2025 Toyota 4Runner debuts as the most powerful one ever


Toyota has taken the wraps off the 6th-gen 4Runner, scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. market by fall 2024. Pricing is expected to be disclosed closer to the vehicle’s sale date, but you might wanna keep in touch with your local dealer. Buyers can choose from 9 trim levels, including SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Sport Premium, TRD Off Road, TRD Off Road Premium, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter.

The 2025 4Runner is built on the TNGA’s GA-F platform, the one that underpins models such as the J300 Land Cruiser, J250 Land Cruiser Prado, N400 Tacoma, XK70 Tundra and XK80 Sequoia. The front fascia styling is kinda similar to its platform siblings, but you do see the lineage. I mean, the general shape of the headlights and the grille can be connected (not literally) to the previous gen models. On the side, the large rear-quarter window harkens back to the first- and second-gen models. Overall, the CALTY design team has made the new 4Runner look more muscular than ever before.

The 4Runner TRD Pro comes standard with a TRD-tuned FOX suspension and 33-inch Toyo all-terrain tires. The 4Runner Trailhunter boasts ARB’s Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5-inch forged shocks with rear external piggyback remote reservoirs, along with a co-designed ARB Roof Rack. The OME shocks along with the 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires raise Trailhunter by an additional 2-inches at the front and 1 & 1/2-inches at the rear. This model also gets rock rails and high-strength steel skid plates. Both TRD Pro and Trailhunter get a bumper-integrated 20-inch LED light bar with color-selectable RIGID LED fog lights.

The new 4Runner will be offered in RWD, part-time 4WD and full-time 4WD configurations. RWD models will feature an automatic limited-slip differential (Auto LSD), and 4WD models have an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case with high/low range along with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and an automatic limited-slip differential (Auto LSD). An electronic locking rear differential is standard on TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Trailhunter trims.

Other off-roading credentials include up to 32-degree approach and 24-degree departure angles, Stabilizer Bar Disconnect Mechanism, Multi-Terrain Select system and CRAWL Control function.

Key highlights inside include an 8-inch or optional 14-inch central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital cluster (7-inch standard on lower trims), wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility (with 14-inch unit), Qi wireless charging pad, and optional Digital Key. The power rear windscreen is standard on all models.

All 2025 4Runner models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of active safety and driver assistance systems, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Proactive Driving Assist.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the 2025 4Runner is powered by a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine (T24A-FTS) with 207.5 kW (278 bhp/282 metric hp) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

The so-called i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain is standard on the TRD Pro, Trailhunter and Platinum, and is available on TRD Off-Road and Limited trims. The powertrain combines the aforementioned 2.4L turbo petrol engine with a 36 kW (48 bhp/49 metric hp) electric motor integrated into the 8-speed transmission. The electric motor draws juice from a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack. The combined figures are 243 kW (326 bhp/330 metric hp) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft), making this 4Runner the most powerful one ever, more powerful than the V6 and V8 powertrains offered in the past.

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