2012 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP $31,090 - $40,630

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2012 Toyota 4Runner Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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A powerful presence which is hard to deny where 4Runner runs on the road, a breed which has the about to go extinct a traditional outdoor work ethic and body-on-frame construction, and a bland but simple cabin which frankly matches with the bold and muscular appearance, the 2012 Toyota 4Runner is an SUV which can be a driver on almost every terrain.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Impressive off-road capability

Big cargo space

Cons

Poor quality interior material

Tight third row

What's New?

new Entune connectivity system

Automatic running boards


2012 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Reviews and Ratings

5.8

based on 5 ratings


6.4/10Features
5.6/10Interiors
7.4/10Design
5.8/10Safety
5.8/10Reliability
6.0/10Deal Value

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Joshua

2012 Toyota 4Runner

SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 28, 2021

off road capable midsize SUV

Pros - Rugged exterior styling, good off roading capability, strong V-6 engine and ample cargo space.

Cons - Choppy highway ride and cramped third row seat.

affordable midsize SUV with plenty of power but noisy at times. My hulking 4Runner is aimed at off-road fanatics who occasionally need to transport the whole family. Even after three years, it continues to pulse through the steering wheel at all speeds. Although the engine provides adequate power it is quite noisy at times, especially on highways. My 4Runner is surprisingly smooth and comfy when cruising around town. Despite being constructed on a truck chassis, the ride isn't as bouncy and over-sprung as you'd expect from a body-on-frame car capable of significant off-roading. And although the third row seats are cramped, its interior has a geometric, industrial concept that complements the SUV's rou...

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Dalton York

2013 Toyota 4Runner

Trail 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

3

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 4, 2022

Really not what I thought the car would be

Pros - Massive room and looks.

Cons - Rough ride, sub-standard cabin materials, Disappointing steering response.

Feel like throwing it away but its massive and heavy I really hate my 4Runner and this is one of the worst purchases I’ve ever made. I really for the looks and the FOMO kicked in thinking somebody else might buy it before I do. The handling on this car is a complete trash and fails to respond well to my steering inputs. Ride gets bumpy real quick making everyone in the 4Runner wanting to get out. They boasted their vehicle like it’s the best in the world and they sounded so legit that I wanted the car. Moreover, they had just one 4Runner and they used that as a leverage for them to sell it to me. Sadly, the car is a total mess.

4/10
Features
2/10
Interior
7/10
Design
3/10
Safety
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Deal Value
3/10
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Claire

2011 Toyota 4Runner

Trail 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 10, 2022

The 4 Runner has different characters based to the environment it's in

Pros - Massive road presence, Off road beast, Torque monster.

Cons - Cheap plastics, Uncomfortable drive, Visibility issues.

Really good at what it was built for I have a really limited circle of friends and well all connected on the basis of one common interest and that is off roading. We visit various trails and off road course during the weekends and I am the only 4Runner owner in the group and I must say that I don’t have any regret. Even my friends are impressed with hoe this thing eats up any trail that comes its way. Be it steep drops, incline climb or even water crosses, the 4Runner feels like it was born to do this. But take it on road and it could soon feel like the worst car you’ve driven. The ride is so choppy with a lot of suspension travel and the plastics used for the cabin is the cheapest looking I’ve ever s...

6/10
Features
4/10
Interior
8/10
Design
6/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31090

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

189.9 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4400 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/23 mpg

highway range

529 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SR5$31,090 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

Trail$36,755 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Limited$38,595 onwards

  • 20-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Navigation system
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Colors and Styles

2012 Toyota 4Runner in Classic Silver Metallic color
Classic Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.7

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.2

Competition

6.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Given in three trim levels where the starting price tag is $31,090 for the base trim and $38,595 for the topmost trim, a more off-road-oriented Trail trim which has a base price of $36,755 also catches the attention. That said, the Toyota 4Runner is fighting against the opponents such as Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.


8.0/10
Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.7/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety


2012 Toyota 4Runner Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Toyota 4Runner consists of 3 trims in the lineup. The base trim has a starting price of $31,090 and adds features such as manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cloth/fabric seats, day and night rearview mirror, hill start assist, cruise control, and 40/60 ration rear seats. Upgrade to the Trail trim, you get water-repelling upholstery on seats and a power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade but the number of speakers remains the same as the base trim. The top of the range Limited trim has leather seats, standard heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Trim

SR5

Trail

Limited 

MSRP (RWD)

$31,090

NA

$38,595

MSRP(4WD)

$32,830

$36,755

$40,630

Key Features

4.0-liter V6

Adds or replaces in ‘SR5’

Adds or replaces in ‘Limited’

 

17-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

20-inch split 6-spoke alloy wheels

 

halogen headlights

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Air conditioning

Water-resistant fabric seats

6.1-in. touch-screen

 

8-speakers sound system

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Leather seats

 

Fabric seats

Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer

 
 

Cruise control

Rearview camera

 
 

Rear parking assist sonar

   

SR5 has a number of packages available. The Convenience Package gives upgraded upholstery and power adjustment to the driver seat while the Premium Package includes a navigation system, heated front seats, and a power moonroof. The Premium Package with the Third Row gives leather seats just like the previous package and also adds a 50/50 ratio third row.

We Recommend

The SR5 trim is our pick. Not only it has a generous list of features which is generally not in the case of many entry-level trims but it is blessed with many optional packages and also has two drivetrain options, unlike the Trail trim.

2012 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

7.7/10

A 4.0-liter V6 engine is given on the 2012 Toyota 4Runner which is connected with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It churns out 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. RWD drivetrain comes as default on the base and top trim which can be replaced with the 4WD. With this system, 2012 4Runner can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 7.7 seconds. The towing capacity of the 2012 Toyota 4Runner is 5000 lbs.

The midrange Trail trim is different from the rest because it only has 4WD as a standard drivetrain. It also has an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System which is not given on other trims. Other than the different suspension systems, Trail has a locking rear differential, off-road-oriented tires, and selectable electronic terrain-sensitive systems which makes it a trim more suited for off-roading.

Model

2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5

2012 Ford Explorer XLT

2012 Nissan Pathfinder S

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

MSRP

$31,090

$32,095

$31,290

$27,195

Engine

4.0-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

4.0-liter V6

3.6-liter V6

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

266 hp @ 5600 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

288 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

9.2

7.4

9.3

Quarter mile (mph)

15.6

NA

15.6

16.8

Top speed (mph)

115

120

135

128

The fastest SUV in the competition is Nissan Pathfinder which crosses the 60 mph mark from a standstill in 7.4 seconds. Jeep Grand Cherokee is the slowest of all despite having the highest engine output. Lastly, Ford Explorer which has nearly the same engine output as the Jeep Grand Cherokee does the 0-60 mph 9.2 seconds.

2012 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 4Runner with the base engine and FWD will have a fuel economy of 17/23/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively. On the other hand, if power is getting transferred by 4WD then there will be no change in the fuel economy except the 4Runner will return one mpg less on the highway. That said, 4Runner has a fuel tank capacity that is 1.6 gallons less than what is offered on Grand Cherokee.

Model

2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5

2012 Ford Explorer XLT

2012 Nissan Pathfinder S

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

MPG (city)

17

18

15

17

MPG (Highway)

23

25

22

23

MPG (Combined)

19

20

17

19

Fuel Capacity

23.0

18.6

21.1

24.6

Range (City/highway)

391/529

335/465

317/464

418/566

Ford Explorer has the lowest fuel consumption of all and returns fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. The Nissan Pathfinder is the one with the most fuel consumption and has 2/1/2 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively as compared to the Toyota 4Runner. Finally, the Jeep Grand Cherokee shares the same fuel efficiency as the concerned car of this article.

2012 Toyota 4Runner Interior

8.7/10

The Toyota 4Runner’s cabin is filled with hard plastic. The design of the interior is pretty clean and simple. The seats have standard cloth upholstery which can be upgraded to leather upholstery or Sport cloth upholstery. However, seats have good back support and are comfortable to be in. The seating capacity of the 4Runner is limited to 5 people but it can be increased to 7 if an optional third row on the base or top trim is selected. The steering wheel is covered in leather in the top trim.

Heated seats are optional on base 4Runner. A standard 6-way manual adjustment with power lumbar support is given to the driver seats which can be replaced with an 8-way power adjustment. The passenger seat has a 4-way manual adjustment which can be replaced with a 4-way power adjustment. The second-row split reclining flat-folding seats have a 40/20/40 pattern whereas the optional third row has a 50/50 pattern. Manual air conditioning, remote keyless entry system, meLink 18 universal transceiver, two 12V outlets, and 12-cup holders are standard on the base 4Runner.

Model

2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5

2012 Ford Explorer XLT

2012 Nissan Pathfinder S

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.8/41.7

41.4/61.3/40.6

40/58.3/42.4

39.9/58.7/40.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/57.8/32.9

40.5/61/39.8

39/58.4/34.2

39.2/58/38.6

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA/NA/NA

37.8/50.8/33.2

36.7/57.1/28.1

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

47.2

21.2

16.5

35.1

The Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have the standard seating capacity of 7 but even if the third row is ignored Ford Explorer has the most spacious first and second row and overall if we include the third row it has the biggest cabin of all. Meanwhile, 4Runner has the least spacious first and second row. That said, 4Runner has the biggest cargo space in the competition. However, if instead of standard cargo capacity, space behind the second row is considered in the Ford and Nissan the 4Runner will still have lead. Major interior features include:

  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth/Fabric seats
  • 40/20/40 reclining split flat-folding second-row seats 
  • Rear liftgate window defogger
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional)
  • Power rear liftgate window

How intuitive is the 2012 Toyota 4Runner’s infotainment unit?

While an 8-speaker sound system, CD player, SiriusXM, USB port, Bluetooth, and aux are standard features on the 4Runner, a 6.1-inch touchscreen with a navigation system, HD radio, and advanced voice recognition is optional under Premium Package with the Third Row which is given on the base 4Runner. The sound system can be upgraded to 15-speakers JBL with a subwoofer on the topmost trim as an option. 

  • Entune infotainment system with Bing and Pandora (optional)
  • CD player with MP3 capability
  • 8-speakers sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation (optional)
  • SiriusXM satellite radio

2012 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

9.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner is one of the few remaining SUVs which has body-on-frame construction. The exterior is designed in such a way that just one glance is enough for the masses to understand this powerful SUV has good off-road capabilities. Multi-reflector halogen headlamps and Integrated fog lamps along with a chrome-accented front grille insert can be seen on the front section. Body-colored front and rear bumpers have chrome inserts. 

Smoked headlamp and taillamp bezels are given only Trail trim whereas the Chrome door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature are reserved for the topmost trim. Power tilt and slide moonroof with sunshade is optional on the base trim but standard on other trims. 17-in. 6-spoke alloy wheels are required for the 2012 Toyota 4Runner to run which can be replaced with 20-in. split 6-spoke alloy wheels between the top trim or 17-inch alloy wheels on the mid-range trim. 

Model

2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5

2012 Ford Explorer XLT

2012 Nissan Pathfinder S

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Curb Weight (lbs)

4400

4557

4428

4470

Length (in.)

189.9

197.1

192.3

189.8

Width (in.)

75.8

78.9

72.8

76.5

Height (in.)

71.5

70.4

72.0

69.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

9.0

7.6

8.7

8.6

Wheelbase (in.)

109.8

112.0

112.2

114.8

By default because of the absence of the third row, 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee are not as long as the remaining two rivals which have the third row. As for other dimensions, Grand Cherokee is the widest, Pathfinder is the tallest. And the 4Runner has the highest ground clearance. Lastly, the Grand Cherokee has the biggest wheelbase whereas the 4Runner has the shortest one in the bunch. Major exterior features are:

  • 17-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Integrated fog lamps
  • Power tilt and slide moonroof with sunshade (optional)
  • Privacy glass
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Auto on and off daytime running lights
  • Automatic running boards (optional)

2012 Toyota 4Runner Safety

9.2/10

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner has received an overall 4-star safety rating from the NHTSA. As for the IIHS, it has awarded not only ‘Good’ ratings in the crashworthiness tests but also with the ‘top safety pick award. That said, the 2013 4Runner is filled with ample safety features which include smart stop technology, cruise control, brake assist, hill start assist, engine immobilizer, and rear parking assist sonar. Major safety features are:

  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Hill-start assist
  • Cruise control
  • Antitheft system (optional)
  • Rear parking assist sonar

2012 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

If you want a rugged SUV with decent off-road capabilities and fuel economy which also has an exhausting list of features then the Toyota 4Runner is your best fit. However, if you don’t mind a sluggish acceleration and high fuel economy plus a big cabin is your priority then Ford Explorer is your best alternative against the 4Runner.

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Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

off road capable midsize SUV

affordable midsize SUV with plenty of power but noisy at times.

by Joshua

3

User Overall Rating

Really not what I thought the car would be

Feel like throwing it away but its massive and heavy

by Dalton York

6

User Overall Rating

The 4 Runner has different characters based to the environment it's in

Really good at what it was built for

by Claire

6

User Overall Rating

Problematic Front Suspensions!!

Not smooth as expected

by Claire Dyer

6

User Overall Rating

a trusty tool for any kind of expedition

Off-roading midsize SUV with less on road refinement.

by Sheryl Nelson

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