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Old 02-07-2021, 02:31 PM #1
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Upgrade to 2021 or wait

Hey all,

2014 SR5 with 89K miles on it now.

Looking to upgrade. Had hoped Toyota would have done a full refresh by now, like many others, but sadly I keep waiting.

Wanted to at least step up to a Limited. Our family of 3 does many 2+ hour drives to visit family and/or shopping and day trips. Thought the comforts of the Limited might be an improvement over the current SR5.

I think I'd be getting the safety features, leather, remote start, heated/cooled seats, LEDs, updated Entune, etc. by moving from the 2014 SR5 to the 2021 Limited.

Disappointed in the fuel economy of the current powertrain and would like to have seen that improved. Plus some of the tech seems behind other makes.

What would you do - upgrade or wait?

Thanks!
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The next 4runner isn't coming out until 2023, so there's that. If you want comfort, economy and tech (you allude to that), you are looking at the wrong vehicle. My favorite is the Limited trim (no mods), but even I will admit the highlander is a superior car for taking the family on long trips.
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We have a 2016 Limited, and the trim is great, but would like an upgrade to the current powertrain even though it isn't terrible.

In no rush to upgrade, but decided the GX will be the next vehicle. Looking forward the the upgrade in trim, factory sound, and V8 engine. Once they get Apple Car Play into the infotainment system, that might just be the push we need.

After driving the GX (after the fact), I realized that what we should have bought in the first place, but coming from a 4th Gen SR5 I didn't even consider the GX at the time.
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Hey all,

2014 SR5 with 89K miles on it now.

Looking to upgrade. Had hoped Toyota would have done a full refresh by now, like many others, but sadly I keep waiting.

Wanted to at least step up to a Limited. Our family of 3 does many 2+ hour drives to visit family and/or shopping and day trips. Thought the comforts of the Limited might be an improvement over the current SR5.

I think I'd be getting the safety features, leather, remote start, heated/cooled seats, LEDs, updated Entune, etc. by moving from the 2014 SR5 to the 2021 Limited.

Disappointed in the fuel economy of the current powertrain and would like to have seen that improved. Plus some of the tech seems behind other makes.

What would you do - upgrade or wait?

Thanks!
I was leasing a 2018 limited and I recently upgraded to a 2021 Limited Nighshade. I loved my 2018, and this was just improving/building on top of that for me. Id like better gas mileage, but other than that I couldnt be happier. If your 2014 leaves a lot to be desired for you, id say hold off. its still the same sled, just in this case a good deal more comfy and updated.
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We have a 2016 Limited, and the trim is great, but would like an upgrade to the current powertrain even though it isn't terrible.

In no rush to upgrade, but decided the GX will be the next vehicle. Looking forward the the upgrade in trim, factory sound, and V8 engine. Once they get Apple Car Play into the infotainment system, that might just be the push we need.

After driving the GX (after the fact), I realized that what we should have bought in the first place, but coming from a 4th Gen SR5 I didn't even consider the GX at the time.
Thanks for the thought. I've never driven a GX; do you consider it a considerable upgrade from the 4runner? I'm not a huge fan of the styling, and I'd think the V8 would be a step in the wrong direction for me on the fuel economy front. But I'd be willing to test drive it along with a new Limited 4runner for comparison.
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I was leasing a 2018 limited and I recently upgraded to a 2021 Limited Nighshade. I loved my 2018, and this was just improving/building on top of that for me. Id like better gas mileage, but other than that I couldnt be happier. If your 2014 leaves a lot to be desired for you, id say hold off. its still the same sled, just in this case a good deal more comfy and updated.
I will probably give the Limited a test drive to see how it compares to my current SR5.
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I will probably give the Limited a test drive to see how it compares to my current SR5.
I absolutely love mine. I hope youre happy with whatever you decide!
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Bought my 2021 as I am skeptical about the 6th gen.
Plus, first years = lots of kinks to work out.
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Hey all,

2014 SR5 with 89K miles on it now.


What would you do - upgrade or wait?

Thanks!
You already have an almost new 4runner
And, I think the answer to that question is almost always wait.
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Thanks for the thought. I've never driven a GX; do you consider it a considerable upgrade from the 4runner? I'm not a huge fan of the styling, and I'd think the V8 would be a step in the wrong direction for me on the fuel economy front. But I'd be willing to test drive it along with a new Limited 4runner for comparison.
Just test drive one and form your own opinion. I personally think it’s a considerable upgrade in many ways.

If fuel economy is a concern, I wouldn't even own a 4Runner, but for the purpose of this comparison it's about the same to me.

In other markets it is called the Land Cruiser Prado, but it has a ton in common with the 4Runner. The older GX 470 was very similar to the 4th gen 4Runner in that even parts like suspension, sliders, dual battery kit, were all interchangeable parts. GX 460 got even more bougie.

Compared to the 4Runner it has a similar size, shape, and capability. Still a body on frame 4x4 SUV, just wearing a tuxedo.

Styling has grown on me significantly over the years, but I had the same opinion as you at one point in time as well. To a degree I still consider the 4Runner a better looking truck, but to be honest I don’t really care about that stuff. I just want a nice truck that has more refined amenities, materials, and trim.

The Lexus V8 is super smooth with a nice quiet cabin. It's just a better driving SUV overall.
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Bought New 2021 Noisey pulleys

Hi, New member here. We bought a new 2021 SR5 4 Runner. We have already put 2k miles on it. The serpentine belt drive assembly is Noisy at idle. Don't know if it's a belt misalignment, bad pulley, alternator, or water pump problem. There's also the smell of burnt rubber sometimes after parking it. Anyone experience this, or know what problem could be? Thanks
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bring it to the dealer so they can check and repair under warranty.

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Hi, New member here. We bought a new 2021 SR5 4 Runner. We have already put 2k miles on it. The serpentine belt drive assembly is Noisy at idle. Don't know if it's a belt misalignment, bad pulley, alternator, or water pump problem. There's also the smell of burnt rubber sometimes after parking it. Anyone experience this, or know what problem could be? Thanks
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Hi, New member here. We bought a new 2021 SR5 4 Runner. We have already put 2k miles on it. The serpentine belt drive assembly is Noisy at idle. Don't know if it's a belt misalignment, bad pulley, alternator, or water pump problem. There's also the smell of burnt rubber sometimes after parking it. Anyone experience this, or know what problem could be? Thanks

Have the dealership repair shop check out soon. You shouldn’t be experiencing that at all at this point. The only smell should be a new car smell and no weird noises.
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I have read new ones will be out in '22 and others say '23 or '24. To my knowledge we have not direct word from Toyota corp about that.

I almost bought a new one last year to replace my '10 but I just could not bring myself to purchase. I was looking at something that was 10 years newer....and not very different than what I was driving. Beside the dash layout being a bit larger and a bit more advanced everything else was the same.

Toyota could not even cover the 'old' heated seat switches in the center console area, just put blanks there.

I could not justify the cost/payment for something that was almost identical to what I was driving currently.

Don't get me wrong, I am very happy with my 4Runner, but adding a couple bells and whistles is not enough for me to drop 40k on something new. I am not saying there has to be a major change every few years but everything from the cup holders back is the same basically.

I plan to hold out until the next release....whenever that might be.
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We have a '16 Limited, and may move to a GX next purchase - even if it is a '19 or '20 GX instead of new.

TBH, right off the bat, I changed wheels and tires to 18" with Michelin defender LTX... I think they are 32.5" diameter. Waaaay more sidewall. That limited rode like a wild west wagon with the 20's, and there was no way to go bigger and stay on the up & up w/ 7" wide wheels... (we've discussed this ad nauseam), so... our Limited rides like a dream on the road, but it is a little louder than we want (wind noise). Thus the GX.

I doubt they will make marked improvement in wind noise (glass, cabin dampening) in '23.
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