The 4Runner is actually our most popular customer vehicle- so we are well-versed in what works best.
First things first, your stock crossbars will not work. They are too close to the roof of the vehicle to allow you to tighten the hardware underneath. You will need an aftermarket set of crossbars or a platform rack in order to mount up a tent. We always suggest crossbars as they are plenty strong for installation and much easier and cheaper to deal with than a platform rack.
Check out www.etrailer.com for some crossbar options. You can enter your 4Runners year, make, and model and it will show you all compatible options.
As for tent choice, the most popular is the Falcon tent. It is super low-profile, ultra-durable, and looks sharp. Check out our Instagram @roofnest for more pictures of that combo than you can shake a stick at. You can also jump over to our FB group, the Roofnest Flock, for more.
However, if you want the best of the best, check out the brand-new Falcon Pro. This tent will technically require a platform rack due to its slightly heavier weight, but is the undisputed king of the Roofnest line!
While the Falcon XL will work, almost everyone finds the extra width and subsequent overhang too much for the 4Runner. 95% of our customers go with the normal size Falcon. The regular size Condor and Sparrow, as well as both Sparrow Adventures also work great!