Mechanically and structurally, the 2014 4Runner is practically identical to the 2013 model. With the exception of a new cross member and stiffer brake lines, all the changes for this generation are cosmetic.
In the market, the traditional ladder frame and one engine option make the 4Runner a unique player in a crowded segment of car-based choices.
New for 2014
For 2014 the new 4Runner gets a taller, wider front grille area, sculpted projector headlights and non-functional vent fog-light surrounds.
A backup camera is now standard at all levels, as is trailer-sway control, and there are four new colors (two offered across the lineup, two others model specific). A new gauge cluster, steering wheel, a redesigned center-stack layout and seating materials are the only changes to the interior.
The 4Runner has three distinct front-end looks to give the three trims more visual separation. SR5 models have more body-colored front crossbars and bumpers; the Trail has a blacked-out wide-mouth look with a bumper styled to look more like a skip plate, and the Limited uses an extra chromed cross member through the larger lower grille for a more polished look.
- Newly sculpted projector headlights
- Standard 17-inch allow wheels SR5/Trail; 20-inch wheels Limited
- New front and rear bumper styling
- Standard backup camera on all models
- Trailer-sway control on all models
- New color options designated for different trims
- Vortex generators at side mirrors and taillights for better ride stability
- LED lighting in rear taillights
The 4Runner's gauge layout is reconfigured with a more conventional two-dial (speedometer and tachometer) look with a new 2.2-inch information screen between the gauges. The air-conditioning controls have larger controls, and the radio screen is bigger to accommodate the new Entune system.
- New instrument cluster with blue background lighting
- Higher quality seating materials and stitching
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Updated steering wheel with easy-touch controls
- Revised center console and transmission shifter area
Under the Hood
- Standard 270 horsepower, 4.0-liter 24-valve V-6 with making 278 pounds-feet of torque
- Standard five-speed transmission with 3.73:1 axle gears
- Part-time 4WD for SR5 (optional) and Trail (standard); Limited has standard full-time 4WD
- Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System offered on Trail (optional) and Limited (standard)
- Eight standard airbags
- Standard traction, stability and braking control
- Optional front and rear park assist
- Optional Automatic Collision Notification and SOS button
- Active head restraints