2025 Toyota 4Runner Up Close: Took Ya Long Enough!

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Dang! That took a while, huh? It’s been a whopping 14 model years since we’ve enjoyed a truly all-new Toyota 4Runner, and the entirely reworked 2025 4Runner is likely just what the fervent fan base has been clamoring for. We just got our first up-close crack at Toyota’s redesigned SUV, and we can’t wait to see much, much more of it in the coming year. Here’s what stuck out.

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Ready for the Trails

Yes, it really is all-new — if you don’t count the obvious Tacoma bones as old hat, that is. And, you shouldn’t, considering that just about every 4Runner in history pulls its sourdough starter from its pickup-truck counterpart. And since we’re only just settling into the latest generation of the Tacoma, the 4Runner’s near-identical guts are still quite fresh.

If you think this is an odd place to kick things off, take a look at the shots of the new 4Runner, particularly the TRD Pro and Trailhunter trims. To our eyes, they present very much as Tacos of the corresponding trim with a truncated, closed rear cabin. That’s a great thing, considering the current Tacoma presents as a tough, well-proportioned truck that won enthusiasts heart’s long ago, and we have (almost) no doubt the new 4Runner will be a similar home run.

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The top-level off-road 4Runner trims are particularly aggressive. The TRD Pro might offer our favorite vibes of the trio we saw, with swollen haunches and a neat trim-specific wheelset that makes it look ready for Mars, let alone Moab. The visible hardware on the Trailhunter makes it that much more badass, especially the 33-inch Toyo all-terrain tires and thin intake snorkel. We expect to see a veritable fleet of these invade next year’s Overland Expo.

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Familiar Interior

Unfortunately, we had a frustratingly short window of time with the new SUV, and our exposure was limited to the Limited, TRD Pro and Trailhunter trims. Of those, we spent just a fraction of time in the cabins, and we noted they are nearly identical to their pickup siblings with only a few minor exceptions. A few trim pieces are different, as are seat options, but the controls, presentation, layout, dash and center console appear to be lifted straight from the Taco.

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One thing we didn’t like was that Toyota says the Tacoma’s trick IsoDynamic Performance Seats won’t make an appearance on the 4Runner. However, we do like the return of the trademark roll-down rear window, as well as the prominent repositioning of the rear liftgate’s lock/unlock buttons. Now, instead of feeling around for the single toggle under the rear lip, two rubberized buttons on the outside of the liftgate’s center trim bar make cargo access a breeze, especially in campground situations.

That’s all we’ve got for now. Toyota kept our 2025 4Runner exposure time to the absolute minimum, so we’ll reserve opinions on equipment, trim value and general dynamics for our drive in the near future. Stay tuned.

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