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2021 Toyota 4Runner

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$36,765

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

17
Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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7

Seating capacity

190.2” x 71.5”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Off-road capability
  • 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Sliding cargo floor available

The bad:

  • Tall step-in height
  • Busy control layout
  • Clumsy on-road driving manners
  • Fuel economy

9 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Toyota 4Runner trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • New Trail Edition
  • Seats up to seven with available third row
  • 270-hp V-6 standard
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Off-road-oriented TRD Pro version available

2021 Toyota 4Runner review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

In an era where most SUVs have a car-based platform, the Toyota 4Runner is something of a throwback with its rugged body-on-frame construction. Power comes from a standard 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered, and the 4Runner can seat up to seven with an available third row. Competitors include the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

 What’s New on the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

A new limited-production Trail Edition based on the SR5 trim level features black badges, a Yakima roof basket, all-weather floormats, a sliding cargo tray, a custom 40-quart cooler and black seating surfaces with tan stitching. LED low-beam headlights are now standard, and the TRD Pro trim gets updated shock absorber tuning. 

What Features in the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • 17-inch alloy wheels 
  • Power-sliding liftgate window
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Automatic high-beam headlights 
  • Adaptive cruise control

Available features include: 

  • Power moonroof 
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats 
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning 
  • Navigation 
  • JBL premium stereo 
  • Locking center and rear differentials
  • Selectable terrain management system

2021 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: How Do They Compare?

Both mid-size SUVs are built to tackle challenging off-road terrain, but of the two, the Grand Cherokee is more civilized with better on-road driving manners. The Jeep’s refinement carries over to the cabin, which has a more premium feel on high-end trim levels — and the pricing to go with it. Whereas special versions of the 4Runner increase its off-road capability, certain variants of the Grand Cherokee significantly enhance the SUV’s on-road performance. With the debut of the 2021 Grand Cherokee L, Jeep now has a three-row version of the Grand Cherokee to compete with three-row 4Runners. 

Should I Buy the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

The 4Runner remains one of the last truck-based mid-size SUVs and serves as a multitool on wheels. With a respectable 5,000-pound towing capacity and nearly 90 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, the 4Runner blends capability and versatility. The 4Runner’s on-road driving manners, however, are disappointing, and the SUV lacks fuel-efficient drivetrain choices.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

My wife drives this vehicle and she is a small gal.

My wife drives this vehicle and she is a small gal. She said it fits her great and rides very smooth. Gas mileage isnt the best but she doesnt drive it everyday so its not a big deal for us .

2.0

I had it for about 2 years and I just t changed it to

I had it for about 2 years and I just t changed it to the new vehicle. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good neither.

5.0

First Toyota after 4 f150’s and a Ram

One of the last SUV’s with a real 4x4 and towing capacity. The engine and transmission lasts longer than anything similar. Not the greatest mpg but this is greatly off set by reliability and longevity.

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Safety

Based on the 2021 Toyota 4Runner base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
3
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
24.6%
Rollover rating
3
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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