Toyota 4Runner Is a Rugged, Off-Road-Ready Pickup Alternative


Need a tough vehicle for occasional off-road adventures but don't really want to jump into the midsize or full-size pickup truck market? The Toyota 4Runner could be what you need, especially now that Toyota has begun to follow the midsize Tacoma's trim level strategy.

From a relatively small number of capability-first, work-ready SUVs that offer a solid amount of 4×4 prowess, it looks like the 2017 Toyota 4Runner could be near the top. For 2017, the 4Runner will offer option packages and features specifically designed to deliver just about everything an adventure-seeking off-roader could want.

In addition to the base SR5 and top-of-the-line Limited trims, the newest versions will parallel the Tacoma lineup, offering two distinct, impressively configured off-road packages: the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium packages. The 4Runner will continue to be offered in the ultimate TRD Pro trim as well. It includes the variable terrain system and Crawl Control as well as high-performance shocks, and it looks impressive.

Generally speaking, the 4Runner will be a few thousand dollars more than a similarly equipped midsize Tacoma pickup, but dealer prices may vary. photos by Brian Wong




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