2009 Toyota 4Runner

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Toyota 4Runner. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-8 performance
  • Quietness
  • Ride quality
  • Refinement
  • Resale value

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2009 Toyota 4Runner

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

2009 Toyota 4Runner Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Toyota's midsize 4Runner is a truck-based SUV with available V-8 power and room for up to seven passengers. The SR5, Sport Edition and Limited trim levels are available. Similar truck-based SUVs include the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder, all of which have optional V-8 engines.

New for 2009
Toyota adds a Trail Edition package for 2009 that includes locking front and rear differentials as well as added skid plates for offroad use. On the inside, Trail Package 4Runners receive water-resistant seats and a portable navigation unit that's docked in the stereo system.

Exterior
Built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the 4Runner is 189.2 inches long. The Sport Edition features a hood scoop, sport suspension and smoked chrome grille.
  • 16-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels (Sport)
  • 18-inch rims (Limited)
  • Rear liftgate has a power-down window
  • Available projector headlights
  • Available roof rack


Interior
Without the available third-row seat, the 4Runner seats five people on front buckets and a three-seat, fold-down 60/40-split rear bench. Seven occupants fit inside models equipped with a third-row seat. Cargo-area backup mirrors mounted in the rear pillars allow the driver to see oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking stall.
  • Two 12-volt outlets
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel (Sport and Limited)
  • Power front seats (Sport and Limited)
  • Leather upholstery and heated front seats (Limited)
  • Black wood grain interior trim (Limited)
  • ...
Vehicle Overview
Toyota's midsize 4Runner is a truck-based SUV with available V-8 power and room for up to seven passengers. The SR5, Sport Edition and Limited trim levels are available. Similar truck-based SUVs include the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder, all of which have optional V-8 engines.

New for 2009
Toyota adds a Trail Edition package for 2009 that includes locking front and rear differentials as well as added skid plates for offroad use. On the inside, Trail Package 4Runners receive water-resistant seats and a portable navigation unit that's docked in the stereo system.

Exterior
Built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the 4Runner is 189.2 inches long. The Sport Edition features a hood scoop, sport suspension and smoked chrome grille.
  • 16-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels (Sport)
  • 18-inch rims (Limited)
  • Rear liftgate has a power-down window
  • Available projector headlights
  • Available roof rack


Interior
Without the available third-row seat, the 4Runner seats five people on front buckets and a three-seat, fold-down 60/40-split rear bench. Seven occupants fit inside models equipped with a third-row seat. Cargo-area backup mirrors mounted in the rear pillars allow the driver to see oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking stall.
  • Two 12-volt outlets
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel (Sport and Limited)
  • Power front seats (Sport and Limited)
  • Leather upholstery and heated front seats (Limited)
  • Black wood grain interior trim (Limited)
  • Available DVD navigation system


Under the Hood
Available engines include V-6 or V-8 power with rear- and four-wheel-drive models. Four-wheel-drive-equipped 4Runners feature Downhill Assist Control that restricts speed when going down a steep grade. Hill-start Assist Control, standard on rear- and four-wheel-drive models, works to keep the SUV from rolling backward on an upgrade.
  • 4.7-liter V-8 making 260 horsepower and 306 pounds-feet of torque
  • 4.0-liter V-6 making 236 hp and 266 pounds-feet of torque
  • Both engines team with a five-speed automatic transmission
  • Body-on-frame construction uses full-length, boxed-section frame rails


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Seat-mounted side-impact and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors
  • Electronic stability system



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most Reliable car I've owned

by Detroit from Palm Springs on September 15, 2018

Car is amazing to for comfort, safety and dependability. Great to drive solo or with a car full and secure feeling with grandkids riding along! Read full review

(4.0)

One owner

by ethan olivia from Birmingham, Al on February 14, 2018

The interior is very clean. No rips or stains. No odors. AUX connection. Bluetooth handsfree set up. All equipment works. The exterior is in great conditon. Tires have good tread. Clean car inside and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Toyota 4Runner currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 4Runner received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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