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After finishing my first of the all-new 2003 Toyota I had to take a quick peek in order to believe what the people were telling me. new 4Runner is most definitely truck based with all the and stump pulling capability goes along with the But the ride, comfort and quietness, not to the handling, of this 4th generation is as good as a sedan (a good

I have often recommended if a person had no desire to venture any further than their they should be looking at one of the car based SUV’s that are available. When I say car based, talking about a vehicle looks like an SUV, but is on a car platform with all the comfort, and fuel economy that with that type of These crossover vehicles that SUV look and room and may have all-wheel drive to you keep your footing in and light snow, but they are for pavement and are no more capable of off-road or pulling a large than a minivan.

While has succeeded in making the new 4Runner more like a car, is still a big difference between the two A truck based vehicle is with more rugged and separate body on frame Ground clearance is greater to them to clear obstacles would cause real to those SUV pretenders should owner be foolish enough to a real SUV into the backwoods. pieces are also heavier as are engines that must be to move all that extra around. All this means higher fuel consumption, the Heal of truck-based SUVs. is the real price you pay for a vehicle is based on a truck platform all the strength and ruggedness left

Even though this 4Runner is truck based, has succeeded in almost completely road noise. Wind is pretty much a thing of the as well. Engine noise becomes noticeable at more half throttle on the two engine that are available, but more on the in a bit.

Behind the wheel, I got the feeling I was in a cockpit, and a snazzy one at that. The look is enhanced even in the Limited trim level by the use of accents made, not of wood as you expect, but a material that like polished granite.

I the 8-way power seat to be and supportive and equipped with a adjustable lumbar support. seat comfort was also up with plenty of room for abreast seating. There is more hip and shoulder room and rear then in the previous A third row seat is not available.

I was crazy about the styling on 4Runner models, but I really the look of this one. The SR5 and Sport models use grey and body cladding for a rugged, look, while the Limited body colored bumpers and for a more elegant look. The model has a prominent hood to set it apart from the SR5. way, Toyota stylists are to be for creating a very attractive

I’ve often heard complain that body takes away from the of a vehicle, but I don’t think is always the case, especially on new 4Runner. Besides, the first you see someone slam their into the side of your new car in a parking lot, you will body cladding. Consider it a 360 bumper.


This 4th 4Runner is built on an all-new that starts with a chassis featuring full-length frame rails for added and strength. A stiff unitized structure is attached to this with large diameter mounts that serve to the cabin from road and vibration. A standard tow hitch is mounted to the rear frame and includes: a draw bar, electrical connector for trailer and pre-wiring for easy installation of an trailer brake controller. capacity is 5,000 pounds.

The front suspension is a conventional double wishbone setup. The is also conventional with a solid axle. Steering is variable-gear, rack-and-pinion. If you have a with a V8, you can opt for an automatic leveling air suspension system. This provides for better ride and while carrying heavy or when towing.

Judging by the way new 4Runner drives, I can tell you that Toyota got the basic right, but they also in plenty of technological sophistication as Let’s talk about of the fancy stuff they into this beast.

First, we need to add a couple 3-letter acronyms to our vocabulary. The is DAC, which stands for Assist Control. This is standard on all 4Runners with 4WD and on a new technology called Active Speed Sensors. The DAC system a driver attempting to negotiate a steep, slippery slope. the vehicle is in 4WD Low range with DAC on, if an individual wheel is spinning or slower than the other the DAC system will control the or individual wheel brakes to the vehicle stays in a straight When moving down the speed is kept at or below 4 MPH as as the driver keeps his foot off the gas and If either pedal is touched, DAC giving control back to the

Then we have HAC or Hill-start Control. This is a system comes as standard equipment on all 4Runners and keeps the vehicle rolling backwards when an ascent of a steep hill. you take your foot off the and move it onto the gas to begin the hill, if the vehicle begins backward while the transmission is in a gear, the brakes will be

Of course, all 4Runners come with ABS (Anti-lock Brakes), EBD Brake Distribution), VSC (Vehicle Control) and BA (Brake Assist). I know that BA is only two

In my opinion, the most significant new is the optional X-REAS, or Diagonal-Linked Absorber Sport Enhanced Quite a mouthful, but in essence, it is a that is designed to keep the amazingly flat when hard without messing up the quality when driving This is one of those systems is so simple in concept, that sure it has suspension engineers their head (behind doors, of course) saying to Why didn’t I think of that?. (or bosses saying why didn’t YOU of that?)

Here’s how it works: Normally, you take a vehicle into a turn, the front outside dips down as most of the weight is transferred to that Let’s say we are taking a hard turn. This will the right front to dip. while this is happening, the corner, in this case the rear, is lifting up. With me so What this X-REAS does is to simply connect the shocks together through a of hydraulic tubes. The bottom of the front shock is connected the top of the right rear shock the bottom of the right front is connected with the top of the left shock. Now, when one of the shocks is compressing due to cornering and the rear shock is expanding, from each shock is forced through the same to a device that causes the two to cancel each other out and moving. So in a nutshell, a front can’t compress if the diagonal shock is trying to expand, has the effect of preventing the vehicle leaning into the turn. This is a purely mechanical system with no computer at all. This system is very effective in controlling dive since whenever you short, vehicle weight is to the front causing the front end to dip and the to lift up.

I had a chance to drive an equipped 4-Runner and pushed it a few corners with enough to lift a rear wheel off the on a lesser SUV (the preamble to a and let me tell you. I was amazed at how this truck cornered. system works as advertised. comes standard on the 4Runner and is an option on the Limited.


One of the that I had with the previous was its lack of power. Well, has been addressed with a new 4.0 liter V6 engine that 245 horsepower at 5,200 RPM and a healthy 282 of torque at 3,800 RPM. a far cry from the previous model’s 183 HP and 217 lb.-ft. of torque. Now if that is not power for all you Tim Allen fans, is also offering an optional4.7 i-FORCE V8 engine (haw, haw) which raises the to 320 lb. ft. Horsepower for the optional V8 on the other is actually lower than the V6 at but that peek horsepower in at a lower 4,800 RPM. The net of a larger engine producing at a lower RPM is that real performance seems more with the engine seemingly while you feel the surge of pushing you back into the Good enough for a 0 to 60 time of 7.9 The V6 had plenty of power but, the V8, you can hear the engine working to deliver that power.

This new V6, even though larger and more powerful last year’s 3.4 liter gets better fuel than the old model with 18 mpg in driving and 21 mpg on the highway for two wheel models with one mpg less in city and highway for the 4WD models. The V8 4WD gets 15 city and 19 highway and is LEV Emission Vehicle) certified. The old with its 3.4 liter V6 got 16 city and 19


All 4WD 4Runners are equipped a two-speed transfer case increased torque capacity and a sensing type limited-slip differential. The 4WD 4Runners equipped the V6 engine use a Multi-Mode shift-on-the-fly 4WD while V8 models are equipped full-time 4-wheel drive. The 4WD feature on the V6 is an open center with locking capability provides a full-time 4WD system the ability to select 2WD mode. You can use 4WD mode in normal driving on all types of roads from dry to wet or snow-covered roads.

All 4Runners with automatic transmissions. The V6 get an electronically controlled 4-speed while the V8 gets an all new 5-speed with an Artificial Intelligence Shift control.

There is one more feature on the new that I just have to you about. It’s another one of Why didn’t I think of that? that I just know catch on. How many times you jumped into your car in a lot only to fine yourself two large vehicles so that you see what’s coming as you back So you slowly creep back that any traffic will see you and down to allow you to exit the Well, Toyota put a small on the inside of each rear that you can see from the inside mirror. It allows you to see any traffic as though you were sitting in the load floor and looking out the window.

There are tons of intelligent, well thought out like adjustable and ILLUMINATED cup (huh?) This is actually a safety feature that you from groping in the dark to the cupholder in order to put your down so you can answer your phone, or maybe even with both hands. is also a neat two level shelf in the rear that sits flat on the floor or can be to align with the folded rear seatbacks to form a platform for loading sheets of material.

I am still reluctant to a truck-based SUV unless you have a for needing one. Some believe that an SUV is safer in an because it is heavier and you sit higher up. way, if someone hits you are more protected. This may be but realize this. If you are the one that is the hitting, you will do a lot more to the other guy who might be in a small

In general, truck-based SUVs get gas mileage, have a high of gravity which reduces (unless you opt for the X-REAS system), a high step-in height makes it difficult for older to climb in and and out, and they are expensive to maintain and repair.

Toyota has solved a number of issues with this competent 4Runner for 2003, I think that, in the long run perspective buyers would be with a car-based vehicle the Toyota Highlander.

However, if you must have a SUV and not one of the many pretenders that popping up, this is your And if this new 4Runner is so smooth and riding, I can’t wait to try the new GX470, which is the same as this 4Runner, but with the penchant for making quiet, riding vehicles even and better riding. I’ll you posted.


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How would I this car?

Improve the gas perhaps with a hybrid train

Add a third-row seat (Lexus has it in the GX470 which is the body)

The instrument cluster be illuminated in the day time. The dials are to see in certain daylight conditions

How the 4Runner fit yourdriving style?

drivers will feel comfortable and at-home in this Its smooth and quiet demeanor, steering and substantial feel give you a feeling of security is hard to find elsewhere.

drivers should opt for an X-REAS 4-Runner for a good on-road as as off-road experience. Despite the cornering ability, the tall tires will curb enthusiasm for high-speed cornering

drivers while this has flat cornering and plenty of the tires are not up to the challenge of fast driving and hard cornering. is where this vehicle is in its


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