Used Car: 2013 Toyota 4Runner Review
Although it is more capable off-road than many competitors, test drivers said the 2013 Toyota 4Runner has ponderous handling and vague steering.
Test drivers wrote that the 2013 4Runner's V6 engine has ample power and that its automatic transmission shifts smoothly. A rear-wheel drive 4Runner returns an EPA-estimated 17/22 mpg city/highway, which is on par with that of other off-road SUVs but on the low end of the class as a whole. Reviewers said the Toyota 4Runner's ride is comfortable, but others mentioned that its handling is sloppy, with marked body lean in turns. They added that car-based SUVs, which comprise much of the midsize SUV class, offer better handling. Some also wrote that the 4Runner's steering is imprecise and feels vague. However, test drivers commented that the 4Runner is a more capable off-road SUV than most others in the class.
According to reviewers, the cabin design and materials are as rugged as the 2013 Toyota 4Runner’s off-road capabilities. Most said the design is attractive, though some hard plastics were noted by critics. The 4Runner seats five, but an available third row boosts seating capacity to seven. Some auto journalists mentioned that the third row can be tricky to get to and others said that it isn't particularly spacious. The 2013 4Runner has up to 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is typical for a three-row midsize SUV. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. Available features include a Display Audio system with navigation and Toyota's Entune infotainment system, HD Radio, leather seats, power-retractable liftgate glass, a rearview camera and a 15-speaker JBL audio system. Reviewers appreciated that the 4Runner's audio and climate controls are straightforward and commented that pairing a phone with Bluetooth is easy.
Other SUVs to Consider
Test drivers wrote that the five-seat 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is very capable off-road and very comfortable and composed on road. The Grand Cherokee's cabin received high marks for its first-rate materials and handsome design.
The 2013 Dodge Durango, which seats seven, has nimble handling and a soft ride, according to auto critics. They also were impressed with its powerful available V8 engine and attractive cabin.