Bought this during the summer to travel from California to North Dakota. The 4 Runner performed admirably. Roomy enough with the 3rd row seat and with cargo box on the roof rack we carried a lot of gear easily. We decided on the Toyota after considering the Infiniti QX60. The price was right and given Toyota's dependability history we knew we made the right call
I got my '96 4Runner in summer 2007 when it had 140,000 miles on it. Now, just over 1 year later, I've put 27,000 miles on it. It's a Toyota, so I expect it'll go forever. I do live in Maine, so rust is an issue with all the salt and sand on the winter roads. I do have a few rust spots. I love my 4Runner for a few reasons: 1) Space - I fold the rear seats down and I have tons of room for anything imaginable, particularly my dog and camping equipment, as well as the ability to tow my boat, etc. 2) MPGs - Yes, this is an SUV but I've never had lower than 20 MPG. 21 is my average, which I'm happy with. 3) It's a beast in snow. I've always driven AWD Subarus, but having 4WD and the power of my 4Runner has been great in Maine winters! 4) My only maintenance has been oil changes and new front brakes. Toyotas are totally reiliable. I'll probably drive this 4Runner until 200K miles, when I can afford to upgrade to a newer one. Hopefully a new one will still get 20 MPG+ like mine!
We purchased the Sport Edition and we love it!! It goes anywhere with pretty good gas mileage and it looks great. We are a family of 3 and it fits us perfectly. We had a Jeep Gr. Cherokee before and this is bigger with more leg room and more cargo room. I think we will have this vehicle for a long time.