The 4Runner is the volume leader among Toyota's three sport utility vehicles, outselling the RAV4 two to one and the Land Cruiser nearly seven to one. This year's changes are limited to a handful of new standard features. All trims get the All-Weather Guard Package as standard, the base 4Runner adds a rear window wiper and defogger, and the Limited and SR5 gain daytime running lights and audio upgrades.
The 4Runner is priced higher than most rival compact SUVs, but Toyota's well-earned reputation for quality and high resale value offer some compensation.
With a wide cargo floor, a rear seat that folds flat and the spare tire tucked underneath the vehicle, the 4Runner boasts nearly 80 cubic feet of cargo space. Space for five passengers comes from a pair of front buckets and a three-place bench. Leather seats are standard on the top-shelf Limited and optional on the sporty SR5, which also is available with optional cloth sport seats.
The four-door body style has a one-piece liftgate with a standard power window that lowers into the tailgate. An option package for the SR5 imparts a more aggressive appearance with chrome wheel arch moldings, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and a hood scoop.
Under the Hood
Base models come with a 150-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine; the others use a 3.4-liter V-6 that cranks it up to 183 horsepower. All three models are available with 2WD or 4WD, and two 4 x 4 systems are offered. On the base and SR5, it is a part-time 4WD system for use on slippery surfaces. On the pricier Limited, it is a full-time system that can be left engaged on dry pavement.