The hills are calling and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is prepared to response the phone.

This yr, the 4Runner returns with a new exclusive edition but not significantly else has altered from previous yr.

The blocky, off-street SUV earns a 5.2 TCC Rating. Its ability and style give it some legs, but outdated safety scores and gas mileage get it down at the kneecaps. (Browse much more about how we amount automobiles.)

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A Path Specific Edition is new for the 4Runner, but not significantly else is. Toyota expenses $37,515 for a foundation SR5 with rear-wheel generate and much more than $50,000 for a 4-wheel-generate TRD Pro—if you can discover just one. We see much more benefit in the middle, with a deference for 4Runners that like dirt.

The blocky 4Runner’s truck roots clearly show by way of in its stance and style. It’s upright, tough, and tall, a welcome throwback to coupe-formed roofs making use of to all the things other than coupes.

Within and beneath the hood, the 4Runner demonstrates its age. It’s not as roomy as some rivals, and its controls and layout have aged about as properly as episodes of “Two and a Fifty percent Adult males.”

Underneath the hood, the 4Runner relies on a four.-liter V-6 and 5-speed automatic transmission that is up on gasoline intake and down on ahead gears in comparison to others. Its trick is perceived dependability and off-street prowess—other than the Jeep Wrangler, no other SUV does what the 4Runner can.

Rear-generate is typical on SR5, Restricted, and Top quality types, and 4-wheel generate is typical everywhere else. (When it is not typical, we propose it be extra.)

The 4-wheel-generate system is a portion-time affair, and not suited to dry pavement. (Restricted types get just one that is.)

Interior home is on the small aspect for its sizing, even though its cargo maintain is capacious. An optional third-row seat is readily available but should really be skipped.

The 4Runner’s outdated crash-examination scores are supplemented with active safety functions these types of as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise regulate, and active lane regulate.

Each 4Runner receives an 8.-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility computer software. We steer much more toward 4Runners with “TRD” in their names since they’re suited to the SUV’s mission: obtaining soiled.