Preview: 2014 Toyota 4Runner Gets a New Nose and Dashboard

2014 toyota 4runner profile side red
2014 Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner is one of the last body-on-frame midsize SUVs left in existence and it’s not a bad thing.  It offers a great off-roading capability in a versatile and even luxurious package.  The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a mid-cycle refresh and reinforces its rugged and tough character.  So what’s new for the 2014 year?

The most noticeable update is right up front as the updated 4Runner gets more squinty eyes and large side nostrils.  The end result is meaner and more aggressive looking SUV.  Perhaps, this refresh is targeting the male demographic more than before?  The profile remains the same but you do get new cool looking rims.  At the back, you find redesigned tail-lamps.  These the same outline as before but have an all new more sculpted and tinted lens design.  You should be able to replace your 2010-2013 4Runner rear lights with the 2014 ones for an updated look.

2014 toyota 4runner dash gauge cluster
2014 Toyota 4Runner gauge cluster

Toyota did more work on the interior of the 2014 4Runner.  Most of the features and layout remain same as before, but the biggest change is again starring you right in the face.  The new truck gets a new and more conventional looking main gauge cluster.  The new gauges will be a little easier to view from more angles, so this is all good.  The center stack shape and design remain the same.  The large knobs are all there, and this means that those of you with long legs will still hit the radio control knob with your knee just as before.

The 4.0 liter 270 horsepower V6 and the 5-speed automatic soldier on in all trim levels.  The 4Runner remains focused on the off-road capability with optional full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking center differential.

In the end, the 2014 model gets more masculine and receives minor tweaks here and there.  Why mess with what is already a great vehicle?  The face lift is significant and you will recognize the 2014 4Runner from a ways away.

Enjoy this manufacturer B-roll of the 2014 Toyota 4Runner:

Take a look at 2014 vs. 2013 4Runner image gallery below.

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.