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2017 Toyota 4Runner Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota 4Runner was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.1

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner has a functional and well-built interior, but its hard plastics and aging design don’t win over many critics. For the price, there are more upscale options in the 4Runner's class, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 4Runner’s first two rows of seats are roomy, but the optional third row is tight. The 4Runner gets good marks for its user-friendly dashboard controls and great forward visibility. Cargo space is above average for a midsize SUV.

  • "The Toyota 4Runner provided a reasonable mix of comfort that isn't out of line with its overall mission or its truck-based roots. Not as comfy as the typical crossover, but no one looking for this kind of rugged capability should be surprised by that." -- 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 (2016)
  • 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 2017 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.

The 4Runner's front seats offer minimal lateral support but provide decent comfort and an expansive view of the road ahead. The second-row seats are also roomy, though they are mounted somewhat low. All agree that the optional third-row seats are cramped and suitable for small children only.

  • Easy to see over the hood and find the front corners. Rear visibility is surprisingly good straight out the back and is further enhanced by a backup camera, but the rear quarters have the usual SUV blind spots." -- Edmunds
  • In back, a 40/20/40-split seat offers numerous cargo/seating configurations and reclines. Seven-passenger seating is available in SR5 and Limited trims, though the small third row is best suited for children." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Toyota 4Runner include a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, an eight-speaker audio system, a 120-volt power outlet, and Toyota's Entune Audio Plus infotainment system, which 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 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, though some controls are hard for the driver to reach.

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  • "Switchgear is logical and easy to use but the Entune navigation screen is small. Overhead off-road controls are a good use of space." -- 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
  • 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 (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 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, however, it cannot be installed along with the optional third-row seat.

The cargo deck is handy, as is the 4Runner’s flat-load floor. Another helpful feature is the retractable rear window, which makes it easy to carry long objects. Small item storage inside the 4Runner is great, thanks to a number of small storage compartments in the cabin. The second-row seats aren’t as easy to fold flat, however.

  • "Folding the rear seats yields a flat floor and nearly 90 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Great cargo area versatility especially with the optional sliding cargo tray, plus a variety of storage options in the cabin." -- Edmunds
  • 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)

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