The 2013 Toyota 4Runner, the fifth generation of 4Runner, is ready for the off-road adventure of a lifetime – or for a lifetime of off-road adventures. You decide which sounds better.
The 4Runner comes in a variety of colors, such as Black, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl and Blizzard Pearl. The interior sticks to the simple options of Sand Beige and Graphite. The 4Runner comes in three trims; the SR5, the Trail and the Limited. The SR5 and Limited are available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, while the Trail is only available as a four-wheel drive model.
The 4Runner can carry five passengers maximum, or this number can be increased to seven with an optional third row of seating. The vehicle similarly is capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs and storing between 46.3 and 47.2 cu. ft. with the rear seats up (depending on the inclusion of a slide deck or not) and 88.8 or 89.7 cu. ft. with rear seats folded (again, dependent on slide deck). For those who choose to include a third row of seating, with all seats up, there is 9 cu. ft. of cargo space, while with the third row seats folded, there is 46.3 cu. ft. of storage area.
When taking a look at the overall picture for the 4Runner, exterior features worthy of a mention for the 2013 model are the front and back bumpers featuring chrome inserts, chrome door handles, heated exterior mirrors that feature easily visible turn signals, puddle lamps and chrome roof rails with highly detailed silver end caps. Other features include remote keyless entry, privacy glass, aerodynamic variable windshield wipers with a fully adjustable mist cycle and plates to prevent skidding on the engine and front suspension. Other notable features include a generous fuel tank and transfer case. The SR5 and Trail both have 6-spoke alloy wheels and a full size steel spare tire. The Trail package has black accents rather than chrome, while the Limited has 20-inch split 6-spoke wheels and a full size alloy spare.
The 4Runner comes equipped with a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission with ECT that puts out 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft of torque. The double-wishbone suspension that is constructed with a stabilizer bar in the front and coil springs in the rear, along with variable rack-and-pinion steering and ventilated disc brakes in front and rear enhance performance and handling during off-road excursions, make it the bread and butter of a 4Runner’s existence.
Standard ABS, Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Control contribute equally to the off-road success of any 2013 4Runner. Mud and snow radial tires don’t hurt in this case either.
The projected fuel economy for the SR5 and the Limited is 17 miles per gallon for city driving and 22 mpg for highway driving, while the Trail looses 1 mpg for highway travel (17/21 city/highway). With a 23.0 gallon fuel tank, trips to the gas station can be semi-regular.
Interior comforts for the 4Runner include air conditioning, Toyota’s own sound optimization technology that is ideal for a tailgating, a second-row middle armrest featuring cupholders, and a keyless remote entry system. Other notable features include a power sliding back liftgate window featuring an automatic up/down button and jam protection, power door locks, a HomeLink universal transceiver, two front and one back 12VDC cigarette power outlets, a middle-console storage area for money, tissues and pens, and a parking brake that is easily engaged with the press of a foot.
The Trail adds additional benefits like water-resistant fabric-trimmed seat material and a backup camera linked to an electrochomic mirror. More features include Active Traction Control, VSC cutoff, a Crawl Control switch and – the piece de resistance, a sliding back cargo storage area capable of supporting up to 440 lbs. This is an ideal addition for those tailgate parties. The Limited, meanwhile, adds leather trim, cruise control, audio, Bluetooth hands-free controls and a push button start. Both the Trail and Limited boast 400W standard household power outlets as well.
The SR5 has a standard audio system with AM, FM and MP3 capabilities along with a CD player for its eight speaker system. Other entertainment features include a USB port with iPod connectivity and a hands-free voice calling option. The hands-free phone option, along with its streaming music, is available through its integrated Bluetooth technology. The Limited package adds a navigation system with Entune on a 6.1-inch touch-screen that has display technology and a built-in backup camera, Hight Definition Radio with iTunes and text-to-voice with customizable text responses.
Safety with the 4Runner, as with all Toyotas, is impressive. In addition to its own safety system – which includes many braking, stopping, traction and engine supporting systems, the 4Runner most notably has the Advanced Airbag System. This system protects the driver’s and passengers’ thorax, abdomen and pelvis through front seat-mounted side airbags, knee airbags, active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters. There are three-point seat belts for all seating positions, the LATCH system, child-protector door locks and power window lockout for younger passengers. It has an anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer (Trail and Limited only) and Rear Parking Assist Sonar on models without a backup camera installed. The Limited has an option for Safety Connect also, which provides Emergency Assistance.
Featuring both an acceleration and deceleration system, through its traction system (4×4 models SR5 and Limited only) and an integrated weight carrying Tow Hitch Receiver, the 4Runner won’t be going anywhere the driver doesn’t want it going. These features can be helpful in a variety of ways.
There are various packages that can be added to the SR5, Trail or Limited. These include a voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with an integrated backup camera for the Limited, as well as the sliding rear cargo deck with a sub-floor storage area and auto running boards. For the Trail, additions include the 6.1-inch touch-screen with integrated backup camera display, Navigation and Entune and the ability to have a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System installed.
The Premium Package for the SR5 includes leather trim, heated seats, a moonroof, the 120V AC power outlets the other packages come with standard, the 6.1-inch touch screen with Entune and Navigation. The text-to-voice option and music streaming via Bluetooth features are standard in the Trail package.
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner has a starting price tag of $31,340 for the SR5, $37,005 for the Trail and $38,845 for the Limited.