2025 Toyota 4Runner (finally!) revealed, and the new Trailhunter is extremely cool

2025 Toyota 4Runner (finally!) revealed, and the new Trailhunter is extremely cool

SAN DIEGO – The last time a new Toyota 4Runner debuted, Barack Obama was in the first year of his presidency. “The Hangover,” “Avatar” and sixth Harry Potter movie were big at the box office; Taylor Swift was still considered a country artist. Kids born that year can now get their learners’ permit. So yeah, to say the 4Runner was due for a replacement is putting it mildly. Finally, we have something to report in the “What’s New” section of annual 4Runner reviews besides mild tech upgrades and a new TRD Pro color.

OK, OK, enough with the preamble. The 2025 Toyota 4Runner is finally(!) here and will finally(!) be available at dealers this fall after it starts rolling off the production line in Tahara, Japan. It is based on Toyota’s TNGA-F truck platform, the latest in a too-long-to-list family of redesigned SUVs and trucks that were similarly long in the tooth. Among those is the new Tacoma, and a lot of what you’re about to read should seem familiar if you’re well-briefed on Toyota’s midsize truck — especially the rugged new Trailhunter trim that was first offered on the pickup.

2025 Toyota 4Runner features

The standard 4Runner engine is now the same 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four good for 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque you can get in the Tacoma. The old 4.0-liter V6 produced 270 hp and 278 lb-ft, but it also had a five-speed automatic that did it zero favors in terms of performance and fuel economy. The new 4Runner joins the 21st century with an eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy estimates are TBA. There’s also no manual despite the Tacoma offering one with the same engine.



As nice of a generational update as that engine is, though, the 4Runner will once again offer an engine upgrade. No V8 this time, though. It’s Toyota’s i-Force Max hybrid powertrain that pairs the turbo-four with a 48-hp electric motor integrated within the eight-speed automatic for a total system output of 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. It will be available on the TRD Off-Road and Limited trim levels, and standard on the TRD Pro and new Trailhunter and Platinum trims. This would be the same hybrid engine upgrade available in the Tacoma that we’ll be reviewing April 23.

Drivetrain options include rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel-drive. The difference between those last two is you have to shift into 4 High with part-time, whereas an automatic mode can engage the front axle as needed in full-time, not unlike an all-wheel-drive system. This version is only available on the luxury-oriented Limited (optional) and Platinum (standard). The TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Trailhunter get electronic locking differentials. The Multi-Terrain Select system now functions in 4WD High and 4WD Low, while the Crawl Control low-speed off-road cruise control is apparently quieter. Presumably, that means it won’t sound like someone mounted an automatic rifle under the front bumper.

Now, while the last-generation 4Runner TRD Off-Road came with Toyota’s trick KDSS automatically disconnecting stabilizer bars, that feature is now the exclusive property of the Lexus GX Overtrail. Making up for that deletion, at least somewhat, is a new manually disconnecting stabilizer bar available on the TRD and Trailhunter trim levels. The new Land Cruiser is also available with this less sophisticated, but still useful feature that increases suspension articulation off-road while also improving on-road ride and handling.

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2025 Toyota 4Runner Trailhunter

OK, so now let’s talk about the Trailhunter, cause it’s clearly the most intriguing addition to the 4Runner family. It’s one of two new trim levels, or grades in Toyota parlance, along with the ritzy Platinum that goes in a whole different direction atop the 2025 4Runner hierarchy. You can read more about it in our Trailhunter trim breakdown, but long story short:

Like the Tacoma version that debuted the name and concept, the 4Runner Trailhunter goes beyond the TRD Pro with hardware and capability specifically intended to look awesome for overlanding. Among the upgrades are Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5-inch forged shocks with external piggyback remote reservoirs at the rear; 33-inch Toyo Open Country all-terrain tires that boost the ride height by 2 inches at the front and 1.5 at the rear; rock rails and high-strength steel skid plates; a high-mount air intake; a 20-inch light bar with color-selectable fog lamps (if they can’t turn purple, what’s the point?); a 2,400-watt AC inverter with outlets in the cabin and cargo area; three aux switches; and an ARB roof rack. With the 4Runner Trailhunter, bring on the apocalypse.