What’s so Great About the Toyota 4Runner?

Despite showing its age, the Toyota 4Runner is still incredibly popular. People still throw money at new and used models, as the 4Runner remains one of the most desired SUVs available. In fact, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is still racking up awards, but what’s the big deal? 

Why is the Toyota 4Runner so popular? 

A red 2023 Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV is driving off-road.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

One reason why people love the Toyota 4Runner is the fact that it’s reliable. According to Repair Pal, the 4Runner has an above-average reliability ranking of 4.0 out of 5.0. It also has a score of 80 out of 100 from J.D.Power, which is considered to be good. 

With the proper care and maintenance, the 4Runner can easily last over 300,000 miles. With inadequate care, most models still make it past 200,000 miles. Some owners have reported that their 4Runner models are still going strong after 500,000 miles. 

It costs about $514 to maintain a 4Runner model each year. This is cheaper than the average annual maintenance cost of $651 for other vehicles. So, the 4Runner can provide savings over time. 

How capable is the 4Runner for off-roading? 

People are also attracted to the Toyota 4Runner for its stout off-roading capabilities. It’s a rugged body-on-frame SUV that’s durable and sturdy. The 4Runner can stand up to harsh conditions in the wild. 

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road trim includes four Multi-Terrain select off-roading driving modes, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, an electronically controlled locking rear differential, and a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). 

It features crawl control, downhill assist control, hill start assist, active traction control, and a Torsen limited-slip differential that can be locked. 

Upgrading to the TRD Pro model adds an off-road suspension with TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass coil overs and springs. You also get rear remote shocks and a Pro catback exhaust. It rides on 17-inch black TRD wheels wrapped in Goodyear All-Terrain tires. 

A TRD roof rack allows you to carry more gear and a TRD skidplate protects the undercarriage in the front. 

The Toyota 4Runner has a 9.6-inch ground clearance, making it one of the highest-riding SUVs. It has a 36.4-degree approach angle, a 24.7-departure angle, and a brake-over angle of 26.6 degrees. 

Does the 4Runner have a good resale value? 

A gray 2023 Toyota 4Runner is towing a boat.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner | Toyota

Yes, the Toyota 4Runner has an excellent resale value. It should maintain about 58 percent of its worth after five years of use. It has the best resale value out of every SUV in its class. This makes it a safe investment. 

Its 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque is known for being a long-lasting option. Plus, the 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 lbs, giving it another layer of practicality. It provides 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and up to 89.7 cubes total. 

The cargo space is an advantage with the third-row seats folded flat. The third row is a little tight, though, and only reserved for kids. Also, the 4Runner has a firm ride and a sluggish acceleration. 

It was last redesigned back in 2009, but age isn’t hurting this beast. It’s reliable, capable, and holds its value extremely well. We can’t wait to see the new 2024 model.

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