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:
85,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Toyota 4Runner engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012008


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota 4runner. While the vehicle was idle, with the brakes engaged the contact noticed that the engine would roar and surge forward intermittently. He had to place the vehicle in neutral and shut it off and wait several minutes before restarting the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure nor provide an explanation of the failure. The manufacturer filed a complaint and provided the contact with a case number. The current mileages was 64,512. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 152010


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Toyota 4runner. The contact was traveling 20 mph when the check engine light illuminated and moments later, white smoke was expelling from the exhaust pipes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 216,000.

- Pierceton , IN, USA

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