While Toyota has a great history with its cars; its history with trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) has been spotty. While the 1995 Toyota 4Runner retains Toyota’s quality and reliability record, it also continues to highlight Toyota’s failings in the SUV and truck market. It is lacking in equipment and safety features, with lackluster performance and questionable off-road capabilities.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota 4Runner SR5, Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6, Toyota 4Runner Limited
With the Toyota 4Runner looking forward to a major redesign for the next model year, the 1995 model gets nothing in the way of updating save for new stripes on the V-6 models.
The outside of the 1995 Toyota 4Runner is boxy and upright and is easily distinguished. The wheel flares poke out from the sides and the rear side windows blend upward into the roof, which is unique in sport utility vehicles.
The 1995 Toyota 4Runner is well thought-out in terms of people and goods, with plenty of room for passengers as well as plenty of cargo space, especially with the rear seat folded down. It is, however, lacking in features and amenities and the instruments and dash layout is outdated. The basic version comes with little in the way of standard features with the oddity of a power sliding rear window but manual passenger and driver windows. Even the top-of-the-line Limited model is still not equipped up to expectations for the price point, lacking a cassette or CD player or rear heater as standard equipment. The ride is comfortable enough. Ergonomics are a bit poor, and the gauges and dashboard are highly in need of updating.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Toyota 4Runner has two available engines, neither of which is particularly impressive and both of which have difficulty handling over two tons of weight. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is available with four-wheel drive only. The output of 116 horsepower is not enough to make full use of the four-wheel drive, especially off roads, and it keeps the engine from being fuel efficient. It is exceptionally slow from a standing start and is not particularly good on the highway, capable of cruising but not good at overtaking traffic. The 3.0-liter V-6, meanwhile, puts out 150 horsepower. This makes it the least powerful V-6 in the midsize sport utility vehicle market, 10 horsepower behind the Ford Explorer and 40 behind Jeep’s Cherokee models. It is marginally more capable than the 2.4-liter but still suffers during acceleration and on the highway. It does manage to be fairly nimble with easy steering and a suspension that handles bumps and potholes quite nicely. The brakes are adequate, but the optional four-wheel anti-lock brakes are almost necessary due to the heavy weight.
The 1995 Toyota 4Runner is lacking in safety features. It has no airbags and only rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are available as an option. It received a poor rating of one star out of five for driver’s side crash safety and four stars out of five for the passenger’s side.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota 4Runner, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, five-speed manual, four-wheel drive: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota 4Runner, 3.0-liter V-6, four-speed automatic, two-wheel drive: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota 4Runner, 3.0-liter V-6, five-speed manual, four-wheel drive: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Toyota 4Runner, 3.0-liter V-6, four-speed automatic, four-wheel drive: 12/15 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of available features but few standard
- Decent looks
- Great history of quality and reliability
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Underperforming engines
- Lacking in safety features
Reliable yet poorly performing and expensive SUV.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Jeep Cherokee
- Ford Explorer
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