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The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is a rugged SUV designed to take on all manners of off-road challenges. The age of its platform is beginning to show and as thus it is not the most comfortable, luxurious, intelligent, or even well-equipped SUV you can buy for the money. However, if you are looking for a vehicle that lets you take the kids to school during the week and still overcome every obstacle the road throws at you during your adventurous weekends, the Toyota 4Runner is in a special class of its own.

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is available in six trims levels: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro.


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What’s New for the 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner gets two new paint options (Cavalry Blue and Midnight Black Metallic) as well as a third exterior color (Super White) that is now available across the range instead of previously being exclusive to TRD Pro models. Two additional equipment packages round out everything new for the Toyota 4Runner this year.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner exterior

2018 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

Rugged, bold, muscular—whatever you want to call it, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner makes a striking appearance. Angular lines and an oversized grille ensure that the 4Runner looks as tough as it actually is under the hood, which is to say quite a lot. The boxy look is certainly reminiscent of old-school SUVs, though the slanted LED headlights and various chrome details around the bodywork hint at something more modern.

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is available in the following exterior colors: Nautical Blue Metallic, Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Cavalry Blue.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Exterior Photos:

Exterior available on SR5:

  • Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim; LED taillights with smoked sport trim; Integrated fog lights; Color-keyed front and rear bumpers, door handles, heated power outside mirrors, overfenders, and side rocker panels; Silver-painted roof rails with silver end caps; 17-inch six-spoke alloy wheels; Privacy glass on rear side, quarter, and rear liftgate windows; Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center high-mount stop light and integrated concealed rear wiper with mist cycle; Front and rear mudguards

Exterior available on SR5 Premium

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  • Heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lights

Exterior available on TRD Off-Road

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  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents, Hood scoop and rear spoiler, Heated power outside mirrors, “TRD Off-Road” external hard badges, 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels

Exterior available on TRD Off-Road Premium

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  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accents, door handles, heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lights, overfenders, side rocker panels, hood scoop and rear spoiler; Silver-painted roof rails with black end caps

Exterior available on Limited

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  • Auto on/off headlight feature; Color-keyed front and rear bumpers and side rocker panels with chrome inserts, chrome door handles, color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lights, overfenders, and rear spoiler; Chrome-accented front grille insert; Rear license plate garnish; Silver-painted roof rails with silver end caps; Chrome door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature; 20-inch split six-spoke alloy wheels

Exterior available on TRD Pro

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  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers with black accents, door handles, heated power outside mirrors, overfenders, side rocker panels, hood scoop and rear spoiler; Silver-painted roof rails with black end caps; Unique “TOYOTA” front grille; Black “TRD PRO” external hard badges; 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels; TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Performance

Performance is probably the reason you’re shopping for a 2018 Toyota 4Runner and performance is exactly what you’ll get. Powering the SUV is a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Depending on trim level and options, that power may be distributed via a two-wheel drive (2WD), part-time four-wheel drive (4WD), or full-time 4WD system. The transmission is a five-speed automatic and you get a limited-slip, locking center differential on the Limited trim. Maximum towing capacity is a respectable 5,000 pounds.

Those tackling the hard stuff will find what they need in the TRD Pro, which comes with Bilstein custom off-road shocks, additional skidplating, and Nitto Terra Grappler tires. Add multi-terrain select functionality with crawl control and the Toyota 4Runner seems to be able to handle just about anything and everything you throw at it.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Efficiency

Unsurprisingly, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is not renowned for its efficiency. It gets 17 mpg city in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined according to EPA-estimated fuel economy testing. On 4WD models, highway fuel economy goes down to 20 mpg.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Interior

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner boasts a roomy interior where everything is designed to be easy to use while traveling over very bumpy terrain. The large buttons and dials are easy to operate and the large center console features a 120V AC power outlet to help charge your accessories on the go. You’ll find good seating support and comfort in the power-adjustable front seats and good versatility in the 40/20/40-split rear seats, which can be folded flat to yield nearly 90 cubic feet of cargo space.

Alternatively, the Toyota 4Runner can also seat up to seven passengers on the SR5 and Limited trims, though the size of the third row is best suited for kids.

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Interior available on SR5:

  • Features: Fabric-trimmed front seats; Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support; Four-way adjustable front passenger seat; Fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat; Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio; Bluetooth® hands-free phone and voice-command controls; Optitron instrumentation with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, and fuel gauges; LCD display with odometer, tripmeters, and average fuel economy; ECO Driving Indicator and warning messages; Power rear liftgate window with auto up/down and jam protection; Multi-Information Display with outside temperature, clock, average fuel economy and distance to empty; Overhead console with sunglasses storage; Center-console storage compartment with coin, tissue, and pen holders; 10 (12 on three-row models) cup and bottle holders
  • Radio and Technology: In-key remote keyless entry system; Backup camera with projected path; Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App— includes Entune™ Multimedia Bundle (6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, eight speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology); Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App; Siri® Eyes Free; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month complimentary SiriusXM All Access trial; Gracenote® album cover art; HD Radio™ Technology; HD Radio™ Traffic and Weather in major metro areas, and integrated backup camera display with projected path; Cruise control; Two front, two rear, and one cargo area 12V DC auxiliary power outlets; One cargo area 120V 100W/400W AC power outlet

Interior available on SR5 Premium

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  • Features: Fabric-trimmed 50/50 split fold-flat third-row seat and sliding second row with passenger-side one-touch access to third-row seat, SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats, Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, SofTex®-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • Radio and Technology: Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, HD Radio™ Technology, HD Radio™ Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather overlay, AM/FM cache radio

Interior available on TRD Off-Road

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  • Features: Fabric-trimmed front seats; Four-way adjustable front passenger seat; Fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat; Overhead console with Multi-terrain Select; Active Traction Control (A-TRAC); VSC cutoff, locking rear differential and Crawl Control (CRAWL) switches; TRD shift knob; Center-console storage compartment with coin, tissue and pen holders (carbon-fiber look); TRD Off-Road floor mats
  • Radio and Technology: Same as SR5 Premium

Interior available on TRD Off-Road Premium

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  • Features: SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats, Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, SofTex®-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat, “TRD” red lettering on driver and front passenger headrests, Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Radio and Technology: HomeLink® universal transceiver

Interior available on Limited

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  • Features: Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade (only standard on Limited model), Dual zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents, Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats, Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and power lumbar support, Perforated leather-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat, Center-console storage compartment with coin, tissue and pen holders
  • Radio and Technology: 15 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers in nine locations including subwoofer and amplifier, Smart Key System with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry

Interior available on TRD Pro

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  • Features: SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats; “TRD” red lettering on driver and front passenger headrests; Overhead console with Multi-terrain Select; Active Traction Control (A-TRAC); VSC cutoff, locking rear differential, and Crawl Control (CRAWL) switches; Center-console storage compartment with coin, tissue and pen holders (carbon-fiber look); TRD shift knob; TRD Pro floor mats
  • Radio and Technology: Same as TRD Off-Road Premium

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Safety

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner received four stars for overall safety in government crash tests and has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the new model year. Last year, it received the highest possible score of “good” in all of the IIHS’s crashworthiness evaluations save for the small overlap front, for which it received a “moderate” grade.

Standard Safety Features

  • Stay Safety System™: Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors on outboard second-row seats and tether anchors on all second-row seats
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout
  • ToyotaCare featuring a no cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance
  • Safety Connect: Emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification. (Available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscription).
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with manual on/off feature
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Driver and front passenger active headrests
  • Driver and front passenger TAP (Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis) front seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags and all-row (third-row airbags on all models) Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA)
  • Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer

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