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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,256 miles

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2006 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 242010

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


-the contact owns a 2006 Toyota 4runner. While reversing out of her garage, the contact engaged the brakes but the vehicle did not slow or respond. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership as the vehicle would not move. The dealer stated that the electrical chip had burned out; the vehicle was repaired at that time. The current and failure mileages were approximately 128,000. Updated 06/17/10. The dealer replaced the ABS actuator and cylinder assembly. Updated 10/05/10

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

May 012009


  • 500 miles
Anti-lock brakes too sensitive. Under certain conditions, especially if I hit a bump while braking or if the road is wet, the ABS kicks in and the vehicle loses braking power (while brake calipers oscillate violently) thereby drastically increasing the stopping distance. I've recently experienced the vehicle stopping from 35 mph in over 200 feet. I wound up in the middle of the intersection. This problem has become progressively worse and more recurring. Local dealership was unconcerned about the danger and cited that this is normal. Certainly, dangerous engineering cannot be accepted as normal in this day and age. Incidentally, this does not occur on other make vehicles with 4-wheel anti-lock brake systems. This symptom has occurred over 100 times, but the dealership always maintained this to be normal and there is nothing wrong.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162008

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,269 miles
I am Canadian resident a bought a 2006 Toyota 4runner SR5, which is a us vehicle import. When I went to brake 2 days ago the brake pedal sunk to the floor and the vehicle kept on going. I was about 3 inches away from driving into my house. Luckily was able to stop as I was going very slow. Have not driven the car since.

- Oshawa, 00, USA

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