Toyota Again Teases the new 4Runner Ahead of Today's Reveal

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The current Toyota 4Runner has been on sale long enough that it’s almost old enough to drive itself, but the automaker is finally giving us an update for the 2025 model year. In addition to an expected move to an available hybrid powertrain for the iconic off-roader, it will also get a roll-down rear window and a significantly upgraded infotainment system. Toyota hasn’t slowed the drip of teases leading up to the official reveal, and the latest confirms that we’ll see a new Trailhunter trim similar to the one offered for the 2024 Tacoma.

Toyota’s new teaser shows the Trailhunter badge, which should bring similarly beefy off-road upgrades to the ones seen on the Taco. That would mean Old Man Emu shocks, 33-inch all-terrain tires, underbody cladding and skid plates, and more ground clearance. The automaker will likely continue offering TRD variants, giving 4Runner buyers several levels of off-road performance to choose from.

Outside of the teases, details for the new SUV are scarce. It’s expected to ride on the TNGA-F platform, which underpins the Tundra, Sequoia, Tacoma, Lexus GX, and Lexus LX. The 4Runner will likely debut with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an available hybrid system, with output numbers reaching somewhere north of 325 horsepower.

Toyota will fully reveal the 4Runner later today, so we don’t have long to wait for confirmation of specs, though pricing probably won’t come out until closer to the on-sale date. The 2024 4Runner starts at $40,705 before destination, so we expect the new model to land with a slightly higher price tag.

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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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  • 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...