2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited
Starting at $34,910
Price as Tested $45,750
Written By Tommy Zondervan
Photographs by Chris Chavez
One of the most highly recognized and popular SUVs is the Toyota 4Runner. First introduced in 1983, this model has become one of the top sellers not only in the SUV market, but among all vehicles.
After spending time with the new 4Runner, we experienced a different perspective than in any other SUV . It is designed for those off-road, outdoor adventure customers. There are comfort and safety features, but the focus is on options that will allow this vehicle to attack any terrain. We trade luxury for function, but it is still a very comfortable ride.
During our time with this Limited model, we were able to get the feel of both city, highway and off-road driving. Once we first received the vehicle, we noticed the nice clean exterior look with a touch of attitude. The big front grill and chrome accents around the vehicle give it a nice appeal in the big city. Excellent finishing touches to the exterior include 20” wheels and chrome running boards.
The interior is very conservative. The informational system and smaller screen are adequate. All the buttons are big, and it is easy to navigate through the many buttons on the dash. I am 6ft tall and I felt little claustrophobic due to the low cabin height and short windshield. We have two kids and found it easy to install the car seats. Though this vehicle has fewer comfort and luxury features than the Highlander, we found it to be a comfortable and easy ride.
The 4Runner offers a full frame and one engine option: a 4.0L V6 producing 270hp with 278 pounds-feet of torque. It was a smooth ride on both city and highway roads. We averaged about 15 mpg in the city, and 23mpg on the highway driving an average of 65mph. I wasn’t too crazy about the navigation system as it took too long to put in address, and we were surprised to find that it did not have blind side or a forward collision warning.
Overall the 4Runner will always be in a league of its own. Designed to be able to go anywhere with its 9.6’ ground clearance and skid plates protecting majority of the under carriage. The vehicle drove smooth and quiet and was efficient on both dirt and asphalt. If you are looking for a solid, comfortable vehicle for on and off-road adventures, the 4Runner may be for you. If you are looking for something a bit more luxurious, then think about the Highlander or Lexus RX350.