2014 Toyota 4Runner: First Look

  • Competes with: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover LR4
  • Looks like: An angry Japanese battle robot
  • Drivetrain: 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6, five-speed automatic transmission with locking transfer case
  • Hits dealerships: TBD

Toyota took the wraps off of the mildly updated 2014 4Runner SUV at a country music festival in California over the weekend. It added some minor touches to one of the few remaining truck-based rear-wheel-drive SUVs on the market. No crossover this, the 4Runner will be available in three styles: SR5, Limited, and the highly off-road-capable Trail model. Three drivetrains will also be available — all models share the same 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission, but the 4Runner will be available in rear-wheel drive, part-time 4x4 and full-time 4x4 with multimode selection depending on trim and package options.

A full raft of off-road electronics and equipment will be available to keep the 4Runner one of the more capable all-terrain vehicles on the market. The SR5 and Trail 4x4 models will come with a two-speed transfer case; the Limited features a full-time four-wheel-drive system with locking center differential and three-mode electronic actuation. All models feature standard electronic traction control. The off-road Trail trim offers an optional electronically adjustable suspension that disconnects the stabilizer bars for greater axle travel and features a low-range electronically maintained cruise control for challenging off-road terrain. On top of that, a Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver to tune the 4Runner for conditions like mud, sand and rocks.

It had better be an amazing off-road vehicle, as the styling updates to the 4Runner are less than stellar. It wears a new front end with aggressive slats on either side of the grille and bulging headlights that define the front corners. The updates make the 4Runner look like some kind of Japanese battle robot, to put it kindly. It will certainly set the 4Runner apart from its more elegantly designed main rival, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Inside, things are nicer but still industrial in form, a sharp contrast to the surprisingly luxurious update the Grand Cherokee received for 2013. The Limited trim can be optioned up as a luxury SUV, however, with features such as a 15-speaker JBL premium audio system, 20-inch wheels and a third-row fold-flat seat.

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

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By Aaron Bragman | April 29, 2013 | Comments (30)



Looks like front end collision damage, like some poked and tore the bumper cover.


YIKES! not for me.

Dave P.

Look at the picture with the weather on the screen. Saturday is going to be a hot one!!! :)


The front end looks nasty, and the side shot looks like it was designed in 1995. Interior is the only thing that looks nice.

Danny Ulster

I agree...this is a terrible update to the already choppy looking 4Runner. These SUVs used to be a classy looking, yet rugged truck. I have not liked any of the updates they've made to it.

I'm judging by the hood scoop that will be the Trail version. I'm hoping its the lower cost SR5 though. Either way, I'm SOLD! Now the only decision is Pyrite Mica or Magnetic Gray Metallic... Can't wait to see what kind of adventures I can have in one of those.


Why does it need a hood scoop? Is it functional? Why do so many maniacs drive 4Runners?


That is so ugly inside and out.


Front looks like Mitsu Outlander, only REALLY angry Outlander

Matt C.

Look at it from head on reminds me of the Predator's face; so mean and intimidating.

Ken L.

What we are looking at is probably the Trail Edition. It's good to see that a leather-like interior will be offered as an option... finally. I am sure the Limited edition's front-end will look different. Notice the left and right angles of the lower bumper, it's designed for an increase in approach angle, similar to an ARB bumper.


The last nice-looking 4Runner model year? 1995.


Too much sake flowed in the 4Runner design studio. Would like to see the designers' faces when they recover from their very bad hangover.


Toyota realized long ago that they could make their vehicles as ugly (in this case) or as bland (in every other case) as they want but people will still happily drive them.

I can't hate them for that I guess. lol


As a current owner of a 2010 4runner limited, I can appreciate some of the new features they've added to the interior. However, I do not like the new front grill - not even a little. It looks like it hit a transformer head on (and said transformer is still lodged in the grill). I'll be keeping my 2010. It's paid for. :)

I like the nose and there is plenty of room.

regie rytyznll

it looks like angry bird

V8 Capt

I have a 2010 four Runner, just love it. I do not like the looks of the front end of the 2014. However the rest of the car looks just fine

4 runner lover

I like the projector headlight. been waiting for the new update.nice.....


Looks mean. I like it!


Looks tough, like a 4runner should. I like it!

4runner Fan

The design looks terrible. Toyota has become GM. They get to the top and then get complacent and make ugly cars.


It looks great, like a real SUV should look like; mean, tough, and aggressive looking. No need to pretend on real SUV's. This is a not supposed to be another cute crossover utility vehicle.

Kind of reminds me of the homer mobile in the simpson's its not the best looking car i have seen, saying that i do like the interior


It looks like a car with character for men who know what he want out of life.

John Doe

I love my 13 T4R, it is a true SUV. It goes offroad better than any other stock SUV and sits high. You have to be careful driving it though, it will shear the top off of a sedan or crossover in an accident with its body on frame construction and high ground clearance.


I love my 2007 4Runner and am fast approaching 100k miles and wanted a new one, yet...it's hideous. I keep hoping I will get used to it. It looks like a demented Japanese battle robot and the rear lights look like they were forgotten and then stuck on, behind one in traffic, looks like frog eyes. So aesthetically displeasing. Keeping my beautiful black '07 a bit longer, hoping 2015 is better.

Nick Velez

I 100% agree Matt C. I went online and googled Toyota 4Runner Predator Bumper. It looks just like the Predator face head on!


holding onto my 2001 and 2007 t4r. love you tons them! 2001: 270k+ miles, 2007:180k+ miles. great off road on colorado mountain mining "roads". seems the new ones just keep getting chubbier - difficult to fit on those switch backs! i want a tough, utilitarian vehicle! no pansy housewife suv for our family! please, keep t4r a grand choice for people who have fun - with real 4x4 and maybe a change in the exterior to keep it fitting in some of these tight places!


neglected to mention in previous remark:
please, there needs to be a better choice for color than grey, dark grey, steel grey and silver. could certainly go back to the bottle green found on our old 90 t4r, or maybe a red or blue. really - grey is so tedious!

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