On sale now at Toyota dealerships, the 2016 4Runner received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and three stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 4Runner.
Five stars is the highest rating.
Standard safety equipment on the 2016 4Runner includes eight airbags, with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Toyota's standard Star Safety System on the 4Runner bundles vehicle stability control with traction control, antilock brakes, brake assist and smart-stop technology.
The 2016 4Runner earned a "marginal" rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test. The test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.
The 4Runner earned "good" scores in all other Institute crash tests.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Ford Explorer earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Wrangler have not been rated.