2010 Toyota 4Runner V6 & Instrumented Test & Car and Driver

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Pioneer of the SUV craze, the 4Runner to its roots as a true, do-it-all

Remember the previous Toyota . Yeah, neither do we. Toyota#x2019;s pickup-based, do-it-all four-by-four ignite the SUV craze when it in 1984.

But in the years that the 4Runner became increasingly as Toyota flooded its dealers trucks and crossovers intended to every conceivable niche. The fourth generation bore resemblance to the cheap, scrappy we fondly remember, having upmarket as a dedicated mall offering an optional V-8 and leather-laminated Annual sales dwindled to than 50,000 units.

For Toyota is trying a retro of sorts, returning to a simpler with a truck aimed at buyers who like the FJ Cruiser, which the 4Runner shares its and major components, but want rear doors. Even so, is expected to remain small at 35,000 units, says

FJ Underneath, More Conventional Up Top

Like the Tacoma pickup and FJ the Japanese-built 4Runner shares the fully boxed frame of the Cruiser Prado, a sort of Cruiser #x201C;Lite#x201D; sold in markets (and in the U.S. as the GX460). The wheelbase remains from the old 4Runner, but the truck is longer, slightly wider, and at pounds for our test vehicle, 130 pounds heavier than our 4Runner tester.

The V-8 is gone; the choices are now a 2.7-liter four-cylinder 157 hp and a 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 hp, 10 more the outgoing 4.7-liter V-8. The gets a four-speed automatic, the V-6 a auto.

The venerable SR5 remains as the entry and the trim level most will go for. The posh returns to answer the needs of few who wish to spend $40,000 on an body-on-frame SUV. In between, introduces the Trail, an off-road-oriented and the model tested here.

its sparse exterior decoration and fender flares, the Trail us most of the original, Reagan-era except that it comes as a four-by-four with a V-6, a rear differential, electronic aids such as Multi-terrain and Crawl Control,#x201D; 17-inch with 32-inch off-road and a longish roster of amenities from various SR5 option The Trail#x2019;s subsequent lofty starts at $36,500#x2014;might put it out of reach for who pine for the more serious lovers such as the Jeep and Nissan Xterra.

The oddly sporty on-the-floor of previous 4Runners is largely As in the FJ, the new 4Runner#x2019;s seats are higher, the and knee clearances are generous, and the and controls more like of other traditional SUVs as the Kia Borrego. Ingress and egress are and cargo loading and weekend are aided by a slide-out tray holds 440 pounds, standard on the

Some Agility and Good On-Road, Awesome Off-Road

its weight, the 4Runner is a spry runner in the city with a compliant ride and a well-hushed The frame reinforcing that weight (along with axles) pays its dividends with a shiver-free ride pavement blight. The 4.0-liter V-6 its five-speed automatic (as before, no is offered) keeps pace traffic easily enough, at 7.8 seconds to 60 mph, it proved by 0.6 second than the last we tested in April 2005.

A green #x201C;eco#x201D; light in the comes on when you#x2019;re thrifty on the throttle, and we averaged 18 mpg a mix of highway cruising and off-road (Toyota claims 17 city/22 for the 4WD V-6 and 18/23 for the four-cylinder).

Off-road, the really proves its worth. Up a climb to an 8000-foot peak in the highlands, the 4Runner was unstoppable, confidently over loose and large roots and even to tow a pinned Toyota pickup out of a spot. The four-wheel-drive system is only and old-fashioned.

A manual console shifter among #x201C;two high,#x201D; high,#x201D; and #x201C;four low#x201D; in a transfer case with a low-gear reduction (Limited have a more sophisticated all-wheel drive), and a button the rear locker.

With Control, selectable after you put it in low, the truck will its speed up to 3 mph, automatically individual wheel brakes to torque side to side for traction. It rolls the truck leisurely#x2014;over trail obstacles. For off-roaders, it#x2019;s a bit of a gimmick, the Multi-terrain Select, which has settings for various surfaces sand to hard slickrock, the throttle response and transmission points to the surfaces#x2014;all of which make it easier to ease the up a challenging trail, dashboard with lights indicating the electronic helpers at work.

More sophisticated and everyday than a Jeep Wrangler, the 4Runner is also more than a Nissan Xterra or Kia (which, with its optional has a higher tow capacity than the V-6 only so-so 5000 The 4Runner remains what it has a somewhat old-fashioned body-on-frame for buyers not afraid of its substantial premium. That niche, as noted, isn#x2019;t nearly as big as the all

( Another version of this can be found in the March 2010 of Car and Driver magazine .)

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