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2018 Toyota 4Runner Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.0

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner offers a generous amount of cargo space and comfortable seating for up to seven people (when equipped with a third row). Its cabin is user-friendly and durable, but it has few premium materials or indulgent amenities.

  • "The new 4Runner has tight gaps outside and an attractive interior. The fabric seats are grippy, easy to clean and good-looking." -- Edmunds
  • The 4Runner SR5's gauges are pretty standard, but other trims get crisp Optitron gauges that take a page out of Lexus' playbook. 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 (2017)
  • 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 4Runner comes standard with cloth seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a 40/20/40-split-folding second-row bench seat, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and space for five people. An optional third-row seat expands passenger capacity to seven. Synthetic leather, genuine leather, and heated and ventilated front seats are also available.

The seats are comfortable, with a high seating position up front that grants excellent visibility. The third-row seats are too small for most adults, but they accommodate kids just fine.

It takes extra effort to install a child safety seat in the back of the 4Runner. Every anchor is either tricky to find or difficult to use (sometimes both). The 4Runnner has two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors.

  • The seats have a decent shape and range of adjustment, but the padding could stand to be more generous and the seat bottoms are short. Overall comfort is good but stops well short of what we'd call excellent." -- Edmunds
  • "Although rather simple, the 2018 4Runner's cabin is roomy and versatile." -- 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 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. You can't say that about any other off-road-ready vehicles at this price range." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the base SR5 trim consists of the Entune Audio Plus interface, a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment display, navigation, eight speakers, a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 120-volt power outlet, and a rearview camera. Available features include smartphone integration via the Entune App Suite, a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, and a 15-speaker JBL GreenEdge sound system.

The infotainment system has a gentle learning curve and is easy to use. Test drivers also praise the large knobs and buttons, but say the 6.1-inch touch screen is a little on the small side when you're following the map.

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  • "The 4Runner's large dials and buttons operating everything from the radio to the low-range gearing are a cinch to use. The large center console has an available 120V AC power outlet, helpful for charging accessories." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Switchgear is logical and easy to use, but the Entune navigation screen is small." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)

Cargo

The 4Runner has up to 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats, and up to 89.7 cubic feet overall when you lay down the 40/20/40-split-folding seat. Both dimensions are among the highest for a 3-row SUV. In configurations with the available third row, the 4Runner has 9 cubic feet of space with all seats in place, which is among the smallest in the class.

The 4Runner's cargo space is convenient, with a power liftgate window that you can roll down to accommodate long items. Toyota also offers a sliding rear cargo deck that can hold up to 440 pounds (though it isn't available with the third-row seat, and it slightly reduces cargo space).

  • "The rear seatbacks fold flat, and it's easy to pack the sizable cargo hold because of its squarish shape. One staffer actually tossed a sleeping bag back there and spent the night." -- Edmunds
  • "Toyota's 2018 4Runner SUV features a power-retractable rear window incorporated into the rear liftgate. Lowering the window allows cargo or gear to more easily be loaded into the cargo bay. Should caked-on dust or mud impede rear visibility, the driver can simply lower the rear window. " -- Kelley Blue Book

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