2014 Toyota 4Runner Review
- Original MSRP$32,820 - $43,400
- Fuel Economy (MPG)17/22 City/Hwy
- Body StylesSUV
By Tim Esterdahl (Last Updated 12/11/2017)
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a top choice for buyers looking to safely transport cargo and families across rough terrain.
For years, the Toyota 4Runner has been the choice for a smaller SUV capable of hitting the trails and the soccer fields.
As one of the last truly off-road capable SUVs, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a bit of an oddity in the current SUV market. Many automakers have moved away from off-road capability, choosing instead to focus on crossover SUVs that offer a more car-like ride. If your driving needs take you off the beaten path from time to time, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a top choice.
Toyota offers the 2014 Toyota 4Runner in three trim levels: SR5, Trail and Limited. Five-passenger seating is standard, and an optional third-row seat increases seating capacity to seven.
For years, the Toyota 4Runner has a simplistic box-like design. This has worked well for enthusiasts who do extensive modifications. However, the 2014 model year brings some exterior updates to the 4Runner, which include new headlights and updated exterior styling.
The 2014 4Runner’s interior offers spacious front seats and controls that fall close at hand for the driver and front passenger. Those controls include large knobs that make it easy to adjust audio and climate settings.
The driving position is fairly truck-like, and the seats aren’t quite as plush as what you’ll find in some competing SUVs. The 4Runner seats five, or seven when equipped with an optional third row. Cargo space is good for a midsize SUV, with 47 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Maximum cargo space is 89.7 cubic feet with the second row folded.
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner comes standard with a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while part-time and full-time four-wheel drive systems are optional. When properly equipped, the 2014 4Runner can tow up to 4,700 pounds.
The EPA reports that the rear-wheel drive 4Runner gets 17/22 mpg city/highway. Four-wheel drive models get 17/21 mpg.
With the generous amount of off-road features and its truck-like body-on-frame construction, EPA fuel economy estimates are understandably not a big highlight of the 4Runner.
A part-time four-wheel drive system with low-range is standard in SR5 models. The Limited trim comes with a full-time four-wheel drive system with low-range gearing and a lockable center differential. For the most off-road capability, the Trail edition offers part-time four-wheel drive, a locking rear differential and Multi-terrain Select, which offers four selectable drive modes to maximize traction in off-road conditions.
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, a rearview camera and a touch-screen audio system.
Available tech features include a voice-activated Entune infotainment system, navigation, proximity key with push-button start, a JBL audio system and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner received four out of five stars for its overall performance in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests.
Additionally, the 2014 4Runner received a top score of “Good” four out of five test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The only exception was the IIHS’ small-overlap front crash test, where the 4Runner received the second-lowest score of “Marginal.”
All 4Runner models come standard with a rearview camera.
The midsize SUVs market is dominated by crossovers. As a result, few competitors offer the off-road capability that you’ll get with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner.
With a starting price of $32,820, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner costs more than the base Jeep Grand Cherokee ($29,495), and it doesn’t have the same level of interior refinement that you’ll get with the Jeep. The Grand Cherokee is just as capable off-road, and it’s available with V8 and turbodiesel V6 engine choices that you can’t get with the 4Runner.
If you don’t need the 4Runner’s rugged four-wheel drive system and want a more car-like ride, the Toyota Highlander is also a viable alternative. Starting at $29,215, the Highlander costs a bit less than the base 4Runner, and it offers three rows of seats as standard equipment.
Still, Toyota’s reputation for reliability and strong resale values should make the 2014 4Runner a smart buy within the segment.
With most competitors abandoning the body-on-frame SUV market, the Toyota 4Runner remains as a throwback to what the segment used to be. Toyota has kept its off-road prowess intact and if you are looking for a capable SUV, it is hard to go wrong with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner.
Specs & Features
- Classic Silver Metallic
- Magnetic Gray Metallic
- Blizzard Pearl
- Barcelona Red Metallic
- Attitude Black Metallic
- Nautical Blue Metallic
Wheel and tire type
- Wheel Diameter: 20.0 X 7.5 Inches
- Tire Type: P245/60r20
Available exterior features
- Rear Bumper Color: Body-color/Chrome Accents
- Mirror Color: Body-color
- Rear Spoiler: Roofline
- Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
- Mudguards: Front/Rear
- Grille Color: Black/Chrome Accents
- Window Trim: Black
- Skid Plate(s): Engine/Front/Rear
- Rocker Panel Color: Body-color/Chrome Accents
- Front Bumper Color: Body-color/Chrome Accents
- Door Handle Color: Chrome
- Width Without Mirrors: 75.8 Inches
- Ground Clearance: 9 Inches
- Angle Of Approach: 30 Degrees
- Width: 75.8 Inches
- Length: 191.3 Inches
- Height: 71.5 Inches
- Wheelbase: 109.8 Inches
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 6100 Pounds
- Rear Track Width: 63.2 Inches
- Curb Weight: 4525 Pounds
- Angle Of Departure: 26 Degrees
- Front Track Width: 63.2 Inches
- Rear Vents: Second Row
- Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders
- Air Filtration
- Power Locks: Auto-locking
- Shift Knob Trim: Leather
- Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
- Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
- Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
- Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
- Bucket Front Seats
- Upholstery: Leather-trimmed
- 8-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
- Adjustable Rear Seats
- Upholstery Accents: Perforated
- Passenger Seat: Heated/Ventilated
- Flat-Folding Rear Seat
- 40-20-40 Split Rear Seat
- 4-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
- Driver Seat: Heated/Ventilated
- Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
- In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
- Total Speakers: 14
- Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
- Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
- Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
- Subwoofer: 1
- Premium Brand: JBL
- Infotainment: Entune
- Navigation System: Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
- Phone: Hands Free
- Real Time Traffic
- Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
- Passenger Volume: 97.3 Cubic Feet
- Max Seating: 7
- Front Hip Room: 56.5 Inches
- Front Shoulder Room: 57.8 Inches
- Rear Hip Room: 55.7 Inches
- Interior Volume: 144.5 Cubic Feet
- Rear Legroom: 32.9 Inches
- Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 89.7 Cubic Feet
- Front Legroom: 41.7 Inches
- Front Headroom: 39.3 Inches
- Rear Headroom: 38.6 Inches
- Standard Seating: 5
- Seating Rows: 2
- Cargo Volume: 47.2 Cubic Feet
- Rear Shoulder Room: 57.8 Inches
- Axle Ratio: 3.73
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- City (MPG): 17
- Highway (MPG): 22
- Combined (MPG): 19
- Transmission Type: 5-speed Shiftable Automatic
- Type: A
- Gears: 5
- Engine Type: 6 Cylinders
- Displacement(liters): 4.0
- Horsepower: 270
- Torque: 278
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 4700 Pounds
- Aerodynamic Drag: 0.36
- Turning Circle: 37.4
- Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
- Front Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
- Rear Suspension Classification: Solid Live Axle
- Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 31 mm
- Front Shock Type: Gas
- Rear Spring Type: Coil
- Tuned Suspension: Sport
- Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 20 mm
- Front Suspension Classification: Independent
- Rear Shock Type: Gas
- Front Spring Type: Coil
- Front Struts
- New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
- Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
- Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months
- Small Overlap Front - Driver SideM
- Small Overlap Front - Passenger SideN/A
- Moderate Overlap FrontG
- Side ImpactG
- Roof StrengthG
- Head Restraints and SeatsG
- Front Crash PreventionN/A
- Child Safety Door Locks
- Electronic Stability Control: Standard
- Energy Absorbing Steering Column
- Rearview Monitor: in Dash
- Side Impact Airbags: Standard
- Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
- Crumple Zones: Front/rear
- Camera System: Rearview
- Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
- Active Head Restraints: Dual Front
- Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
- Parking Sensors: Front/rear
- Front Driver Airbags: Standard
- Daytime Running Lights: Standard
- Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
- Safety Brake Pedal System
- Brake Assist: Standard
- Side Curtain Airbags: Standard