2025 Toyota 4Runner Revealed: Updates Include Hybrid Power and New Design

Matt Brand
April 10, 2024
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Toyota has released the 2025 4Runner, positioned as a less expensive alternative to the Toyota Prado, and incorporating a hybrid option for the first time.

This model, which shares its platform with the Tacoma pickup, introduces a new design and technology while maintaining some of the vehicle's traditional features.

With the introduction of the TNGA-F platform, shared across Toyota's new body-on-frame vehicles including the Prado, the 4Runner presents a significant update.

The vehicle's last major redesign was 15 years ago, making this release a noteworthy event in Toyota's product timeline.

Both the 4Runner and Prado offer the same 2.4-liter turbo-petrol hybrid engine in the US market.

Despite their technical similarities, Toyota markets the 4Runner as offering a different driving experience compared to the more luxurious Prado.

The 4Runner, historically known as the HiLux Surf in some markets, has evolved from its origins as a wagon version of the HiLux.

Although not returning to the Australian market, the vehicle still features an Australian connection through the inclusion of parts from ARB, an Australian off-road accessories manufacturer, in the Trailhunter edition.

Under the hood, the 2025 4Runner transitions from the previous model's 4.0-liter V6 engine to a more modern 2.4-liter turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, available with or without hybrid technology.

The new engine options represent an increase in power and efficiency, with the standard version generating 207 kW and 430 Nm, and the hybrid variant producing 243 kW and 630 Nm. This change also introduces improvements in towing capacity and fuel consumption.

The 4Runner's exterior design distinguishes itself with a more pronounced appearance, incorporating flared wheel arches and a unique grille, while retaining the characteristic roll-down rear window.

Interior updates include advanced technology features such as a 14-inch touchscreen in higher-end models, alongside safety features standard across the model range in the US.

Scheduled for release in US showrooms later this year, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner updates the model with new engines, including a hybrid option, and a modern design, while maintaining a link to its past through design cues and the inclusion of Australian-designed components.

Matt Brand
Matt Brand, the esteemed car critic from Car Sauce, offers unparalleled expertise on all things automotive. From new car releases to pre-owned options, he provides in-depth analysis and honest evaluations to guide readers through the car-buying process. Join us as he delves into the exciting world of motoring.

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