2013 Toyota 4Runner Review
While reviewers say it isn’t the most refined or comfortable choice for those looking for a family hauler, they think the 2013 Toyota 4Runner is worth a look for shoppers who plan to venture off the beaten path.
The 4Runner comes with a V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic, which auto writers say delivers ample power and smooth shifts. Fuel economy, at 17/22 mpg city/highway, trails some of the thriftiest class rivals, but isn’t too far below average for the class. It does suffer from some body roll through turns and too-light steering, but no critic says these traits are a deal breaker. The 2013 Toyota 4Runner is a capable off-road SUV that can hold its own on paved roads as well. Its ride isn’t as smooth or refined as its car-based rivals', but most auto critics agree that its on-road ride doesn’t suffer too much, considering its off-road abilities.
The Toyota 4Runner’s interior is highly functional; test drivers report that its controls are straightforward and simple to use. They say that hard plastics are used extensively throughout the cabin, but major touch points are made of softer material. The 2013 4Runner comfortably seats five, though an optional third-row seat bumps up seating capacity to seven. Most critics say the third row is best suited to children. The base model comes with Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with a USB port and auxiliary input jack. Upper trims can be outfitted with heated power leather seats, as well as Toyota’s Entune infotainment system.
- "This important [body-on-frame] 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." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "4Runner's impressive off-road chops and decent-for-a-vehicle-of-its-type fuel economy are more than offset by its clumsy handling, floaty ride, and difficult-to-access cabin." -- Consumer Guide
- "For the relatively few drivers who require an all-conquering, all-terrain SUV, the … Toyota 4Runner is a top choice. Those city folk who need more passenger space and less off-road capability would be better served by a car-based crossover SUV." -- Edmunds (2011)
Other SUVs to Consider
If you’re looking for an SUV primarily for spacious seating for up to seven, the Ford Flex is worth a look. Reviewers say it has some of the most spacious seats in the class, even in the third row. It also has outstanding safety scores, and while it trails the 4Runner in overall cargo capacity, it can hold more than double the 4Runner’s capacity behind its third row.
If you’re planning on doing some off-roading, but want a bit more refined ride and don’t need a third row, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good choice. Critics like that the Grand Cherokee doesn’t sacrifice any of its off-road capability to achieve its comfortable on-road ride. It comes with a V6 engine that gets similar fuel economy to the 4Runner, or an optional V8, which reviewers like for its great power.
Details: 2013 Toyota 4Runner
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner comes in three trims: the base SR5; the mid-level, off-road-oriented Trail; and top Limited trim. It comes standard with a V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission and choice of two- or four-wheel drive. The five-seat 2013 4Runner (seven-seat with an optional third row) was last redesigned in 2010. Since it hasn’t changed much since then, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as 2013.