"Having been a loyal 4-Runner owner for over 20 years I was excited to supposedly upgrade to a newer version having read many positive reviews. I enjoyed taking my old 4-Runner into the Colorado mountains skiing, hiking, camping and moderate off-roading. It was reliable and would go anywhere.
A few months ago I purchased a 2015 Trail Premium version and this car is not what it claims to be, quality, rugged or off-road worthy. At first everything seemed fine but within 4 weeks I had started looking for another car to replace the under performing 4-Runner. The 2015 Trail Premium is grossly underpowered, systems don't perform as claimed and I'm reluctant to take it marginally off-road as it isn't designed for anything more than a level dirt road if that. In fact it got high centered/stuck in a mall parking space in 9 inches of packed snow that had previously been parked in.
As for its features, my 10-year old hand held GPS is more accurate than the navigation system. The voice recognition system works accurately approximately 10-20% of the time even after taking multiple tutorials, reading the manual and taking it in to the dealership twice. Voice commands, directly from the owners manual, only work 50% of the time. The layout of the console screen is awkward and distracting when driving.
The car has a known issue of accelerating backwards after a cold start if your foot isn't placed firmly on the brake peddle when placing it in reverse. I was told by a Toyota dealership "if you think yours is bad try driving a Tundra". Not the answer you would expect given Toyota recently had problems with acceleration issues. In addition, the moon roof started rattling within two weeks of purchasing the car and the dealership has been unable to fix it. At first I was pleased with the gas mileage averaging around 20-21 miles per gallon and even getting up to 24 mpg on one occasion. Five months later I'm lucky to get between 14 and 15 mpg even on the highway and I don't have a "lead foot" and diligently watch and use the "Economy" performance bar. At times the steering wheel will start to vibrate on regular cycles and the engine will shutter in unison and without warning it just goes away. The headlight performance is awful as they project a perfectly straight horizontal line in front of the car, below the line is lite just fine and above is pitch black. When driving on a less than level road the line is constantly moving up and down both revealing and concealing obstacles in front of the car. Friends riding in the 4-Runner have commented on the lighting performance. I've taken the car to the dealership three times and all three times everything mentioned above with the exception of the moon roof squeak have been found, "within performance standards". Lastly, don't lean or even breath on the car or it will scratch. While the car may be within "performance standards" it's an over priced under performing version of the former 4-Runners. If you're looking for a station wagon type car for road trips that won't be used off pavement or in adverse weather conditions this may be your car. The Trail Premium comes with street tires which makes no sense. If you're considering buying a 4-Runner, which I wouldn't recommend, I'd suggest renting one and living with it for a week... I wish I had..."
Pros: "Controls. handling. Styling. Drive. Fuel economy"
Cons: "Underpowered. Not enough for value. Light steering"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I drove away from the dealer in a 4 Runner SR5. So far still impress with fit and finish but there is not enough power as expect in a Grand Cherokee. One thing it drives 100% well on Nebraska highways and interior is very nice being comfortable riding in 4Runner. I love how drives and technology its got but needs some more stuff to earn little bit more up there with value still its a truck able to trust many years. Overall superb fantastic got few options as blue tooth, rearview camera and even nice storage spaces on SR5 Premium bought my in Pearl white looks gorgeous in that color but its the best wish horsepower was better and had few more perks up there at best bang for the money buying this truck."
"I have really enjoyed this vehicle. I bought it because I like to fly fish in the mountains and drive on dirt roads and rough terrain. The 4-Runner handles the rough stuff like a dream. Drove it 7,000 miles across country to fly fish Montana. No problem. It has lots of hauling room. This vehicle drives like a truck, not like a car. Comfort is good for me at only 5' 1" but marginal for big people, as the seats are medium in padding and size. I like that I can see over the hood, even though this is a tall vehicle. Headroom can sometimes be problematic for those over 6' tall. Its handling is good for a truck-type vehicle, but it leans on steep banking interstate ramps. Has plenty of power when you need it and braking is good. Gas mileage on my Montana trip was 22mpg overall with regular fuel. Had one mechanical problem in 5 years and 79,000 miles-- fixed under warranty."
Pros: "Exquisite interior and exterior (in Limited trim)"
Cons: "Gulps gas when it should be sipping"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After previously owning a 2005 4Runner Limited several years ago, we eventually up-sized to a 2012 Tahoe LT. Ironically, the features between the two were on par. After test driving the 2015 4Runner Limited, the Tahoe felt rather analog in comparison. We were quite impressed at its on-road manners - we purchased the vehicle in Kentucky and drove it all the way back to Texas. You'd think a smaller vehicle would be more cramped. That wasn't the case at all. What's crazy is how well they packaged the seats. The second row in this 4Runner adds several more inches than the full-size Tahoe bench seats. I won't speak of the third row as we didn't have to use it. Clearly it suffices for those 10 and under as our daughter fit nicely in the back in her attempt to see how comfortable it was when we purchased it from the dealer. Also, the soft leather touches are contrasted well and looks lavish in Redwood leather trim. The dashboard and buttons aren't complicated and easy to reach. And I can see my blindspots again (a challenge with the Tahoe as the rear set headrest would cover my right rear quarter panel). Several critics give it a sub-par rating on pavement - even with the standard X-REAS system. I'd like to disagree as its well mannered on-road, especially considering the fact that we drove it over 1,700 miles upon purchasing it and use it regularly for daily driving. We haven't taken it off-road yet; but I'm sure it can manage more-so than your slew of car based crossovers claiming to be SUVs that've flooded the market as of late. Now no vehicle is perfect. The MPG match our faithfully departed Tahoe which not only has 2 more cylinders; it also has almost a liter in a half in displacement as well. It also needs another gear as you'll tend to notice the needle flying up and down the tachometer when in traffic in its attempt to find the right gear. At the end of the day we were looking to go back to our roots and purchase another 4Runner to see if Toyota stepped up there game both aesthetically and athletically. In the looks department, they did (specifically in Limited trim) as I still haven't gotten used to the aggressive face of the SR5s, Trails, and TRD Pros. If you can get passed the face and plan on going the off-road route regularly, then opt for the TRD Pro or Trail Editions to see what everyone's talking about regarding the "S" in "SUV." If you're looking for a nicely equipped, daily driven, on pavement for most of the time body-on-frame SUV that can still impress off-road look no further."