2021 Toyota 4Runner

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 12, 2020


Being in its third generation of continuous offering, the Toyota 4Runner’s price has jumped up by a bit in comparison to last year. Now, the base 4Runner SR5 starts at an MSRP of $36,340, and the top-of-the-line TRD-PRO costs $50,470 and is only available in AWD. The interior is likely to remain unchanged from the previous year model though, as is the powertrain setup.

2021 Toyota 4unner front three-quarter view wallpaper
2021 Toyota 4Runner gets LED headlights as standard

But to keep things interesting, the Japanese carmaker introduces some tweaks to the exterior of this midsize SUV. It gets LED headlights as standard across all variants, and there is also a special production Trail Edition limited to 4,000 units. Apart from that, the top-tier TRD Pro model gets a new paint scheme, redesigned TRD wheels and retuned dampers.


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Pros

Great off-road capability

Spacious cargo

Impressive towing capacity

Toyota’s reliability

Cons

Outdated interior

Priced on the costlier side

What's New?

LED headlights standard across the range

TRD Pro gets a Lunar Rock hue and retuned suspension

A limited-production Trail Edition


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Styles

2021 Toyota 4Runner in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine And Performance

7.4

Fuel Economy

5.6

Interior

7.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.5

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Toyota 4Runner SR5

SR5

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

$36,120 - $37,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,120 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 5
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $37,995 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

SR5 Premium

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

$39,315 - $41,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $39,315 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 5
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $41,190 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota 4Runner Venture

Venture

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

$44,385


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Venture 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $44,385 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Limited

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

$44,985 - $47,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $44,985 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $47,020 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade

Nightshade

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

$46,725 - $48,760


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Nightshade 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $46,725 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD rear wheel drive 5
Nightshade 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $48,760 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
Electronic 5-Speed Automatic w/OD four wheel drive 5

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail edition

Trail edition

power
270 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded V-6
mpg
18 combined

$50,470


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trail Special Edition 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $50,470 MSRP (16/18/19) 270 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, Regular Unleaded V-6
TBD rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


Counted among top automotive manufacturers, Toyota leads international markets with its stylish and wide range of vehicles. Toyota builds reliable cars that are powerful, stylish, and innovative in their respective segments, even SUVs. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is one of the top-selling vehicles and the Japanese automaker's most popular mid-size SUV. It inhibits exceptional off-roading and can also work up good as a daily purpose family SUV.

Prices of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner are up by $220

The 2021 4Runner will retain the 4.0L naturally aspirated V6 that churns up 270-hp and 278 lb-ft of peak torque. Other than the impressive power figures, the mid-size SUV gets a detailed, premium cabin for five passengers, can tow up to 5,000 lbs of dead weight on its back, and gets various trims for personalization. The Toyota 4Runner competes against the likes of Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango.

2021 Toyota 4Runner gets new Trail Edition Trim
Only 4,000 units of the Trail Edition will be made

6.8/10
Features

7.4/10
Engine and Performance

5.6/10
Fuel Economy

7.1/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2021 Toyota 4Runner Features

6.8/10

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner will add one new trim to the existing 8-trims, namely the Trail Edition. It will get 17-inch dark-gray TRD wheels and black exterior badges to set itself apart. The base trim of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner costs $36,340 for its RWD configuration. The AWD unit of the same costs $1,875 extra. Its top trims add levels of premium comfort, off-roading accessories, and dark accents to inside-out.

Trims

SR5

Trail Edition

SR5 Premium

Venture Special Edition Limited Nightshade

TRD Off-Road

TRD Off-Road Premium

TRD-Pro

MSRP(RWD)

$36,340

$38,315

$39,550

N/A $45,395 $46,810 N/A

 

N/A

 

 

MSRP(4WD)

$38,215

$40,190

$41,425

$44,620 $47,430 $48,845

$40,305

$43,050

$50,470

Key Features

17-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels

Advanced Trail color choices

SofTex trimmed heated and power-adjustable front seats

17-inch dark gray metallic alloy wheels 20-inch split 6-spoke wheels 20-inch Black split 6-spoke wheels

Hill Start Assist Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control

Hill Start Assist Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control

17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels

 

RWD or part-time 4WD with active traction control

Black seating with tan stitching

Heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket Dual-zone automatic climate control Black exterior accents, heated mirrors with turn signal indicators, roof rails, external badging, side rocker panels and door handles

Locking rear differential

Locking rear differential

FOX shocks with TRD-tuned front springs

 

An 8-inch high-resolution touch-screen display

All-weather floor liners

Backup camera with projected path

Black rear spoiler, door handles, and bumper accents Leather-trimmed heated and power-adjustable front seats Black interior accents

Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents and color-keyed hood scoop

Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents and color-keyed hood scoop

TRD shift knob and floor mats, black "TRD Pro" external badges

 

Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim

Dark gray TRD Off-Road wheels

Smart Key System with Push Button Start

  Front and rear parking assist Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

TRD Off-road external hard badges

"TRD" Off-road external hard badges

High-performance LED fog lights

 

8-speaker audio system

40-quart cooler and sliding cargo tray

Dynamic Navigation

     

17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels

17-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels

Unique "TOYOTA" front grille

 

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Amazon Compatible

 

 

     

 

 

Black roof basket

The SR5 trim starts the Toyota 4Runner lineup with RWD or part-time 4WD with active traction control for ultimate off-roading handling. It gets 17-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels, 8-speaker audio system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa Compatibility as well. The SR5 Premium trim incorporates SofTex-trimmed heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, backup camera with projected path, Smart Key System with push button start and dynamic navigation. The TRD Off-Road trim adds Hill Start Assist Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control, Locking Rear Differential, Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents and color-keyed hood scoop,

The 4Runner is among several other Toyota cars to get TRD model

The TRD Off-Road Premium adds the soft texture inside the cabin with high-quality material including the seat wrappings. The Venture Special Edition gets 17-inch dark gray metallic alloy wheels, Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket and Black rear spoiler, door handles, and bumper accents. The Limited trim gets better comfort, courtesy of its leather-trimmed heated and power-adjustable front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control, and 20-inch split 6-spoke wheels, Front and rear parking assist are also added in the list. The Nightshade Edition shines more than just an off-roading SUV, revealing the darkest soul of the 4Runner with Black exterior accents, heated mirrors with turn signal indicators, roof rails, external badging, side rocker panels and door handles,

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro gets new Lunar Rock hue

On the inside, black accents, power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade, and a 15-speaker premium audio system will keep you cheered up at all times. The TRD-Pro trim rolls out on 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels, with retuned FOX shocks with TRD-tuned front springs for enhanced off-roading. There's also TRD shift knob and floor mats, black "TRD Pro" external badges, high-performance LED fog lights, unique "TOYOTA" front grille, and a black roof basket to add to the aesthetic appeal. The Trail Edition is the newest addition to the list that incorporates the Yakima LoadWarrior cargo basket, Custom removable 40-qt cooler, and TRD off-road wheels.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Toyota is known for its exceptional build quality and revolutionary technology at an affordable price range. Its lineup has a wide bandwidth of vehicles ranging from compact cars to full-size SUVs but each vehicle incorporates the build trust and assurance that has been at stake for the Japanese automotive manufacturer. Toyota vehicles last decades and are reliable for both utility and practicality. These also include the head-turning aesthetic appeal that the buyers are always attracted to.

How Reliable is the Toyota 4Runner, and how much is its Ownership Cost?

Toyota builds reliable cars that last long, give their peak performance for a long period, and maintain the credibility of this automaker, and the same is true even for the 4Runner. The safety ratings of the 4Runner also reflect the build quality which never goes low for any segment vehicle. Along with low maintenance charges over the years, the vehicle serves its owner in the worst circumstances.

Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$661

$684

$708

$733

$759

$3,545

Maintenance

$41

$416

$374

$1,734

$1,891

$4,456

Repairs

$0

$0

$91

$220

$320

$631

Taxes & Fees

$2,475

$35

$35

$35

$35

$2,615

Financing

$1,971

$1,584

$1,174

$734

$265

$5,728

Depreciation

$7,426

$1,607

$1,521

$1,783

$1,690

$14,027

Fuel

$1,874

$1,930

$1,988

$2,048

$2,109

$9,949

Real Cost of Ownership

$14,448

$6,256

$5,891

$7,287

$7,069

$40,951

The various available trim gives a wide range of choices to the buyers. The powerful engine under the hood with part-time 4WD capabilities can allow the drivers to splash a puddle or climb a rock spontaneously without breaking a sweat. The same engine that powers the SUV can also tow a whopping 5,000 lbs in urgency and can sprint to 60 MPH from 0 in 7.3 seconds. Even its cabin feels upscale with soft and high-quality material choices.

Criteria

Score (Out of 100)

Quality & Reliability

88

Driving Experience

79

Resale

91

Dealership Experience

83

A collection of customer reviews is often the best way to judge the performance or usability of a car. The J.D. Power Report is a collection of such user reviews giving you a detailed idea of how well a car truly serves its purpose. So to be able to score 84 overall in such a report is considered very good. The 4Runner is able to score higher than most of its main competitors, and that is a prime reason for its popularity.

What is the Warranty offered on the Toyota 4Runner?

As already mentioned, Toyota is determined to deliver complete peace of mind to its customers. Likewise, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner comes along with extensive warranty coverages that ensure you never feel let down after purchasing it. Its various warranties are as follows:

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 Year/36,000 Mile; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 Year/60,000 Mile; whichever is earlier

Complimentary Warranty

2 Year/25,000 Mile; whichever is earlier

This is joined by a 5-year/unlimited miles corrosion warranty, 2-year/unlimited miles roadside assistance. A similar warranty scheme is delivered by the rivals however, they lack the roadside assistance which has been incorporated by Toyota.

How much is the Miles Per Dollar Cost of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner will retain the same punchy engine as well as the same fuel economy. Hence, the Toyota SUV is expected to deliver 18 MPG of combined fuel economy and get a 23-gallon fuel tank fitted. These sum up to 3.38 miles per dollar.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Buying Advice

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV counts as an impressive off-roading machine that comes along with various passenger-friendly cabin features to take up the job of a daily commuter at the same instance. The new addition to the midsize SUV is the "Trail Edition" trim that adds a cargo basket and TRD off-road wheels to the vehicles. The various trims allow the buyers to choose the best-suited iteration, which varies from a capable off-roading SUV to a daily, crowd-hauling comfortable SUV for 5 or even 7.

Is buying a used 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV a good idea?

Toyota vehicles deliver long-lasting performance and safety supremacy for a decade, that is why a used Toyota 4Runner for lesser bucks would be a great deal as well. If you are in search of the best model years, we suggest you look into 4Runner models from 2014 to 2017.


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2021 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

7.4/10

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner will retain the 4.0L Naturally Aspirated V6 which churns out 270-hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. It gets mated to a 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The power can be delivered to the rear wheels or all the four wheels. The Toyota 4Runner's 4.0L V6 delivers punchy torque figures that pull the mammoth-size SUV with ease and allow it tow about 5,000 pounds.

Models

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$36,340

$35,995

$35,695

$34,000

Engine

4.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Power

270hp@5,600rpm

293hp@6,400rpm

293hp@6,400rpm

300hp@6,500rpm

Torque

278lb-ft@4,400rpm

260lb-ft@4,000rpm

260lb-ft@4,000rpm

310lb-ft@4,000rpm

The 4Runner is built to take over rough terrain and explore new possibilities in terms of driving dynamics. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV brings out the best off-roading characteristics, yet ranks second to the Ford Explorer. Also, the mighty engine in the Toyota SUV feels a bit underpowered with smaller engines of Jeep and Dodge, while the Ford savagely leads the table with the smallest block under the hood.

How impressive is the 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV's Acceleration and Braking Performance?

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner was built for some steep hill climbs or potholes dives. Yet the 4L naturally aspirated V6 pushes the 4,400-lb SUV from standstill to 60 MPH in 7.3 seconds, while maxing out a top speed of 115 MPH. Then again, even the brakes are reliable and can halt the SUV from a speed of 60 MPH in 134 feet.

Models

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

0-60 MPH

7.7 sec

6.7 sec

7.4 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

15.3 sec

Top Speed

115 MPH

128 MPH

120 MPH

143 MPH

60-0 MPH

134 ft

125 ft

134 ft

121 ft

But overall, the Toyota 4Runner isn't a quick sprinter, Even the braking distance exceeds the other competitors, helping the 4Runner towards the last spot. In comparison, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is worth mentioning for being the fastest SUV to reach the quarter-mile. But the most impressive overall performance is returned by the Ford Explorer.

How compliant is the 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV's Ride and Handling?

Toyota is known for making machines that handle really well, and this where the 4Runner truly shines. It is well-equipped to be a capable off-roader. When power is sent to all the wheels, the 4Runner never comes across a surface it can't tread. The part-time 4WD system along with Active traction control makes crossing challenging terrains a breeze. Other than that, the 4Runner also offers CRAWL control, along with multi-terrain selection.

4WD is optional on all models of 4Runner but standard on TRD Pro

This feature adjusts the mechanics of the car to reduce wheelspin, while also modulating acceleration and braking across five different low-speed settings. This way, the driver can divert their attention to managing the steering. To further help in off-roading, Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control is offered. It holds its own in tight corners too. Body roll is minimal and the driver feels confident while throwing this massive vehicle around.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

5.6/10

The big, thrifty naturally aspirated V6 of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner chugs in fuel like one's favorite beer. The Toyota SUV manages MPG figures of 17 and 21 for both city and highway rushes respectively when setup with the RWD. That further diminishes when had with the 4WD configuration. However, the 23-gallon fuel tank saves the day.

Models

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV

2020 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 Capacity

23.0 gallons

24.6 gallons

24.6 gallons

17.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

391/483/414 miles

467/640/516 miles

467/6340/516 miles

376/501/430 miles

It is capable of stocking up enough to stretch the trekking trip on the Toyota SUV to 391 miles of combined driving. But in comparison to others, the 2021 4Runner comes in last. The Ford Explorer tops the list of being the most frugal three-row SUV but is let down by its smaller gas tank. That way, both Grand Cherokee and Durango really impress.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Interior

7.1/10

The Toyota 4Runner SUV can fit in five passengers, which can extend up to seven, optionally, with the last row relatively reserved for children. The various trims add the charms to the inside raising the aesthetic appeal as well as the solace of the cabin. Buyers can choose from vinyl or leather wrapping for the seats as well. While different trims add different contributions to the inside, the Nightshade turns the dark mode on, with its dark accent interior seating and wrappings.

The Toyota 4Runner SUV offers a commanding seating position

Its cabin is breezy and can easily take people yawning and stretching in the comfortable seats. The driver gets a raised height of the seat as compared to other crossovers, while the power-adjustable settings can help anyone find a comfortable position. Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents is installed to ease out the humid interior. While the 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat contribute to best-in-class cargo space numbers.

Models

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

7

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

39.3/57.8/41.7

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.7/61.8/43.0

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

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 47.2 cu-ft 36.3 cu-ft 43.3 cu-ft 18.2 cu-ft

The Toyota 4Runner can fill up 47.2 cu-ft of cargo, which expands to 89.7 cu-ft with the second-row seats folded. That way, it creates the same love for the passengers as it does to adventure. The Ford Explorer offers the best-in-class cabin room to both front and rear occupants, while the others fight for being equally good. The Toyota SUV brings in premium and upscaled packaging along with many comfort features for the passengers. Following are some of the notable interior features of the 4Runner:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents
  • Multi-Information Display (MID) with outside temperature, clock, average fuel economy and
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support
  • Fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • Backup camera with projected path
  • One cargo area 120V 100W/400W AC power outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

How interactive is the 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV's Infotainment system?

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner comes with fewer tech offerings in the world where companies are stacking up hi-tech features on the infotainment list. The minimalism begins with an 8-inch touchscreen, that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV gets an 8-inch touchscreen as standard

Voice recognition makes it easy to access a few digital controls without distracting the driver. This Toyota midsize SUV also gets a 3 month trial to satellite radio and in-car WiFi with up to 2 GB within 3 months. Hence, it delivers a premium SUV feel for the price. The upper trims even add a 15-speaker JBL premium audio system.


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2021 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner gets a tougher and rugged look, retained from the previous models. However, the car hasn’t gone through a major redesign for the last 10 years. This could be a huge drawback as the customers could get bored with the same design used over and over.

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition features black exterior badges

Besides, the stylish revamp of its competitors could deal a killer blow to the 4Runner’s fortunes. It is in no way a scintillating looking exterior front, but a rugged body-on-frame SUV. The only minor changes that come are in the form of new standard LED lights across all models.

Models

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight

4,400 lbs

4,576 lbs

4,680 lbs

4,345 lbs

Length

190.2"

189.8"

201.2"

198.8"

Width

75.8"

76.5"

75.8"

78.9"

Height

71.5"

69.3"

70.9"

69.9"

Ground Clearance

9.0"

8.6"

8.1"

7.9"

Wheelbase

109.8"

114.8"

119.8"

119.1"

The TRD PRO model gets quite a few unique updates with a new Lunar Rock scheme, and also wears new shoes in the form of black TRD alloy wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler tires. Although apart from these, everything else remains the same, which is a huge drawback.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Safety

7.0/10

Toyota is known for its reliable safety features and build quality, and the 4Runner gets the same blessings. Notably, the 2020 4Runnner was awarded a 4 out of 5-star ratings by the NHTSA in its respective crash tests, while the IIHS awarded the SUV with "Good" overall rating in its crashworthiness tests.

The current-gen Toyota 4Runner has been well-tested by the IIHS for safety in crashes

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner fits in numerous safety and driver-assistance features that include Engine Immobilizer, Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System, Post Collision Safety System, Accident Avoidance System, Emergency Braking Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision system with pedestrian detection, Vehicle Stability Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Competition

7.5/10

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a powerful rival to the 2021 Toyota 4Runner but let's not judge the book by its cover. The iconic Jeep slated grille was refreshed for the refreshed models, yet couldn't inherit the off-roading fun Jeep has been known for.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

On pointy rocks, the chassis shivers that are shared with the cabin, while the Toyota 4Runner is an awesome off-roading machine with a 4-wheel-drive option. The cabin shares both premium and sporty attire as per the choices.

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV vs. 2021 Dodge Durango

The 2021 Dodge Durango has brought the muscle car persona to a family SUV along with the same performance traits as well. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner, on the other hand, is a go-to for offroading fun but can be used for daily purposes and hauling crowds by choosing specific trims.

Dodge Durango

The Durango will take the face-off with better looks and aesthetic appeal, while the Toyota SUV can win over the Dodge on a drag strip. Both the midsize SUVs promisingly deliver best-in-class comfort along with imposing on-road personality.

2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

The small engine blocks take the 2021 Ford Explorer to the next levels of performance. But the Ford Explorer takes the job seriously of being both a family-use SUV and an off-roading thriller.

Ford Explorer

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner bends down in all fronts to the Ford SUV, which also has a hybrid powertrain option apart from the various trims.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is a rugged midsize SUV capable of delivering big deals. The various trims make the SUV stand out. The sporty attire and rigged body also come with 3-row seating and a roof basket for extra luggage. But the Toyota 4Runner isn't the best choice when considering a midsize SUV for daily use, a result of its low MPG figures and average drivability.


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2021 Toyota 4Runner FAQs

Does the Toyota 4Runner have a V8?

Toyota did offer the 4Runner with a V8 back in the day from 2003-2009. But since then, Toyota has stuck with the V6, much like its other competitors in the segment.

Is the Toyota 4Runner expensive to maintain?

Being an SUV from Toyota, one thing is certainly assured, that the expenses incurred in terms of maintenance and repair works will be far less. The average annual cost for repair and maintenance works on the 4Runner is about $514, which is less than the segment average of $573.

Is the Toyota 4Runner reliable?

Toyota's offerings are certainly reliable. The 4Runner also has a great reliability rating of 85 out of 100, which is way more than what most of the other SUVs in the segment have got. It also has the best resale value rating of 90 out of 100.

Will the 2021 Toyota 4Runner have blind-spot monitoring?

The 2021 4Runner will have a host of driver-assistance technology, which does include a blind-spot monitoring system.

Does the Toyota 4Runner come in a 4WD setup?

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner does come in both RWD and 4WD options. The 4WD setup can be opted on all the trims at a jumped up price of $1800, on top of the base price.

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Overall Reviews


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Emmanuel M. Stacey

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Toyota 4Runner white

Pros - User friendly navigation, Android auto and Audio system

Cons - Low fuel economy and nothing else

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

This SUV made our daily life much easier on both rough and city roads while carrying cargo. It has enough space to carry along the whole family. It does get a little notchy while going around tight spaces but something i can live with considering the ground clearence.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Travis J. Dockery

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Toyota 4Runner

Pros - Reliability, good towing capacity, Seats

Cons - Firm handling, one touch power windows, only parking sensors

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Drive is good but I still want my SUV to provide better mpg. Apart from this, everything from suspension to 4WD system works flawless.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Nicholas G. Beaver

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Pros - Crawl control, confident ride height, Automatic 4WD with ATRAC

Cons - No offroading optional stuff, Mileage, compromised approach angle

Overall Review

6 /10 Overall Rating

Starting off with the obvious pointer for an SUV fancied for offroading, i.e, suspension. Kinetic suspension as Toyota calls it is a step up for the mainstream make. Works flawlessly on highways and even better for which it is actually in place, offroading. After this the automatic 4wd with Atrac system works wonders. It is capable of maintaining traction on all 4 wheels providing great manouvering.

6/10
Features
5/10
Interior
9/10
Design
5/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
6/10
Dealer Review

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10

User Overall Rating

Toyota 4Runner white

This SUV made our daily life much easier on both rough and city roads while carrying cargo. It has enough space to carry along the whole family. It does get a little notchy while going around tight spaces but something i can live with considering the ground clearence.

by Emmanuel M. Stacey

10

User Overall Rating

Toyota 4Runner

Drive is good but I still want my SUV to provide better mpg. Apart from this, everything from suspension to 4WD system works flawless.

by Travis J. Dockery

6

User Overall Rating

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Starting off with the obvious pointer for an SUV fancied for offroading, i.e, suspension. Kinetic suspension as Toyota calls it is a step up for the mainstream make. Works flawlessly on highways and even better for which it is actually in place, offroading. After this the automatic 4wd with Atrac system works wonders. It is capable of maintaining traction on all 4 wheels providing great manouverin...

by Nicholas G. Beaver

7

User Overall Rating

I don't appreciate the fuel efficiency

Just when I thought Toyota has sorted out the secret of big suvs, not so efficienct fuel economy makes me uncertain about it

by Fred I. Boyer

5

User Overall Rating

Old and grey haired

My vehicle drives very smoothly and it is also quiet with little bit of road noise. The excellent mileage given its a full fledged suv

by Donald V. Allen

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