Toyota 4Runner SR5 4×4 (1997)

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by Carey Russ

Back it was introduced in the 1985 model the Toyota 4Runner was little than a 4-wheel drive pickup with a factory shell attached. It was utilitarian and appointed — a vehicle suited to the campground than the club. The now-legendary 22R 4-cylinder was reliable and sturdy, but not particularly by today’s standards.

The original was a vehicle for and of its day, as is the 1997 Same name, different different vehicle. Today’s customers demand passenger-car to go with off- road and capability, as well as towing and capacity.

The 1997 4Runner is to a go-anywhere Camry wagon in and civility than it is to the 1985

The current version of the 4Runner was early in 1996, and featured revisions to interior and exterior chassis and suspension, and powertrains. a choice of 4-cylinder or V6 engines, or four-wheel drive, base, or new Limited trim levels, and of option packages, there is a for every midsized sport-utility

I recently had an SR5 4×4 4Runner as a vehicle. It was as comfortable, quiet, and as most family sedans. was better than is the case many high SUVs.

It was big to hold plenty of people and and small enough to park No wonder I see so many of them on the

APPEARANCE: The 4Runner is no longer a with a camper shell, the current version bears a similarity to Toyota’s Tacoma pickup. It’s gotten and more sophisticated over the and now looks much like its sibling, the Land Cruiser. The combines the appearance of off-road-readiness enough elegance to be at home

Chrome bumpers and a massive grille give pugnacious A slight power bulge in the and moderately flared fenders the aggressive SUV look. Depending on level and customer desires, wheel well trim, cladding, and running boards are

My SR5 had optional chrome wheel molding and 16- inch wheels and for a more upscale look and ground clearance.

COMFORT: without running boards, not too much of a climb up into the 4Runner despite over inches of ground clearance. the SR5 4Runner looks and feels like a Camry. The materials, and finish are all to Toyota high The well- designed, carlike panel places everything Interior materials in the SR5 are synthetic, the Limited model has leather.

of custom options and option are available, and Toyota availed with my press fleet A leather-covered steering wheel and knob are easy to grip. windows, doorlocks, and moonroof passenger car ambiance. Comfortable, sports help seats the driver and front passenger and alert.

The heat and air conditioning work with plenty of vents. A heater console provides for passengers. The rear seat has for medium-large people and has a split and fold design for extra capacity when needed.

are plenty of storage spaces for and rear passengers. Cargo access is easy, and the one-piece has a unique power window. particular 4Runner is not even at the top of the

It’s come a long way the days of a pickup with shell.

SAFETY: The 1997 4Runner has dual airbags, brakes, and side-door impact beams.

ROADABILITY: The days when vehicles had the ride quality of an are long gone. The current doesn’t feel much than a Camry on the road. It true, with no tendency to as is sometimes encountered with drive vehicles. Its power is weighted just right, good road feel.

The SR5 is quiet, with great and low wind noise. The height visibility. The 4Runner feels on pavement, and should work as well in the dirt. The shift-on-the-fly drive system may be engaged at up to 50 mph.

Important underside are protected by skid plates and ten inches of clearance with the wheels and tires.

PERFORMANCE: Either of the available — a 2.7-liter 4- cylinder or V6 — have power the old 22R only dream about. The SR5 has the V6. In Toyota fashion, it is a dual cam, 24-valve engine great low-speed torque and of smooth power whenever

The 4-speed electronically- controlled transmission is a good match for use.

CONCLUSIONS: The 4Runner is best-selling sport-utility for good It combines passenger car comfort truck utility.

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