs to maintain.

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How reliable is the Toyota 4Runner?

The Toyota 4Runner is pretty reliable. According to Consumer Reports’ data, most model years earned a five out of five predicted reliability rating, which is pretty hard to argue with. It is worth mentioning, however, that the 2020 Toyota 4Runner did earn a four out of five reliability rating. While that is slightly lower than how most model years were scored, it still makes for a pretty impressive score.

J.D. Power also gave the 4Runner some impressive reliability ratings. This year’s model earned a ‘Great’ quality and reliability rating. The 2020 model earned a similar rating. In fact, according to J.D. Power’s data, the 4Runner has earned a ‘Great’ quality and reliability rating since the 2010 Toyota 4Runner.

Here’s how much you can expect to spend on maintenance

As reliable as the Toyota 4Runner may be, odds are that you’re going to run into problems at some point. So, how much should you expect to spend on maintenance and repairs? Well, according to Repair Pal, the average annual repair costs for the Toyota 4Runner are approximately $514. Compared to an average annual repair cost of $573 for midsize SUVs and $652 for all vehicle models, that’s not all that bad.

Repair Pal also reports that Toyota 4Runner owners typically bring their 4Runner into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.4 times per year. In comparison, Repair Pal reports that midsize SUVs are usually brought to a repair shop an average of 0.4 times per year, the same goes for all vehicle models too. So, all in all, the 4Runner is pretty on par with other vehicles when it comes to unscheduled repairs.

Additionally, according to Repair Pal, there’s a 13% chance of a repair being a severe or major issue for the 4Runner. Compare that to an average of 13% for midsize SUVs and an average of 12% for all vehicle models. Again, pretty average.

The most common Toyota 4Runner complaints

As for the Toyota 4Runners most common complaints? According to Repair Pal, plenty of 4Runner owners have complained about the SUV’s automatic transmission not shifting properly. Other complaints logged with Repair Pal have highlighted issues with the 4Runner’s brakes and power steering.

Several 4Runner owners have also logged complaints with Overall, reports, the 4Runner’s most common complaints include those related to body and paint problems. Plenty of owners have also complained about rust issues.


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The key to keeping your 4Runner on the road

Now, if you plan on owning your 4Runner for a long time, you’re going to need to take good care of it. In the end, that’s really the best way to ensure its longevity. That means keeping up on regularly scheduled maintenance, including oil changes, and addressing any repairs that need to be done. Do that, and there’s a good chance that your 4Runner will last an impressively long time.