2017 Toyota 4Runner Get Unique Design For Certain Trims

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The Toyota 4Runner occupies first place among real off-road sport utility vehicles. The 2017 model year 4Runner updates are purely functional. The car will use an IMV platform, like the EU-spec Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Prado. However, the wider application of light alloys will decrease the car weight by as much as 190 lbs. The new Toyota 4Runner 2017 will have more aggressive features in the design, reminiscent of current TRD versions. The grille will become wider, as a continuation of the ribbed hood. Round LED fog lamps will be placed in the original vertical niches in the bottom of the bumper. The wheel arches will increase slightly in size.

In the interior an LCD Optitron display will replace the traditional dashboard. The steering wheel will have even more buttons and a slightly increased diameter. All seats will be improved, becoming more comfortable and getting effective lateral support. The multimedia system is represented by a 7-inch touch screen and six speakers. The top versions will have leather upholstery and wood trimming. The interior will be as spacious as before. The back seats would comfortably accommodate a person up to 6’2″ tall with easy access to the third row.

The 2017 4Runner’s seven seats will be arranged in the classic configuration: two seats on the first row, three on the second and two seats on the third. Just like in many other cars, the second row seats will have a 60/40 split-fold function while the third row will be foldable in 50/50 proportions. Cargo capacity will range from 7 cubic ft up to 38,1 if all seats are folded.

As for the power plants, the Toyota 4Runner will be equipped with only one type of engine: a 4-liter V-shaped six-linder petrol engine producing 240 hp, familiar to current generation 4Runner owners; The suspension is independent: four-link at the rear and two-link at the front. It is planned to equip the rear wheels with disc brakes. All versions will have the classic four-wheel drive layout.

It is expected that the car will be a direct competitor to the Nissan Pathfinder and CR-V from Honda. Unlike them, it is not only a family-friendly crossover SUV, but also a very off-road capable vehicle, comparable with legendary Toyota’s FJ70 and Jeep SUVs.

Pricing and release date

The price for the standard 2017 Toyota 4Runner will be around $35,000. Models with more features and options, better trimming and a more powerful engine will cost more with prices ranging up to $45,000.

The Toyota 4Runner 2017 SUV will appear on sale only at the end of 2016.

Release date: late 2016

2017 Toyota 4Runner redesign

If to speak about the appearance of the updated car, it is, in comparison with its predecessor, more aggressive thanks to a new enlarged grille, slanted front optics and restyled hood with vents. Also the new Toyota 4Runner is different from the pre-facelifted model in terms of the design of the rearlights, new light alloy rims and a different front bumper.

At the rear can be noted a door spoiler with integrated stop lights. The integrated body sills have stainless steel plates. The geometry of the third side window has changed with it now being adjacent to the rear door. The upper line of the rear wing and the entire rear section have also been redesigned. The basic model is equipped with 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels, depending on the trim level. The door handles have chrome finishing.

he appearance of the car differs depending on the trim level. Basic trims have a more simple bumper design, TRD has a non-painted plastic one, and top-trim versions of the car have luxury chrome trimming.

Exterior features have been enhanced in the new model to make it more attractive to buyers. The headlights will have LED lights, and the same method is used in the rear lights. The fog lights will use xenon lamps. This ensures excellent illumination in foggy driving conditions. The ground clearance of Toyota models, as they say, is higher than its competitors.

Interior changes

In the updates list for the 2017 Toyota 4runner SUV cabin there is a new Optitron instrument panel, Entune multimedia system and a new steering wheel.

One feature of the Toyota 4Runner 2017 is that the two rear rows of seats can be folded up fully to take advantage of the huge cargo space. The 4Runner takes on board 7 passengers accommodated in three rows. The front seats receive power adjustment over a wider range, and a memory function saves three variants of the position.

The interior design is based on leather seats, different trimming and the inside of the doors and racks decorated with high quality materials – wood, metal and leather. The standard package includes an enhanced sound system. The steering wheel has audio control buttons. A large 7-inch touch screen is on the center console and is equipped with various applications for navigation, entertainment and security. Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be on the standard equipment list.

The carmaker has divided the level of equipment into three groups. The basic version will get seven airbags, a navigation system, a rear view camera, heating and a beverage cooling department.
Naturally, the more expensive the trim level is, the more it is stuffed with various equipment. Thus, the top version receives LED headlights, roof rails, keyless entry, power tailgate and parking sensors.

Equipment list

In addition, another 7-inch display for the navigation system will be optional. At official Toyota dealerships in the United States the restyled car will be available in three trim levels – SR5, Limited and TRD.

All cars will be optionally equipped with a four wheel drive system along with a five-speed automatic transmission standard for all models. Other features including Unit Traction Control (controls the dynamics), an anti-lock braking system, locking rear differential and a special Multi-Terrain feature – an intelligent car control system designed to help the driver in different conditions: on grass, snow, mud and sand. You may have found this feature in other Toyota vehicles such as the new Tacoma.

2017 4Runner engine

Previous versions of the Toyota 4Runner SUV have only had one powertrain available. This is a gasoline 4-liter V6, which develops 270 horsepower and 277 lb ft (376 Newton meters) of maximum torque. This engine is equipped with an automatic 5-speed ECT-I transmission. The all-wheel drive version of the car in the city has a fuel consumption level of 17 mpg, and 21 mpg on the highway. For FWD modifications of an SUV, the figures are 17 and 23 mpg respectively.

The new Toyota 4Runner 2017 keep this powertrain without any changes.

There is some speculation that the new 2017 model might get a diesel version, equipped with a 2.8L Cummins diesel engine. It is likely to be true, but only for a special TRD Off-road trim level, because diesel engines work better off the road.

This article about the 2017 Toyota 4Runner has been prepared on the basis of rumors and speculation on the Internet. The exact release date and the start of sales is unclear, but there is up-to- date information available.

 

2017 Toyota 4Runner
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection
Displacement 4,0L
Power/torque 270 hp; 277 lb-ft
Transmission 5 or 6 speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 109,8 inch
Length 190,7 inch
Height 71,5 in
Passenger volume N/A
Cargo volume 46.3-88.8 cubic ft
Performance
0-60 7,6 sec
Top speed 115 mph (limited)
PRICE RANGE: $35,000-$45,000 (est)
Competitors: Honda CR-V, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder
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Comments
  • scott

    Ugly.Ugly. 2016 model looks way better. Pretty much any older model looks better than the 2017. This 2017 model reminds me of a Honda Pilot.

  • Brian James

    Did they seriously do away with the roll-down rear glass? I drive a ’97 and cannot live without that feature! Darn, and I was hoping to upgrade in 2018.

    • Bob Sokoloski

      I hope not, that is one of the best go to features on my 4Rr

    • Ike Turner

      I have a 2004 that is 4920 miles short of 200k miles and was thinking 2017 was going to be the year to trade in. If they did away with it not only will I be pissed but my dog will drive to the dealer and piss all over the showroom.

  • bgf

    it looks like the rav4 acquired aids, yet kept on growing. aids i tell ya … aids!

    • Bob Sokoloski

      It’s a Prado, a US diesel Prado! Finally.

  • Skylar Jewett

    So sad what they have done to an SUV with a long history of aggressive styling and superior off road capability. You cant even call it a 4runner anymore if the rear window doesn’t roll down. 10 out 10 in the parking lot ‘off road test’ though, haha.

  • jared fogel

    Might as well be a Highlander! How can you tell them apart? Just because Nissan turned their SUVs into minivans doesn’t mean Toyota should too!

  • dude

    Who wrote this? I don’t think english is his first language. He just seems to be guessing about what he say on the web.

  • Andrés López

    Wrong wrong wrong this is the fortuner, not. 4runner

  • Mike Rogue

    I got very discouraged when I saw this article but this is the Fortuner not the 4Runner. I know Toyota would never get rid of the power rear glass or the traditional styling. Should expect a look similar to the new Tacoma.

  • werpor

    Car manufacturers sem to be neglecting an entire segment of consumers. Why are there so many vintage 4 runners around? Skiers, back packers, paddlers, outfitters, back country explorers, road trippers, etc. do not want, or need, high level glitz. Many other people would prefer a more simple and rugged vehicle … 4 Runners built around 2001 are a good example. Why not a 4 Runner built on a more utilitarian platform with ample options for individualizing ones vehicle. Cordura materials inside, instead of leather. Simplified instrumentation. Lots of practical storage. Interior designed for sleeping; flat when back seats are stored. Rugged durable interior materials; able to handle skiis, fire wood, surf boards, camping and climbing gear, fishing gear, life jackets, hockey bags, coolers, wet gear … as in diving equipment, tents, etc., etc.

    Pick up trucks miss the mark. Prospective vehicle owners may very well be contractors, but all the users suggested above do not want a half open vehicle. They want a fully enclosed cabin. And they want to keep the vehicle for many years. In many cases the vehicle will be a second or third one.
    Think the way Jeeps are available. Except Jeeps are hardly friendly. Or think the way Harley Davidson motorcycles can be endlessly modified, to suit their owners preferences.

    I’m thinking of an entire segment left out nowadays. The reason there are so many older 4 Runners still around is they were rugged, and practical vehicles. Building status vehicles for suburban moms and dads, which try to be all things to all people, I think, misses the mark entirely. The segment is crowded. No doubt the vehicle I have in mind would sell the world over. Think Rocky Mountain towns in the U.S. and Canada … Calgary, Salt Lake City, Aspen, Telluride, Banff, Kelona. Think high desert cities like Santa Fe, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Albuquerque, Page, Flagstaff. Think Texas. Think cabin and cottage owners, in Ontario, Quebec, Minnesota, Montana. Think, think, think.

    Forget glitz, glamour, and hillbilly fashions too. Think affluent users of high end sports equipment. Fly fishermen and women, deep sea fishermen, cross country and downhill skiers, people that like road tripping, people with $100,000 bass boats, people towing small sailboats.

    Get a copy of Outside Magazine.

    • Nico

      You nailed it. They just killed the reason people want this car.

  • Kyle Navarro

    Guys, the pics and video are not of the 2017 4Runner; that’s the Toyota FORTUNER. Who ever wrote this is feeding us bullshit.

  • Everybodyduck

    I have an 88′ with the 22 RE, I have loved it since new. I bought another new 4Runner in 04′ with the V8. Love it. And, I wanted a new one this year, but don’t care much for a sluggish V6. I would go with the Cruiser for a V8, but it is overpriced and I don’t like the side fold third row.

    If they put a V8 in this 17′, I am down for having a 3rd 4Runner at the house,

    • Kevin Davis

      Ever driven the latest V6? A lot of words I’d use to describe it but sluggish isn’t 1. This isn’t the 3.0 V6 or the 3.4. This 4.0 is a beast.

  • Nico

    I was so excited to get the new 2017 4Runner….until now. Not looking for a mini van. Jeep, I’m coming back to you. I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2016 TRD Pro 4Runner sells for $50,000 used because of this new model.

  • Brandon T

    OK everyone at the end of the article, the author(s) state that it was “prepared on the basis of rumors and speculation on the Internet.”

    The pictures are of the Toyota Fortuner, which is an SUV that shares a platform with the Toyota Hilux; both of which are sold in Australia and Thailand, among other places.

    The article mentions a 2.7 liter 4 cylinder, a (de-powered) “240 hp 4.0 liter V6” and a couple of diesel engines. Those are foreign market engines (yes I know the Tacoma still offers the 2.7 liter). There is really no reason to suggest why the new 4Runner will receive those 4 brand-new-to-the-US powertrains when it’s had the same engine and transmission for 13 years. Toyota is too conservative to try and make those meet EPA regulations in hopes of selling more trucks. Since the Land Cruiser gets the diesel V8s and the straight sixes, the diesels discussed above are likely just the 4 cylinder GD engine (147hp / 296 ft/lbs) vs the current 1GR-FE V6 (270hp / 278 ft/lbs), so you probably won’t miss them when they don’t show up.
    This article also uses commas as opposed to periods within numerals, which is common in foreign languages. It even cross-shops the “4Runner” to the CR-V, which no one would do here, and mentions someone 6’2″ tall getting into the 3rd row. Which is hilarious to think about if you’ve ever seen that particular seat. With the updates it just got, I wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota left the 4runner alone for a few years. Hopefully they don’t discontinue it.

  • Kevin Davis

    I bought a 2000 in ’03 with 30K on the odometer. 237K later I’d hit 1 too many deer and my insurance company totaled it a couple of weeks ago. Bought a ’13 with 39K. So by my calculations Toyota has till about 2026 to turn the 4Runner back into a truck before I’ll need a replacement. Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long.

  • Thomas Sarac

    Typical, toyota makes the new model that would hopefully be lighter and better look uglier….who designed this thing..terrible. That said if I get one it will be a 2016.

  • Ash

    I actually really like it. But I only see this as a design step back to their 4th gen model era. If that’s their target audience they will hit that mark at least. I presently own 3rd gen (non-DD) and if this is going to be their 6th gen offering as a contender to the epically popular 3rd gen, they missed that by a landslide. Their 5th gen tried to rekindle that love affair with the 3rd gen but it just didn’t get them there. Mostly because it’s uglier than sin. I do also drive a 2016 RAV4 and I do see similar lines from that in this 2017 4Runner. Particularly the front end. And nothing wrong with that IMHO, I think it looks pretty sharp. Of course I am talking style here mostly as I don’t know how it’s mechanics and electronics will perform real world yet. That said; my 3rd gen is pretty modified and it’s utilitarian enough that I still have room to grow in the mod department. I don’t know that I see that capability in this 2017 although I don’t think in this day and age modification is realistic in many factory ‘off-road’ vehicles. They just aren’t built mod-friendly any more.

  • cdadaa

    I bought a 2016 in August which, at the time, was unknown what the 17 would be. Now I’m glad I did. I also have a 03 with the V8 and 220,000 miles which I think I will keep forever! My biggest compliant which was not addressed in 2018 either is the V6 engine. WHAT A P.O.S.!!! Why can’t they put the V8 in them anymore? Better gas mileage than the V6 too. I don’t understand?

Editor's rating
4.6 overall
  • Safety4.7
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.6
  • Features4.8
  • Fuel economy4.6
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The popular Toyota 4Runner SUV will get a muscular design and a bunch of new features. We hope it will not spoil the 4Runner’s off-road abilities.

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