2015 Toyota 4Runner Overview
What’s New for the 2015 Toyota 4Runner?
The truck-based 2015 Toyota 4Runner SUV remains fairly unchanged from its 2014 predecessor, which saw a hefty refresh. The one main (and exciting) difference is the addition of the TRD Pro trim level, which caters to those who frequently drive off-road and need a vehicle that’s well up to the challenge.
2015 Toyota 4Runner Exterior
At first glance, you can tell that the 2015 Toyota 4Runner is a rugged vehicle just begging to be taken off the road. Four trim levels are available: SR5, Trail, TRD Pro, and Limited. Of these trims, the 4Runner offers standard and Premium sub-trims in the SR5 and Trail models. Standard features on the SR5 include 17-inch alloy wheels, mud guards, skid plates, and a tow-hitch—not bad for entry-level. Upgrading to the Trail model gives you standard 4WD, a hood scoop, selectable terrain modes, and silver exterior trim accents. The TRD Pro adds special off-road tires, Bilstein shocks, upgraded front springs, more ground clearance, and numerous TRD-themed finishing touches. Finally, the Limited offers 20-inch alloy wheels and adaptive roll-reducing dampers.
2015 Toyota 4Runner Performance
Each 2015 4Runner model is equipped with the same 4.0-liter V6 engine that yields 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. In the SR5 and TRD Pro models, rear-wheel drive with automatic limited-slip differential is standard (with available 4WD), while the Trail and Limited come with part-time 4WD with active traction control. When properly equipped, the 4Runner is capable of towing up to 4,700 pounds.
2015 Toyota 4Runner Efficiency
Efficiency is where SUVs often lose out to crossovers, which offer greater fuel economy and therefore save drivers more money at the pump. The 2015 4Runner comes with fairly standard fuel-efficiency ratings for its segment—19 mpg combined for RWD models, and 18 mpg combined for 4WD models. You definitely won’t be saving money on gas if you buy a 4Runner, but you’ll gain plenty of cool features to make up for that.
2015 Toyota 4Runner Interior
One word that could be used to describe the 2015 4Runner’s interior is “spacious.” Another one is “simple.” While some cars come with enough knobs and buttons to confuse a rocket scientist, the 4Runner’s dash remains simple and easy to use. The cabin is lined with quality, durable materials—exactly what you want when taking your vehicle into the wilderness. A 40/20/40-split reclining second-row seat ensures passengers will remain comfortable. For larger families, third-row seats are available in the SR5 and Limited trims, although the third-row isn’t spacious enough to be comfortable for adults. With the rear seats folded flat, the 4Runner affords a massive 90 cubic feet of cargo space.
Technology-wise, the 4Runner is well equipped to keep you entertained on longer journeys. A touchscreen audio interface appears high on the center stack, and offers a variety of services and apps via Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Additionally, the TRD Pro and Limited models come with navigation—a must for adventurous drivers who tend to prefer to take the road less travelled.
2015 Toyota 4Runner Safety
Whether you’re driving on the highway or a dirt road, safety is always a top concern for drivers. Standard safety features in the 2015 Toyota 4Runner include front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, and a rearview camera. Additional safety options include front and rear parking assist sonar, downhill assist control (4WD models only), and Toyota’s Safety Connect®.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2015 4Runner four out of a possible five stars for its performance in various crash tests.