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7.3

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.6
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2016 Toyota 4Runner Review

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner ranks low among midsize SUVs. While it’s a capable off-road vehicle, it’s not an ideal SUV for everyday driving. The ride is harsh over pavement and the interior is filled with hard plastics.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive off-road capability
  • Good cargo space in 2-row models
  • Rough ride on pavement
  • Poor fuel economy

 

2016 Toyota 4Runner Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota 4Runner a Good Used SUV?

The versatile 2-row Toyota 4Runner has off-roading capability that few midsize SUVs can match. It also provides plenty of cargo space and enough passenger room for the whole family. However, its truck-like chassis gives it a bumpy ride and unimpressive fuel economy. This Toyota has a lot to offer the outdoorsy person, but for day-to-day driving there are better options.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 47 Toyota 4Runner reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2016 4Runner. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.  

How Much Is the 2016 Toyota 4Runner?

Based on the 1,513 listings on our site for the 2016 Toyota 4Runner, you should expect to pay between $28,700 and $40,200. The average list price is $34,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Cost to Own?

There are more costs associated with owning a vehicle than the sticker price. Estimated five-year expenses for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 4Runner are $24,471, which is about average for the 2016 midsize SUV segment. The 2016 Kia Sorento will cost you an estimated $24,226 over five years, the 2016 Nissan Murano will cost $23,757, and the 2016 Toyota Highlander will cost $25,290. The Highlander Hybrid, however, has an unusually low five-year estimate of $23,457.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 4Runner?

The base 2018 Toyota 4Runner model with rear-wheel drive has an MSRP of $34,610. That's just a few hundred dollars more than the average listing price of the 2016 4Runner. However, the 4Runner works best with four-wheel drive – and that raises its starting price to $36,330. If you can find a 2016 4WD for less, you're better off going with the used model.

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Before you buy a new 4Runner, have a look at the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 trim. It starts at $32,995 and matches the 4Runner’s off-road capabilities.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner has a reliability rating of three out of five, which is average for the industry.

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2016 Toyota 4Runner Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 4Runner has six recalls. The most important of them involve the front passenger air bag (it may not fully inflate) and several items that may detach, including a grille overlay, an accessory hood scoop, and the roof rack.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota 4Runner Is Best?

The 2016 4Runner is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model year. The 2013 and 2014 model years score 7.8 and 7.1, respectively. While you can save considerable money purchasing a 2013 model instead of the 2016, the 2014 and 2015 models make more sense. They have some interior and exterior cosmetic changes, as well as more standard features, like a rearview camera. Aside from an upgraded infotainment system for 2016, the last few model years of the 4Runner have seen only minor changes.

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Which Used Toyota 4Runner Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is available in six trims: SR5, SR5 Premium, Trail, Trail Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. For a diverse mix of off-roading capabilities, comfort, and technology, consider the Trail Premium trim. It comes standard with Multi-Terrain Select and several other features that maximize off-roading capabilities. It also comes with a moonroof, leatherette upholstery, and the Entune Premium system, which includes navigation, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and the App Suite. The App Suite includes Siri Eyes Free, smartphone integration, and an eight-speaker sound system.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota 4Runner Warranty

There are some benefits to buying a certified pre-owned 4Runner. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.  The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program

Toyota’s CPO program is decent. According to our analysis, though, CPO programs offered by Buick and Chevrolet are better.

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How Safe Is the 4Runner?

The 2016 4Runner received four out of five stars in its front crash test, three stars in its rollover test, and five stars in its side crash test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 4Runner Good scores (the best possible) in four out of five crash tests. In the fifth – the small overlap front crash test – the 4Runner received the second-lowest score of Marginal.

The 4Runner comes standard with a rearview camera. Front and rear parking sensors are available.

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2016 Toyota 4Runner Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota 4Runner or 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee has excellent off-roading capabilities, but unlike the 4Runner, it also has refined everyday handling. It offers several more-powerful engines, including a fuel-efficient diesel. In contrast, the 4Runner's only available engine gets poor fuel economy. Additionally, the Grand Cherokee has a spacious, upscale cabin. It’s the better all-around SUV.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota 4Runner or 2016 Honda Pilot?

The 2016 Honda Pilot has seating for eight, and it's more spacious than the 4Runner. Its interior is full of high-quality materials, it has a smooth and comfortable ride, and it gets better mpg estimates than the 4Runner. It also won our 2016 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money and 2016 Best 3-Row SUV for Families awards. However, the Pilot isn't made for off-roading. If back-road excursions aren’t a priority for you, go with the Pilot.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota 4Runner or 2016 Toyota RAV4?

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has a more spacious cabin than the 4Runner, but it doesn't have seating for up to seven, and it doesn't have the same off-road capabilities. However, the RAV4 does have a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy than the 4Runner. Both SUVs come with similar features. Choosing between these two boils down to which is more important to you: comfortable everyday driving or off-road abilities.

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2016 4Runner Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Drive?

Most modern SUVs are built on car platforms, but the Toyota 4Runner is truck-based. This contributes to its rough ride and unimpressive handling on pavement. The steering feels too light and needs constant adjustment, and the brakes can be touchy. The Limited trim has an upgraded suspension system, which improves ride quality and handling.

The 2016 4Runner is a superb off-roader with excellent traction on a wide variety of surfaces. There are plenty of standard and available features to enhance your off-roading experience while keeping you safe, including four separate drive modes – mud and sand, loose rock, mogul, and rock – and an available adaptive suspension for maximum traction.

The 4Runner comes with a 270-horsepower V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. It handles OK for daily driving, but you'll feel most road imperfections. The 4Runner's V6 engine offers decent power. However, its transmission has fewer gears than those of many rivals, which is part of the reason it is less fuel-efficient and noisier on the highway than some competitors.

Does the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 4Runner gets subpar fuel economy for the class. It earns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

2016 Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner comes standard with a tow hitch receiver and has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

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2016 4Runner Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 4Runner Seat?

The base 2016 Toyota 4Runner seats five; it can seat up to seven when equipped with the available third row. Cloth seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Available features include leatherette or leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat. The 4Runner's front seats are comfortable and provide a great view of the road, but they could use more side support. The third row is cramped and only suitable for small children.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner?

The 4Runner has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 4Runner’s LATCH system the second-lowest score of Marginal for ease of use. The IIHS found that the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats and the anchors are too hard to reach with the LATCH hook.

2016 Toyota 4Runner Features

Standard features in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner include a USB port, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, HD Radio, an eight-speaker audio system, a 120-volt power outlet and Toyota's Entune Audio Plus infotainment system. It includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, and a GPS Link app that uses your smartphone's GPS to provide navigation instructions on the 4Runner's touch screen.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 15-speaker JBL audio system, push-button start, a proximity key, front and rear parking sensors, a power moonroof, and an Entune Premium Audio infotainment system with navigation and the App Suite, which offers support for smartphone apps like Pandora and Yelp.

The 4Runner's dashboard features large buttons that are easy to use, though some controls may be hard for the driver to reach.

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2016 Toyota 4Runner Dimensions

Toyota 4Runner Cargo Space

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner's overall cargo space is above average for a midsize SUV. The 4Runner has 9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the available third row, 47.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and 89.7 cubic feet behind the first row. A power-retractable liftgate window is standard. A pull-out cargo deck that can hold up to 440 pounds is available, though not with the optional third-row seat installed. The cargo deck is handy, and you get a flat load floor if you forgo the third-row seat. The retractable rear window makes it easy to carry long objects.

2016 4Runner Length and Weight

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner can be up to 15.9 feet long, depending on the trim level. Its curb weight ranges from 4,400 pounds to 4,805 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 6,100 pounds in the rear-wheel-drive 4Runner up to 6,300 pounds for four-wheel drive.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Built?

Toyota manufactured the 2016 4Runner in Japan.

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