Think You Want a 2022 Toyota 4Runner? Consumer Reports Says to Think Again

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is an attractive SUV. It has a sporty and rugged vibe and Toyota’s longstanding great reputation. Yet it’s also one of Consumer Reports’ popular cars to avoid, and there are very good reasons for that. Here are the biggest 2022 Toyota 4Runner problems, and what you should consider buying instead.

A red Toyota 4Runner SUV.
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Do Toyota 4Runners have a lot of problems?

With Consumer Reports advising you to look elsewhere, you’re probably assuming the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is rife with problems. Not so. The 2022 Toyota 4Runner has a predicted reliability score of 4/5 from Consumer Reports. That’s pretty good, and so reliability isn’t why Consumer Reports advises that you “avoid” the 4Runner and look elsewhere. No, that’s because for the average everyday driving person, the 4Runner is too “unsettled.” In fact, Consumer Reports writes that, “The ride is unsettled, and handling is clumsy. The body leans noticeably while cornering. A high step-in and low ceiling compromise access and driving position.”

In addition, its’ 4.0-liter V6 engine is certainly “powerful,” but it’s also unnecessary and not as smooth as some of its competitors. Getting just 19 mpg, Consumer Reports also calls the 4Runner “thirsty.”

How much does a 2022 Toyota 4Runer cost?

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The 2022 Toyota 4Runner costs $38,520 for the base trim, the SR5. Its engine puts out 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Toyota 4Runner gets 17 mpg combined in fuel economy. It also has high ground clearance, available four-wheel drive, and the option to upgrade to even more rugged 4Runners.

If you’re looking for a truck-based SUV that you can take off-roading, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better SUV. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for something to cart your kids around town or navigate through the city, you might be happier with something else.

Buy the 2022 Chevy Blazer instead

If you want a great SUV, Consumer Reports advises that you consider the 2022 Chevy Blazer instead. Starting at $33,400, the Blazer offers excellent acceleration, good brakes, and easy-to-use controls. While the Blazer also only gets 19 mpg overall, it’s Consumer Reports recommended.

In addition, the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer also has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4/5 and an owner satisfaction score of 3/5. Consumer Reports ranks it #3 out of 11 SUVs.

The 2022 Ford Edge is the “under the radar” SUV to buy

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If you’ve decided to listen to Consumer Reports and skip the 2022 Toyota RAV4 but don’t love the 2022 Chevy Blazer, you may want to consider the 2022 Ford Edge. It costs $37,145 to start and gets 22 mpg, better than either the 4Runner or Blazer. However, the Edge’s reliability rating is just 3/5.

Consumer Reports also likes the Edge’s handling, quietness, and brakes. Its interior is “roomy”. Yet it says the driving position is awkward, so this is an SUV you’ll definitely want to test drive before getting too serious about it.

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