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2013 Toyota 4Runner

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2013 Toyota 4Runner Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner is the last of its kind, meaning it has shunned the move toward a car-based chassis and retains the same rigid body-on-frame design that, 28 years ago, spawned the original 4Runner. This important distinction means that the 4Runner remains capable of towing heavy loads as well as venturing over rough and rugged terrain. The trade-off for this design, however, is a rather truck-like ride, a narrow and somewhat cramped interior and bit more roll and heave when winding through twisting mountain roads. But, for the true outdoorsperson, the 2013 Toyota 4Runner SUV's shortcomings are minor compared to its durability and dependability and in the end, that's all an SUV owner can ask for.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a vehicle that can serve as the family commuter on the weekdays and the family off-road adventurer on the weekends, the 2013 Toyota 4Runner SUV should be at the top of your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If off-roading or the ability to tow big loads is not a priority, there are roomier, more comfortable and more advanced SUVs than the 4Runner. The 4Runner's fuel economy is also among the lowest in its class.

What's New for 2013

Changes to the 2013 Toyota 4Runner are limited to a new switch-type control for the transfer case, replacing the old-fashioned pull lever.

Driving the 4Runner

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2013 4Runner's drivetrain shines. The Toyota SUV accelerates briskly with an eager 270-hp V6 engine mated to a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission. Despite being on a...

truck chassis, the Toyota's ride is acceptable with its compliant suspension absorbing smaller bumps well. Outward vision is good all-around even with the raised rear-seat headrests, so you can change lanes with confidence. The steering, however, is overly assisted in situations such as parking lots or tight turns and is slow to respond, thus requiring constant corrections. The brakes – a bit "grabby" at times – took a little getting used to as well. At highway speeds, wind noise is sometimes loud enough to interrupt cabin conversations. The 4Runner continues to be a capable off-roader offering part-time and full-time 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems to confidently assist you on rugged adventures.

POWER REAR LIFTGATE WINDOW
You can gain access to the 4Runner's rear cargo space without opening the rear liftgate – especially useful in a tight garage or when someone is parked close behind. As a bonus, you can carry long objects such as lumber out the back window without fuss.

SLIDING REAR CARGO DECK
This convenient sliding deck lets you reach your gear in the back, supports 440 pounds, and is handy for your next tailgate party.

2013 Toyota 4Runner Details
2013 Toyota 4Runner photo Interior

The 4Runner's interior is both functional and inviting. Drivers will welcome the clear instrumentation with large buttons and rotary knobs for climate and audio controls, especially useful when wearing gloves. Pairing a smartphone using Bluetooth is refreshingly easy and does not require reading the owner's manual. The large center console has an available 120V AC power outlet to run your laptop or computer games. Power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and provide good support. In the rear, a 40/20/40 split seat offers numerous cargo/seating configurations and also reclines for additional comfort. For 7-passenger seating, a third row (best for children) is available.

Exterior
2013 Toyota 4Runner photo

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner remains true to its utility heritage, featuring an upright windshield, long roofline and nearly vertical liftgate contributing to its boxy appearance. Impressively, that box can swallow 47.2 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up. With a large flat front end, bulging fenders and 9.6 inches of ground clearance in the 4-wheel-drive (4WD) version, the 4Runner shows off its rugged personality. Access to the rear cargo is through a single-piece liftgate with a unique power rear window. The SR5 and Trail editions ride on 265/70 mud and snow tires mounted on 17-inch alloy rims while the Limited sports 245/60 tires on 20-inch alloy rims.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2013 Toyota 4Runners feature Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and integrated towing receiver hitch with wiring harness. A USB port with iPod connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, hands-free phone, trip computer with outside temperature, and three 12V auxiliary power outlets are also standard. The rugged Trail adds part-time 4WD, water-resistant fabric seats, power moonroof, Optitron instrumentation, integrated rearview camera display, electronic locking rear differential, sliding rear cargo deck, and Multi-terrain Select and Crawl control. The Limited features dual-zone automatic climate control, Navigation and Entune, leather-trimmed and heated front seats, push-button starting, and Toyota's Safety Connect.

Optional Equipment

Only a few option packages are available on the 2013 Toyota 4Runner. The SR5 Premium Package with Third Row includes the Display Audio with Navigation and Entune, power adjustable leather-trimmed seats, power moonroof, and other interior/exterior upgrades. For the off-road enthusiast, the Trail offers a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) for enhanced wheel articulation over deep ruts and large obstacles. The audiophile can choose the Limited with voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, JBL AM/FM 4-disc CD Changer, 15 speakers including subwoofer, and NavTraffic.

Under the Hood

The sole powertrain combination in the Toyota 4Runner for 2013 is a sophisticated 270-hp, 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a responsive 5-speed automatic transmission. There are three drivetrain choices: 2-wheel drive (2WD) in the SR5 and Limited, part-time 4WD (SR5, Trail), or full-time 4WD (Limited) with a limited-slip, locking center differential. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

4.0-liter V6 engine
270 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 mpg (2WD), 17/21 mpg (4WD)

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2013 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 158 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

My worst Toyota ever.

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Outstanding accessories."

Cons: "Worst brakes ever. Poor air conditioning."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have a 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5. This is my 5th Toyota. My first 4 were great. But this one is not safe. The brakes are scary. They are weak and mushy. We have had several near misses for wrecks due to the weak brake and unresponsive brake pedal that almost goes to the floor when applied quickly. The rear break brakes lockup if you apply they hard for a quick stop. I took it to the dealer three times before the warranty expired. Toyota will not fix it. Air conditioning does not cool 2n and 3rd row seats well. We plan to purchase a new vehicle in 2015. It will not be a Toyota."

absolutely the best car I've ever owned

By on Saturday, November 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Our Runner is one of our favorite things. She is a snow cadillac, handles amazingly off-road, hauls anything, fits everything and everyone, and drives like a cloud. If I had millions of dollars I would still drive one."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

This vehicle look and run great

By on Friday, November 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a very comfortable and strong vehicle great on the snow or ice road , extended toyota maintenance bumper to bumper until 2018 transferable, completed service up to date , remote starter,black interior leather seats, black exterior."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned

By on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Gets 20-21 mpg rides great looks great dependable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned a 2007 4runner 2007 and a 2010 Highlanders. This 2013 4runner is the best of them all. Has great towing ability, great ride, no wind noise and great resell Value. We love this 4runner!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Outstanding Bang for the buck

By on Sunday, October 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride"

Cons: "Tinny sound to the doors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Reliable, worry free transportation Maintain it right, should last 250k or more. Got 227k out of my 2004 Will buy another!"

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Best Value

By on Sunday, October 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've wanted this truck ever since I can remember but since I wear I suit and tie to work my previous cars have been sedans and luxury vehicles. After having this SUV for two months I couldn't be any happier and I am looking forward to my first road trip."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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