The Toyota 4Runner is holding its ground for the 2024 model year without any significant changes. This enduring vehicle, which has been in production for a remarkable 15 years, will continue with its trusty five-speed automatic transmission and reliable 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine.
Despite Toyota’s comprehensive overhaul of its truck lineup, the beloved 4Runner has yet to receive its much-anticipated update. Reports suggest that the 2025 model year will finally bring some changes, possibly including the addition of the 2024 Tacoma’s 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an optional hybrid variant. While newer Toyota trucks boast modern technology, large infotainment screens, and updated drivetrains, the 2024 4Runner remains a beacon of old-school charm.
For the 2024 model year, Toyota has confirmed no alterations to the 4Runner’s core features, except for the introduction of two new paint colors: Terra, an exclusive color for the 4Runner TRD Pro (also shared with the new Tacoma), and Underground. Despite its dated 270-horsepower powertrain, reminiscent of the ’90s, all seven trim levels now come standard with a comprehensive advanced driver’s assistance suite, which includes adaptive cruise control. This juxtaposition of old-school power and new-age tech is a unique blend in the automotive world.
The 4Runner continues to be a prime example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Alongside the Dodge Durango, it stands as one of the last great bastions of simplicity and ruggedness. Those choosing the 2024 4Runner deliberately seek a straightforward and robust vehicle, possibly dreading the impending complexity that may accompany its eventual update. The appeal lies in its 15 years of aftermarket development and proven reliability. Even the simple and somewhat outdated interior with a small touchscreen serves as a nostalgic trip back to 2009.
Age hasn’t diminished its offroad prowess either. The 4Runner retains its reputation as a 4×4 legend that has shaped the off-roading scene for the past two decades and can still hold its own against newer competitors. Features like the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), akin to active sway bars, are available, and off-road-oriented trims maintain their excellent off-road traction control systems and a locking rear differential. Toyota has had ample time to perfect and refine these off-road capabilities, making the 4Runner a timeless choice for adventurers.