The Toyota 4Runner is an off-road midsize SUV model produced and sold by the Toyota Motor Corporation. The 4Runner stands out in Toyota’s SUV catalog due to its reliable off-road performance and rugged looks. Sized and priced below the even bigger Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV, the 4Runner aims to offer the power and capability of a pickup truck with the seating and cargo space of an SUV.
The Toyota 4Runner has been around since its early production in 1983 to its debut in 1984. Initially released in Japan as a compact SUV, the 4Runner was known as the Toyota Hilux Surf. However, the Hilux Surf model was discontinued in Japan after 2009. Meanwhile, the 4Runner nameplate is still selling strong in the U.S and other worldwide areas, now as a slightly larger midsize SUV model.
The name 4Runner comes from a play on the word “forerunner,” signaling the 4Runner as the first of its kind as Toyota focused on 4×4 capability for off-road driving and came with seating for four passengers. Its off-road SUV competitors include the Ford Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler, the Honda Passport, and the Subaru Outback.
- 2022 Toyota 4Runner (Starting MSRP: $37,305)
- Pros: The Toyota 4Runner offers a rugged exterior appearance, a spacious interior cabin and cargo space, and excellent off-road performance.
- Cons: While performance is stellar, the 4Runner has poor fuel economy ratings for its class and a very bare-bones interior.
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