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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,555 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Toyota 4Runner engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 212008


  • 25,100 miles


Oil leak caused fire melting serpentine belt.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162007

4Runner 4WD 8-cyl

  • 10 miles
V8, 4WD. Idle RPM is way too high. When A/C compressor kicks in idle can be as high as 1500 RPM. Have to be very careful pulling into garage, as the brake is very difficult to modulate at that RPM. Twice into dealer for this and told " is normal". wife afraid to drive into the garage and I have to be very aware when A/C is on. Have never seen a vehicle idle at this high an RPM. Difficult to hold at stop sign and will idle away at a good pace with no accelerator applied.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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