2012 Toyota 4Runner

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16 reviews
Available Price Range $22,063-$34,955 Trims5 Combined MPG 19-20 Seats 5-7

Our Take on the 2012 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take

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 ... Read Full Report

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


Our Expert Reviews

While I love my role as mother, it's not something I want tattooed across my forehead. In the automotive world, there are certain vehicles — one word: minivan — that have the same branding effect. For that reason alone, my heart leapt at the idea of testing out the not-quite-a-mom-mobile 2012 Toyota 4Runner.I liked the idea of living an adventurous life of off-roading and campi... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 16 reviews

FINALLY have a 4Runner

by Proud 4Runner Owner from Indiana on June 6, 2012

I really wanted to check out the 4Runner back in 2010 when they came out with the redesign but they were pretty sparse at the time and none of the dealerships in our area were carrying them. I finally... Read Full Review

5 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 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

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


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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