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The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is primarily considered one of the best model years for the long-running SUV. In fact, it’s the latest of the 4Runner lineup to be called the most dependable in its category. Before that, it was the 2008 model that had the title. The 2017 model has much to love; it’s reliable, has a solid engine, and didn’t feel as dated upon release as the latest model.

Here’s why the 2017 4Runner deserves a second look from used SUV buyers.

The Toyota 4Runner 2017 delivers stable performance

2017 Toyota 4Runner in White
2017 Toyota 4Runner | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Though not its strongest trait, the 2017 4Runner delivers pretty good performance. This Toyota SUV has a 4.0-liter V6 under its hood with a maximum output of 270 horsepower, according to MotorTrend. The 4Runner 2017 comes in either rear or four-wheel drive options. The transmission is a five-speed automatic. The 2017 model comes in multiple trims, all powered by the 4.0-liter V6. 

Regarding speed, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner isn’t the fastest SUV on the market. However, the automaker didn’t design it to win races. It’s much more of an off-roading and general-use SUV. The 4Runner from 2017 accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 to 7.6 seconds. Though not the most exciting, that’s more than fast enough for a vehicle of this type from 2017.

The 2017 4Runner interior is excellent for a used SUV

Toyota 4Runner interior
2017 Toyota 4Runner interior | Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

The interior of the Toyota 4Runner often gets bashed for being outdated. However, regarding used vehicles, it’s a bit more acceptable because people aren’t paying new car prices. The 2017 Toyota 4Runner interior is pretty well balanced. Perhaps the best aspect is that the interior is exceptionally spacious, with room for five people. 

Most used 2017 Toyota 4Runners will have cloth seats, but the limited trim has leather on all rows. In addition, the 2017 model has a great deal of storage space around the vehicle. This makes it a perfect SUV for large families and trips. Regarding interior technology, the infotainment screen in the Toyota 4Runner from 2017 is relatively simple; the SUV also has an eight-speaker setup. 

The 4Runner has a rugged exterior 

2017 Toyota 4Runner In red
2017 Toyota 4Runner | Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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Not everyone likes the Toyota 4Runner exterior. For many, the vehicle looks far too much like a truck than it does an SUV. However, the ones who appreciate it do so because it has a bold look. It may not be the most experimental design on an SUV, but it’s a formidable option that people notice on the street. 

The 2017 model comes in eight exterior color options. Luckily, with the 2017 model still being fairly recent, it should be easy for buyers to find the color they want. This model Toyota 4Runner also has a ground clearance of 9.6 inches, which helps make it perfect for off-roading. It may not be the most unique-looking SUV, but the 4Runner 2017 exterior is practical and durable.

Finding a quality used SUV isn’t always the easiest task. However, this version is a solid option. It’s modern enough to have everything you need without being overcrowded with features. In addition, it’s the best version of the 4Runner in recent years.