The 2010 Toyota 4Runner paints a positive safety impression, thanks to top "good" results from the IIHS in frontal, side, and rear tests, along with mostly five-star results from the federal government, aside from four stars for the frontal passenger.
All V-6 4Runner models get electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) for safe uphill starts, and all 4WD models get Downhill Assist Control, to help maintain a slow, steady speed down steep slopes. Also newly available is Safety Connect, a system that's similar to General Motors' OnStar, bringing 24-hour roadside assistance and allowing location of your stolen vehicle or emergency location for accidents.
"In the second row, the wide, flat seat allows a booster seat to fit well, while firm seat belt receptacles make buckling easy for little hands," notes the family-minded MotherProof reviewer.
"Visibility to the front is great since the 4Runner sits so high up, but it’s not as great to the rear and sides," says MotherProof. "The 4Runner’s big side mirrors and a backup camera help mitigate that." The reviewer notes that even on models without the rear camera, parking sensors are included.
Some models include a small screen built into the rearview mirror that provides a fish-eye camera view backward for parking assistance. All 4Runners also come with eight standard airbags, including front side bags, side-curtain bags for the second and third rows, and front knee bags for the driver and passenger. "For better safety, the side-curtain airbags now extend to the third row, if that option box is checked, and there are standard knee bags for both the driver and front passenger," notes Truck Trend.