The fresh 2017 Toyota 4Runner offers a more off-road capability than most body-on frame SUVs, but for a daily driver, it may lack the level of individual refinement. Some of the highlights for 2017 include an ample cargo capacity, an outstanding off-road capability, an optional third-row seat, and a strong V6 engine. Its release date should be expected the first quarter of 2016.
For 2016, the 4Runner gains a slight towing capacity increment, a cell phone navigation integration, and an upgraded base audio system. Raucous and off-road ready, truck based crossovers were once the most sought after SUVs in the segment. However, buyers later realized that the same vehicles offer lousy fuel economy ratings, rough rides, and inefficient for daily commuting chores.
That said, car-based light utility vehicles soon started to debut and with them came with serious off-roading capability while still offering comfort and luxury amenities suitable for everyday commuting. The revitalized 2017 Toyota 4Runner is among them, and with the brand’s reputation for reliability and efficiency, the new vehicle promises nothing less than ride comfort and top-notch performance.
Even the base comes with serious off-road action and lots of standard equipment. Some of the standard equipment include hill-start assist, mud guards, hill-descent control, dual-range transfer case, advanced electronic aides, and skid plates. Still, there are some things worth lamenting over. They include a busy ride, cumbersome setup process for the Entune system, low towing capacity for a traditional SUV, and a poor fuel economy rating.
If you are looking for more towing capacity, and a premium cabin with a standard three-row seating configuration, you can opt for the 2017 Dodge Durango or the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which ranks atop our favorite list and offers several engine options, competitive off-road performance, an upscale interior, and better fuel economy ratings. Better yet, you could opt for the top-rated 2017 Toyota Highlander, which offers superior acceleration and efficiency, and a passenger space for up to eight people.
Toyota 4Runner SUV – Available Trims
The new 2017 Toyota 4Runner is available in a walloping four trims: base SR5, mid-trims Trail and TRD Pro, and the top-rated Limited trim. Additionally, both the Trail and the SR5 are further subdivided into Premium and standard sub-trims.
Interior Review & Exterior Spy Photos – 2017 Toyota 4Runner
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 trim comes standard with heated exterior mirrors, air-conditioning, LED taillights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split reclining and folding rear seats, a power liftgate, mud guards, 17” alloy wheels, foglights, a power liftgate window, keyless ignition and entry, a windshield wiper de-icer, a tow hitch, skid plates, a six-way power driver seat, a six-way power driver seat, and hill-descent control. Standard electronic features include USB/iPod audio interface, a 6.1” touchscreen display, an 8-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, cell phone app integration, and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SR5 Premium further adds an upgraded version of Entune smartphone app integration, a power front passenger seat, upgraded exterior mirrors, a sunroof, a navigation system, and leatherette upholstery.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Trail trim comes bundled with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System which disconnects the stabilizer bars to improve suspension articulation over deep boulders and ruts.
Opting for the TRD Pro gets you Bilstein shocks, matte black 17” wheels, upgraded front springs, TRD-themed aesthetic upgrades, a TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate, summer performance tires, elevated ride height, automatic headlights, and unique front black grille.
The top-of-the-line 2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited adds a full-time all-wheel-drive system, 20” alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, automatic headlights, adaptive roll-reducing dampers, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, automatic climate control (dual zone), Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics, and a 15-speaker JBL sound system and perforated front seats.
Engine Specs – 2017 Toyota 4Runner Concept
The redesigned 2017 Toyota 4Runner employs a 4.0L diesel V6 good for 270 hp and 278 pounds of torque. The five-speed auto transmission system is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates for the RWD models stands at 17/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/21/18 mpg for the all-wheel-drive models.
Price & Release Date Of The New 2017 Toyota 4Runner
Expect the base 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $33,510, and up to 41,835USD for the Limited trim. As for the release date, expect the new 4Runner to go on sale during the first quarter of next year.