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2023 Toyota 4Runner Adds Two Big Standard Features to All Trims

Learn what is new for 2023 Toyota 4Runner, including two important across-the-board features.


This is the time of year when just about every auto manufacturer announces what is new and upcoming for the next model year vehicles.

Sometimes a model is completely redesigned. Other times it might be mildly refreshed – with one or two new features added. Maybe we see new trim levels within a particular model lineup. Perhaps it is entirely unchanged – labeled a carryover in the automotive industry.

And the same is true for 2023 Toyota 4Runner. In this case, it fits into a couple of the above categories.

2023 4Runner Updates

2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition White Profile Front End

Although one of the toughest vehicles on the planet, many owners and fans would agree that Toyota 4Runner is due a major redesign. New powertrain, new styling, new interior.

But this will not be occurring for the 2023 4Runner model year.

However, Toyota has added Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as standard equipment on all 2023 4Runner trim levels.

This had previously only been standard on 4Runner SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited and TRD Pro. It was available optionally on 4Runner TRD Sport with the Technology Package upgrade.

Now all 4Runner owners will have peace of mind and added protection when changing lanes and when backing up.

Yes, Toyota 4Runner 2023 is not redesigned. Not even refreshed. But these are still important and essential safety features that all 4Runner grades deserve.

2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition

Toyota 4Runner is celebrating its big 40th birthday with a 2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition. It will be based on SR5 Premium and is offered in Barcelona Red Metallic, White, and Midnight Black Metallic.

The biggest eye-catchers here are the 17-inch bronze alloy wheels and totally retro yellow, orange, and red graphics.
Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition looks both cool and tough. It takes me back to the early days of Toyota racing.

Video You May Enjoy: My live video walkaround of this new Toyota 4Runner straight from Toyota Headquarters earlier this month. I hope you like it.

I literally said when this new edition was announced, “Well, if Toyota didn’t redesign it, this is the next best thing.”

Time for Your Toyota 4Runner Comments

This new 40th Anniversary Edition will be one of those love-hate trims. You will either gravitate to it immediately or decide you do not like it at all.

If you do decide you want one, my suggestion is that you pull the trigger and act quickly with your local dealership. Toyota is only producing 4,040 units (I see what they did there – 4,040 for 40th year) for 2023 4Runner model year.

What do you think of 2023 Toyota 4Runner making Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert standard across the 4Runner lineup? Are these important features for you and your family?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story.

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Chris Cashen (not verified)    June 24, 2022 - 8:05PM

Pretty much anything new is good, but the notion of waiting another year for a complete refresh is disappointing. Mileage is awful, cabin is antiquated. The usual complaints from 4Runner fans will just grow louder and some will look elsewhere. I love my ‘07 Sports Edition, 200,000 plus miles but geez….

dominIc (not verified)    July 1, 2022 - 11:25AM

so disappointing. they have been promising changes and totally phoned it in with this 2023 40th anniversary edition. They need to be hiring more than interns.

Dany Grondin (not verified)    August 10, 2022 - 6:21PM

I might disagree on the need of a new redesign. All new redesign since the Tacoma in 2016 have produced WORSE reliability. Taco sunk, Rav4 is only middle of the pack (reliability wise). Tundra have so many issues on over the web….not only the waste gate…. So dissapointing… I don’t care about tech of fancy wheels. I dream of owning the LandCruiser 70Series ….

Sara Valdovinos (not verified)    October 18, 2022 - 6:52PM

I think by now they sure have a better paint. I love Toyota 4runners but hate see how easy is to scratch!

Sara Valdovinos (not verified)    October 18, 2022 - 6:54PM

I think by now they sure have a better paint. I love Toyota 4runners but hate see how easy is to scratch!

Paula Luckenbill (not verified)    November 17, 2022 - 9:23PM

I loved my 2005 4 Runner SR5. I do not like the front end of the SR5 so I went with the Limited. In the Limited I really dislike the fake wood look. I think it looks cheap and tacky. My 05 was so much better than this 2019 I have. One big thing is the acceleration on the ‘19 is horrible. When I bought the ‘05 it had some nice interior features the ‘19 does not have. Pay more, get less! The 40th edition has the ugly front end I don’t like and absolutely hate the strip. In the end I still like the 4Runner because it is one of the last SUV’s that is not a hybrid and not a monster SUV.