The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is an impressive old SUV at this point. While it’s been slightly updated here and there, it’s still part of the same generation that debuted for the 2010 model year. That makes it over 10 years old. And as you’d expect of such an SUV, the interior feels rather dated. The good news is that it’s still well put together and has some of the perks of an older design. But with the way newer competition have improved their respective interiors, good enough may not be good enough.
Looks like there are good aspects of 4Runnerof the interior, let’s start there. One of the highlights of the cabin is the really simple and tactile controls. The climate is operated with giant, snug-fit knobs befitting the theme of a solid SUV, and volume and tuning take on slightly smaller variations. Then you have the basic buttons for fan control and the updated 8-inch infotainment system Toyota the standard a few years ago, was simple but satisfying. And it has useful physical shortcuts.
Seating is also good, especially for those sitting in the front. The seats are large and suitable for many body types, plus they have very thick and supportive cushions. It’s easy to get comfortable for a long ride. Adequate head, leg and shoulder space is also provided. The window line is quite low and the upper part of the door can act as a handrail. The rear seats are also well padded, but they have weak headroom, at least with the sunroof, which comes standard on this TRD Pro and is huge. If you’re about 5 feet 11 inches tall, your hair will likely be parted. Leg and shoulder room is fine. And as for cargo space, the 4Runner has 47.2 cubic feet for the rear passenger and 89.7 with the rear seats folded. A sliding floor is available and fitted on this TRD Pro, it reduces cargo space by 0.9 cubic feet.
And of course, the interior is put together in a typical Toyota style. Gaps on the dashboard are minimal, and creaks and creaks seem impossible. The materials themselves are pretty good, with some soft plastic and a few different ones. TRD Pro benefits from some metallic black plastic on the dashboard and carbon fiber decorative pieces on the center console, along with soft leatherette material embroidered with the TRD logo.
But this is where age also begins to show. The overall design of the panel is bland and basic, and while some of the materials are nice, things like the plastic look with painted aluminum feel decades old. This is a bigger problem now that vehicles like Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco match the material quality, but also offer much more playful design with colourful trimming, fun hidden details, and useful features like sub-switches.
Also, while the infotainment screens are more usable and the physical gauges are refreshed, they’re also a bit behind the times. Our aforementioned competitors boast newer and sometimes larger infotainment systems with better graphics.
Price is also something to consider. The interior is still decent, if old, with the 4Runner’s base price of $38,520, understanding that you’re buying it for an older SUV with a slight improvement in drivability over one of its convertible rivals. bare. But given the TRD Pro’s $53,335 price tag, it would be nice if you had to put in a little more effort to make it feel more special, or at least have more functionality.
Sure, the 4Runner’s interior is only part of the reason to consider it. But that being said, unless you need its off-road capability, there are plenty of options out there that will offer a nicer cabin for the same or even less money. Not only that, but with the 4Runner’s very old powertrain and terrain-oriented chassis, you can also find a much better off-road option.