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2021 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Toyota 4Runner

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Normile

Most significant changes: Standard LED headlights on all models; TRD Pro gets new wheels, retuned suspension, new paint color; new Trail Special Edition model

Price change: Destination fee increases $55 to $1,175, so all prices increase $55 plus:

  • SR5: $220
  • SR5 Premium: $235
  • TRD Off-Road: $465
  • TRD Off-Road Premium: $480
  • Venture Special Edition: $235
  • Limited: $410
  • Nightshade: $85
  • TRD Pro: $605

On sale: Mid- to late August

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? If you’re interested in the new Trail Special Edition, or want the updates to the TRD Pro, you’ll have to get a 2021. As for other models, relatively modest price increases include the new standard LED headlights, making the 2021 seem like the better choice.

Toyota’s 4Runner SUV, one of the few remaining body-on-frame SUVs, enters 2021 with modest updates. LED headlights are now standard, replacing units that received a poor rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the off-road-focused TRD Pro model gets new wheels and a retuned suspension, and Lunar Rock exterior paint replaces Army Green.

Related: What You Need to Know Before Towing With an SUV

There will also be a new Trail Special Edition based on the SR5 trim that includes four paint colors (Cement, Army Green, Super White and Midnight Black), dark gray wheels from the TRD Off-Road, a Yakima-brand roof basket and a custom lockable cooler that will be color-matched to Cement and Army Green examples, and Cement-colored in those painted Super White and ...

Most significant changes: Standard LED headlights on all models; TRD Pro gets new wheels, retuned suspension, new paint color; new Trail Special Edition model

Price change: Destination fee increases $55 to $1,175, so all prices increase $55 plus:

  • SR5: $220
  • SR5 Premium: $235
  • TRD Off-Road: $465
  • TRD Off-Road Premium: $480
  • Venture Special Edition: $235
  • Limited: $410
  • Nightshade: $85
  • TRD Pro: $605

On sale: Mid- to late August

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? If you’re interested in the new Trail Special Edition, or want the updates to the TRD Pro, you’ll have to get a 2021. As for other models, relatively modest price increases include the new standard LED headlights, making the 2021 seem like the better choice.

Toyota’s 4Runner SUV, one of the few remaining body-on-frame SUVs, enters 2021 with modest updates. LED headlights are now standard, replacing units that received a poor rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the off-road-focused TRD Pro model gets new wheels and a retuned suspension, and Lunar Rock exterior paint replaces Army Green.

Related: What You Need to Know Before Towing With an SUV

There will also be a new Trail Special Edition based on the SR5 trim that includes four paint colors (Cement, Army Green, Super White and Midnight Black), dark gray wheels from the TRD Off-Road, a Yakima-brand roof basket and a custom lockable cooler that will be color-matched to Cement and Army Green examples, and Cement-colored in those painted Super White and Midnight Black. No matter the trim level, power still comes from the same 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 paired to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Including a $55 destination fee increase to $1,175, prices for the 4Runner increase modestly. The entry-level 2021 SR5 is priced from $37,515 (all prices include destination), while the new Trail Special Edition starts at $39,490. The 2021 SR5 Premium carries a $40,725 price tag, while the Limited costs $46,570. The blacked-out 4Runner Nightshade starts at $47,985. All of these models are available in 4×2 or 4×4 configurations, and upgrading to 4×4 will cost an additional $1,875.

Versions of the 4Runner that come only in 4×4 configuration include the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium, Venture Special Edition and TRD Pro. The TRD Off-Road costs $41,480, while the TRD Off-Road Premium is priced at $44,225. The Venture, meanwhile, has a price tag of $45,795. The range-topping TRD Pro is the most expensive 2021 4Runner, with a price of $51,645.

Toyota says the new 2021 4Runner will go on sale in mid- to late August.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

I love my new car

by 4Runner Mom from Beaverton, OR on November 9, 2020

I love this 4Runner. It’s got the sleek feel of a new car but you don’t forget you are still driving a 4Runner. There is a way that why have made it nice and new but yet kept the nostalgia of old ... Read full review

(5.0)

Updated model and design

by CB Jr from Jersey City NJ on November 6, 2020

The design is nice, very roomy, comfortable interior and ride is great ... satisfied, especially with the price we were able to purchase vehicle ... AND updated 2021! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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