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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
145,062 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Toyota 4Runner fuel system problems

fuel system problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Toyota 4Runner:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2009 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

May 242014

4Runner 4-cyl

  • 222,888 miles


Driving along a two lane U.S. highway at the posted speed, I noticed that my fuel gauge was showing fully empty, and the warning light was flashing. Pushing the odometer trip button, I noticed that I had not yet reached the mileage for a "normal" fill up, where I routinely get 20-21 mpg. At the end of that trip, when I turned the vehicle off and restarted it, the fuel gauge showed half full. Using the trip odometer, I drove an additional estimated 30 miles to home. The fuel gauge continued to display half full. The next morning, I drove approximately 3 miles to the gas station, and was surprised when it took almost 15 gallons to fill the tank. The needle on the gauge then went to full. Since then it has only come down to one half, yet my mileage now is at the point (261-270) where I normally fill up when the needle near the empty line. I believe this problem is no doubt widespread.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 212013

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 67,237 miles
When my wife stepped on the gas to pull into a parking spot, the 4runner just lurched forward into a fence. Luckily no one was in front of the 4runner. The bumper and fence was damaged. She is now very scared to drive the 4runner.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

Not what you are looking for?