2004 Car Review : Toyota 4Runner Limited

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2004 Car Review. Toyota Limited

By Manrico Delcore Beth Debicki

The Toyota An Old Favorite goes Uptown

The all new 4Runner represents the 4th reincarnation of very popular SUV. its introduction in 1985, the 4Runner has Toyota’s high volume SUV enjoying a strong and loyal Its appeal has been rooted in the reliability, functionality and utility.

4Runners were pick-ups enclosed bodies, the truest of an SUV where Utility took stage. While many seem to be confused about makes an SUV an SUV, Toyota, at as far as the 4Runner is concerned, has stayed to the original concept. Although the 03 has severed all ties with it remains a true SUV with 4×4 capabilities.

The 4Runner, the Lexus GX470 is based on the Prado SUV platform and not on Toyota’s platforms (The Prado SUV has made it to the US).

We picked up 4Runner Limited in Kansas The first thing we noticed was the of any truck-like features. The exterior are pleasing.

The broad grill and over-fenders gives the vehicle a appearance. Our only concerns the running boards and the low hanging We’ve never met a running that survived serious off driving.

The second thing we was that the 4Runner has grown. It is 6 inches longer (4 1/2 inch wheelbase) and 3 inches wider previous models. The outside translate into a very interior. There is more room with substantial in hip and shoulder room and there’s cargo room. A 4×8 of building materials fits the wheel wells.

The interior feels very roomy, comfortable and luxurious. The two dashboard trim is eye catching as is the 3-pod instrument cluster. The climate control knobs well, different. We still decide if we like them or The finish throughout the cockpit is top and very ergonomic.

We question, the advisability of installing a touch-screen GPS on a 4×4 vehicle. Wonder the screen will make of gloved hands?

Our Limited was by the new (to 4Runner) 32 valve DOHC i-force V8 (same powerplant as in the Cruiser and Lexus 470) cranks out 235 hp at 4800 RPM (10 less the V6) and 320 ft-lb of stump pulling at 3400 RPM. The engine a “linkless electronic throttle system with intelligence” helps improve performance and fuel economy. Intelligent or the V8 is smooth and gutsy.

A 4.0-liter V6 engine with variable timing and “intelligence” is also It is Toyota’s first use of this engine in a light truck. the V8 it also features linkless throttle control with

It produces 245 hp at 5200 RPM and 282 lb-ft of at 3400 RPM.

For serious (up to 5,000 pounds) or off pavement the V8 is the clear choice and with a 1 mpg decrease in fuel efficiency to the V6, the V8 may be the way to go, period.

Besides, if you get the V8, you also get the new (in a five-speed automatic with transmission with artificial shift control. The transmission gear-shifting patterns according to conditions and driver intent.

The four wheel drive (yes Toyota does a 2 wd 4Runner, although we can’t why anyone would buy a 2 wd SUV) all a Torsen sensing limited-slip differential that makes the permanent four wheel ie power flows to both the and rear axles all the time. straight line driving 40 of the torque goes to the front 60 to the rear. This distribution better stability control accelerating or decelerating.

If needed, the diff will send up to 71 of the torque to the rear if the front slips, or up to 53 percent to the front if the slips. In off pavement situations, the diff can be manually locked 50 percent of the torque to the front and 50 to the rear for maximum traction.

A of electronic aids help to put the where it is needed most. stability control and traction use the ABS brake system to help tire slippage and help the maintain control in adverse conditions. Downhill assist uses the brakes and the throttle to a target speed of between 2-4 mph descending a steep or slippery

Hill start assist the vehicle from rolling or sideways while climbing upgrades.

All this technology on full length boxed frame rails with cross members for increased rigidity over the entire Oversized body mounts isolate the cabin from The suspension is independent double up front and four-link and solid in the rear, with coil all around. A rear air suspension is available.

Variable gear, rack-and-pinion steering gives the 4Runner a circle of 36.6 feet.

So how it drive?

In a word: car-like. around town and on the expressways, the V8 had of power and oomph throughout the band, even when from 70 to 80 mph. The handling is and the ride very smooth.

On interstate drives (200 the ergonomics of the cabin and the 8-way seats delivered a very ride.

We left the interstate and into the Flint Hills of The “hills” are the last remnant of the prairies that once most of the Midwest. Little gravel and dirt ranch and oil roads crisscross the hills us an opportunity to test the 4Runner’s SUV

Traction, handling and control on roads, even when a bit faster than advisable, excellent. The vehicle tracked with little fuss or slippage. On washboard gravel the ride become a bit vaguer the suspension a bit too soft for us.

We admit “seat of the pants” drivers who a vehicle to tell us what the is doing, and the 4Runner does a good job of insulating you from the

As the “roads” deteriorated we shifted to Uphill or downhill the vehicle easily over the loose and try as we might, we never ran out of traction. when descending steep rock hills, the electronic kept the vehicle under and pointing in the right direction.

Solid sounding clanks us that the skid plates were doing their job the errant rock.

The overly “car-like” ride translated a bit too much rocking as we crossed various sets of deep Although at first glance we had about the low hanging spoiler the vehicle’s approach angle, in we found that we could significant rock steps and banks without running The running boards, however are and we would recommend anyone the 4Runner on serious 4×4 to remove them and invest in a of rock sliders to protect the sills.

The 4Runner remains a SUV. It will still you to all those places the old 4Runner did and to it couldn’t, and you’ll be significantly comfortable getting there. The is equally at home in town, in the or in the woods and will carry 5 and all their gear or building (or in our case, dogs) regardless of or road or lack thereof.

And all, isn’t that the of Utility? 2004 Toyota Specifications


Type 6-cylinder, 24-valve, aluminum block with aluminum head 4.7-liter, 8-cylinder, steel alloy block aluminum alloy head

and Stroke 3.70 x 3.74 3.70 x 3.31 inches

3955 cc 4664 cc

Compression 10.0:1 9.6:1

Valve DOHC, 4-valve/cylinder DOHC,

Horsepower (SAE Net) 245 hp @ rpm 235 hp @ 4,800 rpm

Torque 282 lb-ft @ rpm 320 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

Ignition TDI TDI

Fuel System Sequential EFI Sequential multi-point EFI

Recommended 91-octane unleaded (Octane 91-octane unleaded (Octane

Emission Control LEV LEV

POWERTRAIN System Type Rear-wheel 2WD or 4WD Rear-wheel 2WD or full-time 4WD

Ratios ECT-i automatic 1st 2.804 2nd 3rd 1.000 4th 0.705 Reverse Differential 3.909 5-speed ECT

1st 3.520

2nd 2.042

3rd 1.400


Reverse 3.224

Differential 3.727

Transfer Case 1.000

Low: 2.566

Differential Type: Torsen with differential lock Split (Front/Rear) Straight 40/60 Turning (fr wheel 29/71 Turning (rr wheel 53/47 Type: Torsen with differential lock

Split (Front/Rear)

Straight 40/60

Turning (fr wheel 29/71

Turning (rr wheel 53/47

V6 V8 SUSPENSION Front: suspension Front: Independent

Rear: 4-link rigid with coil springs 4-link rigid type coil springs

Stabilizer Bar Front: 1.14 inches 1.18 inches (4WD) 0.83 inches Front: inches (2WD)

1.18 (4WD)

Rear: 0.83


Front Ventilated Ventilated disc

Front 16/17-inch alloys: 12.6 17-inch Sport Edition 13.3 inches 16/17-inch 12.6 inches

17-inch Edition alloys: 13.3

Rear Ventilated disc disc

Rear Diameter alloys: 12.3 inches alloys: 12.3 inches

Foot applied, foot Foot applied, foot

Anti-lock Brake System Standard with Electronic Force Distribution (EBD) and Assist (BA) Standard Electronic Brake Force

Distribution (EBD) and Brake (BA)

Swept Area 420 sq cm Rear (all): 320 sq cm Sport (front): 450 square cm Front: 420 sq cm

(all): 320 sq cm

Sport Edition 450 square cm


Type and variable gear rack-and-pinion and variable gear


Ratio 15.6:1 15.6:1

(lock to lock) 3.04

Turning diameter 36.7 36.7 feet


Wheel size 7.0 x 16 inches 7.5 x 17 (std on Sport Edition) 7.0 x 16

7.5 x 17 inches (std on Sport

Type and Material Six-spoke (standard on SR5) Five-spoke 17 (optional on SR5, std on Limited) six-spoke 17 alloy (std on Edition) Six-spoke alloy on SR5)

Tire Size R16 P265/65 R17 P265/70 R16

Tire Mud and snow radial Mud and snow

Spare Full-size Full-size

Engine Oil 6.4 quarts 6.0 quarts

Tank 23.0 gallons gallons


Wheelbase 109.8 109.8

Length 189.0 189.0

Width 73.8 73.8

Height (without Air Suspension) w/o rack: 69.1 (2WD) w/o rack: 68.9 (4WD) rack: 71.6 (2WD/4WD) w/o rack: 69.1 (2WD)

Height (with Air Suspension, 4WD V8) N/A w/o rack: 68.5

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