1997 Toyota 4Runner

  • 1997 Toyota 4Runner Base Sport Utility

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      2.7L I4
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  • 1997 Toyota 4Runner Limited Sport Utility

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      3.4L V6
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  • 1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport Utility

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      3.4L V6
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1997 Toyota 4Runner Review

A solid combination of ruggedness, reliability, and performance.

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The 1997 Toyota 4Runner classifies as a four-door sport utility vehicle (SUV) that sells in a variety of two- and four-wheel-drive models. All other factors aside, Toyota’s reputation for delivering reliable vehicles gives the 4Runner a competitive edge.

Drivers get the satisfaction of smooth performance and carlike handling. Passengers enjoy luxurious comfort with comfortable seating and lots of room to maneuver. The complete package offered by the 4Runner puts it in the same class as the Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota 4Runner, Toyota 4Runner SR5, Toyota 4Runner Limited

What's New

The 1997 Toyota 4Runner receives a couple of minor changes. Toyota now offers a two-wheel-drive Limited model. The SR5 model gets new fabrics for the interior.


The 1997 Toyota 4Runner has approximately a 179-inch length, a 67-inch width, a 68-inch height, and a 105-inch wheelbase. It has a muscular stance and a rugged appearance that looks stylish and attractive. Features vary depending on the given model.

The 1997 Toyota 4Runner has black front and rear bumpers, externally adjustable black door mirrors, a rear platform step, and tinted glass. Front fog lights, power door mirrors, a roof rack, a trailer hitch, and a power moonroof remain optional. It reaches a gross weight of 5250 pounds and sits on 15-inch wheels.


The interior of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner feels roomy enough to comfortably fit five passengers. In the front sit two four-way adjustable cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints divided by a console that includes two large cup holders and a storage area. Bins on the doors and pockets in the seats provide easy storage. The dash contains logically arranged gauges for clear readability and conveniently placed controls. In the rear sits a bench seat with fold-down split seatbacks. The 4Runnner features a two-spoke, urethane steering wheel, power windows and locks, front reading lights, passenger assist grips, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player and four speakers. Leather seating, a rear heater, and a CD player remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The Toyota 4Runner comes packed with either a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque or a 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 183 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque. Both mate with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration feels smooth and more than adequate, giving drivers the ability to quickly pick up speed and pass easily on two-lane roads.

The 4Runner has an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This results in a solid combination of ride comfort and good handling. Rack-and-pinion steering has a good feel, allowing for precise control of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner at all times. Models with four-wheel drive handle off-roading exceptionally well.


The 1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 and Limited both come standard with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. Base models offer them as an option. All models include driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags, use child safety locks on the rear doors, and include side-impact door beams.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota 4Runner four-cylinder engine: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Toyota 4Runner six-cylinder engine: 16/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very reliable
  • Strong performance
  • Lots of cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Choppy ride on the highway
  • Difficult rear entry and exit
  • Below average fuel economy

Sum Up

A solid combination of ruggedness, reliability, and performance.

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