Overview (Final Score: C)
The 2018is a body-on-frame sport utility, meaning it’s truck-based rather than car-based as would be a crossover-SUV. This means that the 4Runner may not be for everyone, but it does fit a certain market and segment of needs. The 2018 4Runner should be thought of as a pickup truck with more seating capable of carrying a fair number of people and towing a fair amount of trailer and cargo. It is not, however, a comfortable daily driver or family hauler compared to other options where that goal is primary.
For 2018, the 4Runner sees only a few changes from its 2017 model year shuffle and 2016 redesign. Most of the changes for 2018 are in options package shuffling. There are six trim levels available for the 2018 4Runner, all of which use the same engine and transmission and all are rated to tow at least 5,000 pounds (when equipped). Both two-wheel (rear-wheel) and four-wheel drive are avaialble in some trims of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, but 4WD is standard on most. The 4Runner seats up to seven.
Our assessment from last year carries over in our test drive for the 2018 model year. The 4Runner is an excellent off-road and utility vehicle, but lacks refinement and daily use ergonomics for those looking to use the vehicle as a daily commuter or family hauling.
What We Love About the 2018 Toyota 4Runner:
- Good-looking truck-based SUV
- Strong off-pavement capability in most trim levels
- Excellent cargo space with useful add-on options
What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Toyota 4Runner:
- Fuel economy is well below par for the segment
- Reliability and technology are not at the average for the segment
- Some trims have questionable value returns
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