Occupying the middle of Toyotas five-model sport utility vehicle lineup, the 4Runner ranks in size below the Sequoia and Land Cruiser but above the Highlander and RAV4. Modifications to the available Sport Edition Package include optional tube steps, integrated fog lights, and color-keyed fender flares, bumpers and grille. Other new features for 2002 include a Chrome Package that adds chrome accents to the exterior of the SR5, and 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels are standard on both the SR5 and Limited models.
During 2002, 111,797 copies of Toyotas most popular SUV were sold, though that total was down from the previous year. Only a V-6 engine and automatic transmission are available.
Slightly longer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the four-door 4Runner measures 183.3 inches long overall and sits on a 105.3-inch wheelbase. At 66.5 inches wide, its nearly 6 inches narrower than the Grand Cherokee, and it stands about 68.5 inches tall. At the rear is a one-piece liftgate that contains a standard power window that lowers to provide partial access to the cargo space.
The 4Runner seats five occupants on its front buckets and three-place rear bench. Leather seats are standard on the top-of-the-line Limited model and optional on the sporty SR5. The rear seat folds flat to create a wide cargo floor, and the spare tire is stored underneath the vehicle. Cargo volume is close to 80 cubic feet.
Under the Hood
A 3.4-liter V-6 sends 183 horsepower to a four-speed-automatic transmission, and either rear-drive or four-wheel drive is available. Vehicle Skid Control, Toyotas electronic stability system, is standard. All 4x4 models have a one-touch full-time system operated by a transfer-case switch, which can be left engaged on dry pavement. Antilock brakes are standard on upper-end models and optional on the base 4WD 4Runner.