Positioned near the upper end of the compact sport/utility market, the Toyota 4Runner was designed to appeal to family buyers who value sporty styling as well as dependable utility. Major competition for the Toyota 4Runner were largely from the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Mitsubishi Montero and Isuzu Trooper.

Year-to-year changesEdit


Since the beginning of the '90s, there were two trim levels -- the base-level SR5 and the uplevel SR5 V6. In addition, the 4Runner came in 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive versions.

The standard engine was the redoubtable 2.4-liter sohc 4-cylinder, which developed 116 horsepower. The optional engine was the 3.0-liter sohc V6, which also had 150 hp.

On most trim levels, the standard transmission was a 5-speed manual; the optional transmission was a 4-speed automatic. The 4wd models featured a 2-speed transfer case with a floor mounted shift lever and automatic locking hubs, which allowed shift-on-the-fly operation at speeds up to 50 mph. Rear ABS was standard on V6 models, optional on the 4-cylinder. Four-wheel ABS was optional on V6s only.


As of this model year, the 4Runner was available only in a 4-door body style.


The car


As the Toyota 4Runner entered its seventh year in its then-present configuration, the company was content to keep the popular compact sport/utility in a holding pattern. For 1995, the 4Runner was a carryover model from 1994, the only changes were a new stripe trim package for the SR5 V6 model and a new, upgraded audio lineup.

Major options for the 4Runner included air conditioning, a moonroof, power windows and door locks, a leather trim package, 4-wheel antilock brakes and a premium sound system.

The 1995 4Runner went on sale in October 1994.


Redesigned for the 1996 model year, the new 4Runner went on sale in North America in January 1996.

Retail pricesEdit

As of December 27, 1993:

  • $20,308 (1994 Toyota 4Runner)
  • $21,348 (1994 Toyota 4Runner V6 4x2)
  • $22,278 (1994 Toyota 4Runner V6 4x4)

As of August 26, 1994:

  • $21,098 (1995 Toyota 4Runner)
  • $21,748 (1995 Toyota 4Runner V6 4x2)
  • $23,148 (1995 Toyota 4Runner V6 4x4)

As of January 26, 1995:

  • $21,838 (1995 Toyota 4Runner)
  • $22,508 (1995 Toyota 4Runner V6 4x2)
  • $23,958 (1995 Toyota 4Runner V6 4x4)

As of January 3, 1996:

  • $19,488 (1996 Toyota 4Runner 4x2)
  • $21,548 (1996 Toyota 4Runner 4x4)
  • $24,048 (1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x2)
  • $25,148 (1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4)
  • $32,988 (1996 Toyota 4Runner Limited)


Model year Production run Units sold
1992 October 1991 – September 1992 39,977
1993 October 1992 – September 1993 43,881
1994 October 1993 – September 1994 68,208
1995 October 1994 – September 1995 76,344
1996 October 1995 – September 1996 93,056
1997 October 1996 – September 1997 124,176
1998 October 1997 – September 1998 116,577


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