Buying Guide

2013 Toyota 4Runner

Fair Market Price $28,939 Limited 2WD

EPA MPG:

17 City / 22 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 89.7 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/7

New For 2013

The 4Runner carries over essentially unchanged.

Overview

The Toyota 4Runner is the last—and best—of its kind. Its body-on-frame and live rear axle appeal to buyers who still expect their mid-size SUV to do the things for which SUVs were actually invented: go off-road and tow. Those who spend most or all of their time traversing parking lots and highways might want to stick with the Highlander, because the 4Runner suffers from a bumpier ride and less-confidence-inspiring steering. That said, the 4Runner, last redesigned for 2010, is a much more refined and efficient vehicle than the mid-size trucks that dominated the sales charts even ten years ago. For one, it comes only with a V-6 engine, the same 4.0-liter that Toyota offers in the FJ Cruiser and the Tundra pickup. The interior isn’t luxurious (there needs to be a reason for the Lexus GX460 to exist, after all), but it is comfortable and nicely laid out, with fold-flat second- and (optional) third-row seats. It also incorporates a neat party trick, literally: at the push of a button, the stereo will send full power to the back speakers, creating a lively atmosphere for tailgate parties.

Safety

Front, side, side curtain, and knee air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; a backup camera; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

You’ll like:

  • Real SUV utility and capability
  • Handsome inside and out
  • More refined than one expects

You won’t like:

  • Trucklike driving dynamics
  • Not very fuel efficient

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota 4Runner

  • Ford Explorer
  • Honda Pilot
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Nissan Pathfinder

Sum Up

The mid-size SUV for people who really want an SUV.

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