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Toyota, Scion And Lexus Add 543,000 Cars To Takata Recall, Including LFA 13
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Leuxs LFA, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Reports, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 01 13th, 2017


The Toyota group has become the third automaker to expand the recall of cars fitted with defective Takata front passenger airbag inflators this week, after Honda and Ford.
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These Are CR’s 10 Most Reliable New Cars Of 2016 26
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Audi Q3, Audi Q7, Chevrolet Cruze, Consumer Reports, featured, Hybrids, Infiniti Q70, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus GS, Lexus GX, Mercedes GLC, Reports, SUV, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Prius on 10 26th, 2016


Despite a car purchase generally being viewed as a long-term investment, not all vehicles can stick with you in a dependable manner.
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Toyota’s U.S. Sales Fall For The Fourth Straight Month, Down 5% 3
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Scion, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Mirai, Toyota RAV4 on 09 3rd, 2016


Toyota has posted its four consecutive month of declining sales in the United States.
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Order The 2017 Toyota 4Runner In Two New TRD Off-Road Grades 21
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, TRD on 07 21st, 2016


Toyota's 2017 4Runner SUV will be able to travel further out into the wilderness with one of the two grades that have joined the rest of the family.
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Toyota Recalls Another 1.5 Million Cars Equipped With Takata Airbags 24
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 05 24th, 2016


Defective Takata airbags have made Toyota expand its safety campaign with 1,584,000 additional vehicles in the United States.
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Toyota Announces Recall Of Almost 320,000 Vehicles 3
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in LEXUS, Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Tundra on 02 3rd, 2016


Toyota is set to recall around 320,000 vehicles in the United States due to an issue with the side curtain airbags.
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Toyota Brings Rugged TRD Pro Models To LA 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Tundra, TRD on 11 19th, 2015


When Toyota customers look for more special everyday models, perhaps to make them forget that most of their friends drive identical cars, they can always turn towards TRD.
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This Toyota Tonka 4Runner Truck Is For Big Boys 4
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Concepts on 11 4th, 2015


We all know the SEMA Show is an event dedicated for big toys, and apparently Toyota came up with the biggest one of all.
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First Drive: The Tonka 4Runner Is The Toyota Of Your Off-Road Dreams 13
Aug
Posted by Zac Estrada in concepts, First Drive, reviews, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tundra, Trucks on 08 13th, 2015


It’s nice to see someone heard me when I said the Toyota 4Runner would be better if it were more ridiculous.

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Review: Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Is A Time Machine You Can Buy Today 2
Aug
Posted by Zac Estrada in First Drive, reviews, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, TRD on 08 2nd, 2015


If Marty McFly ever gets stuck in 2015 again, he should forget about finding the DeLorean and get himself a Toyota 4Runner.
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Toyota Introduces All-New TRD Pro Series Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner at 2014 Chicago Auto Show 6
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, Pick-Up-Truck, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, TRD, Truck, Trucks, video on 02 6th, 2014
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Toyota has taken their 3 most rugged vehicles, the all-new Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, and outfitted them with exclusive TRD equipment and Bilstein shocks to make them extremely capable off-roading trucks – introduce the new TRD Pro Series at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

The TRD (Toyota Racing Development) heritage goes back many years with an unsurpassed history of Baja racing, street racing and other automotive sporting endeavors. The introduction of the new Toyota TRD Pro Series helps to captivate the audience at the kickoff of this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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We have outlined the fine details of these new TRD Pro Series vehicles below for your enthusiastic curiosity.

Let’s Get Dirty!

Toyota Kicks Up Some Dust with the All-New TRD Pro Series of Off-Road Vehicles

February 06, 2014
CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2014) – Get ready to go where even roads fear to tread with the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota.  Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road packages designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).Rising from the Desert
The TRD Pro Series arises from Toyota’s storied off-road racing heritage, with numerous victories in the grueling Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races.  Born from this experience in the desert, Toyota’s terrain-conquering vehicles will help serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.Serious Specs for Serious Off-Roaders
The new factory-installed TRD Pro Series is aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit.Available on 4X4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, all TRD Pro Series vehicles will be equipped with:

  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • TRD front skid plate
  • Unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models)
  • TRD floor mats
  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black wheels

A hot new color, Inferno, is joined by Black and Super White, cool classics for off-road rigs.

Tundra Like No Other
In addition to the shared features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be equipped exclusively with:

  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
  • All-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires
  • TRD dual exhaust system
  • TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
  • Unique interior seat color with red stitching
  • Unique instrument panel ornament insert

Taco Supreme
Building on the best-selling compact pickup in the industry, Tacoma TRD Pro beefs up and adds a little hot sauce with:

  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front
  • Decreased spring rate
  • 16-inch black beadlock-style wheels
  • BFGoodrich® All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires
  • TRD Exhaust
  • Black TRD PRO badge

Rock Star 4Runner
Adding to its rock-crawling prowess, 4Runner TRD PRO will be exclusively equipped with:

  • 1.5” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • 1” of additional wheel travel
  • All-new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels
  • Black TRD Pro badges
  • Black front and rear lower bumper accents

Street Cred On and Off-Road
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma.

TRD has been an in-house engine and chassis developer for successful Toyota racing activities around the world for nearly four decades.  It also develops motorsport-derived accessories for Toyota, Lexus and Scion street cars and trucks.  TRD’s U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with an additional facility in Salisbury, N.C.

The TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty in the fall of 2014.

Original Toyota Off-Road Game Returns! 
Be the first to take the TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner off-road and online by playing, Super Off Road™: TRD Pro Edition Presented by Toyota.Choose your favorite TRD Pro model and put them to the test on the toughest, muddiest, most grueling online off-road track. Score power-ups, challenge friends and compete to beat the leaderboard. Visit www.ToyotaSuperOffRoad.com for more information.

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About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our ToyotaLexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ nearly 40,000 people.  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.


All-New Toyota TRD Pro Series Vehicles Live Reveal at 2014 Chicago Auto Show Feb 6th @ 10:30am 5
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, TRD, video on 02 5th, 2014
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Toyota seems as if they are serious about injecting a bit more excitement into their lineup of vehicles. To reiterate that idea Toyota has teased us with some TRD Pro series vehicle lineup photos and an exclusive link to view the Live reveal at the Chicago Auto Show later this week.

Update: Toyota Introduces All-New TRD Pro Series Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

CHRIS BURKARD PHOTOGRAPHY, TOYOTA, TRD

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We ask that you tune into this post come Thursday, February 6th at 10:30am EST and view the live reveal below and let us know your thoughts on some more new exciting products from Toyota.



2011 Toyota 4Runner AWD Limited Review & Test Drive 12
Jan
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner on 01 12th, 2011

The all-new fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner Sport Utility was introduced for model year 2010 but since there were several unfortunate recalls from Toyota and several reschedules I decided to test this new rugged off-road sport utility in model year 2011 after the dust had settled at Toyota. The new 4Runner was completely redesigned and re-engineered in 2010 with an adaptive interior and unique cargo area that make this newest 4Runner smarter, more comfortable and more versatile than ever.

The new 4Runner combines a rugged body-on-frame construction with suspension technology that yields the kind of ride comfort more often associated with car-based, unitized platforms.  The newest 4Runner is available in a variety of configurations and in three models: a well-equipped SR5, a top-of-the-line Limited (that I tested), plus a Trail grade for maximum off-road capability.  Optional third-row seats allow for up to seven-person capacity.  Drivetrain configurations include rear wheel 4X2, part-time 4X4 and full-time multi-mode 4X4 with a locking center differential.  All models come equipped with a 4.0 liter V6 teamed up with a smooth-shifting five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission.

The 2011 4Runner is powered by a 4.0 liter, all-aluminum, DOHC V6 that generates 270hp at 5,600rpm and 278lb.ft. of torque at 4,400rpm.  Through the use of advanced engine management that includes dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), the new 4.0 liter engine gained more power over the previous 4Runner’s V6 and even some V8 engines, yet is more fuel efficient than either.  The new 4.0 liter fuel economy ratings rival car-based platforms with 17mpg/city and 23mpg/highway for 4X2 models, 22mpg/highway with 4X4.  The maximum towing capacity is 5,000lbs. which is plenty of towing power for pulling a trailer of jet skis, ATV’s, a power boat, or weekend camper.

I had no problem merging into fast moving LA freeways or powering over tough off-road obstacles like rocks, deep ruts and logs.  This new engine also comes with an ECO indicator light on the instrument cluster that lets you know when you are driving most efficiently.  I really like this new feature to help stretch more mpg as much as possible.

The double-wishbone independent front suspension setup combined with a variable-flow rack & pinion steering system makes for quick and precise control on demanding roadways.  Coil springs over gas-charged shocks are used at all four wheels for a comfortable ride and more controlled handling.  A front stabilizer bar helps to keep body lean to a minimum.  The four-link, rigid rear suspension setup helps minimizes axle hop and assures a smooth ride for back seat passengers while a rear stabilizer bar also keeps body lean while cornering to a minimum.

My Limited model came with 20X8in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone 245/60R20in. Dueler mud and snow radials tires that not only improved my on-road/off-road performance but also added to its rugged good looks.  Standard wheels and tires are 17X7in. alloys wrapped with 265/70R17in. Bridgestone Dueler mud & snow tires.

My Limited model 4Runner also came standard with an X-REAS suspension system that further improves performance, comfort and control.  X-REAS automatically adjusts the damping force of the shocks when driving over bumpy road surfaces, or when cornering. The system uses a center control absorber to cross-link shocks on opposite corners of the vehicle, substantially reducing pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs.  With X-REAS the new 4Runner corners flatter, smoother, and handles choppy pavement more easily.  It really came in to good use when exiting a freeway at high speed, smoothed out the bumps on poorly paved roads and when I was driving off-road.

This new 4Runner shares the same platform as the Toyota FJ Cruiser.  Extensive frame and body reinforcements have been added, using high-tensile steel to add strength without adding weight.  The SR5 and Trail 4X4 models have a two-speed lever-operated, part-time four-wheel-drive system with neutral position.  The 4Runner Limited is equipped with a full-time, four-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential and a three-mode, center console-mounted switch.  The new 4Runner is also equipped with a stronger rear differential than the previous model, with a large ring gear.  Getting into and out of 4X4 has never been easier.

To further enhance grip, the A-TRAC traction control system is standard on all 4X4 models.  The system can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, making terrain irregularities and slippery patches transparent to you at the wheel.  An electronic-locking rear differential is standard on the Trail grade model.  Axles house 3.73 gears in all 4X4 models.

An array of advanced features, formerly only available in the Toyota Land Cruiser further boost off-road capabilities.  The Trail grade offers Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic System (KDSS) as an option.  KDSS significantly improves terrain-following ability by dynamically disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain.

Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature is also standard on the Trail grade model.  CRAWL is an adjustable electro-mechanical system that can be tuned to match the terrain by selecting any of five speed levels.  The system helps to maintain an appropriate speed to keep the vehicle under control and minimizes the load on drivetrain and suspension components.  The CRAWL feature helps make traversing difficult terrain easier and safer.  With the transfer case shifted into low range, CRAWL regulates engine speed and output (along with braking force), to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of five low-speed settings.  This allows you to maintain focus while steering over rough level ground or steep grades, without having to also modulate the throttle or brake pedals.

The Trail grade also features a Multi-Terrain Select system that dials in wheel-slip control to match terrain.  In loose terrain, such as mud and sand, more-than-normal wheel slip is permitted, allowing wheel-spin to work in the vehicle’s favor.  On bumpy moguls, or solid rock, wheel slip is minimized and the system acts more like a limited slip differential.  The Mogul setting is for any extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges, uphill or down.

All 4Runner 4X4 models feature standard Downhill Assist Control (DAC).  This feature augments the low-speed ascending ability of low-range by helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed with no driver intervention.  All models also come standard with Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), which provides additional control for off-road driving by helping to hold the vehicle stationary before starting on a steep incline or slippery surface.

Quickly and safely slowing the new 4Runner down from speed on or off-road are large, power-assisted vented steel disc brakes.  Up front are 13.3 rotors clamped with dual-piston calipers, and 12.3in. rotors clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Braking power and control are enhanced with standard ABS, EBD and BA including Vehicle Stability Control that controls are of these braking enhancements.

It’s good to see that Toyota kept its signature 4Runner mid-size sport utility as a body-on-frame design that offers a more rugged exposure to serious off-road challenges.  Unlike its chief competitor, the Ford Explorer, that now features a unitized body and frame that gives it less 4X4 off-road capability, the new 4Runner is at the top of true mid-size on-road/off-road traveling.

The new 4Runner’s design emphasizes a more angular, rugged, and powerful stance, combining the 4Runner’s traditional form with new progressive styling cues.  Careful attention to wind flow has reduced aerodynamic drag to a Cd of 0.365.

All 4Runner models feature rugged bumpers and wide fender flares.  The new front headlamp and taillight clusters offer better performance and convey a technical design quality.  The front end’s square fender flares meld with a muscular profile that links with a beefy rear bumper and back hatch door that rises to 6ft. 6in. for easy access or loading.

In addition to its distinctive front grille, the SR5 model also features overfenders to help tackle inclement weather and off-road conditions.  A roof rack comes standard.

The Trail grade model 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.  It is distinguished by a unique hood scoop, unique 17in. wheels, black side mirrors, front and rear bumper guards and dark smoke treatment on the head lamps and tail lamps.

The Limited and SR5 models add to the muscular design with special touches that provide a premium appearance.  The front end includes a chrome-plated grille insert, fog lamp bezel and front bumper molding.  Front and rear overfenders and side skirts are color-keyed.  The side molding, roof rack and rear bumper are also chrome trimmed.  The SR5 and Limited models have supplementary turn signals in the side mirrors, along with puddle lamps.

The 2011 4Runner is thoughtfully equipped with a long list of standard interior features and systems to create a comfortable travel space, providing convenient operation in everyday use.  The front seats have a greater range of adjustment than before, both in height and front to rear.

A bright, highly visible instrument cluster houses the large speedometer, tachometer, fuel and coolant temperature gauges, plus a combination meter that offers multiple functions.  Within easy reach is an overhead console that organizes the off-road control buttons into one location.  The center stack features large, easy to use switches and buttons organized into climate control and audio functions.  A compass indicator, outside temperature display, miles to empty and time of day LED line is at the top of the center stack for easy viewing.  A manual air conditioning system is standard on SR45 and Trail models; the Limited features an automatic dual zone climate control system with air vents behind the center console.  The center console on the Limited features the gated shifter, dual cupholders, deep storage box with padded top, heated seat switches, and rear window one-touch up/down button.  The Limited’s beefy, tilt/telescoping/leather wrapped steering wheel feels perfect in your hands.  All controls are within easy reach and fully illuminated for safe nighttime travel.

For second-row passengers, a sculpted front seat-back shape provides additional knee space.  The second-row seats which include a pull-down center armrest and dual cupholders, individually recline up to 16-degrees in four-steps.  Third-row seating features a larger, more supportive seating area than the previous model.  A 40/20/40 second-row seat configuration with a one-touch walk-in function makes access to the third row easier.

A rich leather-trimmed interior is standard on the Limited and optional on SR5.  The interior sports newly designed interior color schemes, using black (Limited only), and Sand Beige.  Graphite and Sand Beige fabric is standard on SR5.  The Trail models are equipped with graphite color water-resistant fabric seats.

Toyota designed the new 4Runner’s cargo space to work harder and smarter.  Fold-flat second-row rear seats provide a level load floor, and it is not necessary to remove the headrests to fold the seats flat.  The available third-row seat is split 50/50 and folds flat, as well.  The seats can be folded from the side, or at the rear, using separate one-touch levers.  With this new arrangement, more cargo space is available without removing seats, and longer items can be conveniently carried.

A Smart Key system featuring keyless entry with push-button start/stop is standard on the Limited.  The system allows you to unlock or start the vehicle by carrying the keyless remote.  The cargo door window has jam control, like the moonroof and power side windows.  An optional pull-out cargo deck is capable of carrying up to 440 pounds, to make loading heavy items easier and to provide seating for tailgating and campsite relaxation.  For models with the sliding deck, a 6.4 liter capacity storage box behind the rear seat provides additional storage.

The SR5 base audio system has an AM-FM-CD player with eight speakers, providing quality sound throughout the cabin and is XM satellite radio capable with a SDARS tuner.  Standard audio on the Trail model and optional on the SR5 is an AM-FM-MP3 CD player with eight speakers, integrated XM satellite radio, USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth Wireless Technology, plus steering wheel audio controls.

Standard audio on the Limited model is a premium JBL audio system that has a six-disk in-dash CD changer and 15-speakers for outstanding audio performance.  For models equipped with the optional navigation system, a four-disc CD changer is used, and XM satellite radio, Bluetooth and iPod with MP3 control functions are included.  The navigation system includes a large seven-inch monitor.

Standard on all audio systems is a unique ‘party mode’ audio setting that is ideal for tailgating, raises bass response and shifts sound balance to the rear of the vehicle.  Party mode is in addition bolstered by rear liftgate-mounted speakers and they function with or without party mode selected.

Standard 4Runner Limited features include heated side mirrors, chrome accented door handles/roof rack, lower rear bumper, tow-hitch receiver with 7 & 4 pin connector, leather-trimmed, power-adjustable front bucket seats, rear privacy glass, dual map lamps, intermittent wipers/washers with rear wiper/washer, power tilt/slide moonroof, cruise-controls on the steering wheel, power one-touch up/down windows, power door locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, backup camera, front and rear 12-volt/120-volt power outlets, storage slots in each door, grab handles at the top of each door and on the passenger-side A-pillar, dual lighted vanity mirrors, and floor mats in the front/second-row/cargo area.

Standard safety features include front seat driver/passenger airbags, TAP side and knee airbags, active headrests, all row roll-sensing side curtain airbags, 3-point safety belts for all seven seats with front pretensioners/load limiters, LATCH lower anchors for child seats and Safety Connect for one-year subscription that alerts Toyota when a crash is detected by the airbags deploying.

The all-new 2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited is an excellent choice for those consumers with an active lifestyle or for those who just want the versatility and functionality that only a sport utility vehicle presents.

The base price for the Limited model is $39,685.00 and only $43,484.00 fully loaded including destination charges.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Wheelbase: 109.8in.
  • Total length: 189.9in.
  • Total height: 75.8 with roof rack
  • Total width: 71.5in.
  • Ground clearance: 4X2-9/4X4-9.6in.
  • Approach angle: 25-degrees
  • Departure angle: 24-degrees
  • Headroom: f/m/r-38.6/38.6/34.3in. with moonroof
  • Legroom: f/m/r-41.7/32.9/29.3in.
  • Turning circle: 37.4ft.
  • EPA passenger room: 97.3cu.ft./128cu.ft. with 3-rows
  • EPA cargo volume: rear seats up-7.2cu.ft./rear seats down-89.7cu.ft./third row down-46.3cu.ft.
  • Total interior volume: 144.5cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 23-gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,805lbs. 4X4 Limited
  • EPA mileage: 17mpg/city, 22mpg/highway


2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Review & Test Drive 9
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 4Runner, Automotive, featured, SUV, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner on 11 9th, 2010

Toyota continues a long tradition by building the iconic 4Runner for those who need an off-road capable SUV that also provides comfort and long-term reliability. The Toyota 4Runner, originally based on a pick-up truck chassis, was first introduced in 1984 and continues to be one of the longest lasting on the road today in terms of dependability.

To keep a ‘good thing’ going, Toyota has decided to do what they know best which has shaped them into the company they are today. For the 2010 model, Toyota has redesigned the 4Runner line without much of a compromise. Although for 2010 and 2011 the V8 engine is no longer available, it leaves room for the current V6 to shine and it does in the area of improved fuel economy and decent power delivery.

2010 model 4Runners have a 157 horsepower and 178 foot-pounds of torque 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine standard on entry-level SR5 2WD models, which is not much to write home to mom about in the area of performance. The 4cyl engine gets a decent 23mpg on the highway and puts the 2010 4Runner’s starting price at just over $27K. In my opinion the 4cyl option is more of a numbers game than one that would satisfy the consumer who wants to take a 4300-pound SUV off-road. Lucky, for 2011 Toyota dropped the standard 4cyl engine in place of our test vehicle’s 4.0-liter V6, which produces a good 270 horsepower and 278 foot-pounds of torque. We think this is a sufficient amount power for the 4Runner while it gets a decent 22mpg on the highway and 17mpg in the city, just one mpg less than the 4cyl.

Aside from what is under the hood of the new 4Runner, it is a well-constructed vehicle with a good track record as it has been for almost 3 decades now. The 4Runner is unmistakable for being an off-road capable utility vehicle with is traditional boxy body that remains to retain that ‘classic look’ from many years ago. Some of the styling cues of the new 4Runner, such as the boxed headlights and taillights, can be found in other Toyota vehicles including the 4Runners smaller crossover car-based sibling, the Highlander.

To be a body-on-frame design, the new 4Runner drives near car-like on the highway. Although the suspension could use some stiffening to eliminate that rocking effect and help the 4Runner corner a little better, it still however manages to stay somewhat composed in most normal road-driving situations. A tighter suspension would also reduce the massive body-dive under heavy breaking. If the 4Runner is ever pushed near the limit you will know it before you enter into the danger zone because its stability control comes on early in an attempt to reduce the risk of rollover. At times on the road the 4Runner does feel like you can easily roll it over but it is not suggested that you prove this theory true.

Off-road is where the 4Runner feels right at home. We took our 4Runner out to the local sand dunes without any very high expectations. To our surprise we never got stuck by taking advantage of the 4Runner’s part-time 4WD with Hillstart and Downhill assist. Shifting the vehicle into 4WD-Low further improved our efforts in climbing steep sand hills and safely descending on the other side of the dunes. Some people may ask why manufacturers still build vehicles like this because they think they will never take them off-road. But we know better, there are still some people in this world with some excitement in their lives and that is why the 4Runner is in existence.

Inside the 4Runner is a redesigned interior. Various knobs for the HVAC and stereo controls feature large rubber grips. The seats are firm with a synthetic feel to the leather. Steering has a relatively light feel making parking and off-road navigation easy. Rear cargo room is ample with room to spare. We even like the idea of the sliding rear cargo deck that allows you to load up to as much as 400 pounds on it. The rear door carries over the roll-down power window that previous generation 4Runners had making it literally a breeze on those hot summer days.

There is plenty of desirable competition in the 4Runner’s class but the 4Runner still boasts a rugged appearance that masks a proven build quality with a quiet and comfortable ride.

Our 4WD SR5 4Runner was equipped with a premium package, backup camera, sliding rear cargo deck, upgraded stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming and sunroof. With this set of options it brought the price to just $36,596. If you have a chance, check out the new 4Runner and let us know what you think about one of the most capable off-road SUVs to come out of Japan.

















Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base $27,500 As-Tested 4WD SR5 $36,596
Type: Midsize SUV
Where Built: Japan
EPA Class: Sport Utility Vehicles

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 189.9 in.
Width: 75.8 in.
Height: 71.5 in.
Wheel Base: 109.8 in.
Ground Clearance: 9.6 in.
Curb Weight: 4675 lbs.
Gross Weight: 6300 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 39.3 in.
Front Hip Room: 56.5 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 57.8 in.
Rear Head Room: 38.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 57.8 in.
Rear Hip Room: 55.7 in.
Front Leg Room: 41.7 in.
Rear Leg Room: 32.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 47.2 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 90 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 7

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 4 liters
Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 270 hp
Max Horsepower: 5600 rpm
Torque: 278 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4400 rpm
Maximum Payload: 1625 lbs.
Maximum Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs.
Drive Type: 4WD
Turning Circle: 37.4 ft.
0-60mph: 7.9 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 24 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 17 mpg / 22 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 408 mi. / 528 mi. / 456 mi.







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