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2012 Toyota 4Runner

$16,562 — $30,190 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fold-flat second and third rows
  • Impressive off-road hardware

The Bad

  • Trucklike ride
2012 Toyota 4Runner exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Toyota 4Runner
  • 270-hp V-6
  • Off-road Trail edition
  • Two available four-wheel-drive systems
  • Seats up to seven

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
27 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Very reliable, engine is built to last as long!

by ndlaham from Naperville, IL on March 8, 2018

It's a really good car if you need a TRUE sport utility vehicle. One of the few body on frame SUVs left that stay true to their off road roots, but yet stylish and sexy for an awesome around town ... Read full review

(5.0)

Pleased Owner

by Jarrid from Denver, CO on November 30, 2017

I love my 4Runner. It's a high quality SUV that does everything I need it to do. From my daily commute in town to long road trips, it's a pleasure to drive. Can't wait for some snow to fall to take it ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota 4Runner currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Toyota 4Runner has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 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

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker