The majority of the other mid-size crossovers and SUVs that run the streets and fill suburban driveways are not like the 2023 Toyota 4Runner.

In its most capable forms, it has extra underbody armor, an electronic locking rear axle, upgraded suspension components, and knobby tires.

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner can go places many of its classmates can’t, but outside of those limited-use cases it’s undeniably antiquated.

The 4Runner can travel in locations that many of its peers cannot, but outside of those specific, constrained situations, it is unquestionably out of date.

What's New for 2023?

In the 2023 model years, the Toyota 4Runner nameplate will commemorate 40 years.

The '23 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition is red, white, or black with tri-colored graphics. 17-inch bronze wheels are supplied.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

A 4.0-liter V-6 engine with 270 horsepower and a five-speed automatic transmission power every 4Runner.

The automatic's slow responses don't maximise the engine's unpredictable performance, and downshifts require forceful right-foot inputs.

Fuel Economy and Real-World 

Every Toyota 4Runner model gets 16 city mpg and 19 highway mpg, rendering its powertrain combinations antiquated.

The most recent 4Runner we tested did better than expected by returnng 22 mpg on our extensive testing schedule's 75 mph interstate fuel-economy route.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 4Runner's interior lacks a modern feel, with switchgear that appears to date from the final years of the previous millennium.

The 4Runner is as adaptable a mover as it is a rock-crawler thanks to a flexible cargo compartment and several spacious, deep cubbies in the front row.

Infotainment and Connectivity

An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on every 4Runner. Along with physical buttons, the interface also has rotating volume and tuning knobs.

Standard amenities include a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 15-speaker JBL audio and GPS are upgrades.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Toyota 4Runner 2023 offers free planned maintenance for two years, which is unusual in this class.