2022 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP $36,490

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.7

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2022 Toyota 4Runner Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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When the 4Runner was launched, it was essentially the beloved Tacoma with a cover over its bed but the carmaker has improved the SUV leaps and bounds and has added more tech and sophistication to the driving experience to make it one of the most reliable SUVs in the market that have tremendous off-road capabilities. The 4Runner has also been replicating the TAco’s success with the numbers rising with every new model year. 

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Pros

Off-road ready 24x7

Excellent value for the segment

Huge cargo area

Cons

Thirsty engine

Unrefined drive

Tall ingress/egress

What's New?

Standard LED headlights

New 4Runner edition - Trail Special Edition

New wheels and shock absorbers for TRD Pro


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5$36,490 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 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

Engine and Performace

7.0

Pricing and Features

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is around the corner and is expected to hit the shores in September or early October. With the prowess it carries, the competition to the 4Runner is a niche that loves going off-road and with that niche comes competitors like the 2022 Land Rover Defender 110, 2022 Ford Bronco, and 2022 Jeep Wrangler

2022 Toyota 4Runner SUV front angle view
2022 Toyota 4Runner SUV rear angle view

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota 4Runner Features

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is available in six trims - SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. The TRD trims have been reviewed separately. Adding to this, there are several special editions as well which are based on the mentioned trims and add to respective trims’ features. The range for the 4Runner starts at $36,375 and stretches up to $47,705 for the range-topping Limited trim. The standard features on the 4Runner include LED headlights, a power rear window, 17-inch wheels, and an 8-inch touchscreen. 

Trims

SR5

SR5 Premium

Limited

MSRP (RWD)

$36,765

$39,825

$45,670

MSRP (4WD)

$38,640

$41,700

$47,705

Key features

LED headlights

Adds to SR5

Adds to SR5 Premium

 

Roof rails

Simulated leather upholstery

Chrome exterior accents

 

17-inch wheels

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

20-inch wheels

 

Power-adjustable front seats

Heated front seats

Leather upholstery

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Sunroof

Integrated navigation system

 

8-inch touchscreen

Keyless ignition and entry

Ventilated front seats

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

 

Premium JBL sound system

Talking of the special editions on offer, the 4Runner can be had in three special editions - Trail Special Edition, Venture Special Edition, and Limited Nightshade Edition. The Trail Special Edition is based on the SR5 and adds Yakima roof rack and a portable beverage cooler whereas the Venture Special Edition sits above the TRD Off-Road Premium and adds black exterior accents. And gray TRD wheels covered in all-terrain tires. The Limited Nightshade Edition is based on the Limited trim and blackens out everything, giving a more menacing look to the SUV. 

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The SR5 Premium makes the most sense if one wants a good balance in on-road and off-road performance along with the comfort features but If someone wants more, the Limited is always available as a good option feature-wise and also for the capability on offer. 

Release date

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is expected to hit the dealerships anywhere in late September or early October. 

2022 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner comes fitted with a 4.0L V6 as standard which is tuned to make 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque that is sent either to the rear wheels or all the four wheels via a 5-speed automatic gearbox. The gearbox is rather archaic and takes its time to shift the cogs but still has a decent performance in terms of smoothness. The engine is smooth and the torque is available at very low RPMs making it very useful when one needs the torque immediately. 

The punch from the engine is decently good and the cabin is well-insulated. The gear shifts might be a bit choppy at times but work fine most of the time. The cogs are well spaced out, which can be further tuned via the drive modes on offer. The suspension on the SUV is a bit firm and that coupled with huge wheels aren't good news when driving on the highway. This combination makes a rather unrefined driving experience. Other than that, there are no questions on the off-road ability because of the purpose-built design and comfortable ergonomics. 

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner 

2022 Land Rover Defender 110

2022 Ford Bronco 

2022 Jeep Wrangler 

MSRP

$38,640

$51,000

$33,200

$28,900

Engine

Naturally Aspirated 3.6L V6

Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4

Turbocharged 2.3L Inline-4

Naturally Aspirated 3.6L V6

Drivetrain

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic 

ZF 8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

Power

270 hp @ 5,600 RPM

296 hp @ 4,000 RPM

270 hp @ 5,500 RPM

285 hp @ 6,400 RPM

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.7 seconds

7.9 seconds

NA

6.8 seconds

Quarter-mile

15.3 seconds

16.4 seconds

NA

15.0 seconds

Top Speed 

114 MPH

120 MPH

NA

113 MPH

The 4Runner and the Bronco have very similar power figures but the latter benefits from a turbocharger that adds more torque on offer. This torque advantage, though, goes untested because there is no information about how fast the Bronco is. That aside, the Jeep Wrangler is the fastest off-road capable SUV with a sub-7-seconds time in the 60 MPH run, and a 15-second quarter-mile. On the other hand, both the Land Rover and Toyota clock timings are just under the 8-second mark, but the latter does gain ascendancy in the quarter-mile sprint.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is a legendary SUV that has a lot of capability, but not an efficient engine. The 4.0L V6 under the hood is a naturally aspirated motor, which translates to a poorer fuel economy when compared to its rivals that carry force-induction. The EPA rates the fuel economy figures at 16 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway for a combined 17 MPG from its rather big 23.0-gallon fuel tank.

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner 

2022 Land Rover Defender 110

2022 Ford Bronco 

2022 Jeep Wrangler 

MPG (City)

16

17

20

17

MPG (Highway)

19

20

22

25

MPG (Combined)

17

18

21

20

Fuel Tank Capacity

23.0 gallons

23.8 gallons

20.8 gallons

17.5 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

368/437/391

404/476/428

416/457/436

297/437/350

The 4Runner’s fuel economy is the least in the comparison, with the Ford Bronco taking the lead for being the most fuel-efficient averaging 21 MPG. The Defender also carries commendable MPGs and, coupled with the biggest tank of 23.8-gallons, also offers the most range on the highway. The Jeep Wrangler’s comparatively small fuel tank leaves it unsuitable for long drives due to the compromised range. 

2022 Toyota 4Runner Interior

9.0/10

The interior of the 4Runner is as rugged as these SUVs’ can be with straight lines and robust build quality all around. The door panels are dark and have a big pocket to hold a big water bottle and some extra candies as well. The design is simple and the door’s weight adds to the robustness. The dashboard is covered in hard material that looks good and compliments the car well. There is a plastic trim piece that adds to the visual appeal. The center of the dash also houses physical buttons for all the climate-related functions with two big cupholders in the center console. 

The seats look very premium and the stitching on them just adds a bit more premiumness to them. The base trims get cloth upholstery while the higher trims add simulated leather and leather upholstery. In terms of features, the front seats come with power-adjustability as standard with heating and ventilation reserved for the higher trims only. The rear seats are as comfortable as the front seats. In terms of space, the first and second rows are comfortable but the third row is tight for adults. 

A cargo door is a heavy unit with no electric assist whatsoever. Once open, it reveals a cavernous cargo area that is 47.4 cubic feet big and can easily store a lot for the occupants. The dimensions are also made use of by the small cubby nets inside that add practicality and help sort the goods out carefully. To add to the practicality, there is a home power source and a 12V socket. There are trays on either side for more cargo-carrying capacity. 

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner 

2022 Land Rover Defender 110

2022 Ford Bronco 

2022 Jeep Wrangler 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.3/57.8/41.7

40.6/60.8/39.1

41.0/57.1/43.1

42.6/55.7/41.2

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.6/57.8/32.9

40.4/59.2/39.1

39.8/51.8/35.7

41.7/57.7/35.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

47.4

34.0

22.4

12.9

The Defender’s shape makes it easier for the occupants to fit in and provides ample shoulder room in both rows. It can also be equipped as a 7-seater but in that case, the third row of seats is very tight and also eats up into the cargo capacity. In contrast, the 4Runner can only be equipped in a 5-seater configuration but the seating is comfy with a big cabin and massive cargo space which is nearly 39% bigger. That said, some of the highlighting features of this system are:

  • Sunroof
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner comes fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is surrounded by physical controls that help in navigating through the different functions and screens. The system is equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay out of the box along with Bluetooth for seamless smartphone connectivity. There are USB ports as well for connectivity and connecting media devices as well. 

As standard, this system comes packed with an 8-speaker system and is upgradable to a 15-speaker JBL system. The system also comes shod with an integrated navigation system in the higher trims that provides a very seamless experience but does act up sometimes with stutters. That said, some of the highlighting infotainment systems are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • 120-volt power outlet 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Bluetooth
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • 15-speaker premium JBL sound system
  • Navigation system

2022 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

6.0/10

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 looks very similar to the previous generations which is a very good thing in this case. The looks are distinctively different with a heavy stance and a bumper housing functional vents and fog lights along with LED headlights. The rugged stance is also blacked up by body cladding and big alloy wheels that range from 17 inches to 20 inches. The entry is a bit high up and one needs to climb inside. The rear is highlighted with LED tail lamps, a well tucked-in wiper, bumper protection, and single exhaust pipe. 

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner 

2022 Land Rover Defender 110

2022 Ford Bronco 

2022 Jeep Wrangler 

Curb Weight 

4,750 lbs

5,035 lbs

4,450 lbs

4,450 lbs

Length (inches)

190.2

197.6

189.4

188.4

Width (inches)

75.8

79.1

75.9

73.8

Height (inches)

71.5

77.4

73

73.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.6

8.6

8.3

10.8

Wheelbase (inches)

109.8

119.0

116.1

118.4

The 4Runner is a massive vehicle and the heavy curb weight comes as no surprise given the massive space inside, and a rugged outlook of the SUV. The weight lies just under 4,800 lbs which makes it lighter than the Defender, but heavy nonetheless. The 4Runner also boasts of massive ground clearance of 9.6 and rather compact proportions for a SUV of this calibre with the shortest wheelbase of 109.8 inches. On the flip side, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler has the best clearance from the ground of 10.8 inches, while the 2022 Land Rover Defender is the longest at 197.6 inches. That said, some of the bits highlighting the exterior of this SUV are:

  • LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • 17-/20-inch wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Roof rails
  • Chrome exterior accents

2022 Toyota 4Runner Safety

8.0/10

Toyota has equipped the 2022 4Runner with all the modern passive safety features that are expected of this segment. In terms of the driver assistance features on offer, the standard bits include dynamic radar cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning system. The SUV is equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense P (TSS-P) that also bundles in various other features like a Pre-collision system, Pedestrian detection, Automatic high beams.

In terms of crash test ratings, the 4Runner scores a 4-star rating in the NHTSA tests, with a rollover risk of 24.60% which is rather low for the segment. The IIHS, on the other end of the spectrum, rates the 4Runner “Good” in all the parameters except the “Small overlap front: driver-side” and “LATCH ease of use” in which the scores stand at “Marginal”. 

Some other standout safety features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rearview Camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

2022 Toyota 4Runner Competition

9.0/10

2022 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2022 Land Rover Defender 110

The Land Rover Defender had made a comeback in the market after a long time and, as with all modern Land Rover vehicles, the reliability record is a bit sparse. Compared to this, the 4Runner has a long and reliable history with many people appreciating the Japanese manufacturer for the robustness of the SUV. Adding to this is the price that plays a major role in the 4Runner’s credit. Toyota also has a bigger boot and better performance numbers but the fuel economy is rather low. 

2022 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2022 Ford Bronco

The Toyota has a clear advantage over the Ford because of all the extra that it comes along with in terms of cabin space, cargo capacity, and proportions. The Bronco carries a legacy and with the modern re-launch of the name, it also carries the best technology that the company can put in its vehicle. The turbo-4 engine on the American SUV is touted to be quicker than the 4Runner and also be more fuel-efficient as well. 

2022 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2022 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler has a league of its own. It is a more raw package than the 4Runner with better off-road ability and a good following of enthusiasts. The engine is quicker and given the weight, the numbers are better than the 4Runner as well. The 4Runner, on the other hand, has a comfortable cabin, is well-equipped with technology, and carries more sophisticated driving dynamics than the Jeep. 

2022 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner will be carried over unchanged from the previous model year and hence is not an unfamiliar face in the segment, it carries a good reliability record and the recent updates have made it more up-to-date with the rivals. The interior is robust and spacious with a massive cargo capacity which is also the largest in the segment. The only matter of concern is the thirsty engine that compromises fuel economy for better performance. 

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