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By Cars.com Staff
October 7, 2008
Vehicle Overview Toyota's midsize 4Runner is a truck-based SUV with available V-8 power and room for up to seven passengers. The SR5, Sport Edition and Limited trim levels are available. Similar truck-based SUVs include the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder, all of which have optional V-8 engines.
New for 2009 Toyota adds a Trail Edition package for 2009 that includes locking front and rear differentials as well as added skid plates for offroad use. On the inside, Trail Package 4Runners receive water-resistant seats and a portable navigation unit that's docked in the stereo system.
Exterior Built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the 4Runner is 189.2 inches long. The Sport Edition features a hood scoop, sport suspension and smoked chrome grille.
17-inch wheels (Sport)
18-inch rims (Limited)
Rear liftgate has a power-down window
Available projector headlights
Available roof rack
Interior Without the available third-row seat, the 4Runner seats five people on front buckets and a three-seat, fold-down 60/40-split rear bench. Seven occupants fit inside models equipped with a third-row seat. Cargo-area backup mirrors mounted in the rear pillars allow the driver to see oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking stall.
Two 12-volt outlets
Remote keyless entry
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel (Sport and Limited)
Power front seats (Sport and Limited)
Leather upholstery and heated front seats (Limited)
Black wood grain interior trim (Limited)
Available DVD navigation system
Under the Hood Available engines include V-6 or V-8 power with rear- and four-wheel-drive models. Four-wheel-drive-equipped 4Runners feature Downhill Assist Control that restricts speed when going down a steep grade. Hill-start Assist Control, standard on rear- and four-wheel-drive models, works to keep the SUV from rolling backward on an upgrade.
4.7-liter V-8 making 260 horsepower and 306 pounds-feet of torque
4.0-liter V-6 making 236 hp and 266 pounds-feet of torque
Both engines team with a five-speed automatic transmission
Body-on-frame construction uses full-length, boxed-section frame rails
Safety Standard safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes
Seat-mounted side-impact and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors