5 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About the 2021 Toyota 4Runner

Liz Kim | Apr 21, 2021

A visit to any off-highway vehicle park in the nation will ensure sightings of a wide variety of Toyota 4Runners of various vintage. Thanks to its prowess off the beaten path, the 4Runner is a legend among vehicles that are designed to shine during those moments when the asphalt stops and the adventure begins. It’s one of the few truck-based SUVs left that hasn’t evolved into a soft, car-based crossover vehicle.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition Red Front Quarter

For the better part of almost four decades, the 4Runner has impressed drivers on-road and off. The 5th-generation 4Runner, introduced with the 2010 model, is geriatric in terms of car years. And its 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 lacks the newfangled technology needed to match current engines when it comes to fuel efficiency and power. 

Yet, year after year, the 4Runner remains the vehicle of choice for legions of fans who love it for its long-standing capability and its talent for charming drivers, whether they’re traversing Moab or wine tasting in Napa. Here are five reasons why.

Fun Fact 1: Few authentic SUVs remain. The 4Runner is one. - Find the best Toyota deals!

Say you want an SUV with genuine off-road credentials. You’d need body-on-frame construction, with its higher ground clearance and chassis flexibility for clambering over boulders. 

Sure, truck-based full-size SUVs are plentiful. You’ve got your trifecta of General Motors vehicles wearing Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac nameplates. The Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Land Cruiser, and their upscale cousins, the Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80, and Lexus LX 570, also fit the bill.

But you may not want or need those leviathans and their bulk and size if you’re seeking to negotiate tight trails. When it comes to body-on-frame midsize SUVs, you’re limited to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Toyota 4Runner (unless you can wait for the new Ford Bronco to show up). 

Fun Fact 2: Plenty of tools to keep you moving off-road - Find the best Toyota deals!

2021 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition Red Rear Quarter

Speaking of off-roading, let’s talk about the 4Runner’s capabilities. While you can get a 4Runner with rear-wheel drive, well, why would you? With 9.6 inches of ground clearance, a 33-degree approach angle, and a 26-inch departure angle, the 4Runner is so much more than a grocery runner that provides extra traction when the ground gets slick. This is a vehicle purpose-built to go adventuring over gnarly terrain.

You can equip this Toyota with a 4-wheel-drive system that includes a 2-speed transfer case, or you can get full-time 4WD system with a Torsen locking center differential. Many models are equipped with Crawl Control, a cruise control system specifically for off-road situations that maintains a steady, slow speed so you can concentrate on steering. And the available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension decouples the sway bars over rutted topography, giving you vastly increased wheel articulation to get you over the rough patches.

Fun Fact 3: Generous cargo space - Find the best Toyota deals!

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition Cargo Area

Like every other SUV, the 4Runner’s utility is baked right in. Two-row models provide a roomy 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and up to 89.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. One of the more unique dealer-installed features that tailgaters will love is an optional sliding cargo deck that can support up to 440 pounds.

You can even equip your 4Runner with a third row for seating for up to seven, but it’ll eat into the cargo space. Behind the third row, you’ll find nine cubic feet of cargo room, and this swells to 46.3 cubic feet with the third row folded. With the second and third row folded, cargo space grows to 88.8 cubic feet.

Fun Fact 4: Lasts practically forever - Find the best Toyota deals!

There’s a reason why you see so many 4Runners from the past still tooling around on the roads. It has earned its reputation for being virtually indestructible. The 2017 version received the 2020 Midsize SUV award for achieving the highest dependability ratings. 

J.D. Power considers the 2021 Toyota 4Runner one of the best picks for resale value, too, giving it a rating of 94 in this area. If you’re looking for a pre-owned version, you have to be willing to pay a premium. Selling a clean version? You’ll be able to list it for a pretty penny. 

Fun Fact 5: Lots of appealing flavors - Find the best Toyota deals!

Toyota offers several different versions of the 4Runner with various levels of equipment. Five trim levels exist: SR5, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. You can gussy it up with Premium trim packages for the SR5 and TRD Off-Road. Toyota also offers several Special Editions to elevate the interest level of the 4Runner faithful.

Toyota is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of April 20, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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