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MSRP: $33,010 - $43,420
Invoice: $30,369 - $39,945
MPG: 17 City / 22 Hwy
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Toyota 4Runner Interior

Some reviewers dislike the hard plastic surfaces in the 2015 Toyota 4Runner's cabin. However, others think the materials suit the 4Runner's rugged image. Test drivers say the 4Runner's cabin is utilitarian, and they appreciate features like a retractable rear window and an available sliding cargo shelf. Like many SUVs in the class, reviewers say the 4Runner's optional third-row seats are only suited to kids. They also complain that the Entune infotainment system is confusing and slow to respond to user inputs.

  • "Although still rather simple, the 2015 4Runner's cabin is roomy and versatile." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We're less enthused about the 4Runner's chunky hard-plastic dashboard, which should age well but looks and feels a bit cheap for a $30,000-$40,000 vehicle." -- AutoTrader
  • "So what does the 4Runner have going for it? The revamped interior is cool. It is still awash with hard plastics and fake metal pieces, but it has taken some inspiration from the FJ with chunky textured knobs and has a purposeful, utilitarian design." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "Materials are generally acceptable, with a smattering of hard plastic mixing with nicely-grained and padded surfaces. A notable exception is the econo-car cheapness of the 4Runner's headliner." -- Left Lane News (2014)

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Seating

The 4Runner seats five, or up to seven when equipped with an optional third row. Cloth seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Leatherette or leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable passenger seat are available. Reviewers disagree on whether or not the front seats offer enough support, but they say that the high seating position offers great forward visibility. They also comment that the middle row is too low for optimal comfort. The third row is very small and is best left to kids, according to critics.

  • "During our interior evaluation, we found that while the 4Runner's front seats provide little in the way of lateral support, they're mounted high, so you get a commanding view of your surroundings. The standard power lumbar support is also a nice touch at this price. The second-row seat bottom is rather low, however, so taller passengers may feel as though they're sitting on the floor." -- AutoTrader
  • "The power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and supportive. … For larger families, 7-passenger seating is available in SR5 and Limited trims, though the small third row is best suited for children." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Seven passengers will fit inside the 4Runner's cabin with the optional third-row seating. Keep in mind that those in the back will need to be small, and their occupancy swallows up nearly all of the cargo space aft of the raised seat - consider it useful only in a pinch." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "All models have good front and rear room, comfortable seats and decent visibility, although the optional third row is clearly not for adults." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Interior Features

The 4Runner comes standard with a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 15-speaker JBL audio system and a power moonroof.

Critics say that Entune is slow to respond to commands and has confusing menus, though they like that the 4Runner has buttons and knobs for climate settings and some audio functions, which they say are easy to use.

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  • "The 4Runner's large dials and buttons operating everything from the radio to the low-range gearing are a cinch to use. The large center console has an available 120V AC power outlet, helpful for charging accessories." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Typically intuitive Toyota ergonomics make for easy-to-use climate and driving position controls. The stereo buttons, however, were spread across either side of Toyota's Entune audio and navigation system, an infuriating interface that has the graphics from a Commodore 64. The menu trees are equally confusing and far less navigable than, say, Nissan's system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Inside, the dated cabin is awash in hard plastics and features an infotainment system that's about as spritely as a tranquilized bloodhound." -- Road and Track (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 4Runner has 9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the optional third row, up to 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and up to 89.7 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. The 4Runner's overall cargo space is good for a two-row SUV, but a bit low among three-row midsize SUVs. A power-retractable window in the liftgate is standard and a pull-out cargo deck that can hold up to 440 pounds is available. Reviewers find the cargo deck handy, but note that you cannot get a 4Runner with both a third row and the cargo deck. Reviewers also say the retractable rear window makes it easy to carry long objects. Still, some critics find it difficult to fold down the rear seats.

  • "If you don't need the seats, forgo the third row for a slide-out load floor that is not only useful, but makes the floor flat when the second row is folded." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "The rear cargo hold is as spacious as any 5-passenger midsize SUV. We take issue with the folding rear seat backs as they're more complicated to operate than they should be. Toyota claims that you can fold the seat backs without removing the headrests. That's true, provided the front seats are not set too far rearward. Interior storage consists of a large glovebox and several handy bins." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Review Last Updated: 11/17/14

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