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2008 Toyota 4Runner
2008 Toyota 4Runner
Available Price Range $8,823-$20,703 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 15-18 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take

Toyota last redesigned its midsize 4Runner SUV 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. After a drivetrain update in 2005 and a face-lif... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

4Runner is a Tough-Looking SUV That Can Handle the Kids, TooOverviewThe 2008 Toyota 4Runner is a seriously cool truck. It's a testosterone-loaded, V-8, 4x4 super truck that just happens to work pretty darn well as a kid-hauler. Just because something can tow 7,300 pounds doesn't mean it can handle my boys, but this SUV wrangles both with authority. And as an added bonus, it makes Mom ... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota 4 Runner

Consumer Reviews


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New with Toyota....

by coconutbean from Upstate NY on July 28, 2009

I just purchase an '08 4Runner with a mere 15,000 miles (hardly broken in!) I traded in a '05 Pathfinder, which I bought new and truly enjoyed for the three plus years I owned it. This is my first 4Ru... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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