I've wanted a 4runner for years - but could never justify the high price a used 4runner always carries. Might as well buy new for that matter. This time, I sucked it up and bought the true SUV i've be...
I've wanted a 4runner for years - but could never justify the high price a used 4runner always carries. Might as well buy new for that matter. This time, I sucked it up and bought the true SUV i've been wanting for years. Albeit a 5th gen 4runner, I think it has everything I was looking for. I suppose I don't have anything negative to say, mine is an SR5 with all the imaginable upgrades (not sure which packages), but it has leather, sunroof, chrome tailpipe, navigation, heated seats, etc. Mechanically, I don't see there ever being any issues. It's recommended I change the oil every 10,000 miles so I've don that once since I bought the vehicle with 18K and now have 33K on it.
If I have any knocks here they are: 1. No third row-seat, but while I understand one can have a third-row, it would be terrible cramped because overall cargo seems limited in this SUV. Coming from a Nissan Pathfinder, my Pathfinder seemed more capable of jamming stuff in the back.
Finally, I'm a man and I want torque! I want more torque! I don't like minivans beating me off the line (not that I'm racing my 4runner), but I miss a V8 option, or something like Ford F150 did with their 3.5L ecoboost putting out over 400 pound feet of torque. Engine is nice and smooth, just wish there was some aggression behind it. That may just be me though, I like loud trucks with horsepower and torque.
Finally, one really cool feature I wish the 4runner would eventually have, are true truck-like side mirrors...you know, the square ones with the blind-spot mirrors within. It would make the vehicle more "truck-like," body on frame.
I would recommend though - I've had absolutley no issues whatsoever, which is what you would expect from Toyota. I guess I've got myself a rig for another 10 - 15 years.