2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Review: Walking With Dinosaurs

Verdict 3.9 / 10

Search new body-on-frame SUVs. The results boil down to just a handful of options: the Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade triplets, and the Toyota 4Runner, among a few others. But unlike the aforementioned cars, Toyota hasn’t updated the 4Runner in years.

It’s been 10 years since a redesigned 4Runner hit the market. Ten years. That’s fine because, for a lot of folks, the same old-school, off-road charm of the original 4Runner remains. But for most modern buyers, this rugged SUV is a dinosaur.

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Design 4/10

While previous versions of the 4Runner models are a bit too soft, the current gen is all muscle. Even after a decade in its current state, the 4Runner’s edgy lines and aggressive face – especially in the TRD trim – still look great. At a minimum, it at least blends in with the rest of the radically styled Toyota lineup. You won't mistake the 4Runner for anything else in its class, that’s for sure.

But things start to fall apart for the 4Runner once you step inside. Its interior looks and feels 10 years old. Silver-painted plastics, cheap dials, and rough finishes litter the cabin. The teeny, tiny infotainment screen doesn’t do anything to aid the interior aesthetics, either. As with the cabins of the Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia,...