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2007 Toyota 4Runner Review

Shines offroad, mannerly on-road, and offers seating and cargo space for families.

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The 2007 Toyota 4Runner serves as a midsize SUV that seats five. It offers off-road capability while having the refinement to feel at home on suburban streets. The 4Runner comes in three trim levels: the SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota 4Runner SR5, Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition, Toyota 4Runner Limited

What's New

The automaker makes no changes to the 2007 Toyota 4Runner.


With its massive front bumper, high floor, and low roof, the 2007 Toyota 4Runner announces its off-road intentions. Hydrophilic glass is used in front and side windows and exterior mirrors. It causes water to form large drops and lets gravity do the rest.

The Toyota 4Runner sits on a 209.8-inch wheelbase, and it measures 189 inches long. Ground clearance reaches 8.7 inches, ensuring that the 4Runner can drive over obstacles without difficulty.

Standard equipment on the SR5 includes 16-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, step running boards, a power liftgate window, a rear liftgate door, and trailer wiring.

The Sport Edition adds the following standard equipment: 17-inch alloy wheels, power heated mirrors, a chrome grille, a roof rack, tube running boards, and X-REAS shock absorbers (optional on the Limited). The Limited adds illuminated running boards as well.


The 2007 Toyota 4Runner seats five, but with the optional third-row seating, it accommodates seven. The third-row seat best suits children. The cabin feels spacious and comfortable. The interior looks attractive and practical. Gauges and controls seem easy to reach and easy to use, though the climate controls joysticks may prove to be a bit confusing at first.

Cargo capacity with the seats in place totals 42.1 cubic feet and 75 cubic feet with the seats stowed. Unfortunately, the third-row seat does not fold into the floor.

Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front and overhead consoles with storage, speed-proportional power steering, a tilt steering wheel with cruise control functions, 12V power outlets, interior air filtration, climate control, a tachometer, a trip computer, external temperature display, and a 160-watt audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 and six speakers.

The Sport adds an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and height adjustment, a four-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, and alloy interior trim.

The top-of-the-line Limited adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 115V power outlet, wood and leather interior trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a universal remote transmitter, and a compass.

Optional equipment includes a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a navigation system with an LCD display screen, third-row seating, and a premium JBL audio system.

Performance & Handling

The V-8 engine offers the best performance in the 2007 4Runner, offering brisk acceleration, responsive steering, and impressive handling. The ride quality feels pleasantly soft, as the suspension works to absorb bumps. Even offroad, the ride feels cushier than its competitors. Ride quality on the Sport Edition feels stiffer, since it has a sport-tuned suspension.

When properly equipped, the V-6 versions reach a maximum towing capacity of 5000 pounds; V-8 maximum towing capacity totals 7300 pounds.

When driving on pavement, the ride feels smooth. The X-REAS shock absorbers are diagonally linked, reducing body roll and pitch in curves. The 2007 Toyota 4Runner seems especially at home offroad, offering impressive control and stability on rough terrain.

Toyota offers two engine options for the 4Runner: a 4.0-liter, 236-hp V-6 and a 4.7-liter, 260-hp V-8. All trim levels come equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. The 4Runner offers either rear drive or full-time four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive equipment includes skid plates, a mechanical center differential, descent control, electronic hi-lo gear selection, automatic locking hubs, a center limited slip differential, a center locking differential, and a transmission hill holder.


Standard safety equipment for the Toyota 4Runner includes four-wheel ABS, stability control, and tire pressure monitoring. Four-wheel-drive models also have standard hill start assist and descent control. Seat-mounted, side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors remain optional. In government testing, the 2007 Toyota 4Runner earns four out of five stars for frontal-impact protection and five stars for side impacts.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota 4Runner two-wheel drive: 15-16/19-21 mpg city/highway
Toyota 4Runner four-wheel drive: 14-16/18-20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ride quality
  • Off-road performance

You Won't Like

  • Optional side airbags
  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

Shines offroad, mannerly on-road, and offers seating and cargo space for families.

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