• (4.8) 74 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,585–$16,721
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-20
  • Engine: 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2006 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Toyota 4Runner

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Ride quality in Sport Edition
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Side airbags optional

Notable Features

  • Standard 236-hp V-6
  • Available 260-hp V-8
  • Two or three rows of seats
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Face-lifted for 2006

2006 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Toyota last redesigned its midsize 4Runner sport utility vehicle for 2003, making a V-8 engine available for the first time. At that time, Toyota wanted to make the truck-based 4Runner larger, roomier and more fuel-efficient, yet still retain its offroad capability.

For 2005, the V-8 gained 35 horsepower. In V-6 models, a five-speed-automatic transmission replaced the prior four-speed unit. A backup video camera was included on 4Runner Limited models equipped with a navigation system.

A face-lift for 2006 gives the 4Runner a new grille, bumpers, fog lamps, headlights and taillights, and redesigned lower cladding and overfenders. The Sport Edition gains a smoked chrome grille, and new 18-inch alloy wheels and a memory feature for the driver's seat are standard on the Limited. Audio systems have a mini-jack connector for an external audio source, like an MP3 player. Options include a navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen.

Three trim levels are available: SR5, Sport Edition and Limited. Four-wheel-drive-equipped 4Runners feature Downhill Assist Control that restricts speed when going down a steep grade. Hill-start Assist Control works to keep the SUV from rolling backward on an upgrade.


Exterior
Built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the 4Runner measures 189 inches long overall and stands 68.5 inches tall. Body-on-frame construction uses full-length boxed-section frame rails. The rear liftgate contains a power window.

Standard SR5 equipment includes 16-inch tires, multireflector headlights and taillights, and an integrated towing hitch. The Sport Edition features a hood scoop, a sport suspension and 17-inch tires. The Limited includes illuminated running boards.


Interior
Without the available third-row seat, the 4Runner seats five people on front buckets and a three-place, fold-down 60/40-split rear bench. Seven occupants fit inside models equipped with a third-row seat.

Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat with a memory system are standard in the Limited. For 2006, power-adjustable front seats are standard in the Sport Edition and SR5 V8. Cargo-area backup mirrors mounted in the rear pillars allow the driver to see oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking stall.


Under the Hood
Using new testing standards developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers for 2006 models, Toyota's 4.7-liter V-8 is rated at 260 hp and 306 pounds-feet of torque. The 4.0-liter V-6 produces 236 hp. Both engines team with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags with rollover sensors are optional. Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control electronic stability system is standard.

Driving Impressions
Performance is a big plus when the 4Runner is equipped with the available, quiet V-8. From a standstill, a tap of the gas pedal sends this SUV practically lunging ahead. 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. Handling skills also rank above average. For this type of vehicle, the ride is pleasantly soft — not really cushy, but the suspension absorbs quite a few bumps. The Sport Edition feels a bit tauter, and its ride quality is a tad stiffer.


Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

Average based on 74 reviews

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I liked it so much I bought it!

by Sruby from St. Joseph, Missouri on November 20, 2017

Very happy I found this vehicle. I’ve wanted a 4Runner for a long time. The style will accommodate my family’s very busy and adventurous lifestyle.

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12 Trims Available

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2006 Toyota 4Runner Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited V6

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited V6

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited V6

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited V6

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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