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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2007 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #5

May 012014


  • miles


The back hatch handle has melted and gets a tar like residue on your hands, Toyota should fix this prob since it seems to be a huge complaint.

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 102009


  • 75,000 miles
The back gate door handle melted and gets very sticky. This makes the door sometimes not able to open in cold weather and is very hot and can burn in the hot weather. This car as been well maintained and all other seals and gaskets work. This rubber handle cover has failed and is not due to normal wear and tear but manufacturer defect.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 232013


  • 35,000 miles
Handle/lock on rear hatch is faulty. Mechanism on the handle/lock of the rear hatch of 2007 Toyota 4runner will no longer engage to allow hatch to be opened. Problem had been intermittent, now is more problematic. Cannot open rear hatch to access the cargo area of vehicle. Dealer service dept acknowledges this is a common issue. Lots of similar issues found online. This has not been a recall issue yet.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 092013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 38,502 miles
The back door rubber cover of the handle was melted for second time, the first time was on June 26,2009 and its was change by guarantee for the dealer. Now I had the same problem the rubber was melted. The part number is 84840-35010. I think that Toyota need to correct this problem with a good quality rubber.

- Hatillo, PR, USA

problem #1

Aug 232009


  • 62,000 miles
The rear door opening handle has material that has melted making it almost always impossible to open the door. I moved last August from Texas to South Carolina and apparently the material Toyota used in it's 2007 4-runners cannot hold up to the Texas heat. The insurance company for Toyota which covers the extended warranty I purchased denied paying for the repair stating that my rear door can be opened some of the time!! this is a dangerous situation & I have been unable to get my dogs out of the rear door on several occasions..fortunately none of them life threatening yet.

- Landrum, SC, USA

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