Toyota 4Runner Redesign: What Might It Include?

Hannah DeWitt
Dec 1, 2021 · 4 min read
The Toyota 4Runner has been around for many years, but it hasn't had any major redesigns since 2009. This SUV has a lot of rugged, truck-like appeal, but its outward appearance was never really the issue. Longtime fans and critics had complaints about the car's abysmal gas mileage, limited powertrain options, and fossilized cabin.
However, with the 2023 Toyota 4Runner, the brand is looking to change that with a massive redesign. The new model currently has an expected release date of Summer 2022. Here's everything we've learned so far about this monumental refresh, courtesy of Gear Patrol.
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The new Toyota 4Runner will be getting a new platform in addition to other updates.

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner has a new platform

The new 4Runner utilizes Toyota's TNGA-F platform, which has underpinned both the Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Tundra since last year. To save money on production costs, that platform is also expected to be integrated into global markets. Previously, overseas exclusives like the Hilux truck got their own unique platforms.
Some speculate that the new platform could also slightly change the Toyota 4Runner's exterior. A HotCars render shows that it might look more akin to a Land Cruiser, sporting the same taillights. It also could inherit styling cues, like a sloped roof at the rear, from the Toyota Fortuner.

2023 4Runner engine and specs

The Toyota 4Runner only has one engine for 2022, a 270-horsepower V-6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. It performs well enough during cruising and in off-road situations, but highway speeds can present a challenge. The 2022 4Runner is also one of the thirstiest vehicles in the segment, rated for 16/19 mpg city/highway.
The new base engine for the Toyota 4Runner redesign is predicted to be a four-cylinder that makes around 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 only has 278 lb-ft of torque, so it doesn't have the smoothest power delivery to match the 4Runner's needs. It will probably also get an upgraded eight-speed automatic gearbox to match, which will no doubt improve the 4Runner's gas mileage. There's also speculation that the 4Runner will receive an optional 389-horsepower V-6, which is standard on the redesigned Tundra truck. 
The Toyota 4Runner will almost certainly have a hybrid option by the 2025 model year. Given its famous off-roading nature, Toyota might please 4Runner fans even further by giving it the Tundra's hybrid V-6 option. This engine makes 437 horsepower and has an impressive 583 lb-ft of torque.
Gear Patrol also believes the 4Runner might get a plug-in incarnation, like the Toyota RAV4 Prime. The Prime is currently the most powerful car in the RAV4 lineup, making 302 horsepower. It earns an incredible 40/36 mpg city/highway, plus gets 42 miles of electric range.

Does the 4Runner have an upgraded interior?

The Toyota 4Runner's insides serve an SUV's purpose of accommodating its riders with ample roominess. However, the current seats look cheap and the blocky plastics inside make it feel more like a toy truck. An interior redesign is confirmed, and high-end 2023 models will likely have the same luscious red leather seats offered inside the Tundra. 
The current 4Runner doesn't have much in the way of extra conveniences, though hopefully that could change in 2023 as well. We could even see more of the extra luxury options from other Toyota SUVs, like a panoramic sunroof. Most of the optional equipment is reserved for the pricier TRD trims, including the all-new TRD Sport.
It will probably also include the latest infotainment system, which offers a 14-inch touchscreen. The 4Runner's old infotainment interface isn't bad, but its dated graphics don't do any favors for an already stale interior.
The new Toyota 4Runner is sure to please loyalists as well as newcomers attracted by the new look and specs. 
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