Susan Frissell, Editor,

Reports started becoming available in the last few months of sharing what the Toyota 4Runner’s next edition would look like. The 4Runner started out introducing new generations every six years, giving the Toyota midsize SUV new designs and more refinement. The past 14 years, though, it’s been generation five with needed upgrades and a few additions. No doubt the 4Runner is a very popular, capable, off-road vehicle, and for many an alternative to other mid-size crossovers.

Those who have been anxiously awaiting a ‘newer’ 4Runner will have to wait for the 2024 edition. However, don’t miss some refinements and upgrades in the 2023. While the 2023 4Runner may still seem ‘old’ to some, it’s still appealing to many buyers with its mechanics, cargo space, roll-down rear windows (this is much appreciated by families) and other things that make it stand out. What one will notice, rather than any stand-out innovations, may be that the 4Runner for 2023 feels a tad antiquated.

Equipped with all the current offerings, the 4Runner offers Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Navistar, Bluetooth hands-free, In-car Wifi, Voice command, touch screen and infotainment system. As big as this vehicle is/feels, this writer had no trouble reaching the display, sound system, heat, etc. No question, this is a large vehicle, but doesn’t have the feeling of being as large expected. That is a tribute to Toyota. We enjoyed the JBL premium audio radio and ease of use.

Three rows make up the 4Runner; a third bench seat, second row split folding seatback and second row trunk pass-through. The power moonroof seemed a little like over-kill but buyers today want it all. The roof rack stretches the length of the car and can hold a lot of luggage.

Our test 4Runner came with a few options, including Sliding rear cargo deck ($350), Running boards ($345), Special coller-Solar Octane-$425, creating a total of $55,725; manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $54,390 and delivery $1,335.

As with many vehicles these days, one has plenty of choices from which to choose in the new 2023 4Runner SUV. Including the SR5 Premium (6 styles), TRD Off Road (3 styles), TRD Off Road Premium (3 styles). The 40th Anniversary Special Edition ($46,370), Limited 4wd V6 ($50,075, and Limited RWD V6 ($48,040) are also available.

Still much like the original 4Runners, this edition is a testament to lasting ideas and desirability by the public. As with other brand, Toyota has its followers, many who wouldn’t drive any other vehicle. When we welcome the 2024 model, we will be prepared to be overwhelmed, no doubt, but it will be-you can bet-a departure from what we’re still driving today.

Following a vehicle all these years is something special and there is an anticipation that goes with awaiting a ‘newer’ model. The last year of an iconic design is special, especially in a very successful vehicle like the Toyota 4Runner. Several years ago, I had a client who was selling his early pre-driven 4Runner that happened to be approaching its 13th bday. The list of those wanting to buy it was incredible. Reselling this 4Runner was no trouble, as over 20 potential buyers stepped forward. And I might add, it was sold-with some regret, having loved it so! We all know that feeling!

You know what that makes this 2023 edition, right? It is and may be a true collectible. As has been the case with other Toyota products. Especially looking back in the rearview mirror. Collectors may opt for the 40th Anniversary Special Edition for that reason. Available in three colors: Midnight Black Mettallic, Barcelona Red Metallic or White, Toyota will produce 4,040 units of the last year of the fifth generation. No doubt, some buyers will wait for the iconic 2024 edition, thinking it a collector.

Whatever buyers decide, the 4Runner 2023 or 2024 edition, they won’t be disappointed. And no doubt, will hold onto it for years to come.


Engine: 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 w/dual independent WT-I, 270 HP, 278-lb. ft. torque, Gas
Transmission: 5-speed auto w/ECT-1. Hill start assist control, fear-shifter, 5 gears
Hill-start assist control, tow-hitch receiver w/7, 4-pin connector, Locking rear differential, Multi-terrain select and craw control
8 Trim levels
Wheels: 17-inch, alloy wheel
Tires: P265/70R17 all-terrane, spare: full size
Seats: premium synthetic material, power-drive 8-way; passenger 4-way, heated
Length: 190.2 in.
Width: 75.8 in.
Height: 72 in.
Wheelbase: 109.8 in.
Ground clearance Min: 9.6 in.
Turning diameter: 37.4 ft.
Curb weight: 4750. Lbs.
Gross vehicle weight rating 63400 lbs.
Fuel tank: 23 gal
Warrant: Basic:3 years; 36,000 miles; Drivetrain: 5 yrs; 60,000 miles; Rust: 5 yrs. Roadside warranty: 2 yrs/25,000 miles; Free maintenance: 2 yrs./ 25,000 miles