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Toyota 4Runner Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 235 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Toyota 4Runner

  • Highly capable whether on the pavement or in the dirt, the 4Runner is a well-rounded midsize SUV, and one of our favorites, particularly with this year's third-row seat option.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful engines, well mannered on pavement, rugged off-road capability, comfortable cabin, long list of standard equipment.

  • Cons

    Cargo capacity isn't much more than what many compact SUVs offer.

  • What's New for 2004

    A third-row seat is now optional on SR5 and Limited models. Black running boards are standard on SR5 and Sport models, and the optional navigation system now includes a rearview back-up monitor.

Full 2004 Toyota 4Runner Review

What's New for 2004

A third-row seat is now optional on SR5 and Limited models. Black running boards are standard on SR5 and Sport models, and the optional navigation system now includes a rearview back-up monitor.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)

Definitely the best car I have ever owned. Every summer we drive to New York and this SUV has made the trip 6 times with absolutely no problems. The only money we have put into this vehicle is for the oil, and windshield wipers, but it stops there. The vehicle has 160,000 miles and we bought it in '07 with 20,000. Another incredible thing about this SUV is this past month a friends truck weighing in at about 6500 lbs died and got stuck in sand, and this 4Runner pulled it out with absolutely no problem. Overall, the best vehicle to have come our way.

Perfect mid-size suv

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

This is my second 4runner that I own and it was purchased for $6,000 with 205,000 miles. Well it still runs great and has no major mechanical problems. It is really a great SUV to own and is great on the highway where it averages between 23 and 26 mpg driving between 60 and 70 mph. it can get more if you driving 55 mph using cruise control. Hope it last for 300k.

I give this 10 stars

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

Purchased our awesome 4Runner in Dec 2012 w/ 100K. Now it has 125K & hasn't failed us...nor will it. Traded a Cadillac with 70K for it because Caddy was having major mechanical problems. Just took a 4000-mile trip to the mountains with the 4Runner, and it held strong, even with over 100K miles! Toyota has quality that no automaker can surpass. Don't be afraid to buy a Toyota w/ over 100K, as it can easily get to 200K or 300K w/ no problems, as long as you keep up on scheduled maintenance. We fight over who gets to take the 4Runner, & our other car has 100K less miles on it. A 4Runner will outlast any USA-engineered car you would ever buy. A Toyota w/ 100K is like a USA car with 0 miles.

2004 v8 220k

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

In Aug. 2004 I decided to buy a brand new 4Runner Sport Edition V8. Thinking that I too would buy a new one after it started showing signs of use, it's quite comical actually before owning a 4Runner I had got new cars about every 2-3 years, due to maintenance and worrying about breaking down. I travel for work throughout New England for work and still have yet to ever have an issue while driving. I take very good car of my cars and do a lot of preventative maintenance when not on the road but still this SUV has paid for itself at least three times over. I just ordered a new 2014 4runner today and will be giving my old one to my niece for the summer.

Safe and most reliable

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

We bought this car in December 2004. I was pregnant with my first child and wanted a safe and reliable car with good cargo space. This has been our family car for the last 7.5 years and has NEVER failed us. The car now has 134,000 miles & the only maintenance we've done are tires, brakes, a break light & oil changes. I feel so safe in this car; rugged yet has navigation, power everything, rear view camera, great stereo. Although truck-like it has great turning radius & weaves in NYC traffic easily. Powerful V8 accelerates great to merge onto hwy. We tow trailer on camping trips each year! Cargo room is great for house projects & kid gear. Tough, safe, reliable, responsive. I LOVE MY 4RUNNER!

Simply the best!

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

we bought our 4runner 3 years ago with 100000 miles on it, now it has 175000 miles and runs and drives like new! the only thing we have done to it is put new brakes on it, I use synthetic oil and change it every 5000 miles and its full every time. if you have not owned a 4runner you are missing out! Awsome SUV!

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I am having in my 4Runner (2004 4x4 Sport v8) light vibrations in steering wheel and pedals (floor) at various RPMs. Most noticeable when driving at a steady speed around 30mph. RPM affected is betw...

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Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 17
  • highway
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