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:
14,188 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Toyota 4Runner engine problems

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 202005

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles


Cruise control goes crazy on hills. It waits too long to accelerate and then it floors the gas and the auto transmission downshifts at least two gears and races the engine way past the speed you want and then it finally lets up and the speed drops too low and everything repeats. Dangerous and absolutely worthless! has been happening ever since I purchased the car new in 2005.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 252006

4Runner 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,377 miles
: updated 10/25/2006 - the cruise control would not hold speed on uphill grades. The vehicle speed would drop 2-3 mph below the cruise control set speed then the passing gear engages abruptly until speed is 3-5 mph above the set speed.. the passing gear then decreases and the speed immediately begins to deteriorate.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

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