2005 Toyota 4Runner Review

2005 Toyota 4Runner photo
  1. Original MSRP$28,360 - $36,910
  2. Price Range$6,348 - $12,381
  3. Average Selling Price$8,841
  4. Fuel Economy (MPG)16/20 City/Hwy
  5. Body StylesSUV

User Reviews for 2005 Toyota 4Runner

4.3
10 Reviews
5 Star

40%

4 Star

50%

3 Star

10%

2 Star

0%

1 Star

0%

Interior

4.2

Exterior

5.0

Performance

4.3

Family

4.2

Cost

4.0

by Yota Runner on May 15, 2019

A Truck and SUV in 1
"Solid sturdy body. Just perfect size for my family, not so big not so small. "
Interior

5.0

Nice dashboard
Exterior

5.0

Muscle flex look
Performance

5.0

Tough solid truck
Family

4.0

Optional third row seating
Cost

4.0

Low on maintenance.

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by Colton on February 21, 2019

Used 2005 SR5 4x4 175k miles.
"Love the Car so far, but I have not had it very long. Has some vibrations I'm having trouble diagnosing and the dash lights and sun roof have issues, but it does have 175k miles on it. Hopefully it lasts me for a long time. "
Interior

3.0

Cloth is sturdy but creaky. Bolsters on the driver seats are way too narrow, and I'm not a large person. Plenty of leg room.
Exterior

5.0

Very well taken care of. Very good looking car.
Performance

4.0

Lots of torque, but has odd subtle vibration under load and at stop.
Family

4.0

yes, but no 3rd seat. Not a priority for me.
Cost

3.0

I got a killer deal on mine, but you would be hard pressed to find one for what I paid.

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by Chuck on September 21, 2018

Great truck, lousy frame
"I bought my 2005 4Runner SR5 4WD new in '05 and I must say it was the best vehicle I ever owned..with one exception I'll explain later. Almost everything about this truck was great. I take pride in maintaining my own vehicles and this one never left me on the side of the road. Over 13 yrs the usual maintenance repairs like brakes, calipers, rotors and axles were done, most not until after 100k miles. You could eat off the engine when I traded it. I got an honest 20-21 mpg on the road cruising 75+ on a cross country trip this summer. It towed my fairly light trailer with ease but has the capacity and stout to pull 5000 lbs. . It was great on the beach or a mountain trail. I did have to replace the A/C evaporator core at about 110k miles, that was about an $800 repair I couldn't do myself. The one and only problem I had was frame rust, bad frame rust. I religiously flushed the undersides after taking the truck on the beach (maybe 6 times a year) and I do live near the ocean, but none of my other vehicles experienced the rust problems of the 4Runner. Not the body panels, just the frame. It appeared the frame rails were rusting thru from the inside out. Toyota is well aware of the problem but refuse to cover the 4Runners of this era. The Sequoia, Highlander and Tacoma were all covered under a recall for frame problems. If you intend to buy one look very closely at the frame rails in the rear and definitely drop the front skid plate and check the cross member. I'm not talking about surface rust, this is rust you can push a screwdriver thru, or your finger in some places. Mine had only 135k miles when my trusted mechanic advised me it was approaching the safety concern point, so I traded it back to Toyota. If you find a clean one at a good price buy it, you won't regret it. I wound up replacing it with a new Highlander which is a more refined ride for long trips, and I no longer need the 4WD capability."
Interior

4.0

The dashboard cracked but was covered under a recall. If buying one make sure that was taken care of.
Exterior

5.0

I keep my vehicles very clean, waxed every 2 months and buffed out twice a year. After 13 yrs, never being garaged once, the paint still looked great.
Performance

5.0

Plenty of pickup and power from the 4.0 liter 6 cylinder, no need to get the 8 cyl and sacrifice the milage.
Family

5.0

Cost

5.0


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by Walker Cagle on January 19, 2018

Sport 2-WD
"Great SUV, responsive V-6 motor, transmission is always in the correct gear to give you the power you need. Lots of room for cargo and the back seat is big enough for adult passenger. Toyota quality all the way. "
Interior

4.0

Exterior

5.0

Performance

5.0

Family

5.0

Cost

4.0


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by Don on September 29, 2016

First time owner of a Toyota
"So far am loving my first experience with a Toyota. Love the handling and the ride even tho does have a somewhat truck feel but that is to be expected on this vehicle. The 6 cyl engine feels a little anemic but adequate. Cargo area is small and the two tier shelf is a waste of space and moving parts."
Interior

4.0

Exterior

5.0

Performance

3.0

Family

3.0

Cost

4.0


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by eRobb4 on December 29, 2015

"I have a number of friends and family members who recommended the 4Runner because it just never quits. I bought mine used, 10 years old, but it feels just like new. If you find one in good condition from a good geographic area (not one prone to rust), it's a solid investment for a useful ride that's also easy on the eyes."
Exterior

5.0

Some vehicles are only as good as what you do to them after you buy. 4Runners fit nicely into that category since they only look their best with aftermarket lights, racks, etc. to complete the adventurous look. That being said, a 4R is a far superior blank canvas to most rides. I like to describe it as rugged and aggressive.
Interior

5.0

The cloth interior is very comfortable, and easy to keep clean. I recommend getting floor mats that resist the elements, because you'll feel like adventuring all the time. I have seen several 4Runners with burnt out lights in the center console by the A/C controls, but it's easy to fix for less than $10 worth of bulbs and 20 minutes worth of Google and manual work. A dealer will tell you to replace the whole center console for hundreds, but it really is as simple as popping off the face plate and replacing a couple of tiny bulbs, available at any Toyota parts dealer. This seems to be a common issue.
Family Friendliness

5.0

There's plenty of space inside for friends and family. It's smaller than the huge SUVs that are popular now, but I like that. There's still plenty of room inside, and some models have a third row of seats for conversion between passenger and cargo space. I also find it to be comfortable for long periods of time, which helps keep everyone content on road trips.
Cost Effectiveness

5.0

Some cars wouldn't be worth much with more than 100,000 miles, but 4Runners just develop more character with age — in a good way. Of course, do the diligence of making sure your particular vehicle doesn't have issues. But if you can find a used model in good condition, even with high mileage, you're making a good investment in a solid vehicle.
Performance

4.0

The SR5 with rear wheel drive has responsive getup when you need it to. I learned from a number of test drives that the newer models generally have much better acceleration than the early 2000s models. It's no racecar, but it's solid and dependable.

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by CAT on June 25, 2015

"I bought it to help haul stuff. It's very nice. Lots of space. Great handling. Lots of fun. Pretty good on gas if you keep it in D"

by REDROCK on May 2, 2015

"I've been a 4Runner fan since I first owned a 97 Limited. Great, sturdy, dependable vehicles. Bought this one as my 16 yo son's first. Now... I want one, too."

by FRANK on January 17, 2015

"190,000 miles and still running like new. It just keeps running. I've the 4x4 V6 Sport Edition model. "

by ISH MOH on September 28, 2014

"Hands down, the BEST SUV I've ever owned for 9 years! The 4 Runner SR5 is extremely reliable and totally dependable. I've had no major repairs on this vehicle at all. This vehicle will go another 200,00 miles with hardly any major repairs. I would buy another 4 Runner in a New York minute!"

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CARFAX Info for 2005 Toyota 4Runner

CARFAX offers millions of used cars for sale nationwide. Every listing includes the vehicle history. The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
2005 Toyota 4Runner Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2005 Toyota 4Runner for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
Great Value
(30)
Good Value
(24)
Fair Value
(14)
No Badge
(46)
VEHICLE HISTORY SUMMARY
The Vehicle History Summary represents the percentage of cars available for sale on CARFAX that are reported to have no accidents or damage, had 1-owner, been used as a personal or personal lease car, and/or have service history information.
No Accidents or Damage Reports

59%

CARFAX 1-Owner

25%

Personal Use

100%

Service History

100%

2005 Toyota 4Runner Pricing

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new. The price range for the 2005 Toyota 4Runner is $6,348 - $12,381. The average selling price is $8,841. The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX. Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.

Original MSRP
$28,360 - $36,910
Price Range
This is the price range for the 2005 Toyota 4Runner based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$6,348 - $12,381
Average Selling Price
$8,841
CARFAX Value
This is the range of CARFAX Values for the 2005 Toyota 4Runner on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$5,200 - $14,360
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2005 Toyota 4Runner Pricing By Trim
  1. TrimPrice RangeAverage Selling PriceCARFAX Value
  2. SR5$5,959 - $11,990$8,471$5,330 - $12,250
  3. Limited Edition$6,500 - $12,683$9,378$5,200 - $14,360

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