2014 Toyota 4Runner: New Look, Old-School Powertrain
- The redesigned 2014 Toyota 4Runner was unveiled on Saturday, showing off an aggressive new look, but keeping many old-school details.
- Toyota said the redesigned 4Runner gets "a more forceful look."
- Pricing has not been announced, Toyota said.
INDIO, California — The redesigned 2014 Toyota 4Runner was unveiled on Saturday, showing off an aggressive new look, but keeping many old-school details, such as a carryover powertrain with a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 4Runner debuted at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival here.
The 2014 4Runner goes on sale in late summer.
Pricing on the 4Runner has not been announced, Toyota said. The 2013 4Runner starts at $32,335, including an $845 destination charge.
The 2014 4Runner competes with such rivals as the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The 2014 Grand Cherokee sets itself apart from 4Runner with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 option. The 2013 Pathfinder gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The 2014 4Runner retains its body-on-frame construction for traditionalists who still expect a midsize SUV to do the things for which SUVs were invented: off-roading and towing. But the carryover powertrain makes 4Runner lag behind Pathfinder and Grand Cherokee in terms of fuel economy. The 2014 4Runner is equipped with a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine.
The 2013 4Runner 2WD model with the same powertrain as the 2014 model returns 17 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission returns 17 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway. The 2013 Pathfinder with the 3.5-liter V6 engine and CVT returns 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Monday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.50 versus $3.81 a year ago.
Toyota said the redesigned 4Runner gets "a more forceful look." The tweaks include a redesigned front fascia and "edgier" smoked headlights. All grades are now standard with a roof rack. The cabin gets minor improvements, including Soft Touch door trim on 4Runner SR5 and Trail models. The Limited model comes standard with a leather-trimmed interior with new ventilated driver and front passenger seats.
New for 2014 on SR5 and Trail 4Runners is Entune Audio Plus, which includes Toyota's Entune multimedia system, an AM/FM/MP3 CD player with eight speakers, integrated Sirius XM Satellite Radio, USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. Standard on the Limited grade is the new Entune Premium JBL Audio system.
An optional third row on SR5 and Limited models allows 4Runner to accommodate seven passengers.
The 2014 4Runner has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, the same as the 2013 Pathfinder. Chrysler says the EcoDiesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee has a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.
Edmunds says: The new face of the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is bound to be polarizing. But even more controversial may be the fact that Toyota opted to retain so much dated hardware.