• (4.8) 39 reviews
  • Available Prices: $4,437–$13,117
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 245-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2004 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Toyota 4Runner

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Ride quality in Sport model
  • Difficult entry and exit

Notable Features

  • i-Force V-8
  • Two or three rows of seats
  • Three model choices
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Midsize dimensions

2004 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

Vehicle Overview
A redesigned version of the midsize Toyota 4Runner with a newly available V-8 engine went on sale in 2003. A V-6 was the only engine choice in the prior generation.

Toyota sought to make the truck-based 4Runner larger and roomier so it would yield a more comfortable highway ride, obtain greater fuel efficiency and maintain offroad ability. A third-row seat for the Limited and SR5 editions becomes optional in the 2004 model year. A backup video camera is newly available on 4Runners equipped with a navigation system. Roll-sensing side curtain-type airbags include a cutoff switch.

Toyota’s Vehicle Skid Control electronic stability system is standard. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the 4Runner features Downhill Assist Control that restricts speed when going down a steep grade. Hill-Start Assist Control keeps the 4Runner from rolling excessively on an upgrade. Customers will find three versions at dealerships: SR5, Sport and Limited.

Built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the 4Runner measures 189 inches long overall. Body-on-frame construction uses full-length boxed-section frame rails. The rear liftgate contains a standard power window and a power opening/closing feature. A speed-sensitive sunroof wind deflector is installed.

Standard SR5 equipment includes 16-inch tires, multireflector headlights and taillights, and an integrated towing hitch. The Sport features a hood scoop, a diagonal-linked sport-enhanced suspension and 17-inch tires. The Limited has 17-inch tires and silver-painted running boards, bumper accents and roof rails.

Without the newly available third-row seat, the 4Runner seats five people on front buckets and a three-place, fold-down, 60/40-split rear bench. Cargo capacity is 75.1 cubic feet. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats are standard in the Limited.

Cargo-area backup mirrors mounted in the rear pillars of models with the base-grade audio system allow the driver to see oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking stall.

Under the Hood
Toyota’s 4.7-liter i-Force V-8 engine sends 235 horsepower and 320 pounds-feet of torque to a five-speed-automatic transmission. A 4.0-liter V-6 that produces 245 hp works with a four-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. Models with the V-6 engine and four-wheel drive include a differential lock switch. The 4Runner features a cranking hold system; after the driver holds the key in the Start position for two-tenths of a second, the engine keeps cranking even after the key is released.

Antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are optional in all models.

Driving Impressions
Performance is a big plus with the 4Runner’s quiet V-8 engine. A tap on the gas pedal from a standstill sends this sport utility vehicle practically lunging ahead with eager passion. Acceleration while passing and merging is wholly confident.

The 4Runner steers easily and with a reasonably good feel, which is a cut above the truck-based SUV norm. Its handling is also above average, and the 4Runner produces comfortable sensations on the road. For this type of vehicle, the ride is pleasantly soft — not quite cushiony, but the suspension absorbs many bumps. The Sport model feels a bit tauter and its ride quality is a tad sniffer.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 11/5/03

Consumer Reviews


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Best car ,best value

by GORGEOUS from FL on December 7, 2017

i drove this SUV to long drive many time, IT drive great and its very reliable. It has the best transmission as Toyota made very good Transmission. I will say it is maintance free SUV.

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