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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
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 181 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

GOOD TRUCK

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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."

17 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Pretty; but rough riding

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "pretty vehicle"

Cons: "No third row seat;"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The tires and vehicle sits up high; rides like you are in a truck. I prefer a smoother riding vehicle."

8 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Definitely like this vehicle. This is my 4th one.

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"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."

17 people out of 35 found this review helpful

Impressive throughout

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

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."

20 people out of 32 found this review helpful

It's another Toyota, Dependable, but overpriced

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Dependable, capable, large cargo capacity."

Cons: "Paint, technology, overpriced"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I mean, I'm not a Toyota hater, and I've owned this car for three years. I like it a lot, but I feel like Toyota's cost saving methods are showing. The paint is cheap. I have no chips or dings, but rust started to come through from under my tailgate paint in three places. Toyota said it wasn't covered by the 5 year paint warranty, but they were so kind to fix it any way. Probably because they know it's junk. The truck also feels underpowered at times. I feel like all those horses should be felt a little more. I think that the antenna could be more modern and that the nav system could work faster. Other than that, it runs and drives as perfectly as a truck should. For the price, I would have liked to see some seat memory and maybe some heated mirrors, but I can't complain. The Bluetooth is very consistent and the truck still runs like new. It has great ground clearance and in 4x4, it can go anywhere."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Its a BEAST

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

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

Pros: "Beast, Big, Powerful, off road and on road."

Cons: "NONE"

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

"I Love my 2014 4Runner Limited. I have owned may cars/ SUVs, not one is even close to the 4Runner. Test drive it before you buy any other SUV."

22 people out of 39 found this review helpful

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