• (4.2) 4 reviews
  • Available Prices: $10,319–$23,099
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2009 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Toyota 4Runner

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
  • Available Trail Package
  • Two or three rows of seats
  • RWD or 4WD

2009 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

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.

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

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

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

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 4 reviews

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Excellent Off Road Vehicle

by Mountain Realtor from Northern California on November 7, 2011

This is a comfortable, safe and tough car for the kind of driving I do. It is important to me to provide a safe and comfy vehicle for my clients to ride in.

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2009 Toyota 4Runner Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited V6

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited V6

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
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
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.


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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