In an industry overrun with crossovers that perform more like sedans, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner dares to be different. It’s one of the few genuine SUVs on the market, but what does this mean? Rather than a unibody frame, the 4Runner stays true to its truck-like roots with a body-on-frame platform that gives it a distinct advantage on and off the pavement.
The 4Runner’s unique design gives it legitimate chops on the trail, making it a popular option for off-road enthusiasts looking to get a little mud on the tires. The fact that it’s one of the longest-running SUVs in the Toyota lineup adds to its allure and makes it incredibly easy to customize and modify for every need. These characteristics define the 4Runner, especially the 2023 model that continues to prove it has a penchant for adventure and the capability to follow through, a trait that most rivals lack.
So, what can you expect from the 4Runner in 2023? First, Toyota celebrates the 4Runner’s 40th anniversary by introducing the 40th Anniversary Special Edition. The celebratory 4Runner is available in red, white, or black and pays homage to its history with tri-colored graphics on the grille and sides of the body. Its exclusive 17-inch bronze wheels enhance the package, with bronze interior detailing completing the look throughout the cabin.
The 40th Anniversary Special Edition boasts a unique aesthetic, but Toyota knows it isn’t for everyone and leaves the rest of the 4Runner's lineup unchanged for 2023. This lineup starts with the SR5 and includes trims like the TRD Sport, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. The wide variation across these trims makes it easy to find the perfect 4Runner for your driving needs, with Toyota sweetening the deal by giving each model exclusive features ranging from luxurious amenities and conveniences to off-road components that ready the iconic SUV for the trail.
Horsepower (hp): 270
Torque (lb-ft): 278
Max Towing (lbs): 5,000
The 2023 4Runner is one of the most versatile SUVs on the road today. This versatility has everything to do with what’s under the hood––a 4.0L V6 engine. The powerplant has dual independent variable valve timing that optimizes power output and efficiency, allowing drivers to harness the 4Runner’s full capability without dramatically impacting the SUV's fuel economy. The result is impressive, with the engine and its five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission delivering 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota gives you every opportunity to make the most out of this power with its full-time four-wheel drive system. The system optimizes traction in every condition by sending power to the wheel or wheels that need it most. This distribution allows you to focus on the terrain, which is vital when navigating technical trails or challenging conditions. But what if you need a different type of capability? Toyota answers the call with the 4Runner’s available part-time four-wheel drive system that offers high- and low-range capability. Switching the 4Runner into H2 (High 2) for your weekday commute prioritizes efficiency, while H4 (High 4) improves traction at speeds under 55 mph, and L4 (Low 4) optimizes handling on slippery or technical terrain.
While the 4Runner’s powerplant is its heartbeat, its unique components give the SUV a clear advantage over rivals. For example, the TRD Sport X-REAS Suspension gives you the confidence to navigate any terrain by improving responsiveness and optimizing ride quality. You can take this capability to the next level with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which allows you to tackle extreme terrain by automatically decoupling the 4Runner’s sway bars as needed to improve the articulation of the wheels before automatically reconnecting. Additional components like the electronically controlled locking differential help you maintain control by distributing power to the rear wheels. At the same time, technology like the Multi-Terrain Select system lets you tailor the 4Runner’s performance via four terrain or driving modes.
Toyota ensures the 4Runner is always up for an adventure, whether running errands in town or exploring a trail deep in the woods. The 4Runner’s ability to deliver comes from its array of functional features that give it a unique advantage over its competitors. These features range from practical to convenient and include everything from LED lighting to multiple USB ports and a rear power outlet. So, what makes these additions so remarkable?
The 4Runner comes standard with LED fog lights and available LED headlights that give you a clear view of the road or path ahead. While a relatively simple addition, these lights add value and versatility to the already impressive 4Runner. Beyond this, the SUV’s design also proves that Toyota constantly keeps its drivers at the forefront of every detail and feature.
You’ll experience this firsthand with convenience features like the powered rear window and configurable cabin. The powered rear window has been a staple on the 4Runner for years and is a standard convention that makes it easier to access the rear cargo area with the push of a button rather than opening the liftgate. This accessibility is enhanced by the 4Runner’s configurable cabin, which offers a two-row or three-row layout on the SR5 and Limited.
The 4Runner’s flat-folding second row is versatile and features a 40-20-40 design that lets you fold one or all three seats down to take full advantage of the 88.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Models with the three-row layout expand on this by adding a 50-50 split-folding seat. With the additional row, you can accommodate up to seven passengers.
Beyond the cabin, lighting, and powered rear window, the 4Runner’s functional design features include multiple USB outlets and a rear 120-volt AC power outlet. The USB outlets in the front and second rows give you and your passengers every opportunity to stay connected and keep your devices charged. However, the rear AC power outlet in the cargo area is even more impressive. Why? Because it can charge your phone, run an air compressor, and power other small electronics that are necessary when venturing off the pavement and down the trail.
The 4Runner’s multi-trim lineup has something for everyone in 2023, especially those looking to get a little mud on the tires. The TRD name is synonymous with off-road prowess and gives the 4Runner a distinct advantage in the realm of adventurers. Models like the TRD Pro and TRD Off-Road take everything you love about the 4Runner and make it better by adding exclusive components that ready it for every adventure.
The TRD Pro and Off-Road are exceptional trail runners with TRD-tuned FOX high-performance shocks that guarantee the SUV can make its way over unforgiving and technical terrain. A ground clearance of 9.6 inches ensures as much, while the high-strength underbody skid plate gives you the confidence to explore new trails by protecting the SUV's underbody from damage. Nitto Terra Grappler All-Terrain tires make the TRD models even sweeter by providing the traction needed to explore the unknown. For some, this might mean taking full advantage of the 4Runner’s impressive approach and departure angles of 33 and 26 degrees, respectively, to navigate across boulders and scale mountainous terrain.
Beyond these design enhancements, the 4Runner’s TRD family also offers unique features like Crawl Control, a part-time selectable four-wheel drive system, and Multi-Terrain Select drive modes. The part-time four-wheel drive system gives you a broader range of capabilities, allowing you to run in High 2 for daily driving, High 4 for improved traction, or Low 4 for low-end power to navigate technical terrain. The system complements other features like Crawl Control, which automatically controls the throttle and brakes at low speeds so you can focus on the road or path ahead.
As you navigate the terrain, you can rely on unique features like the 4Runner’s Multi-Terrain Monitor. Accessible via the SUV’s center touchscreen display, the monitor uses cameras around the SUV to outfit the 4Runner with a virtual spotter. This system gives you an extra set of eyes to help you confidently navigate whatever is ahead.
The 2023 4Runner marks the SUV’s 40th year in the Toyota lineup and its ongoing tenure as one of the few remaining truck-like SUVs in the industry. It defies the trend of unibody crossovers, staying true to its roots as an SUV renowned for its off-road prowess because of its body-on-frame platform. These ingredients make the 4Runner a fan favorite and a must-have for anyone looking for adventure.
That adventure starts at Future Toyota of Yuba City, where you’ll find the 4Runner and a team dedicated to meeting and exceeding your expectations. Models like the 4Runner are remarkable and make our jobs easier and more enjoyable because they allow us to focus on you. By shifting the focus away from the sale, we give you every reason to get excited about buying a Toyota like the 4Runner. And to us, that’s what truly matters.
As a full-service automotive center, we’re here for all your automotive needs. The Future Toyota team is proud to serve you, whether you’re shopping for a new or used 4Runner or need the expertise of our certified technicians. There’s nothing we can’t handle as the leading Toyota dealer in Yuba City and beyond.