A really great gadget for those times that you have to leave your man-cave.
Not to imply that the 4-Runner is for guys only. A good ol’ outdoor girl might like our ride, too….or you can get an upscale 4-Runner with leather and 7-passenger seating…but the 4-Runner that we tested was speced-out to appeal primarily to guys.
The 4-Runner is Toyota’s body-on-frame truck-based SUV…built to play hard.
It’s full-sized….just a few inches shorter and a little narrower than it’s Tahoe and Expedition competition…making it a little easier to fit into the average garage and parking space.
It got a chiseled-out-of-solid-stone look about it. Our 4×4 “Trail” rode high with a manly hood-scoop…had meaty 265 x70 17” rubber…what now might be considered a “retro” key start….and an old-fashioned radio antenna that rubbed against the ceilings of low-hanging parking garages.
Add a water-resistant fabric interior and a trailer hitch, and you’re ready to tow boats, jet skis, campers or bikes…and take ‘em just about anywhere.
A locking rear differential, multi-terrain select feature, crawl control, hill-start assist, crawl-control and skid plates will help you get there…and get back.
A 270 Horse 4 liter six with a 5-speed auto is standard….rated at 17 – 21 MPG.
4-Runners come in 3 different trim levels.
There’s the basic 2-wheel drive starting at $32,405 including transportation.
Our 4X4 Trail model started at $38,070…and then there’s the leather-lined Limited which starts just under 40 large.
Our Trail came with a surprisingly good sound system for a work / play truck…and came with a feature that I personally like….a power retracting rear window.
Call me lazy, but sometimes it’s just easier to make a run for a few 2x 4’s and slide ‘em in the back…ends sticking out of the rear window….than it is to tie them down to the standard rood rack.
Just one suggestion…..choose your options and colors carefully. With it’s truck-based innards, the odds are that you could rack up a couple hundred thousand miles in a properly maintained 4-Runner.