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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,329 miles

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2006 Toyota 4Runner transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 102006


  • 12,000 miles


We own a 2006 Toyota 4runner - during the first year we took it in three times and told them that when we are at a stop the SUV would shift fwd while still applying the brake. We took it back again the 2nd year, still with the same complaint. Each time they had no answer as to what the problem was cause they could never get the problem to repeat. To date the SUV still does it and would say at least once every two days so much so we have just become used to the problem.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 282009


  • 7,487 miles
Vehicle parked in driveway (running) with transmission in park and the emergency brake fully engaged. Vehicle rolled out of driveway, across street, over curb, and down a steep ravine hitting a tree. Broached local dealer concerning any safety issues or vehicle problems and they indicated none had been reported to them or your website and questioned circumstances as reported. Customer paid for all damages and repairs.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 192008

4Runner 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota 4runner. The vehicle was parked in the driveway with the engine running. The contact stepped out of the vehicle with the child in the front passenger seat. The child released the gear shift to reverse, and the vehicle drifted and crashed into a house. The child was not injured. There was property damage, along with damage to the vehicle. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact stated that there should be a safety mechanism on the gear shift. The failure and current mileages were 11,500. Updated 09/10/08. The vehicle suffered minor damage. Updated 09/16/08.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

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