• (4.8) 25 reviews
  • MSRP: $19,391–$32,719
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2012 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Toyota 4Runner

What We Don't Like

  • Trucklike ride

Notable Features

  • 270-hp V-6
  • Off-road Trail edition
  • Two available four-wheel-drive systems
  • Seats up to seven

2012 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Toyota redesigned the 4Runner for 2010. The truck-based SUV got beefier off-road hardware, new styling inside and out, and improved gas mileage. Competitors include the Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with two types of four-wheel drive optional. The 4Runner offers up to three rows of seats. Trim levels are the base SR5, off-road Trail edition and well-equipped Limited.

New for 2012
Toyota has discontinued the 4Runner's 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, leaving only a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6. A newly standard stereo comes with satellite radio, a USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio functionality. Toyota's Entune multimedia system is optional, as are power running boards and a navigation system.
Exterior
The 4Runner has a squared-off nose and creased headlights that look similar to ones on Toyota's Sequoia SUV and Tundra pickup truck. The liftgate features a power window.

Trail editions get a hood scoop, unique 17-inch wheels, front and rear bumper guards, and smoked headlamps and taillamps. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard roof rails
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

Interior
The dashboard carries similar themes to Toyota's Land Cruiser SUV, with a bulky gated shifter and plenty of silver trim. The optional third-row seat brings maximum seating capacity to seven. Both the second and third rows fold flat. There is also an optional sliding rear cargo deck that can extend several inches beyond the rear bumper to form a makeshift picnic table or seat. It's rated to hold 440 pounds. Interior features include:

  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard CD stereo
  • Standard air conditioning and cruise control
  • Optional water-resistant cloth seats
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional moonroof

Under the Hood
There is an optional four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case; the four-wheel-drive Limited gets a full-time system that doesn't require driver intervention.

A long list of off-road equipment includes available locking center and rear differentials and a terrain selection system that allows drivers to match drivetrain settings to exact off-road conditions. Crawl mode can keep the 4Runner moving at a constant slow speed so drivers don't have to feather the gas pedal in tight off-road situations, and Toyota's A-TRAC traction control system purports to distribute power to any wheel with traction, even if the other three are slipping. Hill descent control can restrict the 4Runner to a slow downhill crawl — again, to help drivers work through serious off-road muck without having to worry about managing vehicle speed. An optional disconnecting stabilizer bar system allows more suspension travel for extreme off-road situations.

For better on-road comfort, optional adaptive shock absorbers automatically adjust to changing road conditions. Other mechanical features include:

  • 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with a five-speed automatic transmission
  • Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds
  • Skid plates for the engine and radiator, front suspension, transfer case (four-wheel-drive versions) and gas tank

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Eight airbags — frontal chest and knee airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all rows of seats
  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

Average based on 25 reviews

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Best value in any vehicle I have ever owned

by Eric from West Bloomfield, Mi on October 19, 2017

I inspect vehicles for a living, and this vehicle has style, comfort, capability, and reliabilty all wrapped up in one. I have the limited model so the the interior is leather and the fit and finish ... Read Full Review

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5 Trims Available

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Recalls

There are currently 8 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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