2025 4Runner

Discover the exciting features of the 2025 Toyota 4Runner in this comprehensive review. From rugged design to advanced tech, explore its off-road capabilities!

Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

4/11/2024

2025 4Runner
2025 4Runner

2025 4Runner

This is the new 2025 Toyota 4Runner, and it's amazing how long I've been waiting to say those words. I love the 4runner, and I love the current model, but it's been on sale for 15 years now, and it's starting to get a little old. Well, now a new one is here, and today I'm going to take you on the most thorough tour yet of the new 4runner and show you all of its quirks and features.

Alright, time for a thorough tour of the quirks and features of the new 4Runner. Starting with a little overview, the 4runner has been an iconic SUV nameplate in Toyota's lineup since the 1980s. It's always been kind of a rough and tumble mid-sized off-roader SUV, and in recent years, it's experienced a surge in popularity with increasing interest in off-roading. The 4runner, like I mentioned, is now 15 years old in its current form, but it just keeps getting more popular and more desired by enthusiasts who want to take it on the trails. Now, the new 4Runner will be the sixth generation of this model, and it's built in Japan on the same Global Truck architecture that underpins a lot of Toyota's new trucks—the Sequoia, the Land Cruiser, the Tundra, and the Tacoma, and now the 4Runner as well.

Powertrain

So with those basics out of the way, let's talk powertrains. The 4Runner will be offered with a choice between two engines, and both are 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinders. The departure of a V6 from the 4Runner lineup will surely cause some consternation, maybe even some shock and surprise, but before you get too upset, listen to the details. The base-level powertrain, a 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder, makes about 280 horsepower and about 320 lb-ft of torque, which are pretty healthy numbers. Now, this engine will be standard on the lower trims and on the middle trims of the 4Runner. But if you want more power, Toyota offers it. The very same engine is available on the higher trims with a hybrid component that boosts power to about 325 horses and torque to 465 lb-ft. These are pretty healthy numbers, even though it's just a hybrid four-cylinder. In fact, Toyota says that engine is the most powerful ever installed in any 4Runner, V6, or V8 from any previous year. And the towing capacity is a respectable 6,000 lbs, despite the hybrid four-cylinder situation. So it's still going to be a beast, just not with a V6.

Exterior

Next up, let's talk exterior with some exterior quirks and features. But we'll start with the styling. Now, I've just seen the new 4Runner for the very first time about 20 minutes ago, so I'm still digesting this, as I'm sure you are. But I gotta say, my first impression is, it looks fantastic. It is unmistakably 4runner in its profile and its overall appearance, but it is also clearly been modernized compared with the outgoing model, which really was starting to look old. It has everything you'd want to see in a 4Runner—toughness, brawn, and the general overall look and size of the 4runner—but they didn't take any weird risks or do anything stupid with the design. It's really a great redesign in this era of strange, bizarre styling choices by some and very small, subtle evolutions by others. This is a big enough change, and yet they didn't screw up, which is a tall order for such a beloved vehicle, but they did reasonably well.

So, we've covered general exterior styling, but let's talk quirks and features, starting with one of my very favorites—the exterior glass panel for the cargo area. You can see the top is curved to sort of wrap around the roof, which is an old school 4Runner design detail going back to the very first model and the second-generation 4Runner. Another interesting quirk on the outside of the new 4Runner is the lighting. Starting with the tail lights, you can see they're kind of cool-looking. They're sort of red-striped when the tail lights are on, and these thin stripes are very distinctive and cool. And the turn signal also blinks red, which is a fairly small piece integrated into the stripes of the tail lights in the back.

Now, as for lighting up front, also some interesting quirks and features, particularly with this 4Runner as it's the off-roader TRD Pro model. So, it gets some cool light touches, which I'm sure will be different depending on the version you get. But for the Pro, you have a cool new running light signature, which is a pale orange light that's illuminated below the regular headlights. It's always on as the daytime running light, and it certainly gives a distinctive flair to this truck. Again, I suspect it's probably distinctive to the TRD Pro. Also distinctive to the Pro, if you look over on the passenger side headlight, when you turn it on, it illuminates a small piece that says "TRD." If you go over to the driver's side and look in that exact same spot, it illuminates a small piece that says "Pro." So, if you look across the entire front of the truck and see those little light-up spots, it says "TRD Pro," of course, to match the trim of this truck.

Dimensions

Now, let's talk about sizing. The new 4Runner is about 3 inches longer than the old model, so it's a little bit bigger on the outside. And in terms of capability, Toyota says an approach angle of about 32° and a departure angle of about 24°. Unclear exactly which model that refers to, but it's a reasonably strong number for off-roaders who want to take their 4runner out on the trail.

Interior

Next up, we move inside the new 4Runner, and I must first apologize for the mud in all of the images you're about to see. This truck had been beautifully cleaned by the Toyota people here, but then it rained in this area where we are, it's all muddy, and so you will see mud. People often complain about that. I'm sorry, it's just the way it works after all, this is an off-roader SUV, and so we're off-road.

But open up the door of the new 4Runner, and the first thing you notice is the door panel, which has characteristic 4runner toughness, a lot of right angles, and two different layers of storage. One kind of higher up, and one a little bit lower down. Of course, this one being a TRD Pro, you also have that badge there to remind you of your cool off-road earn it. But moving further inside, one of the first things you'll notice is that the seats have the same sort of camo trim as my Sequoia. The seats still have that trim and probably can't be removed, just like in my Sequoia. And like I mentioned about the new Sequoia, I'm sure the camouflage seats will find a small but dedicated following of enthusiasts, and they'll all love it.

Technology

Also, of note, this is a big step forward from the current 4Runner in terms of tech. This truck has a huge touchscreen in the center, but it's a large improvement over the tiny, outdated screen in the current 4Runner. Also, this 4Runner has wireless Apple CarPlay, which is an exciting feature to see on a Toyota, even in this off-roader model. That's pretty cool and modern. Overall, I think this new 4Runner is shaping up to be a pretty cool, exciting off-road SUV, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one.

Outro

Well, that wraps up our in-depth tour of the new 2025 Toyota 4Runner. From its powerful engine options to its rugged exterior styling and updated interior tech, it's clear that Toyota has put a lot of thought into making this iconic SUV even better for off-road enthusiasts. Whether you're navigating tough terrain or cruising on the highway, the new 4Runner promises to deliver a thrilling driving experience.

Thanks for joining me on this journey through the quirks and features of the new 4Runner. Until next time, happy trails!

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