2013 Toyota 4Runner

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota 4Runner. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Trucklike ride

Notable Features of the 2013 Toyota 4Runner

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

2013 Toyota 4Runner Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 c...
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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Buy a 4-Runner

by 4-Runner lover from Nashua, NH on July 29, 2018

Have owned and or leased 4 Runners since 2000. Easy access loading, unloading groceries. Ample room for those larger purchases. Plenty of passenger space. Love the 4-Runners! Read full review

(5.0)

Solid performer with bulletproof reliability

by Pfmc88 from CT on July 10, 2018

Legendary Toyota reliability with go anywhere capability. Bought used and have had no issues at all, you could weld the hood shut. Fits a ton of stuff, can tow a decent amount, and moves 5 adults in ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

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