2025 Toyota 4Runner Trailhunter announced!!!

2025 toyota 4runner trail hunter overland suv

Following the all-new Tacoma, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner will get an overland-ready Trailhunter edition complete with upgraded suspension, bumpers, and gear.

It’s fully modern, sharing the new design DNA of the latest Tacoma. But design nods to the 1st & 2nd generation 4Runners include wrap-over rear-quarter windows and the roll-down rear window with lift tailgate. It looks familiar in all the right ways.

Frame & Suspension

2025 toyota 4runner trail hunter overland suv

It’s built on the same boxed steel ladder frame TNGA-F platform as the Tacoma, Tundra, Sequoia, and the new Land Cruiser.

Suspension is a multi-link coil rear and double wishbone front suspension. Combined with the new frame, Toyota says it’s a big upgrade in on-road performance and ride quality.

The Stabilizer Bar Disconnect Mechanism that debuted on the Tacoma and Land Cruiser is available here, too, adding a bit more wheel articulation. Limited & Platinum trim levels come with Adaptive Variable Suspension that tunes the damping in real time to adjust to road conditions.

Engine & Transmission Options

All models use a new 8-speed automatic transmission (no manual option). Engine choices include:

  • i-FORCE turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
    • 278 horsepower
    • 317 lb-ft torque)
  • i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain
    • 326 horsepower
    • 465 lb-ft torque
    • 6000-lb towing capacity

The hybrid builds a 48hp electric motor directly into the transmission, pulling from a 1.87kWh NiMH battery. Both drivetrains produce peak torque at just 1,700 RPM, too!

Available drive options are 2WD, Part-time 4WD, and Full-time 4WD. All have an automatic limited-slip differential (Auto LSD). The 4WD models add an electronically controlled high/low range transfer case with and Active Traction Control (A-TRAC). An electronic locking rear differential comes standard on TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Trailhunter trims.

Full-time 4WD system with a center locking differential is an option on Limited trims with the hybrid i-FORCE MAX engine, and comes standard on Platinum trims.

The Multi-Terrain Select has modes for Mud, Dirt, Sand, etc., and it now works in both 4-High and 4-Low. Crawl Control is quieter, and it also has Downhill Assist Control available.

2025 4Runner Trailhunter details

The 2025 4Runner comes in a whopping nine trim levels – SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Sport Premium, TRD Off Road, TRD Off Road Premium, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter.

It’s the Trailhunter we’re most interested in. It comes standard with the i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain and is nearly ready for overland adventures straight off the lot.

Included 4Runner Trailhunter upgrades include:

  • Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5-inch forged shocks with rear external piggyback remote reservoirs
  • Custom ARB Roof Rack
  • 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T tires (265/70R18)
  • Low-profile high-mount air intake
  • Rock rails and high strength steel skid plates
  • Heritage grill with bronze “TOYOTA” lettering
  • Integrated 20-inch LED light bar
  • Color selectable RIGID LED fog lamps
  • 2400W AC inverter
  • AC outlets in cabin and rear cargo area
  • Three pre-wired auxiliary switches throughout the vehicle

The suspension and tires add a total of 2″ in the front and 1.5″ inches in the rear of height. This gives it estimated 32º approach and 24º departure angles.

New tech & safety features

From assisted driving to bigger screens, here’s the list of new tech and safety gear that comes on the 2025 4Runner. Some may be available as options or as part of packages.

  • Center touchscreen controls
    • 8″ standard
    • 14″ upgrade
  • Gauge cluster
    • 7″ analog standard
    • 12.3″ digital upgrade
  • Smart Key w/ push button start
    • Digital Key smartphone access & remote start upgrade (req. subscription)
  • Safety Sense 3.0 (standard on all models)
    • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motorcycle Detection
    • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
    • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
    • Lane Tracing Assist
    • Road Sign Assist
    • Automatic High Beams
    • Proactive Driving Assist

The infotainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay built in. A digital rearview mirror uses a rear camera to let you zoom in or out for a better view of what’s behind you. External cameras provide a 360º view of the terrain, helping you see what you’re driving over.

2025 4Runner TRD Pro & Limited

While the Trailhunter has a few different features, these images of the TRD Pro (“Mudbath” brown w/ black interior…and that hood scoop!) and Limited (Heritage Blue w/ brown leather interior) show more angles and the insides.

The TRD Pro gets a lifted, TRD-tuned Fox suspension with 33″ Toyo Open Country A/T tires and the hybrid powertrain. I’m thinking a spare tire relocation and slight tweak to the exhaust tip would greatly improve departure angle.

Click to enlarge and you’ll see the rear window up/down buttons on the tailgate handle, recovery hook, and more.

Non-Trailhunter trims get standard roof rails (or the option to add them). A sunroof is also an option, shown on the Limited version below.

The TRD Pro gets a black interior with mixed material seats with technical camo pattern. The Trailhunter has available SofTex-trimmed seats with contrast stitching. Full spec details on all models are TBA.

Passenger grab handle has a textured grip, and we’re hoping there are padded leg supports on the center console and door (like the Land Cruiser). All controls for lighting (including headlight aiming adjust, which is a killer feature if you’re loading it down!), fog lights, tailgate, and four auxiliary switches are all clustered together to the left of the steering wheel.

Traction control, drive modes, and 4WD selection is near the stick on the center console, just like always. The JBL audio upgrade gives you 14 speakers plus a portable/removable Bluetooth center dash speaker that lets you take the tunes to the picnic table.

The 4Runner Limited has a much more street-friendly appearance, with a dropped front end and lower air dam to improve gas mileage. The front bumper on all models has a high-clearance design, which isn’t great for mileage, so that lower dam helps move air off to the sides and around the tires.

All models appear to have integrated fog lights, but not all are the color-selectable RIGID models.

Breathable, perforated seats are likely cooled and heated on the Limited and Platinum trim levels…hoping for that on the Trailhunter, too.

Small cubbies and nooks provide storage, with an under-floor storage compartment, too. Various outlets are available throughout, and the rear passenger seats fold down for increased storage. SR5 and Limited models have available 3rd row seating.

All models get the roll-down rear tailgate window. A push-button electric tailgate lift is available as an option.

2025 Toyota 4Runner pricing & availability

Slated to hit dealers in Fall 2024, the new 2025 Tacoma’s pricing, mileage, cargo capacity, GVWR, and other key details are TBA. Considering the Land Cruiser starts at ~$56k, we’re betting the SR5 will start near $40k and the Trailhunter could be up around $55k before options.

Full overview and intro to the new SUV above, short promo version below:

The new 4Runner comes with a standard 3yr/36,000 mile warranty, with 5yr/60,000 mile powertrain and 8yr/100,000 mile coverage for hybrid components. The hybrid battery is covered for 10yr/150,000 miles and is transferrable. It also comes with 2yr/25,000 miles of free factory-scheduled maintenance and unlimited roadside assistance.


About Tyler 74 Articles
I'm a serial traveller and road trip lover who's crisscrossed the US so many times I've lost count. I've owned cars, SUVs, wagons, vans and a 37' class A toy hauler RV, and I've customized them all! I love the open road and getting off the beaten path to find new adventures, mainly traveling with Kristi and the kids to explore the world on our own two feet (and, usually, two to four wheels)!

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