Consumer Reviews Summary
17 of 18 (94%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Toyota 4Runner Overview
Now in its fifth generation, the 2013 Toyota 4Runner continues building its image as a rough and dependable, yet luxurious off-road SUV.
The 2013 4Runner, much like the original in 1984, is based on one of Toyota’s dedicated off-road trucks. Originally based on the Hilux/Tacoma platform, the new 4Runner shares a platform with the rugged FJ Cruiser, so its off-road capability is unquestioned. The exterior of the 2013 4Runner is tough, rugged, and beefy. Available in three trims, SR5, Trail, and Limited, the 4Runner has choices for everyone and runs the gamut from off-roader to family hauler. The base SR5 is more modest in appearance, while the Trail offers special body panels and component protection to increase off-road ability. Its wheels are larger crawler models and its hood has a scoop for funneling air into the engine. The top-of-the-line, Limited model is built more for the street, much like the SR5, but includes automatic headlights, chrome door handles, and huge 20” wheels.
The interior of the 4Runner is similar to the rugged appearance of the exterior. The knobs for the standard air conditioning are all chunky and the console shifter is huge and blocky – excellent features for a car that is intended for rough surfaces. Both the SR5 and Trail trims come standard with cloth seats and the Limited gets leather trimming on its seats, doors, and console. Standard features include automatic mirrors, split folding rear seats, and a multifunction steering wheel. Interior options include satellite navigation, retractable trunk cover, and voice-activated navigation/hands-free system.
An off-road SUV needs to have a tough, torque-laden engine, with the reliability of a hammer. Toyota is famous for producing a reliable product, and the engine in the 4Runner is no different, a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that pumps out 278 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The great thing about this engine is its linear power delivery, ideal for an off-road engine in which smoothness and consistency is the key. All 4Runners get a rear differential, with only the Limited trim getting a Torsen limited-slip unit. The Trail trim is the most hardcore off-roader, with both CRAWL and Multi-Terrain systems. As expected, the 4Runner returns middling fuel efficiency figures of 17/22 mpg city/highway.
As far as safety is concerned, the 4Runner comes standard with traction control, antilock disc brakes, and hill-start assist. In addition, every 4Runner gets eight airbags, side impact door beams, and daytime running lights. All of these features add up to a “Good” overall rating from the IIHS and four-star overall rating from the NHTSA.