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2010 Toyota 4Runner Test Drive: Is This the 4X4?

October 26, 2009 AM

GM bailed on its mid-size . body-on-frame last year. There is no Durango for 2010. The body-on-frame Explorer is doomed. Rumor is Nissan is even thinking of the Xterra. The traditional mid-size SUV may been the definitive vehicle of the but it’s an endangered species Whistling right past the SUV is the new, fifth-generation, 2010 4Runner. Park the new one next to a 4Runner and they look But every body panel is and it’s a more capable than ever before. not a wannabe SUV or a crossover done up in duds. The new 4Runner is a full-frame crawler. It may still be called but it’s not a forerunner of anything It’s a survivor#151;maybe the last of its

The Specs

The 2010 4Runner is the of deliberate, cautious, evolutionary Every alteration is moderate, and one of its changes is actually an excision. The impressive change is actually one of the new 4Runner seems much substantial and adult than It’s not a Tacoma pickup a really wicked cool and it doesn’t ride and drive Land Cruiser Jr. either. It like, well, a full-grown Cruiser. Buy one in white, throw UN stickers on the front doors, and ready for a safari in Africa.

In fact, the new 4Runner is a Land As with the fourth-generation 4Runner, fifth-generation machine is based on Land Cruiser Prado, is sold in just about market except North (In redecorated and previous-generation form, the Lexus GX 470.) The Prado may be smaller than the bigger Cruiser, but it’s built as sturdily and with just as ability. Even though the new doesn’t change much (the wheelbase carries at 109.8 inches, and overall is up just 0.7 inches to 189.9 the new one feels heftier and more

The frame under the new 4Runner is a fully boxed construction of steel. To this, Toyota a double-wishbone front suspension, incorporates coil-over shock and a four-link system in the back a solid rear axle on springs.

Opt for the Trail model, and the can be supplemented with Toyota’s Dynamic Suspension System which electronically manages the bars through hydraulic and links at the points where the bars would otherwise bolt to the suspension. Introduced on the Land Cruiser, the latest manages the roll stiffness of the so that during on-road the body roll is minimized, and so off-road it can be loosened to allow as wheel articulation as possible. The bars are never actually from the 4Runner, but with the at work they may as well be the going gets particularly Does it work? Yeah, it And there’s even more of off-road enabling technology

The major excision from the 4Runner is the V8 engine that had available since 2003. are that Toyota’s other U.S. product will get an on the 4.6-liter V8 recently introduced on the pickup.

While a 157-hp, four-cylinder engine is available on drive 4Runner, it will a determined effort to find a so equipped on a dealer lot. 4x2s and all 4×4 models be powered by Toyota’s 4.0-liter, 24-valve V6, rated at 270 hp and a meaty 278 of torque at 4400 rpm. The comes lashed to a standard automatic transmission, while the Six a five-speed automatic. The fuel advantage for the four-cylinder engine is so (the four is EPA-rated at 18 mpg in the and 23 mpg on the highway (5.5 gallons per 100 city and 4.3 on the highway), compared to the respective 17 mpg and 19 mpg) that the reason to buy it is pure stinginess.

And, after all, the 4Runner 4×2 weighs in at a 4295 pounds. A puny 157 hp that much truck is a pathetic thing to contemplate.


The least interesting thing the 4Runner is how well it drives We didn’t have a chance to the base SR5 model or the range-toping but even the harder-edged Trail was on-road. Leave the transfer in two-high and put the transmission in D, and the 4Runner a pretty fair imitation of a The steering is pretty numb, no feedback from the chassis, and the is almost character-free, but the 4Runner putter about amiably the best of the crossovers out there.

The V6 is deceptively bland; there’s no note, no induction noise and so much rev as whirr. But look at the speedometer, and the 4Runner is building at a solid clip. The V6 is never by the 4Runner’s heft, the unobtrusive doesn’t have to hunt a couple of gears just of a slight grade, and it’s smooth.

Off-road is where the is a stunner. While the Limited with a full-time all-wheel system, the SR5 and Trail use a part-time operated by making a satisfying tug on a live lever next to the With its 33-degree approach and sure-footed suspension, the 4Runner is in the league as the Jeep Wrangler—and high praise indeed. off-roaders will have thing floating over the

Toyota 4-Runner truck

The standard suspension, suitably by engaging the outstanding KDSS seems to have significantly articulation than before. In to the rather timid tires come standard even the Trail package (P265/70R17 we didn’t fling the 4Runner any mud bogs, but Toyota’s standard does an excellent job of distributing to whichever wheel has traction. If going to get stuck in the 4Runner, have to work at it.

A panel on the above the rearview mirror the controls for two fascinating off-road The first is Crawl Control which debuted on the current Cruiser. Toyota describes it as an system than can be tuned to the terrain by choosing any of five levels. What it does is manage the throttle and brakes difficult terrain so the driver can on the direction of the vehicle. It’s a slow crawl, but it could be an absolute lifesaver for those when the driver’s talent is by the conditions.

The second technology, Select, Toyota asserts, the 4×4 operator to dial in control to match the terrain. In terrain such as mud and sand, wheel slip is permitted, more wheel-spin to work in the favor. On bumpy moguls, or rock, wheel slip is and the system acts more a limited slip. The Mogul is for any extremely uneven terrain, as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges, or downhill.

In the limited time we had the 4Runner, and the conditions under which we it, both CRAWL and the Multi-Terrain systems worked beautifully. in the Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control and the 4Runner can turn even a into a superstar dirt

Experts can turn off virtually all the helpers and just indulge in the goodness of the 4Runner’s chassis. But the important thing isn’t ways to challenge a driver’s Sometimes the important thing is there no matter what—and the excels at that.

The 4Runner’s new is spacious and practical. Some Toyota’s latest interior and others find them a bit and self-conscious. But there’s no denying the front two seats are well-shaped, and there’s a good deal of leg in the second row. And the second row up to 16 degrees.

The Bottom Line

Toyota sustains several with the new 4Runner. It has a great chassis, like decades of Cruisers—and 4Runners—before it. It feels built, like decades of And even though the rear tailgate is top-hinged, the rear still rolls down, a proper station wagon. But the additional off-road technology been engineered into beast of burden that the 4Runner so compelling.

Prices for the 4Runner start at just $30,000, and peak at just $40,000 for a fully loaded model on 20-inch rims. And if you off-road ability, this is the best choices possible. increasingly, there’s nothing like it.

Toyota 4-Runner truck
Toyota 4-Runner truck
Toyota 4-Runner truck
Toyota 4-Runner truck

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