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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' moderate overlap front; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'good,' head restraints & seats; 'marginal,' small overlap front
Four stars overall; four stars, frontal; five stars, side; three stars, rollover
Rearward visibility is slightly hampered by thick roof pillars, but not enough to necessitate a rearview camera.
The Toyota 4Runner earns acceptable, but not stellar, crash-test ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS.
The 4Runner earns four stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), four stars in frontal crash, five stars in side crash, and three stars in rollover. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it top 'good' ratings in all but the small overlap front test, which it scores as 'marginal.'
All 4Runners come with a good array of safety features. Eight airbags are standard, including front side bags, side-curtain bags for the second and third rows, and front knee bags for the driver and passenger. Safety Connect, a button-activated, concierge-style system that's similar to General Motors' OnStar, is available.
In addition to the requisite electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes, 4Runners also get Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) for safe uphill starts, plus Downhill Assist Control (on 4WD models), to help maintain a slow, steady speed down steep slopes. For parking assistance (or perhaps spotting when off-roading), some also include a small screen built into the rearview mirror. Some form of rearview camera is standard on all models, while rear parking sensors are an option on some.
The 4Runner's crash-test scores have taken their lumps, in the form of the new small-overlap test.