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Used 2009 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

2009 SR5 4Runner .. One word , AWESOME !!

Danielle, 02/28/2016
SR5 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The 4Runner is a wonderful vehicle. Looks great, handles great, super comfy. Rides like a very comfortable tank. It's very safe and rugged. Awesome in the snow and mud. If you take care of it, it'll take care of you. For a LONG , LONG time !!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

zazoux, 02/03/2010
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
6 of 7 people found this review helpful

I could not agree more with Jeef's review: something is seriously wrong with the transmission. When I get off the gas, the car shifts down, and instead of coasting along, the increased rpm slows it down. It actually shifts into first gear at as much as 14 mph, leading to a jerky bounce when you re-accelerate, only to immediately notice its mistake and shift into the (also very short) second gear. Bottom line, this nervous transmission actually makes the car quite annoying to drive. Other gripes: The car is overall too smart for it's own good: it won't let you turn off the air intake when in defog mode (think school bus). Also annoying: the 4WD does not engage (or disengage) when you need it.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Needs new transmission

Jeef B, 12/30/2009
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Overall I think this 4runner is a good performing SUV. Handles good and everything works as promised except for the transmission. When I slow down for a turn or a stop sign, (while not coming to a complete stop) then step on the throttle the transmission hunts for a gear and the engine revs until the gear is found. This is very annoying because it happens all the time. The dealer says this is normal. If I would have experienced this during the test drive, I would never have bought this vehicle. I am going to suffer with this until the warranty is up then I will get something new. Normally I keep my cars close to 10 years like my previous 1999 4runner which I wish I still had.

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4 out of 5 stars

Rear End Issues

Cole, 08/10/2018
updated 02/12/2020
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

This vehicle has issues with the rear end which Toyota will not address or repair. Coming to a stop often involves a thump and lurch. Our 4 Runner is 2009 over 100,000 miles and running well. This vehicle has had an issue with the driver's side door and the window. We are very dissatisfied with Toyota dealers and their service in Colorado and Louisiana.

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4.63 out of 5 stars

Poor Navigation System

Liz M., 07/20/2009
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Have had a 1999 4-Runner and needed a new one for the family. Although the vehicle is solidly built and I can't complain about performance, the Navigation System, in word, stinks! Why can't my pax input addresses and/or change addresses on the fly? How inconvenient is it to have to come to a full stop in order to utilize the navigation system? We have a garmin for our other 4-Runner and we have no complaints. I wish I could install the garmin in our 2009 vehicle. For being a Japanese made vehicle, the Navigation System is counter- intuitive. It is absolutely, positively horrible. Moreover, it is not user friendly like our Garmin. We would not have paid for this feature had we known...

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