This is the All-New 2025 Toyota 4Runner

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

You’d have been easily forgiven if you believed Toyota would never update the 4Runner, but here we are, 15 years after the current model debuted, talking about an all-new SUV. The 2025 4Runner represents a significant step forward for the legendary off-roader, and despite what you might think about turbos and hybrid powertrains, it looks absolutely legit.


The least surprising thing about the new 4Runner is the staggering number of trims Toyota offers for the thing – nine, to be exact. Familiar names return to the lineup, but there are a couple of new configurations thrown into the mix: SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Sport Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, Platinum, and Trailhunter.


Similar to the recently updated Tacoma, which got the Trailhunter trim first, the 4Runner Trailhunter introduces a host of off-road and overlanding upgrades to the line. It comes with ARB Old Man Emu 2.5-inch forged shocks, an ARB roof rack, and 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires. Toyota also installs a snorkel intake for the SUV’s standard hybrid powertrain, and underneath, it gets skid plates and rock rails to keep it in one piece when things get hairy.

On the powertrain front, Toyota offers two choices for 2025, but there’s no manual transmission option like the one in the Taco. Both involve a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder, with the base configuration offering 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The available i-Force Max hybrid adds an electric motor integrated with the transmission that boosts output to 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is standard, and Toyota offers rear-wheel drive with two four-wheel drive options.


The 4Runner’s ancient interior also got a major glow-up, with a range of materials and colors depending on the trim. A new eight-inch touchscreen comes standard, but most variants get a larger 14-inch display with the latest Toyota interface. The upgraded screen brings wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, and some trims gain wireless charging and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

Pricing isn’t out yet, but we’ll know more as we approach the SUV’s official rollout later this year. Expect a bump over previous generations, with top trims likely approaching $60,000 with options.


[Images: Toyota]


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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Bkojote Bkojote on Apr 10, 2024

    Weird thing I noticed though is they got rid of the ski pass-through. I've noticed a lot of Japanese vehicles doing this (The new GX/LC, the CX-50, and now this) from the and it seems like a massive oversight given about 100% of these will be in the Copper Mountain parking lot.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Apr 10, 2024

    Rorschach. 1- Overstyled. Too much going on. Folds creases lines everywhere in profile. Front- busy. Grille? 2- Boy racer details. TOYOTA billboard for the passenger. Alas, no matter, they 'll sell every one they can make.


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    • Bd2 Bd2 on Apr 12, 2024

      Agreed, the LC (particularly the 1958) is much better done.


  • NJRide So this is an average age of car to be junked now and of course this is a lower end (and now semi-orphaned) product. But street examples seem to still be worth 2500? So are cars getting junked only coming in because of a traumatic repair? If not it seems a lot of cars being junked that would still possibly worth more than scrap.Also Murilee I remember your Taurus article way back what is the king of the junkyard in 2024?
  • AMcA I applaud Toyota for getting away from the TRD performance name. TuRD. This is another great example of "if they'd just thought to preview the name with a 13 year old boy."
  • Jeff Does this really surprise anyone? How about the shoes and the clothes you wear. Anything you can think of that is either directly made in China or has components made in China likely has some slave labor involved. The very smart phone, tablet, and laptop you are using probably has some component in it that is either mined or made by slave labor. Not endorsing slave labor just trying to be real.
  • Jeff Self-driving is still a far ways from being perfected. I would say at the present time if my car took over if I had a bad day I would have a much worse day. Would be better to get an Uber
  • 2manyvettes Time for me to take my 79 Corvette coupe out of the garage and drive if to foil the forces of evil. As long as I can get the 8 track player working...
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