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Toyota 4Runner

Compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by Toyota

Motor vehicle

The Toyota 4Runner is a compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and sold throughout the world from 1984 to the present. In Japan, it is known as the Toyota Hilux Surf (Japanese: トヨタ・ハイラックスサーフ, Toyota Hairakkususāfu) which was withdrawn from the market in 2009. The original 4Runner was a compact SUV and little more than a Toyota pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed, but the model has since undergone significant independent development into a cross between a compact and a mid-size SUV. All 4Runners have been built in Japan at Toyota's plant in Tahara, Aichi, or at the Hino Motors (a Toyota subsidiary) plant in Hamura.

The name '4Runner' was created by a copywriter named Robert Nathan who was working for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The agency held contests to invent new vehicle names before the introduction of new Toyota models. The name 4Runner was created as a play on the term "forerunner," since the sport utility vehicle was the first of its kind for Toyota with an emphasis on its 4x4 capability and seating for four.[citation needed]

For Southeast Asia the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar Fortuner, which is based on the Hilux platform.

As of 2021[update], the 4Runner is sold in the Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the United States and Venezuela.

The 4Runner came in at number five in a 2019 study by iSeeCars.com ranking the longest-lasting vehicles in the US. The 4Runner had 3.9 percent of vehicles over 200,000 miles (320,000 km), according to the study.[1]

Predecessor: Toyota Trekker (1981–1983)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Trekker was one of the first prototype walk through conversions done to Toyota trucks in the early 1980s. They were similar to the successive 4Runner conversions done by Toyota, which started production in 1984, but were designed and built by Winnebago Industries with the approval of Toyota.[2][3] The Trekker was no longer viable when Toyota started producing the 4Runner in 1984, having in essence acted as a marketing test vehicle for that vehicle.

The Trekker was produced from early 1981 through 1983. The Trekkers were all built on the short wheelbase Hilux chassis. All of the Trekkers were classified as SR5 by both Winnebago and Toyota, regardless of the actual VIN denotation. Originally there were to be a SR5 and Deluxe version of the Trekker, one with vented windows and one without. All 1981 Trekkers had vented canopy windows. Non-vented canopy windows were not installed on the Trekker until the 1982 model year. Unvented windows were installed due to leaking issues of a forward facing vent on the 1981 Trekkers canopy windows rather than the equipment level.

Toyota shipped all trucks from Japan as cab and chassis in order to avoid the 25% assembled truck customs tax. The trucks destined for production as Trekkers were shipped to the dealership handling the national distribution of the Trekker. From there they went to Winnebago to have the Trekker conversion installed, returned after completion to the dealership for national distribution. Most of the Trekker conversions sold went to the west coast of the United States.

The Trekker conversion consisted of a fiberglass tub, bed sides, a non-removable canopy and rear hatch. The kit included a folding rear seat that could be folded forward to lay flat and add cargo space to the back. There was no tailgate on the Trekkers. The factory Toyota vinyl cab headliner was replaced and matched to the custom rear canopy headliner.

About 1500 of the Trekkers were built and sold in the United States. An additional unknown number of Trekker kits, likely less than 200, were shipped to Canada to be installed on Canadian trucks at the dealerships. 20 to 30 of the Trekker kits were sold and shipped to Saudi Arabia for installation.

First generation (N60; 1984)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (N60)
1st Toyota 4Runner -- 01-07-2012.jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux 4Runner
ProductionOctober 1983[4] – August 1989
Model years1984–1989
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi
ClassCompact SUV
Body style3-door wagon
RelatedToyota Pickup
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase103.0 in (2,616 mm)
Length174.6 in (4,435 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,520–3,760 lb (1,597–1,706 kg) (approx.)

For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1983, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year. Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were more than simply conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.

1987–1989 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (Australia)

1987–1989 Toyota Hilux Surf

1985 Toyota 4Runner with the rear canopy removed

Thus, the first generation is nearly mechanically identical to the Toyota Hilux. All first generation 4Runners had two doors and were indistinguishable from the pickups from the dashboard forward. Nearly all changes were to the latter half of the body; in fact, because the rear springs were not upgraded to bear the additional weight from the rear seats and fiberglass top, these early models tended to suffer from a sagging rear suspension.

In North America, they were sold from the 1984½ model year from May 1984. For this first year (March to July 1984 production), all models were equipped with black or white fiberglass tops. An SR5 trim package was offered that upgraded the interior: additional gauges, better fabrics, and a rear seat were standard with the package. All 1984 models were equipped with the carbureted 2.4 L 22R engine and were all available with a four-wheel-drive system that drove the front wheels through a solid front axle.

1985 (August 1984 production) saw the arrival of the electronically fuel-injected 2.4 L 22R-E (and 22R-EC with California emissions controls) I4 engine. This upped the horsepower numbers from 100 hp for the 22R, to 116 hp for the 22R-E Engine, though the carbureted engine remained available until 1988. Additionally, rear seats were available in all 1985 4Runner trim levels, not just the more upscale SR5.

In 1986, the Surf/4Runner underwent a major front suspension design change as it was changed from a solid front axle to the Hi-Trac independent front suspension. Track width was also increased by three inches. These changes made the trucks more comfortable on-road, and improved stability and handling. The new suspension also increased the space in the engine compartment (necessary to fit larger engines, such as the V6 introduced in 1987) but arguably decreased the truck's off-road capabilities. The North American specification Toyota Pickup also adopted this new suspension, but the regular Hilux for other markets at this point retained the more rugged and capable, if less refined, solid axle configuration. With the 1986 update, the Surf/4Runner grille changed from the three segment type to the two segment grille. Tops were color-matched on blue, red and some gold models, while other body colors were still sold with black or white tops.

A turbocharged version of the 22R-E engine (the 22R-TE) was also introduced in 1986, although this engine is significantly rarer than the base 22R-E. It appears that all turbocharged 4Runner models sold in the US were equipped with an automatic transmission, though a five-speed manual could still be ordered in the turbocharged pickups. Most turbocharged 4Runners were equipped with the SR5 package, and all turbo trucks had as standard a heavier rear differential later used in the V6 model. Low-option models had a small light in the gauge cluster to indicate turbo boost, while more plush vehicles were equipped with an all-digital gauge cluster that included a boost gauge. Turbocharged and naturally aspirated diesel engines were also available in the pickups at this time as well, but it appears that no diesel-powered 4Runners were imported to the United States.

During 1984 to 1986 many 4Runners were imported to the US without rear seats. With only two seats the vehicle could be classified as a truck (rather than a sport vehicle) and could skirt the higher customs duties placed upon sport and pleasure vehicles. Most had aftermarket seats and seat belts added by North American dealers after they were imported.

In 1988, the 22R-E engine was joined by an optional 3.0 L V6 engine, the 3VZ-E. This engine was significantly larger and more powerful although not as reliable as the original 4-cylinder offering. Trucks sold with the V6 engine were equipped with the same heavy duty rear differential that was used in the turbocharged trucks, as well as a completely new transmission and transfer case; the transfer case was chain driven, although considered less rugged, created less cab noise than the old gear-driven unit used behind the four-cylinder engine.

An engine which was not used in the US market and rarely in the Japanese domestic market pickups was the 3Y engine, which was used in place of the 22R engine in New Zealand models, followed more rarely by the 4Y 2.2 L gasoline in later versions. This was a decision by Toyota New Zealand to reduce parts required to be stocked by dealers as no other Toyotas sold in New Zealand at the time utilised the R series engines.

Small cosmetic and option changes were made in 1988 for the 1989 model year, but the model was left largely untouched in anticipation of the replacement model then undergoing final development.

Second generation (N120/N130; 1989)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (N120/N130)
90-91 Toyota 4Runner.jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Brazil)
  • Jinhui 4Runner (China, JV)
ProductionAugust 1989 – August 1995
Model years1990–1995
Assembly
ClassCompact SUV
Body style
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase103.3 in (2,624 mm)
Length176.0–176.8 in (4,470–4,491 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,760 lb (1,706 kg) (approx.)
SuccessorToyota Hilux Sport Rider (Southeast Asia)

1990–1991 Toyota 4Runner V6 with two-door bodywork (VZN130; US)

1992–1995 Toyota 4Runner (US; facelift)

1991–1996 Toyota 4Runner (LN130R; Australia)

Toyota Hilux Surf (KZN130G; Japan)

Toyota issued a second generation of Hilux Surf and 4Runner in 1989 for the 1990 model year. Known as the N120/N130 series, these models continued their reliance on the Hilux pickup as a basis. It represented a fundamental departure from the first generation model. Instead of an enhanced pickup truck with fiberglass cap, the new 4Runners featured a freshly designed, full steel integrated body mounted on the existing frame. However, the 4Runner did remain virtually identical to the Hilux from the B-pillars forward. It also gained an all new coil spring rear suspension system, which unfortunately proved to be just as prone to sagging as the leaf springs on the rear of the previous models.

Nearly all second generation 4Runners were four-door models; however, from launch in 1989 to May 1993, a two-door model was also produced. These models are similar to the four-door models of the time in that the bodies were formed as a single unit, instead of the fiberglass tops used in the first generation 4Runners. Two-door cars of the second generation are extremely rare. US sales ended in August 1992, but it continued to be available in the Canadian market through 1993, and Japan until May 1993.

Because the drive train was still developed from the same source, the available engines and drivetrains were identical to the corresponding Hilux. The new 4Runner used the independent front suspension that had been developed on the previous generation. The older style gear driven transfer case was phased out on the V6 models and they now had a chain driven case. The older gear driven case was retained on the 4-cylinder models.

The Hilux Surf version for the Japanese market was also available with a range of diesel engines, including a 2.4 L turbodiesel2L-TE I4 up to 1993, followed by a 3.0 L turbodiesel 1KZ-TE I4. Small numbers were also made with a normally aspirated 2.8 L diesel 3L I4, a 2.0 L 3Y I4 naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and 2.4 L 22R-E I4 gasoline engine.[5] The majority of gasoline versions of the Hilux Surf received the 3.0 L V6. Various trim levels were offered in Japan ranging from the base model 'SSR' through 'SSR Ltd', 'SSR-V' 'SSR-X' and 'SSR-X Ltd' to the range topping 'SSR-G'.

Most other full-body SUVs produced at the time (e.g. Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer) featured tailgates that opened upward with the glass closed. In contrast, the second generation 4Runner carried over the retractable-glass tailgate from the first generation. Opening these tailgates requires first retracting the rear window into the tailgate and then lowering the tailgate much like as on a pickup truck.

In 1991 for the 1992 model year, the 4Runner received minor cosmetic updates, including one-piece front bumpers and modular headlamps instead of the increasingly outdated rectangular sealed beams. This facelift distanced the 4Runner somewhat from the Hilux pickups which did not receive the same cosmetic changes. At this time a wide-body version was introduced featuring extended wheel arch flares along with wider wheels and tires.

Additional cosmetic changes occurred between 1993 and 1995, the last year of the second generation.

Safety[edit]

The first and second generation 4Runners were both targeted as unsafe SUVs. 1980s and early-1990s crash regulations in the United States were not very strict for light trucks, and all early model 4Runners were fitted with doors that offered little protection in the event of a side collision. In most areas, there was little more than two pieces of sheet-metal and the window to keep incoming vehicles from impacting passengers. The crash test rating for the second generation 4Runner was one star for the driver's side in a frontal collision while the passenger side received a 4-star rating. Later, more strict crash regulations mandated doors that offered as much protection as passenger doors. In the United States, the 1994 and 1995 model years added side-impact beams in the doors.

Airbags for both the driver and passenger were added in 1995 (1996 model year).

Third generation (N180; 1995)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (N180)
1996-1998 Toyota 4Runner .jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Zhongxing Admiral
ProductionAugust 1995 – August 2002
Model years1996–2002
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
ClassMid-sizeSUV
Body style5-door SUV
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase105.3 in (2,675 mm)
Length
  • 1995–98: 178.7 in (4,539 mm)
  • 1998–00: 183.2 in (4,653 mm)
  • 2000–02: 183.3 in (4,656 mm)
Width
  • 2WD: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • Limited: 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
Height
  • 1998–02: 67.5 in (1,714 mm)
  • 1998–02 Limited: 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
  • 1995–98: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 1995–98 Limited: 68.7 in (1,745 mm)
Curb weight3,930 lb (1,783 kg) (approx.)

Developed under chief Masaaki Ishiko from 1990 to 1995 under the project code 185T, in late 1995 (for the 1996 model year) a significant redesign of the 4Runner was introduced, with an all-new body shell on an all-new chassis. Though it shared many parts, including engine and transmission, with the new Tacoma, the body and chassis were unique for the first time. Despite moving upmarket with the rest of the mid-size SUV market, the new 4Runner differentiated itself by retaining the rugged off-road character its competitors were sacrificing for highway comfort.[6]

The third generation 4Runner featured new engines shared with the first generation Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks:

  • 2.7L 3RZ-FE I4 replacing the previous 2.4L 22R-E I4; 150 hp (110 kW) max horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 38 hp (28 kW)), and 177 lb⋅ft (240 N⋅m) max torque at 4000 rpm (an increase of 35 lb⋅ft (47 N⋅m));
  • 3.4L 5VZ-FE V6 replacing the previous 3.0L 3VZ-E V6; 183 hp (136 kW) horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 33 hp (25 kW)), and 217 lb⋅ft (294 N⋅m) max torque at 3600 rpm (an increase of 37 lb⋅ft (50 N⋅m)).

Original placard describing the operation of the Toyota rear electronic locker in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner

1998–2000 Toyota Hilux Surf Sports Runner (Japan)

2000–2002 Toyota Hilux Surf (Japan)

In 1996, the 4Runner was dropped from sale in the UK, to be replaced by the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which was badged as the Toyota Land Cruiser Colorado.

Significant changes from the second generation models include a larger body on a longer wheelbase, increased interior space, increased cargo space, dual airbags, ABS, lift-up tailgate, coil-spring suspension all around, rack and pinion steering, and aerodynamic contour designed glass headlights. Additionally, Hilux Surf versions immediately moved to 16-inch wheels and gained a center differential, enabling the use of four-wheel drive on hard surfaces without complication for the first time. The prior system was retained to give on-the-fly shifting between rear- and four-wheel drive as before. The new 4Runner was also available with a factory installed selectable electric locker in the rear differential, a first for the 4Runner but available since 1993 in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The 1997 model year received a few minor updates, including the addition of a color keyed cargo cover.

The 1998 model year remained largely unchanged, save for a few changes in the electronics. More ergonomic switch control panels and a newly designed 4 spoke steering wheel, which also necessitated a redesign of the airbag system.

For the 1999 model year, there were both major cosmetic and interior enhancements. A new "fat lip" bumper was designed to allow for an extended crush zone on the front of the frame, as well as new multi-parabola style headlights, projector style fog lamps, and updated side marker lights and front turn signals. Vehicles with "Limited" and "Highlander" (later called "Sport Edition") trim received color-keyed running boards, front and rear bumpers, mud flaps and flares. The ergonomics of the interior was completely changed, moving all the controls to the center of the dash for the rear window, and defrost, it also received a new instrument panel with a digital odometer. The Limited trucks also received a brand-new electronic temp control, and upgraded stereo. The multimatic transmission became available as an option for 4WD 4Runners for 1999, giving the option of AWD operation.

The 2001 model year received new transparent tail lights and new front grille design. The wheels were also changed to a five-spoke design rim. Limited models received newly designed five spoke wheels as well, however different from SR5 and base model. Also included was a new, sleeker side view mirror design. SR5 and base model 4Runners also have redesigned climate control units utilizing 3 knobs and 2 buttons, contrary to the 1999 model's 2 sliders and 2 knobs. 2001 models were equipped with Vehicle Stability Control standard, and 4WD models came standard with the multimatic transmission. The optional e-locker for the rear differential was dropped in 2001.

The 2002 model year can be distinguished from the rear by their chromed lift gate exterior trim that encompasses the license plate.

Fourth generation (N210; 2002)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation (N210)
03-05 Toyota 4Runner SR5.jpg
Also called
ProductionAugust 2002 – 28 August 2009
Model years2003–2009
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
ClassMid-sizeSUV
Body style5-door SUV
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length
  • MY2003–05: 189 in (4,801 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 189.2 in (4,806 mm)
Width
  • MY2003–05: 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 75.2 in (1,910 mm)
Height
  • MY2003–05 SR5: 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
  • MY2006–09 SR5: 69.3 in (1,760 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Sport: 71.3 in (1,811 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Limited: 71.1 in (1,806 mm)
Curb weight4,280 lb (1,941 kg) (approx.)

The fourth-generation 4Runner incorporated serious changes to the chassis and body of the vehicle, but was targeted at approximately the same demographics as the third generation. Based on the Land Cruiser Prado 120 series, the new 4Runner retained the same basic exterior styling themes, and was still marketed as a mid-size semi-luxury SUV with off-road capabilities. Available trims were the SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited models. An all-new LEV certified 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 which produces 245 hp (183 kW) and 282 lb⋅ft (382 N⋅m) of torque is standard, but for the first time, a V8 became available, the ULEV certified 4.7 L 2UZ-FE engine which in the US produced 235 hp (175 kW) and 320 lb⋅ft (434 N⋅m). In 2004, for the 2005 model year, the addition of VVT-i increased output to 268 hp (200 kW) and 315 lb⋅ft (427 N⋅m). Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway for the V6 and 15/19 mpg for the V8. Towing capacity is 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) on V6 models and 7,300 lb (3,300 kg) on RWD V8 models (7000 pounds w/4WD). The 4Runner first entered dealer showrooms in October 2002 for the 2003 model year.[8] Three trims levels were offered, SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited. When it was first introduced the SR5 and Sport Edition models used gray plastic cladding and bumpers. Sport models also featured a non-functional hood scoop.

The front suspension used a double wishbone while the rear is a solid rear axle type. The 4runner continued to use a body on frame construction design and a solid rear axle for strength and durability compromising interior room and on-road handling. Toyota's other mid-size SUV, the Highlander is a crossover which is not designed for off-roading. The optional 4WD systems were full-time on V8 models while "Multi-Mode" or part-time on V6 models, both systems used a lockable Torsen center differential. A new suspension system, X-Relative Absorber System (X-REAS), became standard on the Sport Edition and optional for SR5 and Limited models, a rear auto-leveling height adjustable air suspension is sometimes included with this option on Limited models. The X-REAS system links the dampers diagonally by means of hydraulic hoses and fluid using a mechanical center valve which reduces body roll during hard cornering. All 4runners were equipped with skid plates for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank to prevent damage during off-roading. The Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) system prevents the 4runner from rolling backwards on inclines and a Downhill Assist Control (DAC, 4WD only) modulates the brakes and throttle automatically without driver inputs for smooth hill descents at very low speeds, both electronic aids are standard on 4WD models.

Major standard features included a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, single zone automatic climate control, power driver's lumbar support, power rear tailgate window, and on V8 models a tow hitch receiver bolted directly to the rear frame crossmember. Options included HomeLink, an electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror, power moonroof, third row seating, a DVD-based navigation system (loses in-dash CD changer), a 10-speaker JBL Synthesis stereo, and rear seat audio. An optional backup camera system on Limited models used two cameras mounted on the interiors D-pillars to give a wider view when backing up. Some trim levels get two mirrors mounted on the interior D-pillars just inside the rear hatch.

In 2009 with the end of this generation, Toyota Japan ceased production of the Hilux Surf, leaving only the 4Runner available in the subsequent model series.

Safety[edit]

All 4Runners came with Toyota's Star Safety System which includes anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control and Vehicle Stability Control. Side torso airbags for the front rows as well as side curtain airbags for the front and rear rows were optional on 2003–2007 models and became standard on 2008 models.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 4Runner as "Good" overall in the frontal offset crash test, "Good" overall in the side impact test on vehicles with side airbags, and the 4Runner received a "Poor" rating for rear impact protection.[9] An IIHS report published in April 2007 shows the 4Runner has one of the lowest death rates for all vehicles on the road at only 13 deaths per million registered vehicle years for the 2003 and 2004 model years. Only the Chevrolet Astro, Infiniti G35, and BMW 7 series had lower death rates.[10]

Yearly changes[edit]

  • In early 2003, Toyota added an optional Appearance Package for the SR5 model that included color-keyed cladding, bumpers, and liftgate trim. In April 2003, Toyota made the Appearance Package, along with the previously optional fog lamps, running boards, and 16-inch aluminum wheels, standard on the SR5. The Sport Edition also added black running boards and color-keyed trim, replacing the grey cladding and silver-painted grille, door handles and liftgate trim.[12][13][14][15]
  • In late 2003 (for the 2004 model year), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System was added as standard equipment. A 3rd row seat became optional on the SR5 and Limited models.
  • In 2004 (for the 2005 model year) enhancements were brought to the optional V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic was made standard on the V6 model. Slight changes were made to the exterior including color-keyed bumper trim (replacing the silver painted trim on all colors except Dorado Gold) on the SR5 and Limited; a chrome grille on the SR5; a black roof-rack and running boards (replacing silver) on the Limited; and a redesigned rear spoiler. A Salsa Red Pearl scheme was also introduced for all trim levels, although a similar color scheme was available for third generation models.
Facelifted 4Runner SR5 4WD (US)
Facelifted 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD (US)
  • 2005 (for the 2006 model year) marked the fourth generation's mid-cycle refresh. The changes included revised front and rear bumpers; a reworked grille; new projector-beam headlamps and LED tail lamps; additional chrome trim on the SR5 model; and a smoked-chrome grille with tubular roof-rack and step bars on the Sport Edition. The revised front bumper features circular fog lights and a relocation of the turn-signals to the headlamp assembly. The redesigned bumper eliminates the rear bumper reflectors. MP3 playback capability and an auxiliary input jack were added to all audio systems. In addition, the Limited model was further differentiated from the other trim levels with the addition of unique 18" wheels and a seat memory system. Shadow Mica was added as a color option. Late in this period, the 1GR-FE V6 engine received a modification to allow for an improved head gasket design which resolved a common head gasket failure.
  • In 2006 (for the 2007 model year), the 4Runner remained unchanged.
  • In 2007 (for the 2008 model year), the 4Runner received standard rollover sensing side curtain airbags and front row side torso airbags, a switch to disable Vehicle Stability Control, slightly modified front grille design, refinements in the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and some changes in the seatbelt warning system and brake system control. An Urban Runner Package was also available on the Sport Edition V6 4x4, which added an in dash Tom Tom navigation system, Alcantara inserts in both the front and back seats with dark leather bolstering, the 18" Limited style wheels, a color-keyed front grill and a double-decker cargo system.
  • In 2008 (for the 2009 model year) the 4Runner remained unchanged. A Trail Edition package offered an electronic locking rear differential, a switch to enable/disable Advanced Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Bilstein dampers.

Later models offered a DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES) which used a nine-inch LCD screen and two wireless headphones.

Fifth generation (N280; 2009)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (N280)
Toyota 4Runner -- 04-01-2011.jpg
ProductionAugust 2009 – present
Model years2010–present
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi (Tahara plant)[16]
DesignerKoichi Suga (2007)[17]
ClassMid-sizeSUV
Body style5-door SUV
Related
Engine
Transmission
  • 4-speed automatic (I4, 2010 only)
  • 5-speed automatic (V6)
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length189.9–191.3 in (4,823–4,859 mm)
Width75.8 in (1,925 mm)
Height70.7 in (1,796 mm)
Curb weight4,400–4,805 lb (1,996–2,180 kg)

The fifth generation 4Runner was unveiled at the State Fair of Texas on September 24, 2009. It is available in 3 trim levels, 2 of which were available previously. The base SR5 trim as well as the top-of-the-line Limited trim are available as a 2WD or a 4WD. The new Trail Edition is only available as a 4WD. The SR5 and Trail Edition 4WDs will receive a part-time 4WD drive system, while the Limited will have full-time 4WD. All models will come with A-TRAC.[18] The new Trail Edition offers Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Crawl Control which had previously only been available to premium Toyota vehicles, as well as a rear locking differential like the previous Trail Package. Production started on 31 August 2009.[citation needed]

The 4.0-liter V6 adds Dual VVT-i which improves horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and comes standard in all models. A 2.7-liter I4 was available on 2WD models, but was discontinued after the 2010 model year. The 4.7-liter V8 from the previous generation was not carried over to the fifth generation 4Runner.[19] The 4Runner is built on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser.[20]

In 2013 (for the 2014 model year), the 4Runner received a facelift, consisting of revised front and rear fascia with projector headlamps and clear-lensed, LED tail-lamps, as well as other minor exterior cosmetic changes. The interior was also updated, with soft-touch door trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, revised dashboard and center stack, and the inclusion of Toyota's Optitron instrument cluster as standard across all trim levels. Brake lines were upgraded for improved pedal feel, and electronic Trailer Sway Control programming included. No driveline changes were made. All 2014 model year 4Runner models are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) that can develop 201 kW (270 bhp) and 377 N⋅m (278 ft⋅lb) of torque. It is mated to a five-speed automatic ECT transmission.[21]

In 2014 (for the 2015 model year) the TRD Pro trim level was introduced in the United States, with Toyota badging on the front as well as an off-road package as part of the TRD Pro Series. The TRD Pro 4Runner included TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, TRD-tuned front springs and TRD front skid plate.[22] For each model year of the TRD Pro, beyond the two colors available on all trims, the TRD Pro is available in an exclusive color. This was 'Inferno Orange' for the 2015 model year,[23] 'Quicksand' for 2016, 'Cement' for 2017, 'Cavalry Blue' for 2018, 'Voodoo Blue' for 2019, 'Army Green' for 2020, 'Lunar Rock' for 2021, and 'Lime Rush' for 2022. All United States models received the Entune touchscreen infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display and a rear backup camera as standard equipment, with optional GPS navigation, SiriusXMSatellite Radio, HD Radio, and Safety Connect. Only the Limited model featured a standard JBL premium amplified audio system.[citation needed]

In 2016 (for the 2017 model year), the 4Runner Trail and Trail Premium were renamed to TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium in the United States. These trim levels share the same mechanical functionality of the former Trail edition, but add aesthetic differences and TRD badging to differentiate themselves from the base model. They do not share the same suspension as the TRD Pro model.[24]

In 2018 (for the 2019 model year), Toyota began offering a 'Nightshade' package based on the Limited trim which blacks out badging, lower front and rear fascia, wheels, and portions of the interior.[25]

In 2019 (for the 2020 model year), Toyota announced that all 4Runner trims will receive Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) standard as well as two additional rear seat USB ports. The TRD Pro will have an updated grille design to accommodate the front radar sensor for TSS-P.[26] All United States models received an updated Entune 3.0 infotainment system with a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Autosmartphone integration and Amazon Alexa integration, 4GLTE internet access powered by Verizon Wireless, Safety Connect, and standard SiriusXMSatellite Radio and optional HD Radio. The TRD Pro model receives a JBL premium amplified audio system as standard equipment. The system was previously only available on Limited models, where it remains standard equipment. Most models also feature standard GPS navigation.[citation needed]

In 2021 (for the 2022 model year), Toyota included their smart key system with push button as standard for all trims. The new TRD Sport trim was also added into the lineup. The TRD Sport received the same bumper, 20" wheels and the X-REAS suspension from the Limited. It also includes TRD parts such as the TRD shifter, TRD hood with scoop, TRD badges, and Softex seats with TRD lettering. Unlike the Limited, it is available only with 2WD or part-time 4WD. Toyota added LED foglights, lowbeams and highbeam headlights as standard for all trims for the first time. Blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert were added as standard for most trims. The TRD Pro now gets standard multi-terrain monitor. Using strategically placed cameras, the system lets the driver check surroundings on the trail, with the ability to spot potential obstacles not easily seen from the cabin. The Limited trim adds a standard Panoramic View Monitor, which is similar to the multi-terrain monitor on the TRD Pro. The Limited grade and TRD models also add a premium Multi-Information Display. All trims receives rear occupancy alert as standard. Lime Rush is the new exclusive paint for the 2022 model year TRD Pro.[27]

  • Toyota 4Runner SR5, rear view

  • 2014 4Runner Limited (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)

Safety[edit]

CategoryRating
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2014–present)Marginal1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1vehicle structure rated "Poor"
2strength-to-weight ratio: 4.11

Sales[edit]

Toyota 4Runner US sales by year
Calendar year US
1984 6,498
1985 5,495
1986 5,564
1987 3,635
1988 20,880
1989 36,927
1990 48,295
1991 44,879
1992 39,917
1993 46,652
1994 74,109
1995 75,962
1996 99,597
1997 128,496
1998 118,484
1999 124,221
2000 111,797[29]
2001 90,250[29]
2002 77,026[30]
2003 109,308
2004 114,212
2005 103,830
2006 103,086[31]
2007 87,718[32]
2008 47,878
2009 19,675[33]
2010 46,531[33]
2011 44,316[34]
2012 48,755[34]
2013 51,625[35]
2014 76,906[36]
2015 97,034[37]
2016 111,970[38]
2017 128,296[39]
2018 139,694[40]
2019 131,864[41]
2020 129,052[42]

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External links[edit]

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The 4th gen TRD PRO wheel picture thread


Hi all,

I wanted to make a thread showcasing the newer TRD pro wheels on the 4th gen 4runners, They are my personal fav, and wanted to create a resource of pictures of them.

don't be shy, post em up!

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Path,O2vw and Joe feel free to share some additional pictures, they look awesome!
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Excellent thread there sir

Really this is just MORE ammo. for the masses whom want to or, are on the fence about selling or keeping their 4th Gen. Definitely wakes up the look..

Thanks for posting/making this thread.

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Excellent thread there sir

Really this is just MORE ammo. for the masses whom want to or, are on the fence about sellingor keeping their 4th Gen. Definitely wakes up the look..

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What is this craziness you speak of?
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I love the look of these wheels. Just bought 285/70/17 terra grappler tho and min. wheel width on nitto site is 7.5. Anyone seen these wheels in 7.5 or 8 width?

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I love the look of these wheels. Just bought 285/70/17 terra grappler tho and min. wheel width on nitto site is 7.5. Anyone seen these wheels in 7.5 or 8 width?

In terms of OE they unfortunately only come in a 7in width.. But, I wonder if there are any aftermarket companies which mass produce something similar, Yet wider?

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Do these sit flush, or even close to flush with the 4mm offset on our trucks?

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Just when I thought I had my future wheel/tire combo sorted out... This may have me change my mind

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Good2Go are you using any spacers????

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Either Color Look Great on the 4th Gen too. Very Nice.

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Good2Go are you using any spacers????

Thanks, man, I love it. No pacers were needed since the rear spacing of TRD Pro is about 4-5/8", compared to 6-1/4"-something+ on the OEM polished rims. So they're pushed out 1.5"+, creating a more flushed look without the need for wheel hub spacers.

The new setup included 255/75/R17 Firestones Destination A/Ts, Bilstein 5100s, and Supreme Suspension 3/2 lift spacers - incredibly smooth (a bit firmer yet comfortable), quiet and more solid ride. I just (test) drove about 275 miles to Las Vegas this Friday, the next day after pick up - night pic of arrival at the Encore Hotel. My 7-year stock ride is freaking awesome now - especially with the newly-installed-rumbling-and-butt-kicking Gibson exhaust!




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would love to see these wheels on stratosphere mica!

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would love to see these wheels on stratosphere mica!

i can see darker color with graphite wheels would look awesome. Is this close enough, maybe darker? I used my cell phone limited color edit, maybe someone can do Photoshop.

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The factory tires are one of the Toyota 4runner’s weakest links when it comes to off road capability. Upgrading both the size and style of tire can make a world of difference. I’m going to share with you everything I had to trim or remove in order to fit 33″ tires on a 4th Gen 4runner.

A 285/70/17 all terrain or mud terrain tire is often considered to be on the larger side of things when it comes to these rigs. Sure, you can fit larger tires but the bigger you go, the more you’ll fight with clearance issues. A 285/70/17 seems to be a great balance between big and beefy without having to modify too much to make them work.

 

4runner 285/70/17

This size also works perfectly fine with the factory gearing, especially if you’ve been blessed with the low end torque of the 4.7L V8.

Keep in mind that different tires from different manufacturers will measure and fit differently. In the case of my personal 4runner, I’m running 285/70/17 Goodyear Duratracs on a set of 17″ Method Race Wheels Standards.

 

How big of tires can I fit on my 4runner?

If you don’t have a lift on your 4runner and want to avoid the modifications in this post, I would recommend sticking with no bigger than a 265/70/17 tire. Once you go either wider or taller, clearance issues might arise.

 

What needs to be trimmed to fit 33″+ tires on a 4th Gen 4runner

If you want to run big boy tires on your 4runner, you’re going to have to cut and trim. There’s simply no way around it. You’ll need to relocate your fender liners, trim your bumper, and possibly even have to cut your body mounts.

 

4th gen 4runner fender liner mod

4th Gen 4runner Fender Liner Mod

The first one is incredibly easy and will cost you nothing. Relocating your inner fender liners can gain you a ton of space in your wheel wells to fit bigger tires. Some people will choose to heat the plastic up with a heat gun and attempt to mold it into a different shape, but that really isn’t necessary.

All you need to do is remove the mounting bolts that connect the front of the fender liner to the bottom of the front bumper, move the liner as far forward as you like, and either find new existing holes to use or drill new ones. I drilled new ones in order to get mine to sit right where I wanted them.

You can easily gain more than 4″ of clearance just by doing this. No heat gun or replacement parts required. You can even reuse the original bolts.

 

4runner mud flap removal

Remove your mud flaps

There are obvious downsides to removing your mud flaps, but it’s a necessary evil. The original mud flaps are made of thick plastic and take up a lot of room right where it matters most. Unfortunately, they have to go.

The front flaps can be completely removed because there’s a nice solid metal panel behind them. I highly recommend screwing the bolts back into the empty holes though to avoid water and contaminants getting in there and causing rust.

 

4runner mud flap removal

The rear flaps are a bit more involved. Yes, you can remove them completely if you wish to do so. The problem is that they actually cover up a wide open section inside the rear bumper. Once they’re gone, dirt and debris can easily build up back there.

The solution is to carefully trim the “flap” portion off while keeping the plastic piece that screws into the inner fender. You might end up with a noticeable cut line that doesn’t look the greatest, but it’s far better than leaving everything exposed inside.

 

4th gen 4runner fender trimming

4th Gen 4runner Fender Trimming

This is where it gets a bit more serious. In order to fit bigger tires on your 4runner, you’re going to need to cut your front fenders a bit. The good news is that you don’t have to cut your actual metal fenders. The trimming needs to be done on the bottom corner of the front bumper.

This is great because not only is plastic much easier to trim, but you won’t have to worry about rust becoming an issue in the future. How clean this trimming looks really depends on how much effort you put into it.

For my 4runner, I chose to chop a decent amount off. My alignment specs allow me to avoid a body mount chop (more on that next) but the downside is that the wheel sits a bit more forward in the fender. I’m fine with this because I’d rather cut more of a plastic bumper than the metal frame.

As you can see, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on mine. I’ve been meaning to come back in and clean up the edge, but you know how that goes. You can cut the bumper plastic fairly easily with side cutters, shears, or even a cutoff wheel on a Dremel tool. You may want to file down the edge after to make it look a bit cleaner.

 

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4th Gen 4runner Body Mount Chop

I saved this one for last because quite frankly, you don’t want to do this unless you absolutely have to. There is a piece of the frame that comes out right behind the front wheels that the body mounts to. Depending on things like lift height, tire size, wheel offset and alignment specs, your tires might come into contact with it.

If that’s the case, you’ll need to cut a corner off of this body mount. People have been doing this for years with no ill effects and it’s generally considered to be a perfectly safe modification. There have been a few conspiracies about whether or not this will affect the crumple zones during a front end impact, but nothing has been proven so far.

This job is better left to someone with experience in cutting and welding metal. Although you can technically just make the cut and leave it open ended, that will allow contaminants to get inside. These Toyota trucks have enough problems with rusty frames on their own so they don’t need any extra help.

You can either have new plates fabricated and welded on or buy pre-cut ones like these. I would highly recommend taking this extra step if you do end up doing a body mount chop.

I was able to avoid doing a body mount chop on my 4runner mainly because of my alignment specs. I’m running quite a bit of forward caster because of my factory upper control arms which means my front wheels sit further forward in the wheel well.

I might have gotten extremely lucky with my specific setup because it seems most people need to do this in order to clear 285/70/17 tires – especially if they flex off road.

Think you know everything about your 4th Gen 4runner? Check out this article for some interesting hidden features:

 

Other things to change/modify

Aside from trimming or removing the things mentioned above, there are a few other important things that will need to be considered before running 33″ tires on your 4runner.

 

4th gen 4runner suspension lift

Suspension lift

I haven’t mentioned it until now but lifting your suspension is absolutely necessary if you want to run 285/70/17 tires. The factory suspension sits too low, especially in the front. You’ll want to aim for around 3″ of lift up front and 2″ in the rear to be able to fit bigger tires without rubbing.

A body lift can help as well, but since they’re typically only offered in 1″-1.25″ lifts, it won’t get you the clearance you need by itself. Make sure to check out this post for other things to consider before lifting your 4runner.

If all you care about is tire clearance, you don’t need to go crazy with an expensive lift kit. There are spacer lifts available that will get you the 3″/2″ height that you need without breaking the bank. Obviously they won’t perform nearly as well as a high quality suspension system but they’ll do the trick when it comes to fitting bigger tires.

 

4th gen 4runner 0 offset wheels

Wheel spacers or wheels with the right offset

If you’re running stock wheels, you’ll more than likely need a set of wheel spacers to run a 285 tire. At this width, the tire gets dangerously close to the upper control arms and might even rub. Spacing your wheels out with a set of quality spacers like these should give you the required clearance.

The other option is to swap to a set of aftermarket wheels in the right size. I run Method Race Wheels Standards on my 4runner in 17×8.5 with a 0 offset and 4.75 backspacing. This size fits absolutely perfectly. It gives you all the clearance you need and looks great too.

 

Wheel alignment

The last thing you can tweak is your alignment specs. Since you’ll be lifting your 4runner, you’ll need an alignment anyway. For me, a little bit of forward caster allowed me to avoid doing a body mount chop on mine. You don’t want to sacrifice driveability though so it’s best to stay as close to factory specs as possible.

Taking your 4runner to a shop that has off road experience to get an alignment is a good idea. They should know a few tricks to get things where they need to be and make sure your rig still drives great on the road.

 

4runner 285/70/17

Downsides to running larger tires on a 4runner

There are some cons to upgrading to larger tires. These are trade-offs that can’t be avoided, especially if you’re running 33″s tires on a 4runner. You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for this before you make the switch.

 

Loss in fuel economy

There is no question that your MPG is going to take a dip with 285/70/17 tires. They’re taller, wider, and heavier – all of that will contribute to a loss in fuel efficiency. How much of a difference they make will depend on what engine you have and the type of driving you do.

The engine in your 4runner can make a difference in how many MPG you lose. The V8 might be a bit more forgiving while the V6 will need to work harder to get the bigger tires up to speed.

I lost close to 3 MPG with combined city/highway driving in my V8 4runner. This isn’t too drastic considering the visible difference between the factory tires and the 33’s. I noticed that the losses aren’t bad at all during highway driving, but the constant stopping/starting in the city is what really causes it to drink fuel.

I was able to regain most of the fuel economy that I lost by upgrading to a set of Doug Thorley headers and a Gibson cat back exhaust.

 

Loss in performance

Again, there’s no way around it. These tires are taller, wider, and especially heavier. Even with the V8, you’re probably going to notice that your 4runner feels slightly more sluggish. It’s not bad enough to really be a problem though. Eventually, you’ll get used to it.

A common rule is that anything 33″ and under will be fine with the factory gearing. While you might not be winning a race at every red light, your 4runner should still be more than capable of getting up to speed easily and safely. Once you step up to the 34″+ range, you might want to look into regearing.

Something I very rarely see discussed online is the effect larger, heavier tires has on your 4runner’s braking. Any time you’re adding weight or leverage on whatever is spinning, it’s going to require more effort to slow down or stop. In this case, we’re doing both.

Be prepared for this because it does indeed make a difference. Much like the performance loss, I wouldn’t consider it to be anywhere near unsafe. But it’s worth noting and definitely worth keeping in the back of your mind as you’re driving.

 

Inaccurate speedometer reading

Changing your tire size will affect your speedometer reading. It will also change your odometer and MPG rating in the dash (but that shouldn’t really be trusted anyway).

Once you upgrade to larger tires, your 4runner will be covering more ground than your gauges show. A 285/70/17 tire measures out to be roughly 32.7″ tall. That means your speedometer will be off by 3.5% vs the factory tires.

I’m sure you can get this reprogrammed but in my opinion, it isn’t a big enough change to warrant the effort. Just remember that you’re actually doing 62.1 MPH when it says you’re doing 60 MPH. In reality, most of us are just going with the flow of traffic anyways – a few extra miles per hour isn’t that big of a deal.

 

Spare tire fitment

The last downside to running larger tires on your 4runner is the fact that it might not fit in your spare tire location. Some people have reported being able to fit a 275/70/17 tire in the factory location, and others have even claimed that a worn out and deflated 285 can fit.

I’m ashamed to admit that I still have the factory spare on mine. What can I say, I’m a gambler. The factory size is completely useless in a flat tire situation on an AWD vehicle unless you want to risk blowing up your transfer case.

The solutions are to stick with a size you know will fit in the factory location, run an aftermarket spare tire carrier, or simply mount your tire in the cabin or on the roof. Or you can choose to live life on the edge like myself. Fingers crossed.

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DefaultWill these TRD wheels fit on my 06 4runner?

This is my first post, my girlfriend and I just got an 06 4runner and need to get rid of the aftermarket rims and wanted to know if these TRD wheels will fit our truck.



Specifications:

17" Toyota Land Cruiser TRD Factory Wheels.

Front Wheel Size/Offset: 17x8, offset is 50mm

Rear Wheel Size/Offset: 17x8, offset is 50mm

Bolt Pattern: 5x150mm

Wheel Fitment: LANDCRUISER 2008 - 2009, SEQUOIA 2008 - 2008, TUNDRA 2007 - 2009

Thanks for your help.

Joel
Sours: http://www.toyota120.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18661

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