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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,000 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 312007


  • 32,000 miles


We have a 2005 Toyota 4-runner. I was involved in an accident that did $12,000 worth of damage. I basically fell asleep at the wheel drifted across the highway and took out 7 metal guard rail poles with wires in between and the air bag never deployed.

- Ovid, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 092009


  • miles
I was in a 4 car pile up and hit the car in front and was also rearended. Myhood wentup fromthe impact and my head hit the dash or steeringwheel. The doors were jammed shut and I had to be pried out by the fire dept.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

May 102008

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Driver's air bag failed to deploy following a direct front collision having extensive damage to bumper and motor on a 2005 Toyota 4runner.

- Nahunta, GA, USA

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