Toyota 4Runner

2016 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is known for being true to its roots. Its one of the last remaining old-school SUVs, which is to say its still a truck. It has not crossed over to being a tall car. Its body is bolted to its rugged chassis, like they used to do, back when SUVs were tough and before they were gentrified. If you want one of those, buy a Toyota Highlander. If you intend to go off road, get the 4Runner. (The FJ Cruiser is gone.)

But dont get the wrong idea, the 4Runner has been updated and refined over the years, and doesnt feel rough on the surface. It comes with a smooth 4.0-liter V6 making 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque thats plenty quick, and a 5-speed automatic transmission. It drives better than its roots might suggest. Its delightfully maneuverable, especially at low speeds and in parking lots.

The 4Runner is comfortable for long trips, with a reasonably smooth ride and very little road noise, although the cabin doesnt quite match the refinement of the Ford Explorer or Dodge Durango. And its narrower body and taller floor steal some cargo space, compared to those models that arent body-on-frame.

With eight airbags (and rearview camera) standard, the Toyota 4Runner scores well in crash tests, although it doesnt get the very best ratings from NHTSA and IIHS.

The base Toyota 4Runner SR5 with rear-wheel-drive is EPA rated at 17/22/19 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined; four-wheel drive gets 1 mpg less. The Trail and TRD Pro Series offroad models only come with 4WD. The TRD Pro is serious, with Bilstein shocks having remote reservoirs, Nitto all-terrain tires, TRD front springs, skid plates, exclusive wheels, and TRD trim and badging.

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is updated with the Entune multimedia system with Siri Eyes Free function and connected smartphone navigation.


2015 Toyota 4Runner

The sturdy Toyota 4Runner is built for durability and all-terrain capability. Using rugged body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner is intended to be a tough and reliable sport utility for the more adventurous owner. In 2014 the 4Runner got a new nose and body parts, along with upgrades to cabin trim and infotainment. The 2015 changes are few, except for the addition with much fanfare of the TRD Pro model that Toyota says is aimed squarely at extreme offroading enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit. We didnt push the TRD Pro to the limit, but we did get some seat time in a Pacific Northwest forest.

The 44 TRD Pro ($41,310) comes with fat Bilstein dampers with remote reservoirs, a big black grille, 17 black alloy wheels, 31.5-inch-tall tires called Terra Grappler, a vented aluminum front skid plate, black fabric seats with red stitching, TRD floor mats and shift knob, and TRD badging outside (black) and inside. It comes in black, white, or a new burnt orange color called Inferno.

If you dont tow and dont need serious four-wheel drive, just all-wheel drive for snow and ice, Toyotas Venza or Highlander might fit better. The Highlander offers similar room and fuel mileage but is quicker and rides better.

The 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, backed by a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg City, 19 combined and 22/23 mpg (2WD/4WD) Highway. Maximum towing capacity is 4,700 pounds by most recent SAE standards, enough for light boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. Rearview camera and electronic trailer sway control are standard.

The 4Runner comes in distinct models equipped for lifestyle needsluxury, sport or economy, in rear-wheel drive or four driven wheels. The standard safety features are extensive, the seating and cargo spaces are flexible, including 3 rows for 7 passengers.

The base SR5 comes with fabric upholstery, automatic air conditioning, and 17-inch wheels. The Trail Edition has increased approach and departure angles at the front and rear bumpers, high ground clearance, and other features for the outdoor and offroad enthusiast.

The Limited is loaded with leather, cabin comforts, and 20-inch wheels.

The 4Runner has good dynamics, resulting in good behavior on the road. Theres rack-and-pinion steering and big-enough disc brakes. It rides smooth and civilized on a road trip, while being ready for an offroad trip.

There are few body-on-frame SUVs left. There is the Toyota FJ Cruiser, far less family-friendly; the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (more choices, open top, less expensive, less refined, less efficient); and the Nissan Xterra (choice of transmissions, better power-to-weight, lower EPA, smaller cargo, less expensive). None of those offer a third row of seats, as the 4Runner does.


2014 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is built for durability and all-terrain capability. Using rugged body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner is intended to be a tough and reliable sport utility for the more adventurous owner. If you're not towing something or planning on four-wheel drive Toyota's own Venza and Highlander may be better candidates.

For 2014 the 4Runner has added premium versions of the SR5 and Trail models, added a few standard features and repackaged others, and received a new nose, exterior and cabin trim and infotainment systems. A rearview camera and electronic trailer sway control are standard on all 4Runners.

All new 4Runners are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, backed by a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg City, 19 combined and 22/23 mpg (2WD/4WD) Highway. Maximum towing capacity is 4,700 pounds by most recent SAE standards, enough for light boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles.

Most versions offer a three-row seating configuration for seven passengers and most offer a choice of rear or four driven wheels. Rear-seat room is tighter than average for many three-row utes, while cargo capacity is on the large side.

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner comes in three distinct models, each with specialized equipment packages, to suit a variety of luxury, recreational capability, and affordability priorities. All are sturdily built, with an extensive suite of safety features, flexible seating, and multiple cargo options.

The 4Runner SR5 is the standard grade with cloth upholstery, automatic air conditioning, and 17-inch wheels, while the Limited is loaded with leather, dual-zone climate control, and 20-inch wheels. The mid-range Trail Edition is designed to maximize off-road performance with superior approach and departure angles, high ground clearance, and an array of functional upgrades for the most demanding active outdoor enthusiast.

We found the 4Runner has good on-road dynamics with rack-and-pinion steering and well-proportioned disc brakes. It rides like a civilized pickup truck, smooth enough for a road trip. But the key point here is that the 4Runner is far more capable and much more durable for use on rough terrain, like a road trip without the road.

With genuine sport-utility vehicles a shrinking market the 4Runner's principal competition comes from Toyota's own FJ Cruiser (less versatile, less family friendly, difficult to see out of), the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (more choices, open top, less expensive, less refined, less efficient) and the Nissan Xterra (choice of transmissions, better power-to-weight, lower EPA, smaller cargo, less expensive). None of those offer a third row of seats.


2013 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is built for durability and all-terrain capability. Using rugged body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner is intended to be a tough and reliable sport utility for the more adventurous owner. If you're not towing something or planning on four-wheel drive Toyota's own Venza and Highlander may be better candidates.

For 2014 the 4Runner has added premium versions of the SR5 and Trail models, added a few standard features and repackaged others, and received a new nose, exterior and cabin trim and infotainment systems. A rearview camera and electronic trailer sway control are standard on all 4Runners.

All new 4Runners are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, backed by a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg City, 19 combined and 22/23 mpg (2WD/4WD) Highway. Maximum towing capacity is 4,700 pounds by most recent SAE standards, enough for light boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles.

Most versions offer a three-row seating configuration for seven passengers and most offer a choice of rear or four driven wheels. Rear-seat room is tighter than average for many three-row utes, while cargo capacity is on the large side.

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner comes in three distinct models, each with specialized equipment packages, to suit a variety of luxury, recreational capability, and affordability priorities. All are sturdily built, with an extensive suite of safety features, flexible seating, and multiple cargo options.

The 4Runner SR5 is the standard grade with cloth upholstery, automatic air conditioning, and 17-inch wheels, while the Limited is loaded with leather, dual-zone climate control, and 20-inch wheels. The mid-range Trail Edition is designed to maximize off-road performance with superior approach and departure angles, high ground clearance, and an array of functional upgrades for the most demanding active outdoor enthusiast.

We found the 4Runner has good on-road dynamics with rack-and-pinion steering and well-proportioned disc brakes. It rides like a civilized pickup truck, smooth enough for a road trip. But the key point here is that the 4Runner is far more capable and much more durable for use on rough terrain, like a road trip without the road.

With genuine sport-utility vehicles a shrinking market the 4Runner's principal competition comes from Toyota's own FJ Cruiser (less versatile, less family friendly, difficult to see out of), the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (more choices, open top, less expensive, less refined, less efficient) and the Nissan Xterra (choice of transmissions, better power-to-weight, lower EPA, smaller cargo, less expensive). None of those offer a third row of seats.

 

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