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2025 Toyota 4Runner Debuts As All-New Ford Bronco Rival

Toyota has been on bit of a roll in terms of launching completely redesigned models to freshen up its aging lineup as of late, a list that includes the all-new 2024 Tacoma pickup and the 2024 Land Cruiser, to name just a couple. We’ve also known for some time that the 2025 Toyota 4Runner was next up on that list, and the automaker has teased the redesigned Ford Bronco rival several times over the past couple of weeks, giving us hints as to what we can expect, while Ford Authority recently reported that Toyota is benchmarking the Ford Bronco Raptor as well. Now, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner has officially been revealed, giving us all of the pertinent details revolving around the brand new rugged SUV.

On the outside, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner has taken styling cues from some other recently-redesigned products, including the Tacoma, specifically, while also retaining its signature roll-down rear window and wrap-over quarter glass. It will be offered in a vastly expanded trim level lineup consisting of SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Sport Premium, TRD Off Road, TRD Off Road Premium, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter grades, with the Platinum representing the new range-topping luxury variant and the Trailhunter being an overlanding-focused model with an array of upgrades.

The 2025 Toyota 4Runner is underpinned by the TNGA-F platform shared with the Tundra, Tacoma, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia, and features a multi-link rear coil suspension and a double wishbone setup in the front. It’s available in two-wheel drive or part-time and/or full-time four-wheel drive guise, with off-road-friendly 32-degree approach and 24-degree departure angles and stabilizer bar disconnect – just like the Bronco Badlands.

Inside the cabin, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner comes with a new seven-inch digital gauge cluster or a 12.3-inch unit for higher trims, coupled with a standard eight-inch or larger 14-inch infotainment screen. In terms of powertrains, customers get two choices, both turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinders – the standard i-Force generating 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, or the i-Force Max hybrid, which produces 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet. Either way, both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.  The all-new 4Runner is currently slated to arrive in the U.S. this fall, though pricing hasn’t yet been announced.

Sales Numbers - Midsize Off-Road SUVs - Q1 2024 - USA

MODEL Q1 24 / Q1 23 Q1 24 Q1 23 Q1 24 SHARE Q1 23 SHARE
JEEP WRANGLER +0.89% 38,308 37,971 40% 41%
TOYOTA 4RUNNER +60.18% 33,823 21,116 35% 23%
FORD BRONCO -25.79% 24,066 32,430 25% 35%
TOTAL +5.11% 96,197 91,517

In terms of sales, the Jeep Wrangler currently leads the mid-size off-road-focused SUV segment with a 40 percent share as of the conclusion of Q1 2024, followed by the 4Runner at 35 percent and the Bronco at 25 percent. Thus, it’ll be interesting to see how the arrival of the redesigned 4Runner impacts this hotly-contested segment moving forward.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Mackie

    Station wagon with a lift? They went overboard with the styling ‘bulges’.

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  2. whypac

    It’s too small to be a station wagon.

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  3. Wolfpack

    Bronco refresh needed badly to stay competitive. Interior and power train options really starting to fall behind Jeep and Toyota

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    1. crysalis_01

      Bronco Wrangler 4Runner
      2.3 – 300/325 2.0 – 270/295 2.4 – 278/317
      2.7 – 330/415 3.6 – 285/260 2.4M – 326/465
      3.0 – 418/440

      I guess I don’t really see the “fall behind” on the drivetrain side. About the only place where Bronco is down is the torque vs the 2.4 iForce MAX, and it being a hybrid, that’s kind of expected. As far as the interior goes… I agree with you.

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      1. Wolfpack

        No hybrid or PHEV offering

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  4. t4r

    4th gen 03-09 with a v8 was the GOAT

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    1. Mf

      That was a really great vehicle. Very robust. Not quick, not really spacious, but a good vehicle that lasts.

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      1. t4r

        Mines still running like a champ at 280k except the frame is worse looking than swiss cheese

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