“Earlier this week Toyota took the wraps off this all-new 6th-gen 4Runner, and now we get a chance to take a closer look.”

As before, the 4Runner shares most of its bones with the Tacoma. That means it’s rocking and rolling on the Tundra’s full-size truck frame with a multi-link coil spring rear suspension and double-wishbone front with stabilizer bar disconnect in some models.

“It also has the same 2.4-liter I4 turbo engine under the hood; both in a standard 278-horsepower version and a hybrid-assisted 326-horsepower i-FORCE MAX.”

The new exterior looks great, probably the most rugged the 4Runner has ever been. Lots of ground clearance, chiseled body work, and exaggerated fenders.

“Apparently people really liked the “wrap over” glass of the original 4Runner because they made a point of bringing it back for this gen.”

TRD models are packing mostly the same upgrades as the Tacoma, so its off-road credentials are as strong as ever. Both part-time and full-time 4-wheel-drive setups are available.

“So yes, that means there will also be an aftermarket packed Trailhunter version as well; loaded up with goodies from ARB, Old Man Emu, and Rigid.”

Heading inside, the original 4Runner was based on Toyota’s Hilux pickup, and you could say the interior throws it back as it has become quite high lux’. This is Limited trim, but a Platinum trim will be available which means you can treat yourself with fancy materials, a head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, and heated seats for the 2nd row, plus play with a 14-inch touchscreen. If that’s not your style, there will be 8 other trim offerings to choose from. A 3rd row is available and 2nd row seats now tumble forward for more flexibility inside; max towing up a thousand pounds to 6,000.

“Not to worry, a power rear window is still standard, and a power lift gate is optional.”

Toyota did not let us drive it just yet, but that day will come soon enough. Expect the 2025 4Runner to start showing up in dealerships this fall, and probably a few trailheads shortly after that. No word on pricing yet but stay tuned as we’ll have plenty more 4Runner info soon on MotorWeek.