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2022 Toyota 4Runner Test Drive Review: This Dinosaur Still Has Chops

The body-on-frame Toyota 4Runner SUV is now in its fifth generation and has been around in more or less the same form for the last 10 years, making it a bit of a dinosaur in the automotive world. It last received a facelift for the 2014 model year. Nevertheless, it continues to deliver the goods, despite some outdated tech.

Under the hood, the 4Runner sticks to a traditional naturally-aspirated gas engine, in this case, a 4.0-liter V6 producing 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Power is directed to the rear or all four wheels via an old-school five-speed auto transmission (yes, Toyota still makes those). Inside, the 4Runner's ancient bones continue but there's lots of room for people and cargo. Competitors such as the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offer a more refined and contemporary experience, but the 4Runner remains a bulletproof beast with a devout fanbase.

Toyota kindly supplied us with a 2022 4Runner TRD Pro, the off-road enthusiast's choice. However, its numerous upgrades are no longer enough to keep competitive against new players. We were able to experience some relatively minor off-roading and the 4Runner easily handled it. But our main concern is daily, non-off-roading driving. This is something all buyers must consider before making the purchase. Sure, the 4Runner is great for weekend adventure getaways but there are a few things that might make you think twice before signing on the dotted line.

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2022 Toyota 4Runner Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 4Runner?

For 2022, all Toyota Tacoma models receive standard LED lighting, while the TRD Pro gets standard multi-terrain monitor and an exclusive exterior paint color. A surround-view monitor is added to the Limited as standard, and all models get a rear occupancy alert feature.

The most significant change is the addition of the TRD Sport model, which was previously only available on the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The TRD Sport adds cool-looking features such as 20-inch wheels, sports badges, and a hood scoop, but more importantly, it adds a set of adaptive dampers that gives it the edge on and off the beaten path.

Pros and Cons

  • Great off-road ability
  • Lots of passenger and cargo space
  • Toyota reliability
  • Lots of standard driver assistance tech
  • Thirsty engine
  • The interior isn't exactly premium
  • Overall refinement is lacking
  • Slow acceleration

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2022 Toyota 4Runner Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Trail Special Edition
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
SR5 Premium
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
TRD Off Road
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
TRD Off Road Premium
4.0L V6 Gas
5-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
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2022 4Runner Exterior

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  • Length 191.3 in
  • Wheelbase 109.8 in
  • Height 72.0 in
  • Max Width 75.8 in
  • Front Width 63.2 in
  • Rear Width 63.2 in

Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Nautical Blue Metallic
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Nautical Blue Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • White
  • Army Green
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Lunar Rock
  • Super White
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2022 4Runner Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    4.0L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    5-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

This mid-size SUV was never meant to set the Nurburgring on fire; it was designed to be a comfortable daily family car, long-distance companion, and off-road champion. The 4Runner's body-on-frame construction, coil-spring 4-link rear suspension, and high ground clearance should translate into a decent ride that absorbs most road imperfections, but that's not really the case. We enjoyed the 4Runner on suburban roads and highways (upon reaching a comfortable cruising speed) because of its lofty ride height, but this SUV can feel stiff on bumpy roads, and small road imperfections can still be felt at highway speeds, especially in TRD models fitted with the X-REAS Sport Enhancement suspension system.

TRD Pro models like ours come equipped with Fox high-performance shocks with rear remote reservoirs and TRD-tuned front springs. The weighted steering feel is nice but comes undone when you realize how imprecise it is, especially at higher speeds. Nevertheless, the 4Runner is easy to guide along. When driving with a bit more enthusiasm, the 4Runner's weight and ground clearance become all too apparent, and understeer kicks in, but 4x2 models are surprisingly easy to drift. Just saying.

2022 4Runner Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 32.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.6 in

2022 4Runner Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 4Runner Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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Verdict: Is the 2022 Toyota 4Runner A Good SUV?

When Toyota was preparing the 4Runner for the 2022 model year, its marketing execs must have thought, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it ." That's the feeling we get from this aging yet capable mid-size SUV. Unlike some offerings that have become softer over the years, the Toyota 4Runner still promises good off-road ability and a genuine honesty you just don't find a lot of these days. You know what you're getting right out of the box. The exterior and interior styling isn't what we'd call attractive, but it's all practical and hard-wearing, just like those who buy these. Under the hood, Toyota has kept things very basic: the 4.0-liter V6 engine has just enough power to keep the 4Runner in the race. Sure, the five-speed auto transmission is outdated, but again, it gets the job done. This combination should prove to be bulletproof in the long run.

At present, 4Runner values remain high and we don't see that changing anytime soon. The list of standard features isn't too bad (we appreciate all the standard driver aids), and there's tons of room for the family and all their stuff. Going with one of the more hardcore TRD versions also bags you special off-road features that make this Japanese SUV even more capable in the rough stuff. What you see is what you get, and that's the 4Runners biggest advantage.

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2022 Toyota 4Runner Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota 4Runner270 hp16/19 mpg$39,555
Toyota Tacoma 159 hp20/23 mpg$27,750
Toyota Highlander 265 hp22/29 mpg$36,420

2022 Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup truck now in its third generation and, as with its 4Runner sibling, is a capable off-road machine. Powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 engine developing 278 hp and 265 lb-ft, the Tacoma sends its power to the rear or all four wheels via a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Both cars share similar looks, but the Tacoma is the larger vehicle, albeit a pickup truck. The bonus here is that you can opt for various sizes and body configurations.

Inside the cabin, the Tacoma also features a simple yet functional space that should be able to take a beating. On the road, the Tacoma shares a similar harsh ride with the 4Runner, but shines off-road, especially in TRD Pro guise. These are two very similar cars, with the main difference being that the one is an SUV and the other a Pickup. You can't go wrong with either, so pick the one that will suit your lifestyle best.

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2022 Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Highlander

Toyota seems to have discovered the secret recipe to building SUVs, and people across the US are buying them in record numbers. The Toyota Highlander, now in its fourth generation, is a mid-size crossover SUV that also offers three-row seating and slots above the 4Runner. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 or a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain, the Highlander sends its power to the front or all four wheels via a contemporary eight-speed automatic transmission that makes the 4Runner's five-speed 'box feel archaic. Where the 4Runner can boast about its off-road prowess, the Highlander is happier on the road, and its more compliant ride and more refined interior backs that up. This is the car to go for if you're looking for more space, more luxury, and a more car-like experience in general.

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