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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,169 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012012

4Runner 8-cyl

  • miles


2005 Toyota 4runner. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall the consumer stated a floor mat would couldn't cause the sudden acceleration.

- New Hudson, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 182010

4Runner 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 4runner. Consumer states sudden acceleration. The consumer stated he managed to get the vehicle into neutral and off to the side of the road. When he finally was able to stop it, the brakes were smoking. He noticed the floor mat had slipped under the accelerator. He dismissed it as his error, because he placed the rubber mats on top of the original mats.

- Oakville, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 152007

4Runner 4WD 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota 4runner. When attempting to shift lanes at 30 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. After repeated brake application she was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, but the technician could not identify the cause of the failure. She was able to trade the vehicle for another vehicle at the dealership. The current and failure mileages were approximately 20,000. The consumer wanted to know the status of her complaint. Updated 02/01/2010.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 022008


  • 48,675 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota 4runner. While driving with the cruise control switch activated at 65 mph she applied pressure to the brake pedal to deactivate the cruise control. The cruise control would not deactivate. As a consequence the vehicle continued to accelerate past the intended speed. Upon further inspection she noticed that the accelerator pedal was sticking. She noticed that there was not a floor-mat interference. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technicians did not provide her with any assistance. No repairs have been made. The failure mileage was 48675.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

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