The Japanese automaker Toyota is now working hard to introduce the 2018 4Runner crossover for the US market. As you know that 4Runner has not gotten much of a change since the 2014 model year was introduced to the public. Toyota only provides facelift and minor changes on the 2014 4Runner such as updates on the front and rear fascia, as well as projector headlights, LED taillights and a number of cosmetic changes on the exterior side. As for the interior, some minor changes can also be found, including revisions on the dashboard and its center stack, as well as equipped with leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and Toyota’s Optitron instrument cluster which is offered as standard equipment on all variants.
Well, what do you expect with the 2018 model year? Our sources have informed that the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is unlikely to get much change in terms of its exterior appearance. The only thing that Toyota might do again on this body-on-frame SUV is a revision and facelift, considering the current 4Runner design is still quite modern and unique in the crossover market. And of course it should still be able to compete with its peer competitors. Although we expect updates to the exterior features of the upcoming 4Runner, however Toyota may retain its standard exterior features like 17-inch alloy wheels, projector beam headlights and fog lights.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Specs
Moving to the cabin, the current Toyota 4Runner features some standard interior features such as 8-speaker Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, power windows and much more. While the 2018 4Runner interior will probably be relatively the same as previous models. However, we expect can a number of updates for the interior. The cabin is wrapped with premium materials such as perforated leather on 4Runner Limited, and SofTex for the SR5 Premium and TRD Off-Road variants. All 4Runner variants are currently equipped with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support as standard equipment. While a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated front seats are available for R5 Premium and TRD Off-Road Premium trims.
Under the hood, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is expected to still be powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. But we can expect new transmission options in addition to the five-speed automatic. As for the output, the 4.0L V6 engine is capable of delivering at least 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 278 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via standard all-wheel drive setup, or buyers can also order four-wheel drive which is available only as optional. The EPA estimated fuel economy numbers for the Toyota 4Runner SR5 with rear-wheel-drive is rated at 17 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined. While the model with four-wheel drive gets a 1 mpg advantage.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
Speaking of its release date, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is expected to arrive at US dealers later this year and sometime in November-December. The new crossover will enter production line next month at Toyota’s assembly plant in Tahara, Aichi, Japan. Official pricing details are certainly not available yet, but expect a price tag for the new 4Runner will not be much different from the outgoing model. As you know that the current 2017 4Runner model hit a US dealer with a starting MSRP of $34,210 for the SR5 base model and $39,295 for the TRD Off-Road Premium trim. The 4Runner is targeted to compete with some of its competitors in the SUV market such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. All of its competitors have a fairly competitive price range.