The Toyota 4Runner is one of a small cadre of SUVs in today’s market designed for rugged off-roading. What began in the 1980s as a lightly warmed-over compact pickup truck is now a full-fledged, refined SUV.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, Toyota adds a new TRD Sport trim level. Meanwhile, the TRD Off Road model carried over from last year gains a panoramic view/multi-terrain monitor system, and SR5 trim adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The new TRD Sport model brings the 4Runner’s total trim offerings to six, the others being Trail, TRD Off Road, and TRD Pro (all of which are five-seaters), plus SR5 and Limited packages with three-row, seven-passenger seating. All 4Runner models use a 4.0L V6 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.
RAV4 Trail trim starts with keyless entry, push-button engine start, a garage door remote, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, eight-speaker audio, a power tailgate window, leather-trimmed steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, A/C, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof basket, running boards, LED headlights/fog lights/taillights, and a windshield wiper de-icer.
The 4Runner’s standard safety package comprises lane departure alert, radar cruise control, forward collision detection with automatic braking, and automatic high beams.
TRD Sport trim brings a hood scoop, sport suspension, and 20-inch wheels. TRD Off Road gets crawl control, multi-terrain select, a locking rear differential, navigation, black roof rails, and kinetic dynamic suspension.
SR5 seven-seat models get Softex upholstery, heated/power-adjustable front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic A/C, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Limited seven-seat trim comes with the TRD Sport’s sport suspension and 20-inch wheels, and also brings navigation, forward parking sensors, driver’s seat memory, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and a 15-speaker stereo.
TRD Pro gets crawl control/multi-terrain select, a locking differential, navigation, a good scoop, Fox shock absorbers, matte black 17-inch alloy wheels, a front skid plate, and a basket-style roof rack.
Toyota’s fuel consumption estimates for the 4Runner are 14.8/12.5 L/100 km (city/highway).
The Toyota 4Runner’s most obvious competitor is the Jeep Wrangler, but the more refined Grand Cherokee is also priced competitively. You might also cross-shop the 4Runner with the Land Rover Discovery Sport.