The good-old 4Runner can be called a phenomenon these days. Even though the current generation has been around for a full 12 years, it marks really impressive sales numbers, even better compared to those at the beginning of the production cycle. The secret lays in the fact that the market doesn’t have much to offer to drivers who are seeking an SUV that can overcome any type of terrain. Practically, there are just a few models left, while the rest of the crowd are no more than crossovers. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the Japanese manufacturer isn’t rushing with the redesign and that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will probably come without more important updates.
This means you may count on a familiar design, which offers impressive off-road performances. Furthermore, you may count on a spacious cargo area and a decent V6 engine. You should be ready for compromises as well. This SUV offers an outdated interior design, poor fuel economy and lack of some essential features in terms of tech and convenience goodies.
As there are no bigger chances to come, we presume that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner release date will be scheduled for the end of the year.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Design
The current generation hasn’t significantly changed for a full 12 years, so we don’t expect that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner could bring anything more important either. You may count on a familiar design, which is based on a classic body-on-frame platform, which makes this SUV a rare bird in today’s automotive industry, where most manufacturers rather offer car-based crossovers. As a result, this model offers exceptional off-road capabilities which, along with Toyota’s famous reliability, makes it a perfect “go anywhere” vehicle.
Visually, we saw one facelift but that was years ago. Meanwhile, the company introduced a couple of new visual packages, so we might see something similar from the 2022 Toyota 4Runner. Still, even that doesn’t sound particularly likely.
The same story goes for the interior design. This aspect of the vehicle hasn’t been touched since the initial launch, so it’s no wonder that the dashboard looks really outdated. Not only that aesthetics belong to another era of the automotive industry, but materials are also subpar for the segment. You will find mostly hard plastics which don’t look great but on the other side, you may count on excellent durability.
The 2022 Toyota 4Runner will continue with two rows of seats in standard configuration. On the other side, the third row will be optional. Although it can be useful, it definitely doesn’t turn this SUV into a family hauler. When it comes to the cargo capacity, you may count on about 46.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats and 88.8 cubic feet of the total volume. Those are pretty good numbers for the class.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible but we definitely don’t expect to see too many of them in the 2022 Toyota 4Runner. Most of the things are about to remain the same as in the current model, which comes standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The list of standard equipment also includes things like keyless entry, a power liftgate, household-style power outlet etc.
The possible additions are on the current list of options. There, you can find things like dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a power moonroof, a rear sunshade, a beverage cooler, navigation HD radio, premium audio system etc.
When it comes to safety, all models will come standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights etc.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Engine
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is about to carry on with a good-old 4.0-liter V6, which delivers around 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent via 5-speed automatic transmission which may seem old and insufficient in terms of the number of gears, but actually works pretty well. Driving dynamics are pretty good and the powertrain feels pretty smooth.
This is one of the most durable and reliable engines on the market. However, there’s a big price for that, which comes in terms of poor fuel economy. With this SUV, you may count on no more than 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which are some of the lowest ratings in the class.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the next year’s model won’t arrive before the end of 2021. When it comes to the 2022 Toyota 4Runner price, base models will go around 37.000 dollars. Key competitors are 4-door versions of the Jeep Wrangler and the new Ford Bronco.