Despite the increasing rarity of truck-based SUVs, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner still remains committed to taking you off the unbeaten path. It is the go-to SUV for people who occasionally find themselves or love treading in adverse terrain. However, if you don’t fit under this category, we highly advise you to opt for the Highlander.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is meant for people with a craving for weekend excursions. This is by and large due to its build architecture. It comes with impressive ground clearance, rugged drivetrain, and a generally sturdy body construction. Furthermore, it comes fitted with a powerful 4.0L V6 engine beneath the hood.
It’s quite versatile too. See, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner comes in a whopping six trim models. These range from the barebones 4Runner SR5 costing $34,410 to the well-equipped, top-of-the-range 4Runner TRD Pro costing $42,675. This range of vehicles is further offered with a myriad of options and packages that further offer individuality to each buyer.
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Granted, the Toyota 4Runner nameplate has been around for quite some time now and its age is starting to show. To begin with, its fuel efficiency remains poor relative to car-like crossovers. Secondly, it’s not comfortable as typical crossovers. Thirdly, the technology department lacks the latest updates. And fourthly, driving dynamics are mediocre except when exploring trails.
As such, we highly discourage buyers looking for a daily driving companion to buy the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Needless to say, daily driving isn’t exactly its forte! That notwithstanding, it should be a quick sell for anyone looking for an off-road beast. In fact, it balances its off-road capabilities with refinement so well that we would prefer it against its functionally-similar Jeep Wrangler.
For 2018, returning buyers don’t have many reasons to get excited as the new 4Runner SUV only comes with very subtle changes: three additional colors, matte gray wheels, and some performance tweaks. The special matte gray wheels are available for a few additional bucks.
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2018 Toyota 4Runner Review
- interior changes
- trim levels
- engine specs
- release date & price
2018 Toyota 4Runner Interior Design & Facelifts
In terms of the interior, the new model returns with a nicely laid-out dashboard and instrument panel. The driver and passenger space is sufficiently voluptuous. And around back, buyers will probably appreciate the cargo load.
It provides comparatively easy ingress and egress. 3-inches of step-up height is rather laudable for vehicles in its class. Inside, we find the buttons and controls’ layout to be clean and devoid of cluttering. While critics may have a thing or two to say about the dashboard design and material quality, the problem can easily go away by opting for higher trim models.
The exterior visibility is pretty good both at the front and at the rear. The backup camera makes it surprisingly good to see the rear quarters. Utility wise, we give the newest 2018 Toyota 4Runner four stars. The cabin features a lot of storage options while the sliding cargo tray offers lots of great cargo area.
When it comes to comfort, we find it rather hard to recommend it to people looking for typical crossover refinement. This shouldn’t be surprising given its truck-based roots. But anyone shopping for a rugged crossover SUV will undeniably love its reasonable mix of comfort.
So as already told, the new 2018 Toyota 4Runner is available in six flavors – 4Runner SR5, 4Runner SR5 Premium, 4Runner TRD Off-Road, 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium, 4Runner TRD Pro, and 4Runner Limited. Pricing for the range starts from a low of $34,410 to a high of $42,675.
Again, all these models come fitted with a brawny 4.0L V6 engine capable of generating 270 hp and 278 lbs. ft. of torque. This power should then be taken up by the five-speed automatic and delivered to either the rear wheels or all wheels depending on the configuration. Maximum towing capacity is unchanged at 5,000 pounds.
Buyers looking for basic features should probably go for the cheaper, lower trim levels – 4Runner SR5, 4Runner TRD Off-Road, and 4Runner Premium. Features on offer here include skid plates. Cloth upholstery, a 120-volt AC power outlet, five 12-volt power outlets, a backup camera, a locking rear differential, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, and crawl control function.
For serious off-roading gear, we recommend the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. This one gets all the features of the 4Runner Premium and adds a front skid plate, Nitto Terra Grappler tires, rear remote reservoirs, and revised front springs.
At the top of the food chain is the 4Runner Limited. This one is equipped for people looking to get a decent balance between off-roading and some comfort. It comes equipped with perforated leather seat upholstery, a fifteen-speaker premium audio system, a dual-zone climate control, twenty-inch wheels, parking alerts, and a sunroof.
Anyone looking to buy one of these is most likely looking for off-road capability. While every model offered for the 2018 has its own sweet spot, we find that of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium to be the sweetest. This is especially so for shoppers going nuts over serious off-roading.
The TRD Off-Road Premium provides the cheapest route to gaining access to serious off-roading gear like the KDSS suspension and locking rear differential. The “Premium” connotation also guarantees that buyers also get features such as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, heated and power exterior mirrors, and premium vinyl upholstery that’s easy to clean.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Specs For Engine & Performance
The drivetrain returns unchanged. That said, we should still expect the new 2018 4Runner to return with the same 4.0L V6 engine. As already told, this engine is capable of generating 270 horsepower and 278 lbs. ft. of torque. It comes paired to a five-speed automatic that sends power to either the RWD or the AWD configuration setting.
The EPA estimates the rear wheel drive models to return 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highways, whereas those with an AWD are expect to offer 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highways.
NHTSA and the IIHS are yet to offer their crash impact assessment of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Nevertheless, we don’t expect any significant changes over its predecessor as it returns almost unchanged.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Release Date & Price
Pricing info as given by Toyota is as follows: 4Runner SR5 MSRP - $34,410, 4Runner SR5 Premium MSRP - $36,240, 4Runner TRD Off-Road MSRP - $37,535, 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium - $39,495, 4Runner Limited - $42,725, and 4Runner TRD Pro - $42,675.
The release date is expected in the summer of 2017. The timing comes as a coincidence as two of its main rivals are also expected to be offered for sale around that time. The rivals in question are – Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and the Dodge Durango SUV. The Durango scores high marks when it comes to offering latest infotainment system, compliant ride quality and straight line acceleration. It however scores low marks for its weight and thirsty engine. Pricing for the Durango SRT begins at $72,495.
On top of the Jeep Grand Cherokee scoreboard are features like absurd acceleration, premium feature offering, and impressive performance specs. Nonetheless, it costs a premium, and its engine is relatively thirsty especially when pushed hard. Pricing starts at $30,595.