Vehicle Overview

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