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2013 Toyota 4Runner Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota 4Runner was new.


Interior: 7.2

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner’s cabin is functional and conveys a rugged persona, say reviewers. Critics report that the cabin uses hard plastics fairly extensively, although areas often touched are a bit softer. Overall, though, none are overtly disappointed with the cabin, saying the 4Runner isn’t trying to be a luxury vehicle. They appreciate its easy-to-use controls and comfortable seats. Critics also like its generally spacious cargo hold and front small item storage.

  • "The 4Runner's interior is both functional and inviting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior materials are appropriately rugged and don't come off as looking or feeling low-buck." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Some editors found the interior a bit overwrought, but none could argue it wasn't extremely functional, roomy, and easy to use." -- Truck Trend (2010)
  • Hard plastics are abundant throughout the cabin, though most touch points are lightly padded." -- Edmunds (2011)


Reviewers find the 2013 4Runner’s front seats to be supportive and spacious. The base SR5 trim gets standard cloth seats, and the Trail trim gets water-repellant cloth. Power-adjustable front seats are optional. The Limited trim gets standard leather upholstery, with power and heat in the front buckets. In back, critics find the seats to be typical for the class. They like that the second row reclines, which increases comfort, and say that second-row comfort on the whole is fairly good. One critic mentions that the optional third row is best suited for children, but this is a fairly common remark for the class.

  • "Third-row seating will be optional for all models, allowing it to comfortably seat seven." -- AutoGuide.com
  • The rear seat is the same story as the front. Overall room is fine for most adults, though getting in and out of the back seat is hampered by a steep step-in and narrow door openings." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and provide good support. In the rear, a 40/20/40 split seat offers numerous cargo/seating configurations and also reclines for additional comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Toyota 4Runner offers spacious seating for five passengers. The optional third-row seat increases the count to seven, though it's suitable only for small adults or children." -- Edmunds (2011)

Interior Features

The base 2013 4Runner SR5 trim comes equipped with standard features that include air conditioning, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and USB port. Optional features on the base and mid-level Trail trim include navigation and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. A backup camera is standard on Trail and Limited trims, and the Limited trim also gets standard dual-zone climate control, navigation and Entune. A voice-activated navigation system is optional on the top trim.

Reviewers report that the 4Runner’s controls are straightforward and simple to use and that pairing a smartphone is easy. One critic thinks the location of the USB and auxiliary input jacks are oddly placed, however.

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  • No-nonsense audio and climate controls are easy to reach for most drivers. We find it a bit strange that an auxiliary stereo input is located on the center console, but the USB audio connector is inconveniently placed in the glovebox." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Drivers will welcome the clear instrumentation with large buttons and rotary knobs for climate and audio controls, especially useful when wearing gloves. Pairing a smartphone using Bluetooth is refreshingly easy and does not require reading the owner's manual." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The oversized climate control knobs underscore the 4Runner's utilitarian design, but have a wobbly feel when operated." -- Edmunds (2011)


The 2013 4Runner can carry up to 89.7 cubic feet of cargo with the back seats folded, or as much as 47.2 cubic feet behind the second row. Those figures are slightly reduced if the 4Runner is equipped with either the optional third-row seat or the sliding cargo deck, but are about average for the class. Those with the third-row seat can hold 9 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row, which is a bit below the class average. The 4Runner comes standard with a retracting window in the liftgate, which reviewers find to be very helpful, either for accessing the cargo area without opening the liftgate or for carrying longer items. Critics also report that the 4Runner has decent small-item storage in the cabin as well, with a center console and large glove compartment.

  • "You can gain access to the 4Runner's rear cargo space without opening the rear liftgate - especially useful in a tight garage or when someone is parked close behind. As a bonus, you can carry long objects such as lumber out the back window without fuss." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The rear cargo hold is as spacious as any 5-passenger midsize SUV. We take issue with the folding rear seat backs as they're more complicated to operate than they should be. Toyota claims that you can fold the seat backs without removing the headrests. That's true, provided the front seats are not set too far rearward. Interior storage consists of a large glovebox and several handy bins." -- Consumer Guide

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