2008 Toyota 4Runner Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$28,415-$39,135
$25,658-$35,337
15 /CITY / 19 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • First- and second-row seats get standard side curtain air bags
  • Active front headrest

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) cut-off switch added
Overview
The 4Runner has been part of Toyota's U.S. model lineup since 1984. The original 4Runner was little more than a short-bed pickup with a fiberglass top, similar to the full-size Ford Broncos and Chevy Blazers of the 1970s. It wasn't until 1990 that the 4Runner became a proper SUV, with an all-steel body and available 4-door configuration. The current 4Runner is the fourth-generation model, which made its debut in 2003. Rather than switch the 4Runner to a car-based platform, Toyota introduced another midsize SUV-the Camry-based Highlander-and retained the 4Runner's rugged body-on-frame construction. The 4Runner is positioned between the Highlander and the full-size Sequoia in Toyota's SUV lineup. The 4Runner is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty in addition to its 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage.

Model Lineup
Three versions of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner are offered: SR5, Sport Edition and Limited. The SR5 gets a chrome grille and door handles; fog lamps; black running boards; and 16-inch alloy wheels. Cruise control; power windows including the rear one; two 12-volt outlets; and remote keyless entry are standard fare. The Sport Edition adds a stylish touch with a hood scoop; a smoked chrome grille; a tubular roof rack and side steps; and 17-inch alloy wheels with tires with raised white letters. That model also gets a tilt-and-telescoping and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The top-line Limited version features a matching-color grille; heated power mirrors; a black roof rack; illuminated running board; and 18-inch alloy wheels. It includes black wood interior trim; leather and heated front seats; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass.

While the SR5 and Sport Edition models get an AM/FM/CD 6-speaker stereo, the Limited adds a 6-disc CD changer. A 360-watt JBL Synthesis system with 10 speakers is an option on all versions.

An optional third-row seat expands the 4Runner's seating capacity to 7. Three-row models get second-row seats that tumble forward to allow better entry and exit. The Limited version gets dual-zone climate control; all versions have automatic climate control.

Powertrain
Each trim level of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner offers a choice of a 236-hp, 4.0-liter, dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine or 260-hp, 4.7-liter i-Force V-8 engine, both equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The torque rating on the V-8 engine is 306 lb.-ft. EPA fuel economy ratings range from 18 mpg city/21 mpg highway on V-6 engine 2WD models to 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway on V-8 engine 4WD versions.

Rear-wheel drive is standard; it includes an automatic limited-slip differential for better grip. V-6 engine models offer a part-time 4WD system while V-8 engine models get full-time 4WD. Both 4WD systems get a Torsen differential that adjusts the power ratio based on steering feel and wheel slip. Each also has a 2-speed low-range transfer case along with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). This serious off-road hardware makes the 4Runner a good choice for those who actually do venture off the beaten path, says Toyota.

Safety
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with what the maker calls the Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, emergency braking assistance, and electronic vehicle stability control (VSC). The new VSC-off switch allows a driver to disengage the system for driving conditions when slip is preferred. Front-seat-mounted side air bags and two-row side curtain air bags are now standard. Mirrors strategically located in the rear-corner window pillars aid visibility when backing, as does a rearview camera included with the optional DVD navigation system and its 7-inch LCD screen.

Technology
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited V-8 4WD model can be had with a rear auto-leveling air suspension for a smooth ride while off-roading or towing a load. It adds Toyota's X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension that diagonally links the compression chambers of the shock absorbers to improve on-road ride and lessen roll and pitch. X-REAS is standard on the 4Runner Sport Edition. According to Toyota, a sensor allows the 4Runner to produce a proper fuel-gauge reading even when the vehicle is positioned on an incline.

What Changed for 2008:

  • First- and second-row seats get standard side curtain air bags
  • Active front headrest

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) cut-off switch added
Overview
The 4Runner has been part of Toyota's U.S. model lineup since 1984. The original 4Runner was little more than a short-bed pickup with a fiberglass top, similar to the full-size Ford Broncos and Chevy Blazers of the 1970s. It wasn't until 1990 that the 4Runner became a proper SUV, with an all-steel body and available 4-door configuration. The current 4Runner is the fourth-generation model, which made its debut in 2003. Rather than switch the 4Runner to a car-based platform, Toyota introduced another midsize SUV-the Camry-based Highlander-and retained the 4Runner's rugged body-on-frame construction. The 4Runner is positioned between the Highlander and the full-size Sequoia in Toyota's SUV lineup. The 4Runner is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty in addition to its 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage.

Model Lineup
Three versions of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner are offered: SR5, Sport Edition and Limited. The SR5 gets a chrome grille and door handles; fog lamps; black running boards; and 16-inch alloy wheels. Cruise control; power windows including the rear one; two 12-volt outlets; and remote keyless entry are standard fare. The Sport Edition adds a stylish touch with a hood scoop; a smoked chrome grille; a tubular roof rack and side steps; and 17-inch alloy wheels with tires with raised white letters. That model also gets a tilt-and-telescoping and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The top-line Limited version features a matching-color grille; heated power mirrors; a black roof rack; illuminated running board; and 18-inch alloy wheels. It includes black wood interior trim; leather and heated front seats; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass.

While the SR5 and Sport Edition models get an AM/FM/CD 6-speaker stereo, the Limited adds a 6-disc CD changer. A 360-watt JBL Synthesis system with 10 speakers is an option on all versions.

An optional third-row seat expands the 4Runner's seating capacity to 7. Three-row models get second-row seats that tumble forward to allow better entry and exit. The Limited version gets dual-zone climate control; all versions have automatic climate control.

Powertrain
Each trim level of the 2008 Toyota 4Runner offers a choice of a 236-hp, 4.0-liter, dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine or 260-hp, 4.7-liter i-Force V-8 engine, both equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The torque rating on the V-8 engine is 306 lb.-ft. EPA fuel economy ratings range from 18 mpg city/21 mpg highway on V-6 engine 2WD models to 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway on V-8 engine 4WD versions.

Rear-wheel drive is standard; it includes an automatic limited-slip differential for better grip. V-6 engine models offer a part-time 4WD system while V-8 engine models get full-time 4WD. Both 4WD systems get a Torsen differential that adjusts the power ratio based on steering feel and wheel slip. Each also has a 2-speed low-range transfer case along with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). This serious off-road hardware makes the 4Runner a good choice for those who actually do venture off the beaten path, says Toyota.

Safety
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with what the maker calls the Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, emergency braking assistance, and electronic vehicle stability control (VSC). The new VSC-off switch allows a driver to disengage the system for driving conditions when slip is preferred. Front-seat-mounted side air bags and two-row side curtain air bags are now standard. Mirrors strategically located in the rear-corner window pillars aid visibility when backing, as does a rearview camera included with the optional DVD navigation system and its 7-inch LCD screen.

Technology
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner Limited V-8 4WD model can be had with a rear auto-leveling air suspension for a smooth ride while off-roading or towing a load. It adds Toyota's X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension that diagonally links the compression chambers of the shock absorbers to improve on-road ride and lessen roll and pitch. X-REAS is standard on the 4Runner Sport Edition. According to Toyota, a sensor allows the 4Runner to produce a proper fuel-gauge reading even when the vehicle is positioned on an incline.
Available Trims for the 2008 Toyota 4Runner
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SR5 (RWD 4dr V6 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28415.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name SR5 (RWD 4dr V6 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28415.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name SR5 (RWD 4dr V6 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28415.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name Sport (RWD 4dr V6 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30725.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name Sport (RWD 4dr V6 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30725.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name Sport (RWD 4dr V6 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30725.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V6 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35100.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V6 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35100.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V6 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35100.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name SR5 (RWD 4dr V8 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30430.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name SR5 (RWD 4dr V8 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30430.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name SR5 (RWD 4dr V8 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30430.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Sport (RWD 4dr V8 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32105.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Sport (RWD 4dr V8 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32105.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Sport (RWD 4dr V8 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32105.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V8 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 36860.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V8 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 36860.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V8 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 36860.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name SR5 (4WD 4dr V6 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30690.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SR5 (4WD 4dr V6 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30690.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SR5 (4WD 4dr V6 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30690.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V6 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33000.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V6 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33000.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V6 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33000.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V6 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 37375.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V6 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 37375.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V6 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 37375.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SR5 (4WD 4dr V8 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32705.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name SR5 (4WD 4dr V8 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32705.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name SR5 (4WD 4dr V8 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32705.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V8 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 34380.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V8 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 34380.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V8 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 34380.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V8 (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39135.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V8 (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39135.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V8 (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39135.00 Engine 4.7L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/17
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth front bucket seats-inc: 8-way manual driver seat, 4-way manual passenger seat, driver pwr adjustable lumbar support, active headrests
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat
  • Center console-inc: storage box w/convenience tray, fold-out trash bag holder, aux audio jack
  • Tilt 4-spoke steering wheel w/cruise controls
  • Orange illuminated gauges-inc: speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, LCD odometer, (2) trip meters
  • Warning lights-inc: airbag system, seatbelt, low-fuel, door-ajar, battery, oil pressure, vehicle stability control, tire pressure monitor system, ABS, scheduled maintenance, limited-slip differential
  • Computer controlled fuel gauge
  • Multi-information display-inc: time, fuel consumption, cruise range, temp info
  • Cruise control
  • Remote fuel door & hood releases
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-down, rear auto up/down, jam protection
  • Programmable auto pwr door locks
  • Pwr rear hatch locking system
  • Remote keyless entry w/rear window pwr-down operation
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • Auto climate control w/rear ventilation & air filtration
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability
  • In-glass FM diversity antenna
  • Silver & black interior trim
  • Bottle holders-inc: (2) front & (4) rear
  • (2) 12V pwr outlets-inc: (1) front & (1) rear
  • Cargo area backup mirrors
  • Dual sliding sun visors w/vanity mirrors
  • Overhead console-inc: maplights, sunglass holder
  • Rear seat center armrest w/pull-out cupholders & convenience tray
  • High-contrast cloth front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, 4-way pwr passenger seat, driver pwr adjustable lumbar support, active headrests
  • Leather-wrapped tilt & telescopic steering wheel w/cruise & audio controls
  • Dual sliding illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Silver shift knob accent
  • Rear tonneau cover
  • Leather heated front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/memory, 4-way pwr passenger seat, driver pwr adjustable lumbar support, active headrests
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/engine immobilizer
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Dual-zone auto climate control w/rear ventilation & air filtration
  • Premium AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, satellite radio ready
  • Silver & black woodgrain-style interior trim
  • 115V AC pwr outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Double-decker cargo system w/net
  • Cloth front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, 4-way pwr passenger seat, driver pwr adjustable lumbar support, active headrests
EXTERIOR
  • Color-keyed bumpers
  • Color-keyed fender flares
  • Front & rear mudguards
  • Chrome grille
  • Black running boards
  • Aerodynamic projector beam halogen headlamps w/auto-off
  • Integrated front fog lamps
  • Black pwr mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist cycle
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Chrome rear license plate garnish
  • Chrome door handles
  • Hood scoop
  • Graphite tubular roof rack
  • Smoked chrome grille
  • Graphite tubular side steps
  • Aerodynamic projector beam halogen headlamps w/auto-off, smoked chrome bezels
  • Color-keyed heated pwr mirrors
  • Color-keyed rear license plate garnish
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Black roof rack w/crossbars
  • Color-keyed grille
  • Black illuminated running boards
  • Aerodynamic projector beam halogen headlamps w/auto-on/off
MECHANICAL
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6 engine
  • 5-speed ECT automatic transmission w/OD
  • Automatic transmission shiftlock system
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Automatic limited-slip differential
  • Skid plates-inc: engine & fuel tank
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Hill-start assist control (HAC)
  • 5330# GVWR
  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension
  • 4-link rigid type rear suspension w/coil springs
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • P265/70R16 mud & snow tires
  • Full-size spare tire
  • 16" 6-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Variable gear pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • X-REAS Sport enhancement suspension
  • P265/65R17 mud & snow tires
  • 17" 6-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P265/60R18 mud & snow tires
  • 18" 6-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 4.7L DOHC 32-valve VVT-i V8 engine
  • 5490# GVWR
  • Multi-mode 4-wheel drive
  • Torsen limited slip center differential w/locking feature
  • Skid plates-inc: engine, fuel tank & transfer case
  • Down-hill assist control (DAC)
  • 5580# GVWR
  • Full-time 4-wheel drive
  • 6005# GVWR
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
    • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbag system w/occupant classification sensor
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
    • 1st & 2nd row roll-sensing side curtain airbags w/cutoff switch
    • 3-point shoulder belts in all seating positions-inc: drivers emergency locking retractor (ELR), automatic locking retractor (ALR) & emergency locking retractor (ELR) for all passenger positions
    • Front seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters
    • ISO-FIX child restraint system (CRS) anchors & tether anchor brackets
    • Rear child-protector door locks & pwr window lockout
    • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
    • Traction control (TRAC)
    • Automatic transmission shiftlock system
    • Side-impact door beams
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