• (4.8) 36 reviews
  • MSRP: $21,673–$33,949
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2013 Toyota 4Runner

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 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

2013 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Toyota 4Runner comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and two types of four-wheel drive are optional. This truck-based SUV offers up to three rows of seats and competes with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Trim levels are the base SR5, off-road Trail edition and well-equipped Limited.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
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
  • Optional power-extending running boards
  • Optional moonroof

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 CD stereo with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Optional Entune multimedia system
  • Optional water-resistant cloth seats
  • Optional navigation system and backup camera
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional leather upholstery

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 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 terrain 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-horsepower, 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 36 reviews

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reliable

by Pete from Texas on October 19, 2017

meets my needs. good buy. it was what i expected. will buy again. Will plan to have it for a while

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2013 Toyota 4Runner Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

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

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota 4Runner Limited

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
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.

Recalls

There are currently 4 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: $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

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

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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.

Other Years