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.
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner has a new platform
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.
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.
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.
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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