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Get Ready To See This Tailgate For The Next 50 Years, Because It’s The New Toyota 4Runner And 4Runners Don’t Die

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Toyota is killing it with the TNGA-F platform, slapping it under the comfy new Tundra, the big-but-competent Sequoia, the handsome new Lexus GX, the excellent new Tacoma, and the surprisingly reasonably-priced Toyota Land Cruiser. Now those new bones will grace another exciting new Toyota truck: The beloved 4Runner. And we have our first photo of what it will look like — well, what a small part of it will look like.

That picture you see above is the extent of the photos I have of the upcoming new 4Runner, which is expected to share the same 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four (in standard and hybrid form) as the new Tacoma. The pic shows some of the tailgate in what looks like the same Heritage Blue that we saw in the debut photos of the new Land Cruiser.

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Toyota sneakily hid that teaser in this little 4Runner photo album on Instagram:

 

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What I like about the 4Runner, as I click through those photos of the various 4Runner generations, is that the formula feels the same. Body-on-frame, solid rear axle, independent front suspension, a similar overall shape with recognizable styling, a reasonable overall size, and above all — a propensity to just keep going.

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But damn the current generation is old. Come on — this thing has been out since the 2010 model year? I had just graduated high school! The 4.0-liter V6 motor is old, the five-speed auto is old, and together they get fuel economy similar to that of a Nimitz-class carrier. [Edit: It turns out this is nuclear powered, so let’s go with a cruise liner. -DT]. 

Needless to say: I’m excited to see the 2025 Toyota 4Runner. It’s a long time coming, and the changes are going to be drastic, but only in the right areas (powertrain) I hope. Otherwise, I’d love to see familiar styling, a familiar overall size, familiar capability, and familiar longevity. We’ll learn about all but the last when this thing debuts later this year.

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Caraholic.
Caraholic.
24 days ago

I love mine. Among the best cars ???? ive ever had. I also might be a bit more reserved than some of you so my sentiment is more along the idea of;
…… please give me at least one non hybrid of decent sort on this new platform…….

Grey alien in a beige sedan
Grey alien in a beige sedan
24 days ago

Time to increment the number Toyota! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new 5Runner!

Skurdnee
Skurdnee
24 days ago

Suck that this thing will be massive. I would love to replace my 2001 with a newer 4×4 from Toyota but they’re all huge. Give me a RAV4-sized 4Runner.

KC Murphy
KC Murphy
23 days ago
Reply to  Skurdnee

Funny you would mention that. A friend of mine parked her new Rav4 next to my 4th Gen 4Runner and the RAV is only about 6-7 inches shorter.

Andre Pereira Goncalves
Andre Pereira Goncalves
24 days ago

I am really trying to understand how this will be positioned in Toyota’s lineup

Urban Runabout
Urban Runabout
24 days ago

Somewhere between the RAV4 and Sequoia.
Because we all need several choices of oversized, top heavy, mega-wheel-drive, Environmental Assault Vehicle/Family Armoured Carrier.

Weston
Weston
24 days ago

It’s probably been asked and answered previously, but what’s the purpose of the license plate in this photo?

It’s painted the same color as the body so they want it to blend in or else the could have gone woth a contrasting color for style, and it’s obviously not a real license plate and therefore isn’t on there to make the vehicle street legal. If they’re worried about the mounting holes I assume they could just make a tailgate without them. Does anyone know?

Martian
Martian
24 days ago
Reply to  Weston

It’s a placeholder to show where the plate goes. It’s the same color so focus is on the vehicle and not the plate which would draw eyes to it instead the vehicle. It’s about forcing the focus. Very common!

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
24 days ago

I’m excited to see the new 4Runner…and hoping for a Prime version.

I also can’t stand Toyota’s way of doing this for every new vehicle – showing bits and pieces over several weeks…just get on with it.

TheFanciestCat
TheFanciestCat
24 days ago

I’m excited to see it. With that shared platform, I thought they would distinguish this from the Land Cruiser, in part, by not offering a hybrid, but I guess that thought is at least a decade out of date.

Porter
Porter
24 days ago

First thing for me would be to remove that ugly 4runner badge from the liftgate!

KC Murphy
KC Murphy
23 days ago
Reply to  Porter

At least it’s not that “Cowboy Wanted Poster” font like they used for a while!
3rd gen font was the best.

Luxobarge
Luxobarge
24 days ago

 they get fuel economy similar to that of a Nimitz-class carrier

In fairness to the Nimitz, it’s nuclear powered, which means it’s a zero-emission vehicle, which in turn means it gets to park in the good spaces at Whole Foods.

VanGuy
VanGuy
24 days ago
Reply to  David Tracy

The Autopian has the best editors’ notes of any site I frequent.

Scruffinater
Scruffinater
24 days ago

I know it’s just a number, but knowing the new 4Runner will have a 2.4L 4-cylinder again just like the 1st gen I grew up with makes me happy. And a turbo to boot, which the 1st gen’s also got, admittedly in limited numbers.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
24 days ago
Reply to  Scruffinater

maybe in 40 years people building crawlers will still be searching out the 2.4T because of its stronger axle (which is will have)

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
24 days ago

The only thing I dislike about the 4Runner, is that they’ve become so outrageously popular that Toyota doesn’t really bother to make basic ones anymore. I would bet these end up being massively expensive. With adjustments to boot.

It’d be nice if someone bothered to compete with Toyota in this space so that at least SOMEONE was putting pressure on the outrageous pricing. Looking at you Nissan, you Xterra cancelling cowards.

Last edited 24 days ago by Taargus Taargus
Always broke
Always broke
24 days ago

A basic SR5 lists around 45k, which is similiar to a wrangler sport once you add a hard top and an automatic. My wife has an SR5 and it’s about as basic as a car gets. I think it’s just pricey to build a body on frame SUV.

Utherjorge
Utherjorge
24 days ago

And then when this launches, the countdown begins to the Land Cruiser FJ release via teasers

Park
Park
24 days ago

I hope the rear window goes down. Please don’t mess that up Toyota like you did with the Sequoia.

Jacob Rippey
Jacob Rippey
24 days ago
Reply to  Park

Other than a body-on-frame chassis, and a solid rear axle, the rear window that rolls down is the only thing that essentially has stayed the same since 1984.

Park
Park
24 days ago
Reply to  Jacob Rippey

It was one of my favorite features when I owned my 2003. Such a simple addition that made the 4runner a unique experience against most other SUVs on the market.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
24 days ago
Reply to  Park

Don’t hold your breath.

86TVan
86TVan
24 days ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

No way they are that stupid. That was hands down the best part of our 3rd Gen. Sunroof open, every window down, Kid A on the CD player.

No Kids, Just Bikes
No Kids, Just Bikes
24 days ago
Reply to  86TVan

In my first gen leaving that window down just brings exhaust into the vehicle. I haven’t taken the top off. Maybe that is better.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
24 days ago
Reply to  86TVan

They killed off the split tailgate for all Land Cruisers, there is very much way that they are that stupid.

Rust Buckets
Rust Buckets
24 days ago
Reply to  Park

I have seen 4runners in traffic with the rear window down about twice, ever. I don’t think most owners even know it can do that.

I think Toyota understands this, and will not be putting this feature in any cars anymore.

DadBod
DadBod
24 days ago
Reply to  Rust Buckets

Maybe because nobody wants to breathe exhaust fumes? The window is helpful for loading shit.

86TVan
86TVan
24 days ago
Reply to  DadBod

We had the rear spoiler above the window. No fumes!

KC Murphy
KC Murphy
23 days ago
Reply to  DadBod

Roll down the rear side windows and this won’t be a problem.

Mike B
Mike B
21 days ago
Reply to  Rust Buckets

I use mine all the time. It’s nice for low throttle cruising, but it does suck in fumes when heavy on the gas pedal. I always shut the window when preparing to merge onto the highway or climb a hill. Other than those situations I don’t notice the fumes, and I’ll typically have the other windows and sunroof open as well. It’s about as close to a Wrangler experience you’ll get in a Yota.

Kasey
Kasey
24 days ago
Reply to  Park

Toyota messed up with the Matrix too, first gen rear window opened, second gen doesn’t.

MDMK
MDMK
24 days ago
Reply to  Park

My favorite business rental experience was discovering the power tailgate window feature while piloting a 4 Runner on a five hour interstate drive. I turned off the A/C, lowered the tailgate and cracked the front windows, sending a breeze through the cabin that was to die for.

Always broke
Always broke
24 days ago

I think it will be interesting how this fits into the lineup with the new Landcruiser being very simliar in size and design to the existing 4runner.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
24 days ago
Reply to  Always broke

Im a little worried about this. My guess is that it will be the Land Cruiser 100% minus a few powertrain choices. i.e. part time versus full time 4wd and a standard 2.4T without the hybrid.

Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
24 days ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

I’m hoping that it will be closer to Rav4 dimensions, Land Cruiser is more mid-size and the 4runner will be more compact in size like a modern S-10 Blazer.

Last edited 24 days ago by Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
Pat Rich
Pat Rich
24 days ago

nah, its going to be nearly identical dimensionally and chassis wise to all the other J250 chassis variants.

Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
24 days ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

Huh, that level of overlap isn’t something I expected from Toyota. now I’m really curious how they’re going to market the differences.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
24 days ago

yeah, we are all waiting to see what they do with the 4runner. My guess is that it will literally be the Land Cruiser 250 well less engine and part time and…well thats about it.

Always broke
Always broke
24 days ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

Seems logical. The current 4runner starts at about 44k (4wd) and runs up to about 55k + with accessories (including 23 different coolers and fridges!) the landcruiser starts about 55k I can’t imagine the 4runner is going to be the premium “mid-size” off roader, so I’m guessing more of an entry level. Still seems like there will be a lot of overlap in capability. I guess the good news is if that’s the plan, the price point shouldln’t go up much

Crimedog
Crimedog
24 days ago

The motor may last forever.
If it is anything like most Toyota motors, it will bore me to tears with its lack of passion and guts.

Rust Buckets
Rust Buckets
24 days ago
Reply to  Crimedog

And mid teens fuel economy.

American Locomotive
American Locomotive
24 days ago

Isn’t it disappointing when an automaker shows you a slideshow that shows the last time a certain model looked good was ~23 years ago? 1st gen 4Runner was awkward and weird, but the 2nd gen had that restrained and purposeful 90s Japanese styling that just holds up so well.

Every 4Runner after that has gotten uglier, with weird awkward bulging sheet metal and progressively angrier and bulgier faces.

Mike B
Mike B
21 days ago

SFA 1st gen is coolest and (potentially) the best offroad, second gen is best looking, 3rd gen is best combo of the two. I own a personally own a 5th gen, and really don’t know what to say about it.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
24 days ago

I can’t wait to see this on the beach when some affluenza affected teen with a smol PP decides they want to ruin my time in the sun by treating the sand like an off road park. Or when I run into it in DC because some dude with an REI bumper sticker who went to Colorado a few times and needs AWD to get to the Whole Foods safely is currently holding up two lanes of traffic because they can’t handle how big it is while getting 7 MPG. Or when one of them with every aftermarket lighting attachment known to man is angrily tailgating me because I’m only going 17 over.

4Runners themselves are fine. They’re tools made for a purpose, they’re damn good at it, and they’ll outlive humanity. If I lived in a cold rural area they’d be near the top of my shopping list. But much like Wranglers they just seem to consistently attract the worst goddamn drivers…

Utherjorge
Utherjorge
24 days ago

you seem like fun at parties

but since we don’t limit what people can buy, shhhhhhhh now

Leighzbohns
Leighzbohns
24 days ago
Reply to  Utherjorge

everyone loves a good rant at a party.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
24 days ago
Reply to  Utherjorge

I’m a goddamn sober. I am absolutely 0 fun at parties already. Checkmate, Yoda!

FloorMatt
FloorMatt
24 days ago

Tons of people daily driving these around me, and a huge number have those big rooftop tents. I can’t say I’ve seen the same behaviors as you (at least not to the same degree. I’d say RAV4s and Crosstreks are worse.), but those rooftop tents… I have a 4Runner for the cold, rural part of my life and I can’t imagine putting 150# on top of it on purpose. That thing would turn your average “oops I took on the ditch” to “now I’m upside down and maybe dead” too often for comfort. I also can’t think of anyplace within a thousand miles of here where “on top of a Toyota” is even in the top 10 best places to sleep.

Ryan L
Ryan L
24 days ago
Reply to  FloorMatt

My neighbor put a tent on a roof rack on his taco and even with the tent off he had to air down his tires just to pull it into the garage with the racking system. In Minnesota that means a cold car that needs its window scraped half the year basically.

David Barratt
David Barratt
23 days ago
Reply to  FloorMatt

The dumbest thing about a rooftop tent on a 4Runner is you can fold the back seats down and it’s long enough for most people to sleep inside.

Alexk98
Alexk98
24 days ago

Lets start taking bets now, what’s the highest markup going to be on the first ones on dealer lots? Price Is Right rules, closest without going over wins. My guess is it’ll be a CA or TX dealer with about 15k on normal trims, and 30k for the Off-Road focused ones.

Jacob Rippey
Jacob Rippey
24 days ago
Reply to  Alexk98

Good thing that the markups will cool down when it’s 7 years into it’s 15 year product cycle 😀

Utherjorge
Utherjorge
24 days ago
Reply to  Alexk98

sadly thissssssssssssssssss

Always broke
Always broke
24 days ago
Reply to  Alexk98

My bet is they have markups on the new generation (because it’s new and amazing!) and on the left over previous generation (because it’s proven and reliable).

Racingtown
Racingtown
24 days ago

I’m hoping that the powertrain and transmission options carry over from the Tacoma. I’d love (and will buy) a manual 4Runner. Lets hope the rumors from TFL Truck are true.

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