You’d be tempted to say that vehicles as old as the 4Runner would see sales decline, but quite the opposite. In 2021, demand for the famous SUV will grow 12.1 percent to 144,696 units. This fifth generation model is still sturdy even though it has been on sale since 2009. For the 2023 model year, Toyota did not switch to an all-new model, but enlivened the vehicle everywhere with a special edition.
Celebrating four decades since the original 4Runner launched, 40th The Anniversary Special Edition gets a retro makeover with yellow/orange/red body graphics reminiscent of the 1980s. The old-school livery is applied to the SR5 Premium trim level in Midnight Black, Barcelona Red, or White. It gets a body-colored heritage front grille with large “TOYOTA” letters and 40 . bronzeth Birthday badge on the tailgate.
Bronze is mostly found on the 17-inch alloy wheels and in the cab for the seams on the seats and gear knob. Additionally, the headrests are decorated with an embroidered birthday logo and even a floor mat is exclusive to this version. As standard equipment, Toyota equips the SUV with an electrically operated moonroof.
Sold exclusively as a 4WD, 4Runner 40th The Anniversary Edition will be limited to 4,040 units, as indicated by the plaque on the passenger side of the dashboard.
Elsewhere, the 2023 model year features Blind Spot Monitor + Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard across the range. Additionally, all trim levels now have LED headlights to complement LED low-lights and fog lamps on most grades. Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) is also standard, while buyers can choose from 2WD and 4WD versions that seat up to seven.
There’s still no word on when the sixth-generation 4Runner will arrive, but we’ve heard that it will share the same platform as the not-for-America Hilux to cut costs and speed up development significantly.