From daily driving to 4X4 adventures, BEST VEHICLE
March 27, 2019
I have the 4 cylinder, standard transmission version of this truck, and it is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought it 4 years ago with 240k miles on it, and have put 50k more on with only minor repairs needed. The 4 cylinder is not powerful (I am downshifting with the tractor trailers on long mountain passes), but it gets 26mpg on the highway!! Amazing for a 4X4 of this generation. I drive it on the freeway to work and take it bouncing through rugged New Mexico back-country, and it has so far risen to every occasion. Parts are relatively cheap and extremely easy to find, and if you are a DIYer, there are Toyota forums all over the web about how to fix things yourself. I have moved several times since purchasing it, and you can fit an amazing amount of cargo inside with the back seats folded down. This vintage of 4runner is just the best. They don't make them like this anymore. If you are looking for an older vehicle and find one for the right price in good condition, BUY IT!! They regularly sell for well over KBB value in most states.