Notes: Although it has a stellar record in terms of vehicle problems, initially the 4th generation (2003 - 2009) 4Runner didn't earn our top "Seal of Awesome" rating because it received poor crash test ratings for rear impacts. However it's proven to have one of the lowest driver death rates out of all vehicles (not just SUVs), so we've bumped it back up to our top award.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,708 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 252005

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


While applying brakes, a small bump was hit and the brake pedal went to the floor. The vehicle eventually stopped, but without the assistance of power breaks. This has happened on several occasions, so far without a collision. The vehicle has been taken to the dealership several times and they have been unable to find the problem.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 102007

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down the freeway traffic started to slow. I applied pressure to the brakes but nothing happened. There was a loud clicking noise in the braking system and the car seemed to lurch forward. The car is now totaled. The same problem occurred a month before and my wife has experienced the problem as well.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 042005

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,124 miles
On 7-4-2005. While driving about 35 mph at a 8 lane stop brakes were applied and they failed. No pressure was felt in the pedal, and the brake went to the floor. There were no warning lights on and no noise. There was almost an accident. Owner had the vehicle towed. There were no brakes all the way home. Owner drove very slowly, and used emergency brake to stop. Then the dealer called owner and reported no problems. Owner called Toyota, and they said there was nothing they could do. No other problems with vehicle before. Owner did want to take car back because it was not safe to drive.

- Anderson, NV, USA

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