The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is a traditional SUV in the true sense, with body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle like a pickup truck. This is one of the last SUVs built in this way, giving it an ability that makes this vehicle attractive at first glance.
Although it can be used as a daily vehicle, the 4Runner house is actually in rough terrain. With off-road capability comes from high ground clearance and devices such as rear differential lock, low-range gearing and Toyota Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). The latter consists of a special stabilizer bar that automatically adjusts to allow for greater wheel travel in off road driving situations.
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Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is a midsize SUV offered in six trim levels: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro and Limited. The SR5 and Limited models are available in two or three-row seating configurations.
The base SR5 model comes standard with keyless entry, skid plates, 17-inch wheels, foglights, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, a power rear window, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 40/20/40-split reclining and folding second-row seats, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, 120-volt power outlet, eight speakers with a USB port and satellite radio.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road adds 17.5-inch wheels, a locking rear differential, a crawl control function, TRD interior badging, switches for controlling off-road settings. The KDSS feature is optional.
Premium models of the SR5 and TRD Off-Road get an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable and heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery and navigation.
Off-road enthusiasts should consider TRD Pro, which starts with the TRD Off-Road Premium plus a front skid plate, special all-terrain tires, Bilstein dampers with rear remote reservoirs and revised front springs.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited is more luxury oriented. These models get 20-inch wheels, a separate suspension system Toyota calls X-REAS, a Torsen locking center differential (4×4 models only), a sunroof, parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, leather seat upholstery and a 15-speaker JBL audio system. Power-deploying running boards are optional.
All the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The SR5 and Limited models are available with either four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, while the rest are 4WD-only. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.
Four-wheel-drive SR5 models have a part-time 4WD system with low-range gearing, while the Limited uses a full-time 4WD system with low-range gearing and a locking center differential. The TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models come standard with the part-time 4WD system and also include a locking rear differential, crawl control and selectable terrain modes. Properly equipped, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 RWD or 4WD and the Limited RWD model are rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds. The TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models tow up to 4,900 pounds and the 4WD Limited model tows up to 4,700 pounds.
In performance testing, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner Trail went from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, which is about average among competing SUVs. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway) for RWD models and 18 mpg combined (17 city/21 highway) for 4WD models.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner interior equipped with controls and instrumentation that is neat and easy to understand. The interior is attractive, with strong grip fabric seats, easy to clean and handsome. Most owners will be satisfied with the quality of the cabin material, which is oriented more toward endurance than aesthetics.
All the 2018 Toyota 4Runners comes with a touchscreen audio interface mounted high in the central pile. Depending on which trim level you have chosen, the touch screen presents different levels of functionality from Toyota’s Entune.
There are many heads and legroom in front. The standard five-seat seating arrangement includes a reclining 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat. There is less leg space there, but a six-foot passenger will be fit. The optional third row seat is sure to be a tempting option, but it’s only suitable for elementary schoolchildren, as this is one of the smallest, tighter third rows of any midsize SUV.
In reality, the 2018 4Runner back room is more suitable for cargo. There are 47 cubic feet behind the second row seat, rising to 89.7 cubic feet with all the back seats folded down which is more impressive.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is on sale and beginning to arrive at dealers nationwide. In the markets, it will compete against the Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Official 2018 Toyota 4Runner pricing will start at $35,405 (include destination fee). The popular TRD Off Road has been priced from $38,530, while the TRD Pro will start at $43,670. At the top, the 4Runner Limited has been priced from $45,755.