Was looking for a larger vehicle with some more rugged capability to replace my '06 RAV4 Limited. As a fan and previous owner of other Toyotas, I was naturally inclined to find and like the 4Runner, w...
Was looking for a larger vehicle with some more rugged capability to replace my '06 RAV4 Limited. As a fan and previous owner of other Toyotas, I was naturally inclined to find and like the 4Runner, which I purchased in early February 2010.
Have found the 4Runner SR5 to handle well, deliver adequate power, and be very capable, though it does take a good yank to go from 2 to 4wd and it is a bit of a reach for my petite size (5'2"). The added height is a bonus, and even without the running board or other step, I find it easy to get in and out.
As for interior options/accessories, I love some and hate a couple things. First, having Homelink is wonderful and there are enough buttons for all of my garage doors and gate. I also like the integrated BlueTooth, though that isn't new. Storage compartments up front are convenient. I also love the auto rear window -- perfect for toting my two dogs.
I HATE, HATE, HATE the sliding rear cargo deck. What a useless space-waster! I would find far more use out of a false-bottom floor where I could stash first aid kits, shopping bags or tools... Which brings me to my next complaint -- too little hidden storage in the cargo area. Admittedly, I was spoiled by the RAV4's hidden storage; however, the 4Runner has only a thin covered caddy behind the back seats and a few open spots on the side. A few essentials (emergency kit, first aid gear) should be with you at all times, neatly stowed away from the other daily cargo for only those times you need them.
My last minor complaint are the stereo options. Pretty lame compared to other Toyota vehicle options, but that can be fixed with aftermarket equipment.