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2012 Toyota 4Runner Overview (See Available Styles)

For those who want a more traditional SUV, the rugged 2012 Toyota 4Runner delivers both on and off the beaten path.

Unlike crossovers, which are built on car platforms, the 4Runner still sits on a body-on-frame architecture. This is a fancy way of saying it rides and drives more like a truck, and has the off-road chops to go places crossovers wouldn’t dare. The 2012 4Runner just looks like it was built to trek through mud and snow; it sits very upright with a boxy look and prominent fenders. Roof rails are standard for extra storage.

For 2012, the 4Runner drops its four-cylinder engine option and there is now only one engine available – a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that comes mated to a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and a pair of four-wheel drive systems are optional. Fuel economy ratings check in at 17 mpg in the city and 22-23 mpg on the highway.

Trail and SR5 editions of the 4Runner can add a part-time 4WD system that come with Active Traction Control, which distributes power to wheels with traction, so even if three wheels are slipping you won’t get stuck. The Limited trim’s full-time 4WD system adds a rear limited-slip differential. The 4Runner can also be outfitted with a crawl mode, hill descent control, and a disconnecting stabilizer bar which provides additional suspension travel in extreme situations. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

Inside, the 4Runners rugged look carries over, with a simplistic dash and center console that has a squared off quality to it. A third-row is optional and can expand seating capacity from five to seven. Also optional is a sliding rear cargo deck, which holds up to 440 pounds and can be used as a bench or table. Standard features include air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, and auxiliary audio input jack. The 4Runner can also be outfitted with tech options like USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth® connectivity, navigation system, and Toyota’s new Entune system which links your car to your smart phone. For greater comfort, powered/heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, and leather upholstery are also available.

The 2012 4Runner puts a priority on safety, with eight airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability system all standard. If you opt to add the navigation system, it includes a backup camera for safer parking/reversing.

For those demanding a little bit more from their SUV, the 2012 Toyota 4Runner delivers with a pair of 4WD systems that handle any conditions and plenty of goodies on the inside.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 17 MPG
  • Highway: 22 - 23 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

25 of 25 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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