2012 Toyota 4 Runner
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FINALLY have a 4Runner

by from Indiana on June 6, 2012

I really wanted to check out the 4Runner back in 2010 when they came out with the redesign but they were pretty sparse at the time and none of the dealerships in our area were carrying them. I finally...
I really wanted to check out the 4Runner back in 2010 when they came out with the redesign but they were pretty sparse at the time and none of the dealerships in our area were carrying them. I finally got a chance to test drive one recently and immediately fell in love! Cars.com says that the trucklike ride is something that they don't like, but after driving several vehicles where you could feel all of the road imperfections I really enjoy being in something that can take anything that comes my way. I compared this with the Tacoma and that was more of a bouncy trucklike ride. The 4Runner is smooth, but rugged and for me it's the perfect feel. I'm glad that they haven't switched to a car platform like so many other vehicles. Interior quality is excellent especially when compared with other Toyotas like the Rav4 and even the new Camry. Some of the pieces aren't nearly as nice as others, like the interior door handles, but overall it's a nice environment to be in. The exterior is very beefy and boxy and it reminds me of the model version that preceded the previous one. Some people don't like the new style but I think it looks great and I've gotten a lot of compliments on it. Mine came with navigation and Entune. Personally, I don't care for Entune because in order to get the content (like fuel prices, Bing search) I have to plug my iPhone 4s into the USB port (it won't connect to the internet via bluetooth). The USB port is located inside the glovebox. So it's kind of a pain considering that I could just look up the info on my phone a lot quicker. The phone WILL connect to the bluetooth for other features like playing music, making calls, etc. but it just won't connect to the internet and that's a known issue. Having said that, the touchscreen is nice and large, the GPS works fairly well, and I like that you can speak to the system and tell it where you want to navigate to. There are a couple of things that I think would make this vehicle even better. First, I wish that 4Runner had standard 3rd row seating. I couldn't find one anywhere nearby that had one. Also, it would be nice if there was a small storage compartment under the cargo floor. I like that it has an Eco light that tells you when you're maximizing your fuel economy. So far the transmission seems really smooth and the brakes aren't "mushy" like the previous 4Runner. The engine is adequate for my driving style...but some might miss the more powerful V8. Overall this is the best vehicle that I've ever owned and I hope that I get to enjoy it for years to come.
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Very Good SUV

by from Northeast Nebraska on July 24, 2012

OK, I agree I am not an expert. I always wanted an SUV and finally I was fortunate enough to own a brand new SUV. My search started like everybody elses...Internet reviews, lots of research and finall...
OK, I agree I am not an expert. I always wanted an SUV and finally I was fortunate enough to own a brand new SUV. My search started like everybody elses...Internet reviews, lots of research and finally the test drives. Being a taller person, this time I really wanted a vehicle that is comfortable for me, has good reliability and also looks great! Toyota 4runner is The vehicle for me. Honda pilot was a distant possible second choice. I also seriously thought of buying a True American Brand for feed good factor (Tahoe or Expedition) but figured didn't need a vehicle that big and also was not going to take a chance on quality issues. Like many I MUST drive my vehicle everyday for work purpose. Had a very bad experience with ford Probe...Remember 'Check Engine' light ;) Anyway, the Sr5 4x4 is really not bad to shift. I had various concerns but once I did it the first time, shifting is not an issue anymore. If you are considering buying this go ahead. Trust me, it is super comfortable for me ...and in general for taller people, quiet and very solidly built. As far as power, I think it is very good but this is coming from a guy who always had 4 cylinder cars in the past...gas mileage is good for a heavy vehicle. Enjoy!
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Love my new 4Runner!!

by from Colorado Springs, CO on September 1, 2012

I traded my Honda Pilot for a new 4Runner. I love it! It is bigger than the Pilot but easier to drive. I feel like I am driving a car rather than large SUV. It is easy to park and make U-turns, etc. V...
I traded my Honda Pilot for a new 4Runner. I love it! It is bigger than the Pilot but easier to drive. I feel like I am driving a car rather than large SUV. It is easy to park and make U-turns, etc. Very smooth, quiet ride. Room seating 7. The middle row is a little tight with two car seats in it. Would be super crammed with 3. Other than that, no complaints. The tech package is awesome and quality of the vehicle is great. I really do love it.
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Toyota Quality

by from Las Vegas NV on April 10, 2012

I've had my 4 runner for about 6 weeks now, overall I am extremely happy with it, it suits my purpose very well, having two large dogs and how much room they have with the rear seats down makes their ...
I've had my 4 runner for about 6 weeks now, overall I am extremely happy with it, it suits my purpose very well, having two large dogs and how much room they have with the rear seats down makes their journey just as pleasant as mine. Power is so so and if your'e planning on towing anything large I would not go for this vehicle, I don't know why they got rid of the V8, interior is fantastic, bluetooth, streaming music is great, handsfree phone wonderful and the JBL Stereo is great too. The car is a little thin on the sheet metal side, you can poke the doors in the sheet metal is so thin, I guess they wanted the vehicle to go on a diet, and the paint seems thin also, 6 weeks in the car and I already have 3 chips on different parts of the vehicle. Over all though I am happy with my purchase and I know it'll last a long time.
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Love my 4Runner

by from Tampa, FL on August 24, 2012

I am very happy with the comfort level that this vehicle has. I had a Sequoia which rode like a premium car. My 4Runner feels almost the same. It pulls my flats boat with ease and has plenty of power....
I am very happy with the comfort level that this vehicle has. I had a Sequoia which rode like a premium car. My 4Runner feels almost the same. It pulls my flats boat with ease and has plenty of power. I would recommend this to anyone who what a good riding SUV that will run for 200000 miles without you having to replace anything but maintenance items.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE MY 4 Runner

by from Huntington, WV on January 1, 2013

I have wanted a 4 Runner for a long time...I had a Highlander and a Camry and liked both of them...but I LOVE my 4 Runner, LOVE THE LOOK (body style) LOVE the way the seats feel and sit, I feel good w...
I have wanted a 4 Runner for a long time...I had a Highlander and a Camry and liked both of them...but I LOVE my 4 Runner, LOVE THE LOOK (body style) LOVE the way the seats feel and sit, I feel good when I drive it, I have told every one that has ask that I would recommend this car to anyone...I will let you know more after I have owned it a year but right now NO Complaints
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Love my new 4 runner from Champion Toyota

by from Houston, TX on January 4, 2013

I recently bought a 2012 4 runner from Champion Toyota. Since it was right before Christmas, we drove it on our Christmas trip to Oklahoma. It handled well on ice and snow. The interior was so comfort...
I recently bought a 2012 4 runner from Champion Toyota. Since it was right before Christmas, we drove it on our Christmas trip to Oklahoma. It handled well on ice and snow. The interior was so comfortable. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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Great SUV!

by from on April 9, 2014

We traded our 2006 Honda Pilot in for a 2012 Toyota 4 Runner. I think it's a great SUV as I did the Pilot and I would have to say they both are of equal value. I love the body style of the 4 Runner an...
We traded our 2006 Honda Pilot in for a 2012 Toyota 4 Runner. I think it's a great SUV as I did the Pilot and I would have to say they both are of equal value. I love the body style of the 4 Runner and that it is bigger, only downside I have found is that the AC / Heating system in the back seat is not 5 star other than that this SUV is awesome!
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Awesome 4x4

by from CA on May 28, 2012

The 4Runner is a great vehicle for those in the world that know what they are getting. If you are trying to get a SUV that is luxurious and is nice little vehicle to drive around town with, this is NO...
The 4Runner is a great vehicle for those in the world that know what they are getting. If you are trying to get a SUV that is luxurious and is nice little vehicle to drive around town with, this is NOT the vehicle. But if you are looking for a sturdy, beefy, and solid as a rock truck based SUV, then this is the one and only. It takes some time to get used to driving the 4runner. Does not stop on a dime and handle more like a truck than a car. But man is it solid as a rock and so reliable. This is the vehicle to have fun with. You have 10 inches of clearance to go and do anything you want. This thing is so great. Again, do your research and if this is what you need then the 4runner is what you need.
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2012 Trail Edition - perfect!

by from Michigan on March 1, 2015

I bought the Trail edition in excellent used condition. I've owned a Sequoia, Highlander, Camry, and a Corolla, but this is just right for my family of four, including two teenagers. The Sequoia was j...
I bought the Trail edition in excellent used condition. I've owned a Sequoia, Highlander, Camry, and a Corolla, but this is just right for my family of four, including two teenagers. The Sequoia was just too large for my day to day. 4WD works well during the Michigan snow storms and traveling through the wooded trails to prepare for a hike. Crawl control and the unique settings for mud, rock, etc. are a bonus. Water resistant seats are perfect for an outdoorsy lifestyle and am enjoying the XM satellite radio is great with the sound system. I prefer the black bumpers and exterior black trim; can't stand all the scratches on a painted bumper. The body looks cool - I receive compliments frequently. Gas mileage is not ideal around town, but I can get 22/23 driving around 60mph. The body on frame feels safe and sturdy with not a lot of road or wind noise - just a slight hum from the tires. Plenty of cargo room, especially when the back seats are folded. The party mode is pretty cool for tailgating, and the slide out cargo deck is pretty useful. I pull out the deck, place the heavy items on it, then slide into the truck. Also I sit on the slide out to put on my boots for skiing. Power seats are perfect to adjust to each driver. The Trail edition is great looking without all that chrome, running boards not required even though I'm only 5'8" - not a big deal, and the soft touch interior surfaces for elbows are comfortable. 4.0 L is plenty of power for me. Plenty of cup holders - great rear roll down window for air flow. Fantastic vehicle for outdoorsy type family who need to get off-road and beat around the town. I would buy another Trail Edition all over again.
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