Motor Trend is reporting that sources within Toyota have said that the four-cylinder version of the 4Runner is being discontinued after just one year. The smaller engine model hasn’t sold well at all, as the V6 model has accounted for over 90 percent of sales.
Part of the reason for this was that the smaller motor didn’t help the fuel economy numbers all that much. Not to mention drivers have to sacrifice 113 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of toque. That small motor in a vehicle that weighs as much as the 4Runner just isn’t going to work out. With that four-cylinder being forced to carry such a large body, the fuel economy numbers were only 1 mpg better than the V6. On the plus side, the smaller motor did save buyers $4,000.
Toyota has not announced sales numbers for the four-cylinder 4Runner, but we would assume they’re pretty low. That would make this model quite rare and a shocking flop for the company.