2017 Toyota 4Runner

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2017 MODEL
$34,210 - $44,560 See Inventory Prices

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The Toyota 4Runner is one of the coolest sports utility vehicles in the market. In an era of crossovers and compact SUVs, the Toyota 4Runners stands alone as a conventional, hardcore, boxy SUV. Toyota claims that this mighty SUV is one of the most durable, off-road capable and practical SUVs in the market. So, can this monster of a car be your vehicle of choice for your next expedition to the Himalayas? We'll investigate that in this review of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.

The Toyota 4Runner is offered in 6 different trim levels with the basic SR5 trim level starting at $34210. The 4Runner uses a 4 litre engine that churns out 270 horses and delivers 278 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission. You get a four wheel drive system in across all the trim levels. The 4Runner is built to accommodate 5 passengers and all of their camping equipment too.

The 4Runner is Toyota's third largest SUV. After the Land Cruiser and the Sequoia, this is the largest Toyota SUV your money can buy. The 4Runner is one of the very few SUVs that are capable of going off-road. Most of the SUVs at in this segment merely claim to go off-roading while the others are just tagged as entry-level luxury SUV. But not this one. This is one heck of a SUV that will take on any treacherous terrain you throw towards it.

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Pros

Off-road abilities.

Boxy, humongous size.

Robust and mean looks.

Ability of taking you to literally any corner of the earth.

Many trim levels and options.

Cons

Low engine power.

Outdated powertrain.

On road driving

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34210

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

114 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

241 cu. in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.3 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.3 in. ventilated disc brakes

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

47.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

183 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/21 mpg

highway range

483 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Toyota 4Runner in Nautical Blue Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner in Midnight Black Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner in Classic Silver Metallic color  2017 Toyota 4Runner in blizzard pearl color  2017 Toyota 4Runner in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Nautical Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Safety

5.8

Exterior

7.1

Engine

6.2

Interior

7.3

Fuel Economy

5.4

Features

7.9

Comfort

6.4

Driving

7.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5

SR5

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$34,210 - $36,085


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $34,210 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,085 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

SR5 Premium

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$36,040 - $37,915


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,040 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $37,915 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Limited

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$42,525 - $44,560


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $42,525 MSRP (17/18/21) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $44,560 MSRP (17/18/20) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

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2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD SUV
6.8/10

Engine: 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L V6

MPG: 18 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 4, 2018

6.6

Overall Rating


7.9/10
Features

 

6.2/10
Engine

 

5.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.3/10
Interior

 

7.1/10
Exterior

 

5.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Toyota 4Runner is one of the coolest sports utility vehicles in the market. In an era of crossovers and compact SUVs, the Toyota 4Runners stands alone as a conventional, hardcore, boxy SUV. Toyota claims that this mighty SUV is one of the most durable, off-road capable and practical SUVs in the market. So, can this monster of a car be your vehicle of choice for your next expedition to the Himalayas? We' ll investigate that in this review of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.

The Toyota 4Runner is offered in 6 different trim levels with the basic SR5 trim level starting at $34210. The 4Runner uses a 4 litre engine that churns out 270 horses and delivers 278 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission. You get a four wheel drive system in across all the trim levels. The 4Runner is built to accommodate 5 passengers and all of their camping equipment too.

The 4Runner is Toyota' s third largest SUV. After the Land Cruiser and the Sequoia, this is the largest Toyota SUV your money can buy. The 4Runner is one of the very few SUVs that are capable of going off-road. Most of the SUVs at in this segment merely claim to go off-roading while the others are just tagged as entry-level luxury SUV. But not this one. This is one heck of a SUV that will take on any treacherous terrain you throw towards it.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Features

7.9/10

The 4Runner is offered in six different trim levels. The base SR5 trim level with a rear wheel drive is offered at a price of $34210 and the one with a four wheel drive system is priced at $36085. Prices climb and top of the line Limited trim level with a rear wheel drive system is offered at $42525 while the one with a 4 wheel drive system is offered at $44560. The SR5, the SR5 Premium and the Limited trim level of the 4Runners are offered with both a rear wheel drive and an four-wheel drive system while the TRD Pro, TRD off-road and TRD off-road Premium are offered with a four wheel drive system only. The engine and the transmission remains the same in all the 6 trim levels. The major differences are on the inside where there are different types of seats, audio systems and other various amenities on offer.

Trim SR5 SR5 Premium TRD Pro TRD off road TRD off road Premium Limited
MSRP $34,210 $36,040 N/A N/A N/A $42,525
MSRP

 

(4WD)

$36,085 $37,915 $42,400 $37,335 $39,295 $44,560
Key

 

Features

  • Integrated fog lights
  • Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone and voice command
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver' s seat with power lumbar support; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • SofTex-trimmed heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver' s seat with power lumbar support; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • SofTex-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents and color-keyed hood scoop
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • SofTex-trimmed heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver' s seat with power lumbar support; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents and color-keyed hood scoop
  • TRD Off-Road\u201d external hard badges
  • Overhead console with Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL) switches
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • SofTex-trimmed heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver' s seat with power lumbar support; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • SofTex-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Smart Key System17 with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and 6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display
  • Dual zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents

We Recommend

For pure off-roading, go for the base SR5 trim level with the 4 wheel drive system. This trim has everything in it for taking you through the jungles, dirt marshes, the mountains and the rivers. Want your off-roading experience to be luxurious at the same time? Go for the Limited trim level with the 4 wheel drive system. All the trim levels are equally good at their price point but make sure that you get your car with the 4 wheel drive system. Otherwise, your 4Runner could just get called as 2Runner.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Engine

6.2/10

The Toyota 4Runner is equipped with a chunky 4 litre V6 engine. The power unit pumps out a solid 270 horses and delivers 278 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed torque converter automatic transmission and you can send power either to the rear wheels or to all the 4 wheels via limited slip differential. The powertrain of the 4Runner is pretty much outdated and we expect this car to make more power than it already makes.

Both, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited use a smaller 3.6 litre, V6 engine. But, the Jeep makes 13 horses more than the Toyota while the Subaru makes 14 horses less than it. The Jeep uses an eight speed automatic transmission while the Subaru on the other hand employs a continuously variable transmission.

Models Toyota 4Runner SR5 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
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

Acceleration

Acceleration timings are a big turn off in case of the 4Runner. You can' t really expect it to have it sports car like acceleration timings but the Toyota is still slow and sluggish for an SUV with 270 horses under its hood. The 4Runner hits 60 MPH in about 8.1 seconds and covers the quarter mile distance in about 16.1 seconds.

In spite of using a smaller engine and making the least power, the Subaru Outback has the best acceleration timings in the competition. The Subaru can do a 0-60 MPH in about 7.1 seconds and hits the quarter mile mark in about 15.7 seconds. The Jeep Grand Cherokee on the other hand does a 0-60 MPH in about 7.6 seconds and covers the quarter mile distance in 15.7 seconds.

Models Toyota 4Runner SR5 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 7.6 sec 7.1 sec
Quarter mile 16.1 sec 15.8 sec 15.7 sec
Engine 4.0L 3.6L 3.6L

Ride and Handling

The 4Runner isn' t a machine you would buy to drive on the city roads. The jungles and the unexplored terrains is the real home of the 4Runner and to that' s where you should actually go to get the real fun driving experience from this SUV. Different off-roading modes offered with this car make literally the conqueror of all terrains. The large tires offer the car good grip on the ground but the body on frame construction of the car results in good amount of body roll and therefore passengers on the inside get thrown around while sharp turns and corners.

The steering is not the most desirable. It feels light and vague thereby making city driving a difficult task. We feel that Toyota should update their power distribution system which will further enhance the driving dynamics of the car and will make the car more driveable in the city traffic conditions.

2017 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

5.4/10

The fuel efficiency figures of the Toyota 4Runnner aren' t really all that great but nevertheless they are the best when it comes to comparing them with the competition. The Toyota can go for 20 miles in the city on a single gallon of fuel while it can go for 27 miles on the highway on a single gallon of fuel. The 4Runner gets a combined fuel economy rating of 22 MPG.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the least fuel efficient of the lot credit to the extra horses that it makes and thus gets a combine fuel economy rating of 21 MPG. The Subaru on the other hand gets a combined fuel economy rating of 22 MPG.

Model Toyota 4Runner SR5 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
MPG (city) 20 19 20
MPG (highway) 27 26 27
MPG (combined) 22 21 22

2017 Toyota 4Runner Interior

7.3/10

Hop on the inside and you’ll find a quite a spacious interiors. But the quality of materials will pretty much disappoint you. The fit and finish is also not that really great. The plastics on the inside are flimsy and wobbly and tend to shake as you go over sharp bumps and potholes. In a nutshell, not the best place to be in and you would want more given the fact that you’d be paying $36085 for this SUV.

Seating and Comfort

The 4Runner can accommodate up to 5 passengers comfortably and you can also push in the 6th passenger if you want. On the front, the 4Runner offers a total head/shoulder/leg room of 39.3/57.8/41.7 inches respectively. Get on to the rear seats and the Toyota will offer you a total head/shoulder/leg room of 38.6/57.8/32.9 inches respectively.

Model

Toyota 4Runner SR5

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

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

Infotainment System

Toyota calls its infotainment system as the Entune infotainment system. The system is offered with an integrated navigation system and App Suite. The system also offers a 6.1 inch high resolution touch screen display and a 12 speaker audio system. The audio quality is great and offers a great in-ride entertainment experience.

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.

Cargo Capacity

The trunk of the Toyota is large enough to transport all of your camping and hiking equipment. With the second row of seats are up, the 4Runner can swallow 47.2 cubic feet of cargo and when the second row of seats are folded, you open up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo volume.

The Toyota has the largest cargo storage capacity in the competition. The Subaru offers the second best trunk volume at 73.3 cubic feet and is followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Model

Toyota 4Runner SR5

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

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

Towing Capacity

The Toyota 4Runner can tow up to 5000 lbs which is yet another best in competition feature.

Model

Toyota 4Runner SR5

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

5000

3500

3000

 

2017 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

7.1/10

Dimensions and Weight

The 4Runner weighs about 4400 lbs. and is humongous in size. The car is 190.2 inches long, 75.8 inches wide and 71.5 inches tall. The 4Runner also offers the best-in-segment ground clearance of 9 inches just so that you don' t scratch the floor while you go offroading in a tropical forest.

The Toyota is the longest and the tallest car in the competition. The only car that' s wider than the Toyota is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep also boasts the largest ground clearance of 114.7 inches and also happens to be the heaviest car of the lot at 4625 lbs.

Model Toyota 4Runner SR5 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
Curb weight (lbs.) 4400 4625 3847
Length(in) 190.2 189.8 189.6
Width(in) 75.8 76.5 72.4
Height(in) 71.5 68.1 66.1
Ground clearance (in) 9.0 8.6 8.7
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 114.7 108.1
Track width (in) 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 coloured front and rear bumpers.
  • Sporty hood scoops.

 

2017 Toyota 4Runner Safety

5.8/10

Being an off-road vehicle, Toyota knows that this car will be taken to treacherous terrains and will face lot of abuse. So, the 4Runner has been equipped with a lot of safety features. The Toyota gets a good' rating in most of the test conducted by the IIHS and also gets 5 star rating in most of the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.

 

NHTSA Ratings
Category NHTSA 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

 

IIHS Ratings
Category IIHS 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 seats anchors (LATCH) Marginal

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

Safety Fetaures

  • 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

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Vs Toyota 4 runner

The Jeep is the American rival of the Toyota. The Grand Cherokee uses a smaller 3.6 litre engine and yet makes power than the Toyota. The Jeep also has the better acceleration timings. The Jeep gets a combined fuel economy figures of 21 MPG which is only 1 MPG less than the Toyota. The Jeep is also the smaller car of the two but the longer wheel base helps it to offer larger passenger volume on the inside but it sacrifices on the cargo volume. The Jeep also costs $4000 less than the Toyota.

If you crave for a plush ride and want an SUV that can also be your daily driver, the Jeep is the best car you can buy. On the other hand, the Jeep is no match to the off-road prowess of the Toyota.

The Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Vs Toyota 4 runner

The Subaru Outback is the Japanese rival of the Toyota. The Subaru uses a smaller 3.6 litre and makes lesser horses and yet beats the Toyota in terms of acceleration timings. The Subaru also matches the Toyota in terms of fuel economy and delivers 22 MPG. The Subaru happens to be the smallest car of the two and but somehow manages to offer more passenger volume than the Toyota and sacrifices on the luggage space. The Toyota and the Subaru are priced are similarly.

Again, if you want a plush ride and want an SUV to drive around the city, then the Subaru Outback is the one for you. Otherwise, for off-roading purpose you should certainly look towards the Toyota.

 

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.