2023 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

September 7th, 2023 by

Toyota 4Runner SR5

The Toyota 4Runner was introduced back in the early 80s and it has become a fan favorite since then. Its off-roading capabilities, durability, and power have a lot to do with it. The 4Runner gained quite a reputation for its never-say-die attitude.

This sentiment exists today as well, as the 4Runner celebrates its 40th birthday this year with the 2023 model. It is a vehicle sought out by those looking for a nostalgia trip to how a great classic SUV can be, but also being a valuable daily driver on modern roads.

The following is a review of one of its most popular trims, the 2023 4Runner SR5 Premium:


The Toyota 4Runner is currently in its fifth generation, which was introduced in 2009 but has been heavily updated since then, including a 2013 facelift. The 4Runner offers a total of eight trim levels, all paired up with one powertrain offering.

The SR5 Premium trim stands out as it is the mid-range trim that combines the no-nonsense rugged aspects of the 4Runner with many upscale touches in the form of high-quality materials and high-end technology. As a result, it can be capable no matter the surface you drive it on.

Powertrain and Numbers

The 2023 4Runner SR5 Premium features a 4-liter V6 engine good for 270 hp and 278 lb-ft. It is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. Part-time 4-wheel drive is also on the table.

As far as acceleration is concerned, it doesn’t disappoint. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just about 7 seconds – a respectable number. But what if you want to go trailering on the weekends? Well, you’ll be glad to know that the 4Runner SR5 Premium tows up to 5000 lbs.

It also provides you with decent fuel economy despite its big engine. The EPA says that you can get up to 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. However, testers like Car and Driver have managed to exceed these values.

Toyota 4Runner SR5  Interior
Toyota 4Runner SR5  Interior

Interior and Technology

While the 4Runner is supposed to be a rugged dirt-eating machine, it is still quite refined and well-built when you peek at its cabin. It is very spacious for a midsize SUV and can seat up to five people – even tailgate seating is available.

On top of that you get a capacious trunk that’s also one of the best in class. You can increase the space with the folding of the rear seats. A sliding cargo deck can help in this regard as well. Furthermore, there’s a lot of cubby storage available in the cabin.

The 2023 4Runner SR5 Premium is very upscale, offering quirks such as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and SoftTex-trimmed seats. It also has automatic climate control, push-button ignition, keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

You get heated front seats in which the driver gets 8-way power adjustability while the front passenger seat is also multi-way power-adjustable. You get an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an instrumentation screen, and a HomeLink universal transceiver.

The safety department includes forward-collision warning (w/automated emergency braking), lane-departure warning (w/lane-keeping assist), and adaptive cruise control. Also included is a backup camera and blind-spot monitoring (w/rear cross-traffic alerts).

The options list includes a powered moon roof, a panoramic view monitor, and a sliding rear cargo deck (w/under-floor storage compartment).

Exterior and Driving

The 2023 4Runner SR5 Premium is a handsome vehicle that combines retro styling with modern touches like LED headlamps, tail lamps, and fog lamps. You get a powered tailgate to make un/loading easier, heated, and powered side mirrors, and a powered liftgate window.

The SUV also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. Because this is an off-road-oriented vehicle, you also get a skid plate covering the engine and front suspension for protection. If you opt for 4-wheel drive, the transfer case is also protected, and the ground clearance is higher.

The exterior colors available on the 2023 4Runner SR5 Premium are:

  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Nautical Blue Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Ice Cap

Testers have praised the 4Runner’s engine and transmission, calling it smooth and refined. The ride quality is soft and forgiving despite the ultimate purpose of this SUV – it has a body-on-frame construction for maximum durability after all.

Everyone loves its off-roading capabilities where the engine’s power translates well. The 4-wheel drive models also come with extra systems such as downhill assist control and active traction control that also help on the trail.

Toyota 4Runner SR5  EXTERIOR
Toyota 4Runner SR5  EXTERIOR

Reliability and Warranty

JD Power gave the 2023 4Runner a score of 87 out of 100 in predicted reliability, putting it atop its midsize SUV class for this year. You can also rely on the reviews from its current owners which are positive in this regard.

This Toyota SUV also gets the company’s excellent aftersales which includes a limited warranty of 3 years/36k miles, a powertrain warranty of 5 years/60k miles, and complimentary maintenance for 2 years/25k miles.


It is easy to see why the Toyota 4Runner continues to be as popular as it is. It offers you everything, which includes a well-mannered powertrain that gives out ample power, even if you drive off-tarmac or want to tow something heavy. The off/on-road drivability deserves praise.

Inside, the build quality is a key attribute of the vehicle as it makes it durable. There are many high-quality material touches in the cabin that improve its atmosphere. There’s technology all around you in terms of convenience, entertainment, and most importantly, safety.

The reliability ratings are great, and they only help this car’s case. On top of this, you also get complimentary maintenance for a limited time, which is rare in the industry.

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