Toyota 4Runner 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE16 MPG City / 19 MPG Highway
- ENGINE3956 cc
- CAR TYPECUV
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is one of the most rugged mid-size SUVs on the market, but also one of the oldest and least refined. While its sturdy body-on-frame construction and off-road-oriented options make it seriously capable when the road ends and bolster its outdoorsy image, its plasticky interior and inefficient V-6 engine are notable flaws. Toyota has modernized this ancient four-wheeler with an impressive amount of standard driver assists and infotainment features. The 4Runner also has generous cargo space, and its roomy cabin can be outfitted with a small third row. Clumsy on-road driving behavior and a lofty price tag make the 2021 4Runner less desirable than most other popular competitors, but it remains a worthy alternative to the Jeep Wrangler—another vehicle in which off-road chops take precedence over everyday refinement.
What's New for 2021?
The latest 4Runner adds a new limited-production Trail Edition for 2021. Toyota says it will only build 4000 copies, which are based on the base SR5 model and come with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Trail Edition is equipped with 17-inch dark gray TRD wheels and black exterior badges. Inside, it has black seats with tan stitching and all-weather floor mats. The 2021 4Runner also receives newly standard LED headlights, and the TRD Pro model gets a couple of unique upgrades: a new Lunar Rock exterior color, newly designed black TRD wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler tires, and retuned dampers that Toyota says are intended to improve isolation during trail driving.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- SR5 - $37,480
- Trail Special Edition - $39,455
- TRD Off Road - $41,445
- Venture - $45,360
- Limited - $45,885
- Nightshade - $47,300
TRD Pro - $51,960
We think the TRD Off-Road model is the 4Runner to get. It's not as capable off-road as the lifted TRD Pro, but its significantly lower price tag makes it a better value. It comes standard with the 270-hp V-6, automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. In addition to some TRD-specific exterior and interior bits, the TRD Off-Road gets equipment that helps justify its name. This includes an electronically locking rear differential for maximum traction in slippery or muddy conditions. It also has selectable drive modes (called Multi Terrain Select and Crawl Control) that can alter the SUV's powertrain behavior to accommodate various driving scenarios. We'd select the optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension, which allows improved wheel articulation during off-road action. We'd also opt for the sliding rear cargo deck, which makes moving heavy cargo easier and even provides tailgate seating.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The 2021 4Runner earned a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and missed out on a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, every model comes with a host of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Toyota provides two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, a rarity in this class. The coverage in other categories is less impressive but matches industry norms.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles