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The 2022 Toyota 4Runner uses its tough chassis and updated suspension to provide best in class off-road prowess and exceptional towing capacity

What’s New for the 2022 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner sees LED headlights equipped across the entire lineup. That lineup now adds a new trim, TRD Sport. It features special adaptive dampers, 20-inch wheels, a hood scoop, and more.

2022 Toyota 4Runner

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $37,305

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

RWD or Four-wheel-drive

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

16 City / 19 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Fantastic off-road ability

Great safety equipment

Tons of interior space

Truck-like ride

Meh interior quality

Not a fuel-sipper

Old-school powertrain needs updating

2022 4Runner Specs

Trims & Pricing

SR5 - $37,305
Trail SE - $39,275
TRD Sport - $40,150
SR5 Premium - $40,715
TRD Off-Road - $41,135
TRD Off-Road Premium - $44,080
Limited - $46,890
TRD Pro - $52,120

2022 Toyota 4Runner Powertrain

2022 Toyota 4Runner - carsforsale.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner - carsforsale.com

2022 Toyota 4Runner drivers will enjoy a very capable on-road cruiser. The only engine options is a 4.0-liter V6 paired to a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is optional and becomes standard on higher trim levels. It’s not fast and it’s not athletic, but it’s not meant to be. It’s comfortable and easy to place on the road. It’s also spacious enough that anyone can get comfortable and stay that way for long journeys. The seating is firm and supportive. If there’s anything to complain about it would be the high step-up height that might be a problem for some. The wind noise created by the blocky body could also be a concern.

Really though, the 4Runner is about off-road performance and it absolutely dominates there. The platform might be more than a decade old, but clearly, Toyota isn’t trying to fix what’s not broken. Even the 4Runner Limited with its big 20-inch wheels is more capable of getting deep into the woods than most every one of its rivals. The additional features offered by the TRD models are all very impressive. The skid plates, the additional drive modes, and the special shocks and dampers all do a great job of making the 4Runner feel like it’s at home when the road runs out.

Towing & Payload

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2022 Toyota 4Runner - pressroom.toyota.com

With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner leads its segment. It’s a great example of why this older platform can still keep up. When it comes to interior cargo space and the ability to haul more gear, nothing really beats it.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy & MPG

Considering that every 2022 Toyota 4Runner uses the same engine and transmission it should be no shock that they get the same scores from the EPA. Expect 16 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway with either drivetrain setup. That’s below most rivals, but makes sense for an older SUV with an archaic five-speed automatic.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

The ride of the 2022 Toyota 4Runner could be improved by a more modern chassis. Other brands like RAM have proven that trucks can be good off-road while also comfortable on road. Toyota would benefit from updating the 4Runner when it comes to ride comfort. It’s not uncomfortable, but it’s certainly more jarring than the average competitor by some margin. On-road it’s happiest on a highway or in traffic.

At the same time, a lot should be said of the interior space offered by the 4Runner. It’s big inside with tons of room for people and things. There’s an optional third row that could work for small children. We love that it holds nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo while comfortably seating five adults though, that’s very rare. In addition, when the 4Runner goes off-road, its multiple terrain select system makes the ride far less anxiety-inducing for passengers.

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Entertainment & Technology

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2022 Toyota 4Runner - pressroom.toyota.com

While we would love to see a larger screen in the 2022 Toyota 4Runner, we’re impressed with how modern the tech feels. The interface on the 8-inch screen is snappy and easy to use. Navigation directions are clear and easy to follow. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are great too. Beyond the infotainment Toyota offers a bevy of technology. We love the 15-speaker JBL Sound system as it delivers high-quality sound. Advanced driver assistance technology is fitted to every 4Runner too that includes traffic adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

Safety Features

In addition to the standard safety technology on the 2022 Toyota 4Runner, it scored a four-star crash test rating from the NHTSA. It hasn’t been evaluated by the IIHS, but the 2021 4Runner didn’t score any awards either.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Trims & Pricing

2022 Toyota 4Runner SR5 - carsforsale.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner SR5 - carsforsale.com

SR5 – $37,305

Every 2022 Toyota 4Runner gets the same drivetrain that includes a 4.0-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is optional. They all get lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, and forward collision mitigation too. The SR5 comes with 17-inch wheels, an 8-inch infotainment system with Android and Apple integration, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlights, underbody skid plates, and a 120-volt power outlet in the rear cargo space.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Trail SE - toyota.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner Trail SE - toyota.com

Trail SE – $39,275

The Trail Special Edition gets a portable beverage cooler, a sliding rear cargo deck, unique wheels, a Yakima Roof Rack, and special exterior trim.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport - pressroom.toyota.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport - pressroom.toyota.com

TRD Sport – $40,150

The 4Runner Sport gets a hood scoop, heated front seats, faux leather upholstery, and adaptive dampers for better on-road driving dynamics and comfort.

2022 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium -carsforsale.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium -carsforsale.com

SR5 Premium – $40,715

Go for the SR5 Premium and you’ll get a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, and a sunroof.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road - Toyota Northwest Edmonton on youtube.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road - Toyota Northwest Edmonton on youtube.com

 TRD Off-Road – $41,135

The TRD Off-Road uses 17-inch wheels and features a locking differential as well as Toyota’s CRAWL control traction control system. It comes standard with 4WD.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium - toyota.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium - toyota.com

TRD Off-Road Premium – $44,080

The Premium TRD Off-Road gets heated front seats, a sunroof, proximity entry and start, SofTex-trimmed seats, and Multi-Terrain Select which allows drivers to change traction control based on the road surface.

2022 Toyota 4Runner Limited - carsforsale.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner Limited - carsforsale.com

Limited – $46,890

The 4Runner Limited is the most luxurious trim with 20-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather upholstery, a sunroof, ventilated front seats, a premium 15-speaker JBL audio system, and chrome exterior trim.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - carsforsale.com
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - carsforsale.com

TRD Pro – $52,120

The most extreme version of the 2022 Toyota 4Runner is the TRD Pro which features special TRD trim, a TRD roof rack, TRD wheels, all-terrain tires, and a set of off-road biased Fox dampers.

Warranties

A limited warranty covers the 2022 Toyota 4Runner for 3 years or 36,000-miles. The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. That’s no better than any competitor. Where the 4Runner shines is its 2 years or 25,000 miles of complimentary maintenance which is more than any other brand aside from BMW, KIA, or Hyundai.

What we think

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2022 Toyota 4Runner – pressroom.toyota.com |  Shop 2022 Toyota 4Runner on Carsforsale.com

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner isn’t going to be shockingly good anywhere on-road, but for those that want a reliable, affordable, and rugged SUV that can go further off-road than almost any other, the 4Runner is basically unbeatable. We won’t be sad when it gets a full ground-up update though.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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