2017 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP $34,210 - $44,560

Ranked #9 in Midsize Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2017 Toyota 4Runner Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota 4Runner is one of the last midsize SUVs to offer genuine off-roading capabilities and target a specific audience. Boasting a rugged styling and high reliability, the 4Runner body-on-frame structure related to Tacoma, Land Cruiser Prado, and Lexus GX continues till now. New for 2017 are the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium trim levels. The 2017 4Runner lineup now starts with the SR5, the SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro models. The SUV is offered in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations and the standard powertrain is a 4.0-liter 270 hp V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity on properly-equipped models is 5,000 pounds.

The new TRD Off-Road trims add unique interior and exterior badging, carbon fiber-look trim, and TRD red-letter embroidery on the front headrests for the Off-Road Premium model. To cater to the off-roading enthusiasts, 4Runner offers a Crawl Control feature and optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). Though for the price range of $35,205 to 45,555, Toyota does not offer modern safety tech as most of the midsize rivals. Though the latest 4Runner models come equipped with a Toyota Safety Sense suite and a better interior, the alternatives to this SUV include the likes of Jeep Cherokee and Subaru Outback.

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Pros

Exceptional Off-road abilities.

New TRD Pro model.

Cons

Truck-like handling and firm ride.

Poor fuel-economy.

Very limited advanced safety features available.

What's New?

TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium trims added


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34210

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 shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

190.2 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

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/21 mpg

highway range

473.6 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5$34,210 onwards

SR5 Premium$36,040 onwards

Limited$42,525 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Toyota 4Runner in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.6

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.2

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2017 Toyota 4Runner comes in a midsize SUV with traditional body-on-frame architecture. Toyota offers five-passenger seating as standard, with an option of third-row. You will have an option to choose from the rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations but the 4.0-liter 270 hp V-6 is standard across the lineup.

For used car buyers, Toyota made no significant changes to the 2018 4Runner, so sticking to the 2017 model may save you bucks.<oreover, the cost of ownership of 2017 4Runner is expected around $25,000 over the course of five years which includes the cost to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain the vehicle.


8.0/10
Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.6/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.2/10
Safety


2017 Toyota 4Runner Features

8.0/10

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is offered in six trim levels, starting with the SR5, the SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro models. The price range from $35,205 for the SR5 RWD up to 45,555 for the Limited 4WD.

Among the 2017 4Runner trims, the SR5, SR5 Premium, and Limited are oriented more toward passengers and mostly differ in the cabin quality. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available in each. The 4Runner TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, and TRD Pro trim levels are outfitted for serious off-roading. All three come standard with four-wheel drive, along with components like a locking rear differential, crawl control, off-road tires, and heavy-duty shocks. 

Trim SR5 SR5 Premium TRD Pro TRD off-road TRD off-road Premium Limited
MSRP $34,210 $36,040 - - - $42,525
MSRP $36,085 $37,915 $42,400 $37,335 $39,295 $44,560
Key Feature Integrated fog lights SofTex-trimmed heated front seats Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheel Smart Key with Push Button Start Smart Key System17 with Push Button Start
  Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim SofTex-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite TRD Off-Road external hard badges SofTex synthetic leather seat upholstery Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
  Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone and voice command 6.1-in. touch-screen display with Entune Premium Audio SofTex-trimmed heated front seats Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL) switches Dynamic Navigation Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents
  Fabric-trimmed front seats Auto-dimming rearview mirror   Locking rear differential TRD shift knob Driver's seat memory function
  8-way power-adjustable driver's seat Homelink universal transceiver   Power rear liftgate   Perforated leather heated and ventilated front seats

We Recommend

If you travel mostly on civilized roads or on-road driving is your need, then the 4Runner SR5 will be an excellent value for you. Its standard features include a 6.1-inch touch screen with Entune multimedia, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a power rear liftgate.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

7.3/10

2017 4Runner Engine and Transmission

Toyota offers only one powertrain in the 2017 4Runner: a 270-horsepower V6 engine that comes paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. There are no turbos or direct injections still the engine is strong enough to move the considerable mass of the 4Runner but isn't particularly quick.

The new Off-Road trims lack the Pro's Bilstein shocks, special springs, and TRD-branded skid plates, and black-painted wheels. However, it is ready to get dirty with a standard electronically locking rear differential, Toyota's Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control traction aids, and substantial Dunlop Grand Trek tires.

Models 2017 Toyota 4Runner 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 207 Subaru Outback
MSRP $34,210 $30,395 $34,995
Engine 4.0L V6 3.6L Pentastar V6 3.6L V6
Transmission 5-speed automatic 8-Speed Automatic CVT Automatic
Horsepower 270 hp 293 hp 256 hp
Torque 278 lb-ft 260 lb-ft 247 lb-ft

A 5-speed automatic transmission powers the rear wheels, unless you get a 4Runner with 4WD. The transmission does a good job of maximizing engine response but you will need to push harder on the accelerator. The powertrain makes plenty of noise when revving, that's mostly due to its application in the hefty 4Runner, otherwise, it is a great combination.

2017 4Runner Acceleration

The old V-6 pushes the 2017 Toyota 4Runner Off-Road from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is quite impressive for such a hefty vehicle. The engine does a good job and provides adequate power for freeway merging and climbing. Comparatively, 4Runner's competitors offer better acceleration numbers with the Subaru posting 7.1 sec 0-60 MPH time while the similar Jeep Grand Cherokee does a 0-60 MPH in about 7.6 seconds.

Models 2017 Toyota 4Runner 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 Subaru Outback
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 7.6 sec 7.1 sec
Quarter mile 16.1 sec 15.8 sec 15.7 sec
Towing Capacity

5000 lbs

3500 lbs

3000 lbs

Engine 4.0L 3.6L 3.6L

Throttle response is smooth and the five-speed automatic transmission shifts seamlessly, however, we would like an extra gear to choose from. The Toyota 4Runner can tow up to 5000 lbs when properly equipped. The powertrain does the job but the fuel economy ratings are somewhat below average.

2017 4Runner Ride and Handling

The 2017 4Runner's main mission is off-road driving and it reflects in the at it performs. Traditional ladder frame construction gives it ruggedness and ground clearance but adds weight. Though the 4Runner remains stable around the corners, the on-road driving feels murky in response to the road imperfections.

The optional KDSS auto-disconnect stabilizer bars are recommended as they avoid body lean better than the standard setup. The steering is a bit slow to respond but predictable. The 4Runner has part-time four-wheel drive, crawl control, active traction control, and a rear locking differential.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The EPA estimates the 2017 4Runner's fuel economy ratings at 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which is one of the lowest in the class. The 4Runner’s five-speed automatic transmission is the main cause that hinders its fuel efficiency.

Model 2017 Toyota 4Runner 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 Subaru Outback
MPG (city) 17 19 20
MPG (highway) 21 26 27
MPG (combined) 18 21 22

If you go with the Grand Cherokee or Outback, you can save on fuel otherwise the 4Runner's standard powertrain is a bit gas-guzzler. The real-time MPG ratings may drop further than the EPA estimates, moreover, the 4WD configuration also drops the ratings.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Interior

7.6/10

The 2017 4Runner's interior has standard seating for five on cloth upholstery. Both front and rear seats provide adequate comfort and support to passengers as well as have plenty of legroom. With its optional third-row seating, you can carry up to seven people. By comparison, the 4Runner has less second-row legroom than its rivals, and its third-row seats are pretty cramped, good for kids only. The aging 4Runner features low-quality materials and dated layout design, which are the interior's biggest drawbacks. 

Toyota 4Runner, however, is highly functional as the cabin has oversized buttons and knobs, simple and clear instrumentation, and a logical control layout. Though some controls on Limited trims including seat heating and ventilation dials are haphazardly placed, the 4Runner is easy to live with.

Model

2017 Toyota 4Runner

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Subaru Outback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

38.3/58.1/42.9

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.2/58.0/38.6

38.9/57.3/38.1

The dimension of the 4Runner is similar to that of Highlander but both cater to different audiences. For a rugged adventure, Toyota offers all required mechanical and interior equipment but for on-road driving the rivals offer better space and more comfort in modern style. In terms of convenience features, even the base 4Runner comes with a decent list of interior features.

2017 4Runner Infotainment System

The standard infotainment system uses a small 6.1-inch touch screen, certainly smaller by modern standards. The infotainment is straightforward and easy to use, and 4Runner has niceties such as Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, a rearview camera, Siri-compatible voice-recognition system, a 120-volt, and multiple 12-volt power outlets. 

The Physical buttons and turning knobs make common adjustments easy but the screen suffers from sun glare. Toyota does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in its vehicle lineup citing privacy concerns. The available 15-speaker JBL premium audio system sounds good.

Interior Features

Some of the cool goodies offered on the inside of the Toyota 4Runner are listed below.

  • Leather-crafted steering wheel with tilt/telescopic adjustment.
  • Fabric trimmed front seats.
  • 8-way power-adjusted driver’s seat with power lumbar support.
  • Adjustable front passenger seats.
  • Optional SofTex-trimmed heated driver seats.

2017 4Runner Cargo Capacity

The 4Runner provides generous amounts of cargo room, rated at 47.2 cu. ft. behind the second row. Fold the rear seat down and the cargo space expands to 88.8 cu. ft. Apart from the generous cargo volume, the 4Runner has a flat load floor and a wide tailgate opening. Toyota offers a power liftgate as standard. An optional sliding cargo floor helps to make loading heavier items easier.

Within the cabin, the 4Runner has generous small storage options as well, including a sizable glove box, a large center console bin, and trays carved into each door panel. All passengers get at least one cupholder and one bottle holder.

Model

2017 Toyota 4Runner

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Subaru Outback 

Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3)

47.2

36.3

35.5

Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3)

89.7

68.3

73.3

The 4Runner's large dimensions translate into a roomy cabin and spacious cargo area. For hauling, the 4Runner exceeds its rivals including Outback and Grand Cherokee. However, with the optional third row, the 4Runner will not offer much cargo space.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

7.0/10

2017 4Runner Dimensions and Weight

With the last refresh in 2014, the Toyota 4Runner still has a commanding presence on the road with its rugged looks. Sticking to the traditional SUV roots, the 4Runner has a truck front-end and spacious wagon body. Adding to its brawny looks are its high ground clearance and big tires. Though the SR5 and TRD trims have a lot in common, the TRD Pro trim adds its own grille with "Toyota" spelled out in big bold letters. The top-range Limited trim wears a lot of chrome and looks a bit more sophisticated.

Upfront, the hood is long and flat, and the windshield is relatively vertical in terms of its orientation. The outward visibility is great from the 4Runner, making it easy to maneuver and park. In terms of size, the 4Runner has a similar wheelbase as its sibling Toyota Highlander, but its body-on-frame construction easts a lot of space inside as compared to unibody construction. By comparison, the 4Runner is the longest and the tallest car in the competition. 

Model 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
Curb weight 4400 lbs. 4625 lbs. 3847 lbs.
Length 190.2" 189.8" 189.6"
Width 75.8" 76.5" 72.4"
Height 71.5" 68.1" 66.1"
Ground clearance 9.0" 8.6" 8.7"
Wheelbase 109.8" 114.7" 108.1"
Track width F/R 63.2/63.2 63.9/64.1 61.8/62.2

Exterior Features.

Some of the cool features on the outside of the Toyota 4Runner are listed below.

  • Integrated fog lamps.
  • Smoked projector beam headlights.
  • Chrome cladding on the grill.
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers.
  • Sporty hood scoops.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Safety

7.2/10

The 4Runner also receive some concerning crash-test scores, a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA while IIHS awarded the 2016 model a top rating of Good. The most notable safety technology absent in the 4Runner is automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot warning system, and rear cross-traffic alert.

NHTSA Ratings  
Category Rating
Overall rating 4 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 4 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 3 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 3 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

Toyota does not offer advanced driver-assistance and safety technologies for the 4Runner. The 2017 4Runner is equipped with Toyota's Star Safety System, vehicle stability control, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist. Driver, front passenger, and driver and passenger side and knee airbags are standard, as well as a curtain airbag for all rows. The Limited trim adds Safety Connect system which offers emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification.

IIHS Ratings  
Category Rating
Small overlap front driver side Marginal
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Not available
Headlights Poor
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Marginal

Safety Features

Some of the safety features offered as standard with the Toyota 4Runner are listed below.

  • Driver and front passenger TAP (Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis) front seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and all-row (third-row airbags on all models) 
  • Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA)
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractors (ALR/ELR) on all passenger belts
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors on outboard second-row seats and tether anchors on all second-row seats Front and rear parking assist sonar

2017 Toyota 4Runner Competition

2017 Toyota 4runner Vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

If you want an off-road-ready SUV, there is no better option than Toyota 4Runner or Jeep Grand Cherokee.  However, as you enter the city limits, the Jeep has a more comfortable ride quality than the Toyota. Also, the Jeep has an upper hand in terms of cushy ride, upscale interior, and one of the best infotainment systems. Though the Grand Cherokee offers seating for five passengers only, the 4Runner offers an optional third-row or as much cargo space.

The overall best pick would be the Jeep if you crave a plush ride and want an SUV that can also be your daily driver. On the other hand, the Jeep is no match to the off-road prowess and reliability of the Toyota 4Runner.

2017 Toyota 4runner Vs Subaru Outback

In the midsize segment, the Subaru Outback makes lesser horsepower yet offers better driving dynamics and acceleration than the Toyota 4Runner. In size, the Subaru has standard seating for five whereas 4Runner can seat up to seven with the optional third row. The ride quality on pavements is much comfortable in the Outback than in the 4Runner. However, the Subaru is no match to the Toyota in the off-roading adventure. 

The Subaru Outback is a better choice for daily driving otherwise, for the off-roading purpose, you should certainly look towards the Toyota 4Runner.

 

2017 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

A big chunky car built to fulfil all your offroad fantasies, the Toyota 4Runner is a car that can, as stated earlier, take you to any corner of the planet.

Should this be the vehicle of your choice for your next Himalayan expedition yes? Defintely yes.

Should you buy this car if you have to wade through the concrete jungle everyday to reach your office? Certainly not.

Should you buy this car? Largely depends on your motive and purpose behind shopping in this category.

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