Aug 04, 2014
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $42,175: 4.0-L 6-cyl 24-valve, 5-speed automatic transmission, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System
Likes

Toyota reliability and an always-solid foundation is why I love the 4Runner line. Having owned a last-year first-generation SR5 4Runner and second-gen extra-cab pickup, I’ve been a fan ever since — which is why I’m now on the hunt for a third- or fourth-gen with lowish miles. The typical comment from passengers when getting into this example was that the truck felt big, but it’s not an oversized SUV. It’s easy to park and manuever around town. It handles great and does everything I think a sport utility should do. Although I didn’t get to “wheel” it off-road, it performed solidly on the tarmac running daily errands. The Trail Premium model uses a lever selector to shift between 2- and 4-wheel drive. The SR5 and Limited models use a knob. Our test model had the optional moonroof, rigid running boards, luggage rack and a pretty cool pull-out cargo deck in the rear compartment which makes loading heavy objects (up to 400 lbs) easy.

Dislikes

More power, more power, more power. At 270 hp, the 4.0-liter V6 is adequate for around-town cruising, but it felt a bit underpowered when I wanted more reaction. Window control button is mounted on top of door panels and prone to getting hot when the rig has been sitting in the sun. I never got used to the configuration.

Verdict

With five variants available, it’s hard to go wrong with any 4Runner. These always maintain their resale value and last a long time when maintained properly. If I was in the market for a new 4Runner, I’d be happy to park this version in my garage. Now, if I could just find a late third-gen with less than 200k miles…

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 270
Torque 278 lb/ft
EPA Mileage 17 city/21 hwy

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