Though it is definitely a mid-size SUV, the other drivers would never mistake the Toyota 4Runner for a family vehicle; it's large, rugged, and designed to tackle the toughest off-road obstacles. The 4Runner has a reputation for capability, longevity, and sturdiness that other competitors have grown to lack. The 4Runner remains a vehicle built to tow anything and conquer any terrain.
The Toyota 4Runner was introduced in 1984. The update in 1996 was the first to include the flexibility to have either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. The 4runner was again redesigned in 2003, this time becoming significantly larger while still retaining its trademark body-on-frame design. This changed its class as a compact SUV to a mid-size SUV. This was also the year that a 4.7L V8 engine was available as an option for the 4Runner. Since the current generation arrived in 2010, the changes to the vehicle have been minor, specific to features.
True to its truck inspiration, the 4Runner stands tall. The vehicle will feel weighty with the steering to match. The V6 engine works to accelerate the heavy vehicle quickly while remaining staunchly quiet throughout acceleration and standard on-road driving.
Most of the Toyota 4Runners competitors have gone extinct, leaving either it or the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the only options left for large, trailblazing SUVs. The Toyota 4Runner is one of the only SUVs that is built body-on-frame. Though it leads the pack in terms of sturdiness, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a superior driving experience.
The Toyota 4Runner's core is the 4.0L V6 engine. Automatic transmission is the only powertrain available. As in every 4Runner since 1984, you can lower the rear liftgate window. Newer models of the 4Runner come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation features.