2018 Toyota 4Runner TFL Expert Buyer’s Guide – Everything You Need to Know!

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium
2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium [Photo: TFLcar]

The Toyota 4Runner has been a popular choice among SUV buyers for nearly 35 years. 

Since 2009, Toyota has sold more than 600,000 4Runners in the United States. With rugged good looks, solid underpinnings and a go-anywhere attitude, the 4Runner has cemented a well-deserved reputation for all-around dependability. The current generation has been around since the 2010 model year. However, despite its age, sales have actually picked up in recent years. Some may see this car as a rolling anachronism – it packs a 4.0-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic when its rivals have half as much engine and twice as many gears.

Still, you can’t refute the numbers. Toyota has little incentive to replace the current 4Runner when it sold over 128,000 examples last year. So if you’re in the market for a mid-size family hauler with some old-school charm and heaps of off-road capability – at least with four-wheel drive models – what do you need to know? Here is your ultimate TFLexpert buyer’s guide to buying a 2018 Toyota 4Runner!

2018 Toyota 4Runner – Model overview

Old-school to the core, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner soldiered into the new model year with no significant changes. From what we can tell, the model won’t see any major alterations for the upcoming model year either, as Toyota revealed the 2019 TRD Pro lineup, looks pretty much identical to the current model, save some new off-road pieces.

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner comes in five trim levels: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro.

All 4Runners use a 4.0-liter, naturally-aspirated V6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes a decent 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. SR5, SR5 Premium and Limited models are available in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, while the TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, and TRD Pro models are four-wheel drive only. Regardless of trim level, 2018 Toyota 4Runner models have 9.6 inches of ground clearance, more than most of its SUV classmates.

Base SR5 models with two-wheel drive start at $34,610, rising all the way to $46,825 for a fully specced-out Limited. Scroll through the pages below to find out more about each trim level for the 2018 Toyota 4Runner.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Base MSRP, by trim level
 SR5 SR5 Premium TRD Off-Road TRD Off-Road Premium Limited TRD Pro
4×2  $34,610 $36,440 4×4 only 4×4 only $42,925 4×4 only
4×4 $36,485 $38,315 $37,785 $39,695 $44,960 $42,875