2013 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Review: The first 1320 (miles not feet

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The first 1320 (miles not feet)
By mistere on


2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Storage (lack), the roof rack is 43 inches long.
Short for transporting a kayak.
Interior has no small storage areas.
A small tool box or cross lug wrench would have to be left loose in the back.
Console is one large deep box, just dump everything in there and take 15 mins to find something.
I made a second shelf with another divider.

Spare- on a steel wheel.
Either I buy a another alloy wheel or let a new tire go to waste.
Can't be put into normal rotation.
Gas mileage- 190 miles local city driving 13.6 mpg. Driving 70-75 mph 21.2 mpg. 70-75 mph mountainous roads 18.5 mpg, 60-65 mpg 22.8 mpg.
At 1k miles can't comment on quality or reliability.
Basic model is nicely equipped.

Update at 30,000 miles
Vehicle has excellent reliability. Local driving, not the typical city stop and go, get 17+ MPG. Highway, carrying 2 kayaks and towing a trailer gets the same 17mpg.
Highway driving increases mpg to 21-24+mpg, depending on speed and brand of gas and no load on roof or trailer
Stability is also excellent. Braking can be quite abrupt, system is designed to gauge speed and pressure of brake application. Accidentally apply them too fast
and hard will produce the most braking I've ever experienced.
A major disappointment is the rear brakes. The rear outer pad wears unusually fast. I had to replace the rear brakes at 24000 miles, outer pads were worn, inner almost like new. I suspect the metal backing of the brake pad is too tight in the mount. My daughter's 4Runner had the exact problem. I trimmed the steel tabs of the pads and only time will tell if it cured the problem. The dealer denies ever having heard of a problem.

Best Features

  • Quality of materials
  • Outward visibility
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Headlights
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Purchase cost
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

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