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Toyota 4Runner turns 40, goes retro with an anniversary edition

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The Toyota 4Runner celebrates four decades in 2023, and you’ll be able to get a special throw-back graphics package in the form of a 40th Anniversary Special Edition model. Here’s what you need to know about this special 4Runner.

Limited run

Toyota is throwing a lot of 4s around for this special anniversary. The 40th Anniversary Special Edition 4Runner will have limited production, and on 4,040 will be produced. To add a few more 4s into the equation, Toyota notes the 4Runner has had more than 4 million cumulative sales over the past four decades.

Heritage graphics

Because the first 4Runner was built on the Toyota pickup platform, steeped in off-road racing, the retro body graphics on the 40th Anniversary Special Edition pay homage to the early racers.

In addition to the retro graphics, you’ll see special badging, bronze-colored reverse stitching, anniversary-logoed seats and a standard power moonroof.

If you think these throw-back graphics look familiar, you’re not wrong. Think TacoZilla, the 2021 SEMA build from Toyota.

Three colors

The 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition will only be available in three colors: White, Midnight Black Metallic and Barcelona Red Metallic. Bonus: None of these colors are extra-cost options.

Other than the specific paint and heritage graphics, other exterior design features include bronze 17-inch wheels, body-color-matched heritage grille and a bronze 40th anniversary logo on the tailgate.

4Runner Anniversary Edition

What else is new for 2023?

Also worth noting is a couple of small tweaks for 2023. First the TRD Pro model will be available in Solar Octane. Second, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard on all trims.

The bottom line on the 4Runner Anniversary Edition

There is no word on pricing for the Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition, but it’s built off the SR5 trim, which starts at $39,320 for 2022. So, we imagine it will be priced around $42k. We also don’t know when it will show up in dealers, but late Q3 or early Q4 is a good bet.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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  1. Gene May 27, 2022

    Sounds like a typical midlife crisis to me.

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