Do you really have to worry about FOMO with a 4Runner? Oh, I don’t think so.
As modern vehicles go, the Toyota 4Runner is…*scientific term*…very ancient. The current N280 generation has been around since 2009, and any rumors of its inevitable replacement aren’t the best. we are may be Watch for a next-generation 4Runner to debut shortly after the updated Tacoma pickup.
Frankly, I’m tired of holding my breath, so it will come when it gets here — probably by 2024. Then again, news of a new, America-spec Land Cruiser is the 4Runner we know. So, “When is a new 4Runner coming out?” The answer to “Who knows?”
I offer that context for Chase, who reached out to us for help making a purchase decision:
My recommendation: Buy now, trade later
Here’s the rub: Despite the age of the 4Runner platform, people still buy more than 100,000 examples each year, like clockwork. They’re still surprisingly popular as Toyota’s foil to the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco. Also thanks to the long production run, they’re using their 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 and 5-speed (yes, five-speed) automatic transmission.
They may not be the most efficient piece of work out there, but the whole 4Runners are just damn good trucks. I particularly like the TRD Pro, though if you’re in the market for a tough off-roader, I’d recommend the TRD Off-Road or Off-Road Premium instead. Go that route, and you’ll get the essential off-road kit and save about $8,000 in the process.
What’s more, if you want to buy a 4Runner, you can pull the trigger now. One of the biggest appeals of this model is the resale value, which holds up extremely well over the years. Even two-year-old examples with a few miles on the odometer command near-new asking prices.
I understand the fear of missing out, but you can buy a current-gen 4Runner with a lot of confidence knowing that most, if not all, of your cash will still be useful if you want to trade it in for a next-gen 4Runner down the road. And you’ll have a hard time running for now, since we’re still in for a possibly long wait before we hear anything official about the sixth-generation 4Runner.
See more about the 40th Anniversary Edition model in the TFL Sleep Test below: