2025 6th Gen 4Runner Spy Photos From Testing

2025 Toyota 4Runner spy photo

2025 6th Gen 4Runner Seen While Testing In Michigan & Arizona

I feel like this is a dream. Can it be? Can somebody pinch me to make sure this is real? Ouch! Thanks… HOLY SMOKES GUYS!!! It’s real! The highly anticipated 6th Generation Toyota 4Runner has FINALLY been caught testing here in the United States! We have some photos to break down in this article and also we will go over when I think we can expect this new 4R to be revealed.

The 5th Gen is going on its 14th model year this year, only seeing a few minor updates over its 15 years of production. While the 5th Gen 4R will go down as one of the best 4Runners Toyota has ever made, we 4Runner fans are looking forward to what this next generation has to offer.

Now, let’s break down these spy photos!

Check out my 6th Gen 4R Expectations post too.

Spy Photos

Car & Driver New 6th Gen 2025 4Runner Spy Photo

You have no idea how excited I am that we finally have confirmation that the 6th Generation Toyota 4Runner is actually happening. Car & Driver recently captured the testing in Ann Arbor, Michigan right outside of Toyota USA’s testing facilities. In addition to that, a similar-looking test mule was spotted in Wittmann, Arizona just several days after near Toyota’s proving grounds.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, this is just a highly camouflaged vehicle, how do we know this is the new 4Runner? Well, there are a few ways we can tell. First of all, Car and Driver is a major automotive publication. They wrote an article with some confidence that this indeed was “what they believe” the updated gen. A major publication like them does not need to clickbait their audience and degrade their credibility. In addition to this, the vehicle that they saw was accompanied by two other Toyota vehicles that were in convoy with this test mule.

The next thing to note is the Michigan license plate,Tacoma style wheels and mirrors, and that Toyota shark fin antenna. Now we will break down these photos in the next section, but the fact that Toyota and only a few other manufacturers have Michigan license plates for their test mules gives us even more evidence that this must be a 4Runner.

Lastly, both times this vehicle was spotted, it was near a Toyota testing facility, not Ford, or GM, a Toyota testing facility! Now I’m no detective, but this all seems pretty convincing.

Photo Breakdown

6th Gen 4Runner Testing In Arizona
Now, I know it may just look like a big blob with a tarp on it driving down the road, which it is. However, we can break down these spy photos of the 4Runner test mule a little bit to get an idea of what this vehicle will be like.

In the photo up above, we can see some attributes of the new 4th Gen Tacoma making its way to this 4Runner. I want to say that based on the wheel choice of this tester we are looking at a TRD Off-Road version. The wheels are pulled right off the new Tacoma parts shelf. Not only that, but the front wheel arch, rocker panels, and front fender seem to have some Tacoma vibes as well.

As we look at the mirrors and the A-pillar, they seem to have the same look as the new Tacoma does as well. The windshield is raked back and not as upright as the new Land Cruiser, making the rumors of the 4Runner looking like the LC to be false.

It’s hard to tell with these coverings how the rear door and C-pillar will look, but I have confidence that it will resemble a 4Runner. As we move further back, we can see some white coverings which leads me to believe we will have some super aggressive rear taillights.

2025 4Runner Rear End Spy Photos

As we move to the back of this 2025 4Runner, there is a lot to dissect. The way this rear end looks, really has me thinking that the rear roll-down window is here to stay. We can see a rear-mounted spoiler along with some aggressive D-pillar siding that resembles the 5th Gen.

There is a red bar that goes across the rear end as well which I feel is a reflector within the camo to throw us off a little bit. I know that manufacturers add additional moldings to these test mules to try and stump journalists so they can’t see what the final design is before the official reveal. I don’t see the 4R having this detail, that is more of a Lexus characteristic.

As we move down in the photo we can see our exhaust on the left, along with a full-size spar and tow hitch receiver. The rear quarter panels also have a nice angle to them like the current 5th Gen has to allow for a good approach and departure angle while off-road.

What did I miss? Let us know in the comments what you see.

When Will It Be Revealed?

All New 2025 Toyota 4Runner

It was around this time last year when we started seeing more finished test mules of the new Tacoma driving around these same streets. The Tacoma was revealed to us later that year in May. The 4Runner could be fully revealed to us in April, May, or June at the latest based on that same logic.

Regardless, this test mule isn’t a Frankenstein of panels and parts, it’s more of a “finished” product, so I fully expect to see this vehicle unmasked this year, and not pushed to 2025 as a 2026 model.

Final Thoughts

2025 6th Gen Toyota 4Runner

Are you pumped that the 6th Gen 4Runner is finally visible on the horizon? I am beyond excited to see what Toyota does with this new 4R, but also nervous at the same time. The 4Runner is legendary, I just really hope Toyota remembers that and doesn’t mess this one up for us enthusiasts.

Will you be trading in your trusted 5th Gen for this new and updated version? Let us know!

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Dylan
Dylan
26 days ago

These photos look more like the new Lexus GX, specifically the taillight design.

2003 4runner still going strong
2003 4runner still going strong
27 days ago

I’m seeing a piece of poo. No thanks.

Otter63
Otter63
1 month ago

Raked windshield usually means less headroom, unless the truck is longer. No thanks.

@in_a_4runner
@in_a_4runner
1 month ago

From observation of the photos,

  • This puppy does appear to be much wider than the 5th Gen
  • The Rear Tire is pushed closer towards the rear bumper out for visibility
  • This vehicle appears to have a higher clearance
  • The Exhaust is on the left, not the right.
  • Appears to be more flair on both front & rear fenders

I am hoping the best for the 6th Gen, but I will take my 5th Gen over the newer 6th Gen for now.

Great write up Jon

@in_a_4runner
@in_a_4runner
1 month ago
Reply to  @in_a_4runner

Based on some of these images and the 4Gen Tacoma, on YouTube, Icon explains that “2024 Tacoma Wheel Offset & Tire Size Guide | FULL CYCLE TEST” it would be difficult to put a 35 or 37 on the 4th Gen Taco. So that would be a deal breaker if others could not put on the 35’s or 37’s on the 6th Gen 4Runner. Even if you did some cutting and pushing back the Body Mount, there would be some RUB.

So Sad . . .

@in_a_4runner
@in_a_4runner
1 month ago
Reply to  @in_a_4runner

I meant to say, the Rear Spare Tire is pushed closer towards to rear bumper.

Willard
Willard
1 month ago

The death of the 4Runner. 2.4 Liter turbo Hybrid??? Reliability and usable performance out the window. Too many electronics have been brought to the party. I’ll stick with my 3rd Gen and 4th Gen until they buckle under their own weight.

Hard pass.

LottaKock
LottaKock
1 month ago
Reply to  Willard

This is why I bought a GX460 new last month. Last of the oldish school vehicles.

5THGN4R4L
5THGN4R4L
1 month ago

I believe it will take many cues from the new Tacoma and also the Lexus TX.
Let’s hope its production stays in Japan.
And like the 5th gen it can only become
legendary proving itself over time.

Henrik
Henrik
1 month ago

Nothing to be excited about anymore from the Toyota camp since they switched to the 4 banger 2.8 liter engine. I’ll keep my Gen 5 V6 until it won’t move anymore.

RayC
RayC
1 month ago
Reply to  Henrik

Agree. Why do Toyotas last forever? Because their engines are overbuilt and under exploited. The 4.0L V6 could easily put out 100 more HP but Toyota engineers know that reliability and longevity are more important.

Tinker
Tinker
1 month ago
Reply to  Henrik

I agree, but I think a lot of it has to do with the governments unconstitutional regulations of automobiles and every manufacturer thinks that they have no choice, but to follow the dictates presented to them.

I just can’t imagine a close to 3 ton 4Skinner with a 4 banger in it. My dad was a Chevrolet dealer and granted, Chevy’s are no where near the quality of a Toyota/Lexus product, but with that said, “most” 4 bangers don’t handle continual stress (Chevy’s didn’t), if that is what the owner operator will be putting them through.

I agree as well, that I’ll keep my 2018 with 31K miles 5th gen with the 4.0 V6, even though it is a bit under powered.

Byron
Byron
1 month ago
Reply to  Henrik

100% agree… I’ve only got 114,000 miles on my 5th Gen 4.0 normally aspirated V6, I’ll rebuild it and keep it going for as long as I can!

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