- Slight styling changes for 2014, inside and out
- 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine making 278 pounds-feet of torque
- Rearview camera now standard
Toyota’s rugged 4Runner SUV returns for 2014 with some cosmetic updates inside and out, as well as a newly standard rearview camera.
On the outside, the 2014 4Runner adds a restyled front grille, flanked by projector headlights and a new front fascia. If the 4Runner looked rugged before, it’s extra rugged now, hinting at its off-road acumen. Each of the three trim levels has distinctive front features; the SR5 is body-colored, Trail models get a blacked-out, and Limited models get an extra helping of chrome. Trailer-sway control is standard.
Under the hood, the 4Runner keeps its tried-and-true 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine making 278 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear-wheels. A pair of four-wheel drive systems is available; a part-time 4WD system is standard on the Trail and optional on the SR5, while a full-time 4WD with a limited-slip center diff with locking is available on Limited models.
Fuel economy figures range from 17/21-22 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the 2014 4Runner gets a subtle makeover that includes a new instrument cluster with blue background lighting and a small info screen between the gauges, a larger 6.1-inch touchscreen display for the audio system, and a revised center console with bigger climate controls. Toyota’s Entune system comes standard, which allows the use of apps via a connected smartphone. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, as is HD radio, leather trimmed steering wheel, remote keyless entry, power rear liftgate window, and USB port with iPod connectivity. Navigation is optional, as are an auto dimming rearview mirror, automatic dual-zone climate control, and leather upholstery.
The 2014 4Runner won a Top Safety Pick award designation from the IIHS for its performance in their battery of crash tests. Traction, stability, and braking control are standard, as are eight airbags and active head restraints. The 4Runner is not what anyone would call a small vehicle, so the standard rearview camera is a welcome addition, as are optional front and rear park assist sensors.