Toyota is releasing a new model of this off-road legend that put the competition on notice

Apr 30, 2024

Toyota builds some of the most popular trucks and SUVs in the country.

The brand has a built reputation for producing rugged and durable vehicles.

Now Toyota is releasing a new model of this off-road legend that put the competition on notice.

Toyota 4Runner develops a cult following for its off-roading capabilities

The fifth generation of the Toyota 4Runner was released in 2009 and upheld the model’s reputation for reliability and legendary offroad performance.

While most SUVs became crossovers that were built with the frame of a car, the 4Runner stayed true to its roots.

It was one of the few remaining body-on-frame SUVs, where the frame is attached to the body compared to the unibody of a crossover.

This made it easier to modify the 4Runner with custom suspensions and lift kits.

And it’s better for off-road driving since the stress of driving over uneven surfaces is easier on the body since it’s more flexible.

This made the 4Runner a cult favorite in the off-roading community with its Toyota reliability and an array of aftermarket modifications.

But after 15 years without a major redesign, the fifth generation was becoming dated against its off-road competitors like the Jeep Wrangler and the Ford Bronco.

Now the new 2025 Toyota 4Runner is giving the model its first update since 2009.

Toyota releasing a new 2025 4Runner

The new 2025 Toyota 4Runner is returning classic trims like the SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro while adding a Trailhunter and Platinum editions.

It will be made from the same frame used for the Tacoma, Land Cruiser, Tundra, Sequoia, and the Lexus LX600 Ultra Luxury and GX.

The fifth-generation 4Runner’s 270-hp 4.0-liter five-speed automatic transmission is also getting an upgrade that will make it more fuel-efficient and responsive.

Now most models will have a 278 horsepower i-Force 2.4-liter turbo I4 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

And for the first time ever, the 4Runner will feature a hybrid option, a 326-horsepower i-Force Max hybrid engine.

It comes with the option of rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive, or full-time four-wheel drive with optional rear-locking differentials.

Because it shares a frame with the Tacoma it’ll have a similar appearance and interior to the new edition of the truck that was released for the 2024 model year.

Both vehicles will use the same cupholders, seats, and infotainment systems among other similarities.

Toyota said that the new 4Runner would stay true to its rugged heritage while refreshing the model.

“This all-new 4Runner has incredible versatility and capability that nicely rounds out our truck family story,” Toyota group Vice President David Christ said. “We’ve sold over 3 million in the 40 years it has been on sale, and this sixth-generation model offers a cool new look and incredible features, yet retains the rugged style and capability our customers love about this icon of adventure.”

Pricing isn’t available for the new 4Runner yet but it will be hitting showrooms later this fall.

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