The Toyota 4Runner, brought out 32 years ago as basically a compact pickup/topper, is now in its fifth generation configuration and has morphed into a brawny mid-sized SUV. This last week I was assigned to a 2016 4×4 TRD Pro V6 4Runner that arrived at my place sporting Quicksand (tan) paint with a black leatherette interior.
Toyota, U.S.A. was formed in our country on October 31st, 1957, and globally the company ranks 10th in the world in revenue. Total global sales of their vehicles has tripled to 10.15 million since the 4Runner introduction in 1984, and the vehicle maintains its body-on-frame construction and will for the foreseeable future. Such construction results in a quieter, heavier machine – traits that were evident to me during the week-long test.
The 4Runner M.S.R.P. totaled $42,800.00, including freight, and the only option was a sliding rear cargo deck ($350.00). The TRD Pro V6 4Runner was equipped with power windows/mirrors/windows/locks as well as keyless entry. SofTex-trimmed seats existed throughout the five-passenger car and the front buckets were heated. Of course the 40/20/40 back seat folds down, availing the two remaining occupants of the car almost 90 cubic feet of cargo space (47.2 cubic feet with the second row seating erect). The rear tailgate needs handling by human hands, but the rear glass opens by electric motor. Hence, the rear window wiper is concealed above the glass in the deflector. I liked the arrangements at the rear of the 4Runner.
The stereo in the Toyota was a 8-speaker system, USB and Ipod connections were on hand, and a backup camera was installed. The only gadgets that were missing were lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitor. Ruth and I found the buckets to be supportive on our trip to Denver and the ride (coil springs at every corner) and guidance were suitable.
Horsepower of the 4Runner is rated at 270, and is supplied by a 4 liter V-6 with 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The four-wheel drive vehicle has a five speed automatic transmission and performance was pleasing. My fuel mileage ended up just over 21 miles-per-gallon, and EPA ratings were 17 city and 21 highway – 18 overall. The fuel tank holds 23 gallons.
My family thought the 4Runner looked large, and as mentioned earlier the size has been increased over time. Styling involves a bold design, and it grew on me as the week went by, presenting somewhat of a military look. I also liked the way the lighting bulged from the corners. Wheels were black alloys fitted with P265/70R17 all-season radials.
Personally, the week with the 4Runner resulted in a pleasant surprise, and I see no reason why an SUV shopper would avoid the Toyota dealer and the 4Runners located on their lot.