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2018 Toyota 4Runner Review

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner ranks toward the bottom of the midsize SUV class. It has a strong engine, excellent off-road performance, and a good predicted reliability rating, but that's not enough to offset the SUV’s mediocre safety scores, low-grade interior, and so-so handling on pavement.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Great off-road capability
  • Refined powertrain
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Meager list of advanced safety and technology features




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 8.6
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2018 Toyota 4Runner Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota 4Runner a Good Used SUV?

The Toyota 4Runner is an OK used midsize SUV that can seat between five and seven passengers. It’s not a very comfortable family hauler, but it’s one of the few vehicles in its class with genuine off-road ability.

The 2018 4Runner has plenty of highlights:

  • Abundance of usable cargo space
  • Refined V6 engine and five-speed transmission
  • Stout 5,000-pound towing capacity
  • Rugged four-wheel-drive system
  • Available suspension and locking differential make it a capable off-roader
  • Good predicted reliability rating

But it has some drawbacks as well:

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Few advanced safety and technology features
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Many cheap cabin materials
  • Cramped third-row seating
  • Somewhat jittery ride quality

Give the 4Runner a look if you want a rugged SUV for venturing off road, pulling a trailer, or hauling bulky cargo. Otherwise, there are more comfortable and fuel-efficient vehicles in this class, including Toyota’s own 2018 Highlander, as well as the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Honda Pilot.

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We’ve analyzed 53 Toyota 4Runner reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

Based on listings for the 2018 Toyota 4Runner on our site, the average price is $32,900, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $27,600 to $41,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota 4Runner Cost to Own?

The 4Runner’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $26,000, or $5,200 per year. That’s about average for a midsize SUV.

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

The price of a new 2019 Toyota 4Runner starts at around $35,100. You can save a lot of money by shopping for a used 2018 model while still finding the same engine, transmission, and features. The 4Runner saw only minor updates for 2019.

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You can save even more money by shopping for a used 2010 to 2017 4Runner. These vehicles are part of the 4Runner’s fifth generation, and mechanically they're all the same. However, the 2014-and-newer models benefit from refreshed styling and a longer list of standard features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2018 4Runner has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Recalls

At the time of writing, there are five recalls for the 2018 Toyota 4Runner:

  • Billet overlay grill may detach from vehicle
  • Fuel pump may fail
  • May have improperly tightened steering and suspension fasteners
  • Incorrect gross vehicle weight rating on some labels
  • Incorrect load information on some labels

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota 4Runner Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 4Runner is available in six trims: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD, TRD Premium, TRD Pro, and Limited. The base model SR5 is well-equipped, making it a fine starting point in this lineup. Notably, all trim levels have the same V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission. Each is available with four-wheel drive, The SR5 and Limited trims come with rear-wheel drive and are available with four-wheel drive. The TRD trims come standard with 4WD.

  • Toyota 4Runner SR5: The entry-level SR5 trim comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a CD player, eight speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, cloth seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, fog lights, skid plates, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium: The uplevel SR5 Premium trim gains synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a navigation system, and the Entune app suite.
  • Toyota 4Runner TRD: The rugged TRD trim shares its standard features with the base model SR5 and adds a locking rear differential, low-speed crawl control, and Multi-terrain Select (a variety of off-road traction control modes).
  • Toyota 4Runner TRD Premium: The TRD Premium trim combines the features and amenities of the SR5 Premium with the off-road gear of the TRD.
  • Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: The TRD Pro trim is geared even more toward off-road driving. It adds heavy-duty Bilstein springs and shock absorbers and an additional front skid plate, as well as a stylized grille with the “TOYOTA” script.
  • Toyota 4Runner Limited: The upscale Limited trim loses the off-road gear but gains a 15-speaker stereo, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, and an adaptive suspension system.

Available features include a pair of third-row seats, a moonroof, and electronically adjustable sway bars. The third row is available only in the SR5 and Limited trims.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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 from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the 4Runner?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 4Runner an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It received five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and only three stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 4Runner a top rating of Good in four tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. The SUV’s headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota 4Runner or 2018 Ford Explorer?

The 2018 Ford Explorer shares some of the 4Runner’s drawbacks. Its third-row seats aren’t very spacious, and many of its cabin materials have a cheap appearance. The Explorer also feels rather large and cumbersome on the road. On the other hand, the Ford offers more available safety features. Both SUVs rank near the bottom of the class. The 4Runner is a marginally better pick, though, mostly because it has a significantly higher predicted reliability rating and superior all-terrain performance.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota 4Runner or 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the few other SUVs in the midsize SUV class with serious off-road ability, and it can blaze the same trails as the 4Runner thanks to its traction control systems and available air suspension. The Jeep is an even better companion on the road. It rides comfortably and yields better fuel economy estimates from its gas and diesel V6 engines than the Toyota does from its V6. The Grand Cherokee also has tech perks like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That said, the Jeep has a lower predicted reliability rating than the Toyota. It offers less cargo space as well, and it only seats five passengers. Test-drive both SUVs to see which you prefer.

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2018 4Runner Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota 4Runner Drive?

The 4Runner’s V6 engine feels refined, and it provides adequate power for hustling the SUV around town and up to highway speeds. The five-speed automatic transmission operates smoothly as well. It delivers prompt gear changes when needed, helping the SUV to climb hills and pass other vehicles with confidence. The 4Runner’s steering is fairly quick and responsive, and the brakes provide strong stopping power.

That being said, the 4Runner rides more like a truck than most other SUVs in this class. It isn’t uncomfortable, but it feels jittery on both paved and rough surfaces, and its tall body tends to sway around sharp turns.

On the plus side, rugged suspension makes the 4Runner quite capable off road. It flexes nicely over rocks and dips, and its 9.6 inches of ground clearance allows the SUV to ride high above most obstacles. All trims are equipped with skid plates to protect the vehicle’s underside, and four-wheel-drive models receive a two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range gearing. The TRD models also benefit from a locking rear differential, additional skid plates, off-road traction control modes, and low-speed crawl control. Available upgrades include the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which adjusts the sway bars for extra wheel travel on rough terrain.

  • Base engine: 4.0-liter V6 with 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-while drive (SR5 and Limited trims); available four-wheel drive (standard in TRD, TRD Premium, and TRD Pro trims)
  • Transmission: five-speed automatic transmission
Does the 2018 Toyota 4Runner Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 4Runner gets poor fuel economy for a midsize SUV.

  • 4.0-liter V6, RWD: 17/21 mpg city/highway
  • 4.0-liter V6, 4WD: 17/20 mpg
2018 Toyota 4Runner Towing Capacity

The 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 4Runner Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 4Runner Seat?

The Toyota 4Runner is available in two configurations. Most models are equipped with five seats. A third row is available in the SR5, SR5 Premium, and Limited trim levels, which raises the 4Runner’s seating capacity to seven. However, most adults won’t want to sit in this cramped third row for long.

The front seats are fairly soft and supportive, and the driving position is comfortable. The SUV’s tall ride height and large windows provide a commanding view of the road ahead, as well as good visibility to the side and rear. The first- and second-row seats have ample head- and legroom, even for taller adults.

The 4Runner’s cabin remains fairly quiet at highway speeds. The interior materials feel cheap though, and the styling is rather outdated. Most surfaces are trimmed with hard, shiny plastics.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • power-adjustable driver’s seat

Available seating features:

  • SofTex synthetic leather upholstery
  • genuine leather upholstery
  • third-row seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • power-adjustable front passenger seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

The 4Runner has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. For ease of use, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system its second-worst rating of Marginal. Some of these anchors can be hard to attach due to their location deep within the seat cushions, while others can be easily confused for other hardware.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Features

The 4Runner both hits and misses with its tech features. The audio and climate systems are controlled with large buttons and knobs on the dashboard. This makes it a breeze to adjust these functions without looking away from the road. The standard touch-screen infotainment system reacts quickly to inputs as well. However, its small size and tiny on-screen buttons can make it tough to use while driving.

Another downside is the 4Runner’s lack of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. These systems, which have become common in many competing vehicles, allow users to integrate their iPhone and Android apps with the infotainment screen.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, a CD player, eight speakers, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system, a 15-speaker JBL stereo, and the Entune app suite
  • Additional standard features: remote keyless entry
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a moonroof

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Dimensions

Toyota 4Runner Cargo Space

The 4Runner has 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats and 89.7 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s a generous amount of cargo room for a midsize SUV, though a few competitors offer more space, like the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Notably, models equipped with the available third row have just 9 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats upright.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,400 to 4,805 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota 4Runner Built?

Toyota built the 2018 4Runner in Japan.

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