Toyota 4Runner is the latest SUV so far by Toyota. Toyota has always tried to provide an affordable SUV by devlivering 4Runner. Its been built on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser. 4Runner had trucklike solid rear axle for rich and optimum off-road performance.
In Toyota's "4Runner" there are three trim levels- SR5, Trail and Limited. All are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that delivers 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission offered is a five-speed automatic. The SR5 and Limited can be had in either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive (part-time system on SR5, full-time system on the Limited), while the Trail comes only with part-time 4WD.
The 4Runner SR5 is packed with with standard alloy wheels, skid plates, foglights, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories with a power rear window, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a CD/MP3 audio system. The Trail (available only with 4WD) adds a hood scoop, a locking rear differential, Crawl Control (which automatically modulates throttle and brakes when ascending or descending hills), off-road tires, a rearview camera, water-resistant upholstery and Bluetooth.
The luxurious Toyota Limited edition gets Toyota's X-REAS adaptive suspension dampers (for controlling body roll), keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded audio system with Toyota's Entune smartphone integration system. Major options include a third-row seat and a navigation system. The available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) can disconnect the front and rear stabilizer bars at speeds below 40 mph for greater wheel articulation over uneven terrain.
The Trail package offers Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) as an option. KDSS improves terrain-following ability by disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow uneven terrain.
Toyota's Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature is standard on the Trail grade. CRAWL is an adjustable electro-mechanical system that can be tuned to match the terrain by selecting any of five speed levels. The Trail grade also features a Multi-Terrain Select system which allows the 4x4 operator to dial in wheel slip control to match the terrain.
Toyota 4Runner has excellent off-road ability and strong V6 engine. It's also useful for carrying people and cargo thanks to its available third-row seat and 90 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Just don't expect it to drive like a car-based crossover - as it is a traditional SUV. If all you need is an urban runabout, there are better choices.
The 4Runner’s interior features are easy to use, it has high-tech off-road aids, tons of interior space for your gear and its optional suspension is capable off the beaten track.
Overall, the Toyota 4Runner is a good SUV for those traveling to remote, unpaved locations. But if you’re just driving the kids to school in the snow or going to and from work on the highway, you’ll be more comfortable in a crossover SUV.
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