2022 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP $36,490 Est.

Ranked #7 in Suv

7.7

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2022 Toyota 4Runner Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota 4Runner is the big and boxy body-on-frame SUV devoted to your off-road pursuit. Offered in 8 different trim levels, the fan-adored 4Runner is one among the limited true SUVs in the market. The 2022 release is not to witness any huge changes and would remain as a part of the fifth-generation 4Runner introduced back in 2010. Though the generation seems old, every year witnessed updates in both the tech and safety side, making it suit the market even in 2022. 

Toyota has tightened its lips hiding any reveal regarding a redesigned 4Runner, which shall surely be expected soon. The old-school design is yet moving the market where some anticipated offerings are made from Jeep, Dodge, and Ford. Equipped with a highly capable 4L V6 under the hood, 4Runner pushes out ample power and performs well on and off the roads. 

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Pros

Terrific off-road capability

Toyota’s famed build quality and reliability

Absolute bang for the buck pricing

Oodles of practicality on offer

Cons

Outdated dashboard design

Sub-par interior quality. Rivals like Explorer have truly upped the game

Poor fuel efficiency figures

What's New?

Speculations regarding the updated transmission

Additional infotainment features rumored

Updates on the safety front are expected


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5$36,490 Est. onwards

Ratings

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


With an expected MSRP starting from $37,500, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner competes with the mighty Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, and the Ford Explorer. Toyota is known well for its reliability and dependability, the rugged SUV would never break down on your undulated voyages. However, the interior never feels premium, touches hard everywhere and never looks modern. Neither does it offer efficiency in the fuel tank. Still, 4Runner remains to be an anticipating machine for many.

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

For the 2022 model year, Toyota is planning to abandon the Nightshade Special Edition and Venture Special Edition. The 4runner will be offered in 7 trims which range from $37500 all the way to $50470. Multiple offerings give a lot of choices to the buyers, for which Toyota has been the frontrunner for many years.

Trim

SR5

Trail Special Edition

SR5 premium

TRD Offroad

TRD Off-Road Premium

Limited 

TRD Pro

Price

$37500

$38315

$39550

$40305

$43050

$45395

$50470

Features

4.0L V6 Engine

In addition to SR5 features:-

In addition to Trail Special Edition features

Crawl Control (CRAWL)

In addition to TRD Offroad features

In addition to SR5 premium features

In addition to TRD Off road premium features:-

 

AWD/4WD Capability

17-inch dark grey alloy wheels

Smart Key System with Push Button Start

17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels

 

Smart Key System with Push Button Start

20-inch split 6-spoke alloy wheels

17-inch matte-black flow-form TRD alloy wheels

 

Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)

Cargo area 40-qt. premium accessory cooler with tie-down strap

Heated front seats

Part-time 4WD system

TRD Off-Road shift-knob

Dual-zone automatic climate control

TRD Pro-stamped (in red) aluminum front skid plate

 

Power rear liftgate window

Black fabric seating with unique tan accent stitch

Heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Locking rear differential

Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)

Perforated leather-trimmed seats, Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

A part-time 4WD system, TRD-tuned front springs

We Recommend

We recommend going for the TRD Offroad trim for the 4runner. It’s a capable offroader with ample power. Although not as well equipped as the TRD Pro, the TRD Offroad provides much more value and practicality. With the part-time 4WD system and locking rear differential, it can be used to maneuver the most difficult trails off-road.

Price:

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is expected to be priced at around $37,500, not far more than the ongoing model. However, there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the prices from the manufacturer.

Release Date

As the automaker stays tight-lipped against our inquiries, the official release date is yet to be disclosed. However, we expect the release to be by the fall of 2021.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

The Toyota 4Runner would be offered in a 4L Naturally Aspirated V6 motor that churns out 270 horses and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. For the ongoing model, the power is given either to the rear wheels or the 4 wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission. However, speculations regarding an updated transmission unit persist. The RWD and 4WD options in the drivetrain would enable you to choose according to your need. The immensely capable drivetrain handles rough roads with ease and lets you roam on the rocks with fewer hassles.

2022 Toyota 4Runner SUV in action mode

The heavy and boxy SUV does accelerate well in real life. The athletic engine sprints to 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds, not the best in the competition where the Ford Explorer does it in 6.6 seconds and the Jeep Grand Cherokee does it in 6.7 seconds. However, 4Runner promises consistent acceleration, which is proven by the quarter-mile race. The SUV runs fast on the race and finishes with the same 15.3 seconds, which the Ford Explorer took for the same. 

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner*

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$37,500

$35,995

$35,695

$34,000

Engine

4.0L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5,600 RPM

293 hp @ 6,400 RPM

293 hp @ 6,400 RPM

300 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Grand Cherokee wins the quarter-mile race with the point of a second. However, there isn’t a big difference in terms of the raw power offered by Toyota and its competitors. Thus, the performance and capabilities of the engine are assured by the Japanese automaker. With the 5 speed gearbox, the shifts are a bit longer for the taste of many, but it still gets the job done just fine.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner, equipped with a capable 4L Naturally Aspirated V6 is never expected to ignite the lights of fuel efficiency. Shortly, it isn’t the cup of tea for the 4Runner. The SUV gets you 17 MPG on city drives, 21 MPG on the highways, totaling a combined mileage of 18. The large fuel tank with a 23-gallon capacity would let you have a decent range of 391 miles in the city, 483 miles on highways, and 414 miles combined.

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner*

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

17

19

19

21

MPG (Highway)

21

26

26

28

MPG (Combined)

18

21

21

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

23

24.6

24.6

17.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

391/483/414

467/640/516

467/634/516

376/501/430

*2021 MY data used for reference

The figures seem underrated when compared with the similarly equipped Ford Explorer that gets you better specs but a smaller gallon tank. However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango find a balance between figures and gallon tank size, giving suitable range on your drives, ensuring fewer stops at the gas stations.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Interior

9.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner would look too aged in terms of interior design. The materials used aren’t of high quality, which would be less appealing for most of the buyers in this segment. There are a lot of hard plastics in the dashboard, making it less pleasing. The cabin seems functional and practical but lacks modernity and a premium feel. 

​  2022 Toyota 4Runner SUV cockpit area

The big boxy SUV is as competitively spacious as its rivals. 4Runner seats 5 occupants by standard, an optional third row is also available. However, when it comes to rear legroom, Toyota 4Runner seems to lag severely behind with a 32.9” against the 39” of Ford Explorer and 38.6” of Grand Cherokee and Durango. 

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner*

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

7

Front Row (Headroom/ShoulderRoom/Legroom; inches)

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.7/61.8/43.0

Second Row (Headroom/ShoulderRoom/Legroom; inches)

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.8/57.7/38.6

40.5/61.9/39.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

47.2

36.3

43.3

N/A

*2021 MY data used for reference

This Toyota SUV also gets the best-in-class cargo space behind the second row, which is a good point. It gets you 47.2 cubic feet of trunk capacity, while Durango gets 43.3 and Grand Cherokee gets 36.3.The 4Runner gets an 8-inch infotainment screen on the center of the dashboard. The system looks cool but is aged. Though responsive, the system takes time to answer your calls via physical buttons or touchscreen. 

​  2022 Toyota 4Runner SUV infotainment screen

All things said, the system offers smartphone integration features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is a good move. You shall opt for upgrade options featuring built-in navigation, a JBL sound system, etc. Major infotainment features include:-

  • 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa integration
  • 4 USB ports
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • SiriusXM internet radio

2022 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

6.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner would maintain the same silhouette of a rugged and aggressive look for 2022 as well. The muscular and tall looks do impress the fans even though the design ages. However, an update in the exterior is surely a demand for the 4Runner. The mighty SUV gets way more ground clearance, which lets it take over any terrain with ease, and you are never going to get stuck anywhere. 

This rugged Toyota isn’t the heaviest in the segment. Durango is the heaviest followed by Grand Cherokee and Explorer is the lightest of all. By dimensions, Explorer is the longest and widest but it gets the least ground clearance. With the best-in-class ground clearance, 4Runner shall be ranked the best in terms of off-roading capability.

​  2022 Toyota 4Runner SUV 

The boxy design of the Toyota 4Runner would not appear pleasing for all eyes. The design shall be loved by the fans, especially those who love practical and aggressive looks. However, the design demands betterment in the upcoming years. You get LED headlamps, daytime running lights, and taillights. 

Models

2022 Toyota 4Runner*

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,400

4,576

4,680

4,073

Length (inches)

190.2

189.8

201.2

198.8

Width (inches)

75.8

76.5

75.8

78.9

Height (inches)

71.5

69.3

70.9

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

9

8.6

8.1

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

109.8

114.8

119.8

119.1

*2021 MY data used for reference

Beneath the headlight, you get fog lamps too. 17 and 20-inch alloy wheels are available. The side mirrors are power-operated. The 4Runner is the smallest in terms of wheelbase, which is the possible reason for the cramped legroom in the rear compartment. Some of the exterior features are as follows:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights, DRLs, taillights
  • Fog lamps
  • Power-driven side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Spare wheel mounted outside beneath the cargo

2022 Toyota 4Runner Safety

8.0/10

The ongoing Toyota 4Runner, structurally similar to the 2022 release, is rated pretty stable and robust. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given an overall 4-star rating to the big SUV, which is quite a good score to carry. The 4Runner was found to have safety issues when it comes to the front passenger safety ratings, and in the rollover rating. 

Front passenger safety ratings and rollover ratings seem to be only 3-stars, which needs to be improved in the future so that the buyers shall take it anywhere with good peace of mind.The 2022 Toyota 4Runner gets you numerous standard and available safety features and driver-assistance features such as:-

  • Forward Collision Warning with pedestrian detection
  • Accident-Avoidance system
  • post-collision safety system
  • vehicle stability control
  • lane departure warning
  • automatic emergency braking, ABS with EBD, and so on.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Competition

9.0/10

2022 Toyota 4Runner vs 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to be a value for money but when it comes to the buyers who don’t take off-roads too seriously. Grand Cherokee pumps out greater power but lacks off-road capabilities when compared to 4Runner. Furthermore, 4Runner gets better towing capacity and far more cargo-carrying capacity than the Grand Cherokee. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

However, the engine under the hood of 4Runner is thirstier than Grand Cherokee, making it less fuel-efficient. So for those who need serious off-roads shall doubtlessly opt 4Runner for its immense capabilities and rugged character. But for those who prefer practicality and efficiency, the Grand Cherokee from Jeep would be a satisfying buy.

2022 Toyota 4Runner vs 2021 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is a premium and appealing choice in the segment. Offering immense tech inside the cabin, and some premium touches all around, Durango attracts buyers who prefer modernity. The Durango is cheaper but more powerful than the 4Runner. 

2021 Dodge Durango

The Durango has better towing capacity and competitive cargo space as well. Durango is far more efficient than the thirsty motor of 4Runner. But when it comes to practicality, 4Runner remains unbeatable. Apart from all these, the reliability front of Toyota remains untouched by any of its rivals, making it a compelling buy.

2022 Toyota 4Runner vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer imposes a high level of competition to the 4Runner in every segment. Explorer is cheaper but far more powerful than the 4Runner. Explorer is the most fuel-efficient pick in the competition, far better than the 4Runner’s figures. The cabin is spacious and practical, thanks to the longer wheelbase. 

2021 Ford Explorer

The lower ground clearance shall pose problems, but the occupant-carrying capacity is 7 for the Explorer. Ford Explorer wins the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ award from the IIHS for being the best on the safety front. NHTSA's 4-star rating is the only asset with the 4Runner. However, Ford can’t touch the reliability assured by the Japanese Toyota.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

Offered at a decent price bracket, the immensely capable and powerful 4Runner lets you conquer any terrain with ease. While the design seems outdated, it still looks stylish and dashing. However, the boxy SUV fails in refinement, efficiency, and features when compared to its rivals. 

The interior lacks quality and aesthetics but is way more practical than the rivals. Better safety ratings are quite a demand, while the rivals conquer crash tests with ease. The reliability and dependability of Toyota vehicles make the 2022 Toyota 4Runner a trustworthy choice. You would never be struck with a breakdown and that’s what the Japan-made Toyota assures you.

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