While the new 2017 Toyota 4Runner may lack a bit of refinement for daily driving, it offers a more off-road capability than almost any rival in the rugged body-on-frame segment. Outstanding attributes include an optional third-row seat, an ample cargo capacity, and a strong V6 engine. Its release date, although speculative at the moment, should be expected during the first half of 2017.
The interior of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner features controls and instrumentation that are well laid out and easy to understand. Most users will find the interior materials and, to some extent, the technologies appealing and driver-centric. However, you’ll find the Jeep Grand Cherokee a suitable alternative if you demand something a bit plusher.
As for passenger accommodations, the available third-row seating arrangement is bound to be a tempting option for carpoolers, but you’ll want to make sure your elementary schoolers will actually fit, as the 2017 Toyota 4Runner has perhaps one of the tightest, and smallest third-rows in the midsize SUV segment. Also, the five-passenger seating arrangement includes a second-row reclining and folding 40/20/40-split seats.
Some of the standard features available include mud guards, hill descent control, and hill start assist, dual-range transfer case, and skid plates. Several packages are offered as well and come stuffed with upscale technologies and materials such as a dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and advanced electronic aids.
The cargo capacity is voluptuous and is quite practical especially when you decide to take your family to a countryside getaway. The 4Runner nonetheless disappoints on several areas such as a cramped third row bench only suitable for small kids, the Entune system setup is cumbersome, poor fuel economy ratings, busy ride, and a low towing capacity.
Depending on your priorities, luckily, there are several desirable alternatives in the segment including the 2017 Toyota Highlander, the 2017 Dodge Durango, and the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. All may have their strengths but the 2017 Toyota 4Runner may among the last dying traditional three-row SUV breed in the market.
Offered Trims – Toyota 4Runner
Four trim levels are offered for the 2017 Toyota 4Runner: Limited, TRD Pro, Trail, and SR5. The latter two are further divided into standard and premium sub-trims.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Toyota 4Runner Interior Review
Standard accessories and features available on the 4Runner SR5 trim model include a rearview camera, a windshield wiper de-icer, a folding and reclining 40/20/40-split rear seats, heated exterior mirrors, hill-descent control and hill start assist, skid plates, 17” alloy wheels, md guards, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, roof rails, a rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, and adaptive cruise control.
Electronics include iPod/USB audio interface, HD and satellite radio, voice controls, a navigation system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, Scout GPS Link cell phone, a CD player, and auxiliary audio jack.
The 4Runner SR5 Premium adds rearview auto-dimming mirrors, upgraded exterior mirrors, smartphone app integration, a navigation system, an upgraded version of Entune, and a power front passenger seat.
The 4Runner Trail model steps up with a rear locking different, terrain selectable modes, unique 17” wheels, crawl control, silver exterior trim, and a hood scoop.
The 4Runner TRD Pro builds upon what the above trims offer plus a unique black front grille, a higher ride height, upgraded front springs, special off-road tires, matte black 17” wheels, various TRD-themed upgrades, a TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate, and automatic headlights.
Finally, the 4Runner Limited gets a rear locking differential, a leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, 20” alloy wheels, ventilated and heated front seats, automatic headlights, parking rear sensors, adaptive roll-reducing dampers, terrain-mode selector, and a 15-speaker JBL sound system.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is a 4.0l V6 engine rated at a healthy 270 hp and 278 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is then taken up by the standard five-speed automatic to either the RWD or the AWD. Rumors are rife that there is a possibility of Toyota offering the 4runner with an optional V8 powerplant.
We are following some leads and we will be updating on the same in the near future, probably some months before its release date.
EPA estimates the fuel economy for the RWD models at 22/17/19 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 21/17/18 mpg for the AWD versions.
Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 190.2 in
Width: 75.8 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume (all seats in place): 47.2 cu.ft (maximum 89.7 cu.ft)
Curb weight: 4400 lbs
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 7,5 sec
MPG: 17/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Barcelona Red Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Super White…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs
Price & 2017 Toyota 4Runner Release Date
Once available, the new 2017 Toyota 4Runner should be expected to cost about $33,810 for the base 4Runner SR5 model and more for the rest of the trims. As for its release date, speculations allege the new vehicle will be bound for dealerships sometime in the first half of 2017.