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2016 Toyota 4Runner Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota 4Runner was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.0

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner has eye-catching interior styling, critics say, though its interior materials are designed for sturdiness, not luxury. Reviewers point out that there are more upscale options in the 4Runner's price range, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The first two rows of seats are roomy, according to test drivers, but the second row is mounted too low and the optional third row is tight. Auto writers like the 4Runner's large, user-friendly dashboard controls. Cargo space is above average for a midsize SUV.

  • Most owners will be satisfied with the quality of the 4Runner's cabin materials, which are oriented more toward durability than aesthetics. If you demand something a bit more plush, an alternative such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee will likely be a better fit." -- Edmunds
  • "We're less enthused about the 4Runner's chunky hard-plastic dashboard, which should age well but looks and feels a bit cheap for a $30,000-$40,000 vehicle." -- AutoTrader
  • "So what does the 4Runner have going for it? The revamped interior is cool. It is still awash with hard plastics and fake metal pieces, but it has taken some inspiration from the FJ with chunky textured knobs and has a purposeful, utilitarian design." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Seating

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner seats five, or up to seven when equipped with an optional 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, a power-adjustable passenger's seat and power-extending running boards.

Test drivers say the 4Runner's front seats are comfortable and provide a great view of the road, though some wish they offered more side support. The second-row seats are roomy, critics report, though they are mounted too low. Reviewers agree that the third row is cramped and only suitable for small children.

  • In our interior evaluation, we found that while the 4Runner's front seats provide little in the way of lateral support, they're mounted high, so you get a commanding view of your surroundings. The standard power lumbar support is a nice touch at this price. The second-row seat bottom is rather low, however, so taller riders may feel as though they're sitting on the floor. Although the optional third-row seat is inhospitable to adults, kids will climb back there without complaint, so the 4Runner is a viable 3-row family vehicle." -- AutoTrader
  • "The optional third-row seat is bound to be a tempting option for carpoolers, but you'll want to make sure your elementary schoolers will actually fit, as this is one of the smallest, tightest third rows of any midsize SUV." -- Edmunds
  • All models have good front and rear room, comfortable seats and decent visibility, although the optional third row is clearly not for adults." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner include a rearview camera, 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, which has been updated for 2016 and 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, proximity key, front and rear parking sensors, a power moonroof and an Entune Premium Audio infotainment system with navigation and App Suite, which offers support for smartphone apps like Pandora and Yelp.

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

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  • Ergonomics are good, thanks to big knobs and clearly labeled buttons, but the dashboard's flat, upright design puts some controls at an uncomfortable reach for the driver." -- AutoTrader
  • "The interior of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner features instrumentation and controls that are well laid out and easy to understand." -- Edmunds
  • "The 4Runner's large dials and buttons operating everything from the radio to the low-range gearing are a cinch to use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Cargo

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 optional 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. Critics say the cargo deck is handy, and note that you get a flat load floor if you forgo the third-row seat. They add that the retractable rear window makes it easy to carry long objects, and they are pleased with the storage compartments in the 4Runner's cabin. Some reviewers find it difficult to fold down the second-row seats.

  • "There's a healthy 47 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second-row seats, a number that jumps to an even more impressive 89.7 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded down." -- Edmunds
  • "If you don't need the seats, forgo the third row for a slide-out load floor that is not only useful, but makes the floor flat when the second row is folded." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • 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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

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