The 2024 Toyota 4Runner SUV has three new model levels, starting with the base SR5. Toyota is one of the world’s leading automakers, and enthusiasm for its models is ever-present. The new 4Runner is one of those SUVs that always divides opinion. The downside to its popularity is that we will be bombarded with incorrect details before its scheduled release.
Toyota wants their customers to start off-roading gradually from the TRD Sport model onwards, which I’ll cover in this review article, although this SUV could be considered off-road ready with the optional 4WD setup. The SR5 Premium has keyless entry and ignition, genuine leather upholstery, and auto-dimming IRVM.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Design
The design of the new 2024 Toyota 4Runner is still a company secret at this stage, we expect the new design to be based on the mini-Tundra design that has been used on the 2024 Tacoma. However, we know this vehicle will not be as hardcore as some enthusiasts are hoping for, and it won’t have removable doors and roof panels like the Bronco and Wrangler. Toyota doesn’t view the 4Runner as a direct competitor to that model. In contrast, the new Toyota 4Runner will be more customizable than before. We expect a variety of customization options in the future, including decals, off-road accessories, roof options like tents and roof boxes, and more.
Toyota 4Runner Exterior
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner appears to be enjoying consistent SUV sales without a redesign. However, consumers looking for a tough and practical off-roader still like the SUV. The 2024 Toyota 4Runner will retain its appearance from last year. there may be slight changes to the LED headlights and underbody skid plates that are standard equipment on the SR5. So, this 4WD SUV can be a cheap off-road vehicle. The rear will still match the original design, but the large, strong wheel arches make the 4Runner look off-road-ready from the side. The 4Runner can climb any terrain with 9.6 inches of ground clearance.
The Land Rover Defender is back with a new design that still maintains a towering posture. Its impressive front end is unlike any other Land Rover SUV on the market. Like the Defender, the Ford Bronco once again looks stunning and delivers off-road capabilities as well as good looks. Like the Wrangler, certain trim levels have removable doors. Despite newer and better competitors, the famous Jeep Wrangler design remains unmatched. Its 9.7 inches of ground clearance makes it the best off-roader.
Toyota 4Runner Interior
The interior of the 2024 Toyota 4Runner hasn’t really changed in the last 10 years and looks outdated. Even so, the 4Runner’s interior looks flexible, with many standard appearances from the base trim on up. The dashboard is very sturdy, SUV style, but has lots of control buttons. The front door panels are different with the power window controls being close to the windows. The gear selector stick and storage slot are rectangular in the wide center console. Large glove compartment, and comfortable armrest. The front seats provide sufficient headrests and legroom, while the rear seats are very comfortable for tall people to sit on.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Engine
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner will use a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission sends power to a base rear-wheel drive configuration or an optional four-wheel drive configuration. In previous 4Runner models, our test team achieved 0-60 mph times in the 7.5 to 8.0-second range. The EPA rates the 2023 4Runner at 16/19 mpg city/highway, which we expect to maintain in the new model year.
This car handles city traffic well and is easy to handle every day. The 5-speed automatic gearbox shifts smoothly, and the engine feels smooth. 7.7 and 16.0 seconds for the 0–60 and quarter-mile races are good for the class. This SUV comes in RWD or 4WD for better off-road capability and utility.
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner’s brakes will remain unchanged. The SUV has 13.3-inch front and 12.3-inch rear rotors. The brakes are sufficient to control the 4,675 lb 4Runner at all speeds. The SUV came to a stop from 60 mph in 135 feet with a slight dive under emergency braking. The Defender weighs 4,815 lbs and has 13.7-inch front and 12.8-inch rear rotors. The SUV came to a stop from 60 mph in 134 feet. The Ford Bronco has the smallest brakes but the highest curb weight. It also stopped at 60 mph in 135 feet. Despite weighing 5,000 lbs., the Jeep Wrangler stopped at 128 feet.
Toyota 4Runner Technology
Toyota equips all price levels of the 2024 4Runner with a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher trim levels have advanced navigation. Toyota provides five USB charging connections throughout the cabin. Lower trim levels come with eight-speaker audio, and a 15-speaker JBL setup is available.
Toyota 4Runner Safety and Features
The IIHS rated the 2023 Toyota 4Runner Good in all categories except the small-overlap front driver’s test, where it received a Marginal grade. The 2023 4Runner earned a four-star overall score in NHTSA testing. While Toyota’s Safety Sense 3.0 suite of active safety systems is standard on many of the automaker’s new models, the 4Runner only has a first-generation version. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are standard equipment on all 4Runners. Additional standard equipment is available on all trims.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Price and Release Date
An exact release date for the 2024 Toyota 4Runner has not been determined, but we’re sure it won’t be long before the launch of the new Tacoma. The reveal is near. ideally, we expect several months between the Taco and 4Runner’s releases. Whatever the release date, the new 4Runner is expected to be available on the market in late 2023.
Pricing is also uncertain but will be higher than the current model ($39,555-$54,020). The TRD Pro will definitely remain the most expensive but will be priced at around $57,000. We anticipate that the 4Runner Trailhunter will be priced similarly.