Review: 2014 Toyota 4Runner — San Jose Mercury News

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Toyota 4Runner

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Thirty years after its debut as a utilitarian, four-wheel truck with a fiberglass on the back, the Toyota 4Runner a different kind of family utility vehicle.

Sure, the 4Runner has seats for up to seven and can be stocked with navigation leather-trimmed seats and satellite — some things envisioned for the old 4Runner. And now, a camera is standard, while styling has been refreshed for

But Toyota’s long-running 4Runner totally given up its rugged,

The truckish body-on-frame construction The 4Runner’s two-wheel drive is drive — not the front-wheel that’s favored for many SUVs. Four-wheel drive include standard low gearing and differential to handle really terrain offroad. Ground of at least 9 inches puts high above it all on the way to campgrounds, the 4Runner to straddle rocks and get waterlogged trails without damage.

Best of all, perhaps, the 4Runner is rated well average in predicted reliability by Reports magazine.

The 4Runner was one of the top three mid-size SUVs in in the latest J.D. Power and study that looked at vehicles.

No wonder Toyota nearly 2 million 4Runners are on the roads.

Starting manufacturer’s retail price, including charge, is $33,680 for a 2014 SR5 with five-speed automatic and two-wheel drive.

The lowest retail price, including charge, for a 2014 4Runner four-wheel drive is $35,555. All come with a 270-horsepower

Major competitors include the Nissan Pathfinder, which with a 260-horsepower V-6 and has a starting price of $29,810 with drive and $31,410 with drive. The Pathfinder comes a continuously variable transmission a driver operates like an

Another competitor, the 2014 Grand Cherokee has a starting including destination charge, of with 290-horsepower V-6, automatic and two-wheel drive. retail price for a Grand with four-wheel drive is

The mass movement of American to softer-riding, pavement-traveling crossover hasn’t stopped the 4Runner in its In fact, U.S. sales a bit last calendar year to and sales were up another 1.8 in January and February from the period.

The test 4Runner, a Limited 4X4 model, instantly passengers of earlier SUVs.


it not for optional-for-$1,500 motorized running that automatically slid out under the door sills needed, many passengers have had to work to scramble and get inside. Once settled cushioned seats, everyone had views onto the roofs of and through the windows of nearby and SUVs.

Even the two third-row — third-row seating is a option — had decent-sized windows, though the windows did not and seats were just a few from the floor.

The biggest exterior design for 2014 is a new look at the front of the It borrows from Toyota’s FJ Cruiser SUV.

The ride is old style, with passengers vibrations as tires went broken road surfaces, and was some truckish bounce on trails.

Steering is less precise but acceptable for an offroader. The circle isn’t great, at feet, but it’s better that of the Pathfinder.

Don’t great gasoline mileage. a hefty 4,800-pound weight, than aerodynamic shape and an five-speed automatic, the 4Runner is at just 17 miles per gallon in driving by the federal government. travel carries a rating of 21 mpg or 22 depending on whether the 4Runner is a 4X2 or The test vehicle did worse the ratings, getting just mpg in city traffic and just 19 mpg on the highway.

By comparison, the Pathfinder SUV is rated at mpg.

Engine sounds heard all the time in the 4Runner, and the became loud during acceleration.

Torque peaks at 278 at 4,400 rpm, and shift were noticeable.

One complaint was an whistle that came on as the reached about 40 mph. The emanated from the side mirrors, and it made no difference if the side windows were up or The only thing that the whistle sound was putting a between the mirror and the SUV body to the wind flow.

On the plus the newly designed center in the 4Runner protrudes for easy Buttons and knobs are large, and also can be controls buttons on the wheel.

Also new: Brightly Optitron gauges in front of the

Toyota 4Runner

Maximum cargo capacity, seats folded, is a good 128 feet.

Headroom in the third row tight even for a 5-foot-4 Toyota reports 34.3 of third-row headroom, which is than the 36.5 inches in the row of the Pathfinder.

A full 41.7 of legroom is available in the front This is about a half less than the 42.3 of front-seat legroom in the Pathfinder.

into the third row takes a bit of The tester had a tilt-and-slide manual for the second-row outboard seat on the curb side of the SUV.

The government reports the 2014 earned four out of five in frontal crash testing. crash test results not available.

2014 Toyota Limited 4X4

BASE PRICE: for SR5 4X2; $34,695 for SR5 4X4; for Trail 4X4; $35,740 for SR5 4X2; $37,615 for SR5 Premium $38,645 for Trail Premium $41,365 for Limited 4X2; for Limited 4X4.

PRICE AS TESTED: $47,520.

Front-engine, four-wheel drive, mid-size sport utility

ENGINE: 4-liter, double cam V-6 with dual VVT-i.

17 mpg (city), 21 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

190.2 inches.

WHEELBASE: inches.

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