With its first official release in 1984, the Toyota 4Runner has seen a great deal of changes over the years. Today, the rugged Toyota 4Runner is in its fifth generation of production. The 2016 4Runnerï¿½SUV provides an excellent ride, especially for those who are looking for a vehicle they can take off the beaten path. Drivers love its 5,000-lb towing capacity, as well as its long-lasting durability. Available in four different trim levels, the 4Runnerï¿½offers a little something for everybody.
The fifth generation of Toyota 4Runner, where the 2016 model year is categorized, first began production back in August of 2009 after a prototype was revealed at the Texas State Fair. From that time through the 2016 model, the 4Runner has been available in four trim options, including the base SR5 trim, the Limited Trim, the Trail Edition, and the TRD Pro.ï¿½One notable difference in the 2016 model year, when compared to other model years, is the fact that this year saw the new exclusive color, "Quicksand," available in the TRD Pro version of the vehicle. The 2016 model year was also the first year this vehicle saw integration for cell phone navigation, as well as:
This vehicle was made to shine off-the-road, making it ideal for those who enjoy spending time off the beaten path and forging their own roads. Its off-road performance really shines on the TRD Pro and Trail trims, which have several upgrades to ensure a smoother ride. Its standard V6 engine is great for most purposes, and it comes with a standard five-speed automatic transmission that performs well. On the other hand, while on regular streets and freeways, many drivers notice that the suspension on the 2016 Toyota 4Runner makes for a bumpy ride, especially in the back seat. And its steering, while great for off-roading, may be a little too tight for city driving.
A new 2016 Toyota 4Runner starts at about $34,000, though pricing can shoot up $10,000 or more if you want one of the more sophisticated trim options. The TRD Pro Series, for example, starts at $42,000 brand new.ï¿½On the other hand, you can find used versions of the 2016 4Runner for significantly less. Still, when it comes to overall value, the Toyota 4Runnerï¿½has a lot to offer. In fact, it was given the "Best Resale Value Award" and provides a much better value than similar vehicles on the market, such as the Jeep Wrangler and the Nissan Xterra. Many drivers choose the 4Runnerï¿½for its value and the fact that these vehicles are known to stay on the road for many years to come.
Overall, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner performs impressively when compared to other vehicles in its class, despite its lack of V8 engine. Drivers enjoy that two of the trim options, the SR5 and Limited, are available with the option of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, whereas the TRD Pro and Trail trim options come standard with four-wheel drive. These vehicles can also propel from zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds, which is pretty comparable to other SUVs in the class.
Other design features worth noting include:
One of the potential drawbacks of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is its lack of variety in engine options. In fact, all trim models of this vehicle come with a basic 4.0-liter, V6 engine. This 270 horsepower engine carries 278 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for most uses but falls a little short in comparison to similar SUVs in its class. The fuel economy on this vehicle is just 17 mpg city and an estimated 22 mpg highway. Drivetrain choices include two-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive, and full-time four-wheel drive depending on trim.
On every trim option of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner, drivers will enjoy standard equipment and features such as:
Additional interior and body features, depending on trim, include an optional third-row seat and premium audio/navigation as well as a sliding rear cargo deck. A Kinetic Dynamic Suspension is also available in higher trims to provide more power through rough terrain.