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:
1,043,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Toyota 4Runner body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 092015

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


I have an insurmountable level of rust on the frame and surrounding components. There should not be this level of rust at this point on the vehicle's life.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012011

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 2,002,000 miles
The left rear section of my vehicles frame where the rear traction bar mounts is completely separated at the welds leaving a large hole in the frame where the bracket once was. This issue is similar to the Tacoma frame recall. My 97 4 runner is basically totaled at this point and will not pass mass state inspection even though the drivetrain and body are in excellent condition.

- East Longmeadow , MA, USA

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