This Rugged Off-Road Toyota Is Lacking 1 Thing – Perfect Safety Scores

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is one of the best midsize SUVs out there, according to iSeeCars. It’s versatile, reliable, and rugged. Whether you want to go to the grocery store or take it off-road, the 4Runner is equipped to do an awful lot. Yet it isn’t perfect. If there’s one thing that is noticeably absent from the 2022 Toyota 4Runner, it’s perfect safety ratings. Here’s why the Toyota 4Runner is almost a perfect SUV.

A red 2022 Toyota 4Runner splashing through mud.
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The 2022 Toyota 4Runner safety ratings aren’t perfect

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The 2022 Toyota 4Runner ranks number three on the list of the Best Midsize SUVs for 2022 and has an overall score of 8.6. The Toyota 4Runner also has a reliability rating of 8.8, a value retention score of 9.0, and a safety rating of 8.0.

The NHTSA gives the Toyota 4Runner four out of five stars as well. It gets four out of five stars for the overall front star rating and four stars for the front driver side rating. The front passenger side rating, on the other hand, gets only three stars.

In addition, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner doesn’t win a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award. It has a marginal small overlap front: driver side score, which precludes it from any safety award.

The Toyota 4Runner is the 3rd best new midsize SUV

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iSeeCars determined that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is the third best new midsize SUV. That’s not really a surprise, considering that the Toyota 4Runner is both versatile and rugged. Yet its scores aren’t good enough for first or even second place, and that’s in part thanks to its less-than-stellar safety scores.

To come up with the list of the best midsize SUVs – and all lists that they compile – iSeeCars analyzed data from more than 12 million vehicles. It used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as from its own team of data scientists. In addition, it uses results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards to determine rankings.

A different Toyota SUV is the number 1 new midsize SUV

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If you’re in the market for a brand new midsize SUV, you may want to look at a different Toyota for your next vehicle. The 2022 Toyota Highlander is the number one midsize SUV, according to iSeeCars. What makes the Toyota Highlander so great? It has all-around excellent safety, reliability, and value retention ratings.

The 2022 Toyota Highlander has an overall score of 8.9, the highest of any midsize SUV that iSeeCars rated. It also has a reliability rating of 8.5, a value retention score of 8.2, and a perfect safety score of 10.0. The NHTSA gives the 2022 Toyota Highlander five stars for safety. The overall front star rating is four out of five stars. Both the front driver side and front passenger side scores are four out of five stars. In addition, the IIHS calls the 2022 Toyota Highlander a Top Safety Pick+. 

Those looking for a new and above-average midsize SUV may love the 2022 Toyota 4Runner, but you should be aware of its safety ratings. If safety is a priority, the 2022 Toyota Highlander just may be a better option.

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