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Will 2022 Toyota 4Runner be a Surprise Redesign?

Toyota 4Runner is due for a new body style soon. Could it be as early as next year?


When will Toyota redesign its beloved 4Runner? And what will it look like when it does get an overhaul?

These are two very timely and appropriate questions to ask. Toyota 4Runner is most definitely due for a redesign, as it has not received one since the 2010 4Runner. That is 11 years running.

Certainly not the longest Toyota stretch without a new body style. Look at Tundra. It had been since 2007 without a major design change. Fans are excited to see the completely revamped 2022 Tundra soon.

That brings us to 4Runner and its “near future” plans.

2022 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition Army Green color profile view

It is only natural to wonder what is coming next for our fan-favorite Toyota 4Runner. After all, this is one of the last true SUVs left on the planet. Its body-on-frame design allows it to withstand harsh terrain and difficult obstacles. One of the toughest vehicles around.

However, we all know it is time for a change soon. The problem is we do not know when. So many emotions to feel here.

Toyota is being suspiciously tight-lipped about plans for upcoming Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Tacoma. We do not know when they are scheduled for a redesign. They are also radio silent on even one single specification for next-gen 2022 Tundra.

Because of this, we are left to wonder on our own.

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This is where things get interesting. I have heard three different “4Runner redesign model years” given by multiple sources in the past two months.

Another automotive manufacturer revealed to me they know 4Runner will be redesigned for 2025 model year. A couple different people in circles that would know have told me that is not true at all. That we will see a brand new 2023 Toyota 4Runner.

But then, I recently heard from two Toyota sources they have been told to expect a 6th generation 4Runner for 2022 model year.

Are you as confused as I am now?

Next-gen 2022 4Runner – could it be true?

2021 Toyota 4Runner Limited Magnetic Gray Metallic profile view

It would be a solid strategy for Toyota to launch two much-anticipated next-gens at the same time. Talk about building the hype. Strong hype. To have an all-new Toyota Tundra and 4Runner simultaneously would be practically mind-blowing if you are a Toyota truck and SUV lover.

The fact that Toyota has not yet revealed even one single detail about a new 4Runner would not necessarily disqualify this speculation from proving to be true. Toyota has still not said a peep about next-gen 2022 Tundra, and it should be here by end of this calendar year. Coming up fast.

Look at history and precedent. Toyota did not unveil its 5th generation 2010 4Runner until September of 2009. Not much of a window there.

I could also make an argument against that being true now, though, by saying no news may indeed mean no news. 2022 Toyota 4Runner could be a carryover from 2021.

Extremely possible. In fact, it may be the most possible scenario.

Your comments on 2022 Toyota 4Runner

Thanks for reading everyone.

Are you a Toyota 4Runner fan, and if so, are you looking forward to its next redesign?

I would assume at this point we will be seeing a brand-new engine/transmission tandem, improved fuel efficiency, a 4Runner Hybrid option, as well as the most modern interior and safety systems and technology.

What are you hoping to see with the next generation 4Runner?

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John Pasha (not verified)    May 18, 2021 - 9:00PM

I want greater towing capability and better fuel economy. A hybrid would be nice for this. And if it goes unibody, it will be a huge disappointment. It is the only one of it's kind. A land cruiser is another 25-30k. We shouldn't have to pay 76k for body on frame performance

Marc (not verified)    May 21, 2021 - 3:38PM

It needs a contemporary automatic transmission (8-speed or higher) and the engine desperately needs more horsepower (maybe a turbo).

Hopefully the look can be improved, right now the front end especially looks off.

Ruby (not verified)    August 23, 2021 - 2:17PM

In reply to by Marc (not verified)

Next Gen: Ditch the awful front end design; Install an updated V6 and 8 speed transmission. Keep body on frame. Fold flat design for second row. Kill the 3d row seats.

Griz (not verified)    June 10, 2021 - 12:39PM

The 4Runner needs a better trans and a better engine, preferably turbocharged. It has gotten too big and too heavy for a serious off road machine. They need to make a two-door version.

Griz (not verified)    June 10, 2021 - 12:42PM

The 4Runner needs a better trans and a better engine, preferably turbocharged. It has gotten too big and too heavy for a serious off road machine. They need to make a two-door version.

CBnCO (not verified)    July 5, 2021 - 10:11PM

I'll second the engine and transmission upgrade; but, I'd ditch my Land Rovers in a second if Toyota could design a fold flat rear cargo area and increase the length behind the first row to allow a full size human to sleep/camp comfortably. This is my favorite feature on the LR's..the split tailgate is nice as well; but, then no roll down window..

Freddie (not verified)    October 18, 2021 - 1:12PM

Fans would like to have the more desperately needed rear legroom. Get rid of the third row, that is more truck space. 8 speed transmission will be a relief for that V6. Please no Turbo charged engine. Turbos only creates more maintenance issues and headaches.