How to use Crawl Control on Toyota 4Runner

You’re heading up a climb over rocky terrain or down a steep descent, yhis is where the 4Runner’s Crawl Control comes in handy.

Toyota 4Runner fifth generation N280 – (photo by Toyota)

In extremely rough off-road conditions, Crawl Control allows travel at a fixed, low speed without you having to press the accelerator or break pedal as you navigate the terrain. Crawl Control automatically controls both the accelerator and the brakes, so all you have to worry about is steering.


  1. To enable Crawl Control, the vehicle has to be stopped with your foot on the break.
  2. Next, you have to engage 4 wheel drive low range and shift to L4. To do so, shift the transmission into neutral. Then move the transfer case lever to the 4L setting. Then shift the transmission into either a forward or reverse gear.
  3. Press the on, off button on the Crawl Control selector knob to switch it on.
  4. Rotate the knob to select the speed and take your foot off the brake. Crawl Control is now engaged.

Crawl Control offers five different speed modes, controlled with a dial on the center console. Select the mode that best matches the terrain.

Crawl Control is awesome for slow speed, extreme conditions. When Crawl Control is engaged, the system can operate continuously for up to twelve minutes. Keeping the 4Runner at a consistent speed, unless you override it by stepping on the break or hitting the accelerator. Crawl Control is temporarily canceled when the 4Runner’s speed exceeds 15 miles per hour.

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