2003 Toyota 4Runner Limited Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2003 Toyota 4Runner - Road Test Specs

2003 Toyota 4Runner SUV

(4.7L V8 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2003
StyleLimited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$36,480
As-tested MSRP$42,539


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)235
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)320
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearSolid live axle
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandBridgestone Dueler H/T
Tire model265/65R17
Tire size, frontP265/70R16
Tire size, rearP265/70R16
Brakes, frontFront and rear ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph (sec.)11.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.93 @ 85.24
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32.81
60-0 mph (ft.)134.12
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)55.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)36.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)N/A
@ Full throttle (dB)N/A
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)N/A

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWhile the V8 doesn't make any more power than the V6 (actually, 10 fewer peak horsepower), the V8's torque is instantly apparent when you floor the accelerator. The 4Runner really leapt off the line and continued to pull evenly up to 4,900 rpm before executing very positive upshifts (redline is shown as 5,200 rpm). The engine's strong torque meant no brake-torquing or wheelspin was necessary to improve times, convenient because the four-wheel-drive system wouldn't have allowed it, anyway. Not much of a high-rpm rush with this engine, but as a truck-based SUV, that hardly matters.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe brake pedal had a squishy feel that made it hard to modulate. Because we were testing for maximum braking I basically just had to jam the pedal down hard enough to invoke the ABS, but the small dead spot at the top of pedal travel, along with the sponginess toward the bottom of pedal travel, didn't inspire confidence. There was a slight pull to the left on our initial braking runs, but it seemed to disappear by the fourth run. Stopping distances remained relatively consistent, with only a four-foot variation over all four runs. There was also minimal ABS noise or kickback through the pedal.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsOne of the more interesting vehicles in the slalom — not because it performed tremendously but because the VSC, which can't be switched off on four-wheel drive models, forced me to be extra smooth or risk the system's wrath (which included throttle cut-off and/or brake application). This vehicle would actually make a great teaching tool in the art of smoothness through the slalom, but in the end it kept me from getting a better time by at least a few mph. Adding to my frustration was the fact that second gear was too low at slalom speeds, making the engine bounce off the rev limiter, but third gear didn't provide much torque to accelerate out of the final few cones (on the few runs where VSC wasn't cutting engine power). My best time came by carrying as much speed as possible into the cones while being as smooth as possible throughout the run, and VSC was still cutting in slightly even on my fastest run. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)53
Wind (mph, direction)Not Tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 Auto 20 Manual
Edmunds observed (mpg)15
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4165
Length (in.)189
Width (in.)73.8
Height (in.)71.6
Wheelbase (in.)109.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)34.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)39.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)40.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)72


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Roadside assistanceN/A
Free scheduled maintenance3


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking Assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemN/A
NHTSA crash test, driverN
NHTSA crash test, passengerN
NHTSA crash test, side frontN
NHTSA crash test, side rearN
NHTSA rollover resistanceA

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