Go-anywhere capability; large and highly useful cargo area; more comfortable and less cumbersome than other truck-based SUVs; renowned Toyota reliability; easy-to-use controls; optional third-row seat
Poor fuel economy; so-so handling on paved roads; dated interior lacks the features and luxury touches of competitors; less passenger and cargo space than a crossover; no accident avoidance features available
The 4Runner gains a pair of new option packages for 2018. The Wilderness package, available on most trim levels, includes roof rack crossbars, all-weather floor mats and a cargo tray. The TRD Enhancement package, available on the TRD trim levels, adds special 17-inch matte gray alloy wheels and a special skidplate with "TRD" stamped into it. See the 2018 Toyota 4Runner models for sale near you
Forget the Limited. It doesn't have the same off-roading credentials as the other models, and without that, you might as well get a more family friendly and efficient crossover like the Highlander. As such, we would recommend the TRD Off-Road. It doesn't have quite as much hardware as the TRD Pro, but you probably won't need it. It has all the capability and off-road toys you'll likely need, it looks pretty cool and comes with a compelling amount of equipment in standard or Premium guise.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is offered in SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro and Limited.
The base SR5 ($34,600) comes standard with 17-in alloy wheels, skid plates, a full-size spare, fog lights, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, rear privacy glass, a power rear liftgate window, a backup camera, an 8-way power driver seat, 40/20/40-split reclining and folding second-row seat, cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, 5 auxiliary power outlets and one household-style power outlet, one USB port, Bluetooth, the 6.1-in Entune touchscreen interface, a smartphone-based navigation app, and an 8-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and HD radio.
The TRD Off-Road ($37,800) comes only with 4WD and builds onto the standard SR5 equipment special black-painted 17-in wheels, special styling elements, enhanced braking, a locking rear differential, the Multi-Terrain Select system, Crawl Control (essentially a low-speed cruise control for off-roading) and a special fabric upholstery.
The SR5 Premium ($36,400) and TRD Off-Road Premium ($39,700) add heated front seats, power driver lumbar adjustment, a 4-way power passenger seat, SofTex vinyl upholstery, an auto-dimming mirror and a navigation system.
The TRD Pro ($42,900) is also 4WD only and includes all of the TRD Off-Road Premium equipment. It also gets distinctive styling, matte-black 17-in wheels, all-terrain tires, an upgraded front skidplate and automatic headlights.
The Limited ($43,000) is the luxury-oriented poseur of the group. It has a more on-road-friendly suspension dubbed X-REAS, 20-in wheels, chrome exterior accents, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof (optional on Premium trims), dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, Safety Connect emergency communications and a 15-speaker JBL sound system.
All but the TRD Pro and Limited can be equipped with the Wilderness package, which adds roof rack crossbars, all-weather floor mats and an all-weather cargo tray. The TRD Enhancement package, available on the TRD trims, adds special 17-in matte gray wheels and a skidplate.
Other options include a sliding rear cargo deck and under-floor storage box on all trim levels. A 50/50-split third-row seat can be added to the SR5 and Limited trims. The Limited can be equipped with automatic running boards. The TRD Off-Road trims can be equipped with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which is made up of disconnecting sway-bars that increase wheel articulation off-road.
Note that the availability of options can depend on the region in which you buy a 4Runner.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- Want a midsize SUV that can go off-road? Well, your choices are pretty much the 4Runner or the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep has a more premium vibe, more on-road refinement and an available V8, but the 4Runner is more spacious and rugged.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JL) -- The new, more refined Wrangler is now a more viable daily driver, and therefore, more of a viable 4Runner competitor. It's still pretty rough-and-tumble, and despite its four doors, not really suited to family use.
2018 Toyota Highlander -- No, the Highlander isn't as cool as the 4Runner and certainly can't venture off to the same rugged places. But it's also more spacious, comfortable and refined, while its fuel economy is significantly better.
Used Toyota Land Cruiser -- If you're interested in a family-friendly off-roader, the Land Cruiser is a great choice, as it features all the capabilities of the 4Runner and more luxury. Prices are high, though, so you'll probably want to consider a used model.