2018 4Runner: The Off-Road Premium Vehicle from Toyota

Toyota 4Runner has been making rounds for years. The purpose behind building the 4Runner was primarily for off-roading, to spend most of their time on off-beat paths. Even the interior of the vehicle, is plastic-laden,to keep it easy to clean and to stay steady after a rough riding session. The 4Runner isn’t stillone of those modern creature comfort vehicles with a set of the latest safety features that iscommon in almost all other Toyotas, but it is specificallytailored for rock crawling and for long distance dirt-track cruising that doesn’t need a safety backup from other corners.

What’s New for 2018?

As per the Placerville Toyota dealer, the 4Runner’s powertrain continues to have the same features for its 2018 versionthatis the 4.0-liter V-6 naturally aspirated engine with five-speed automatic transmission matching the best for the truck-based 4Runner.

Standard features include:

  • Active Traction Control on a Part-time four-wheel drive
  • Heated front seats with leatherette having a sound lumbar support
  • Special Locking system for the rear differential with crawl mode

Fuel Economy

In several fuel-economy teststhe Toyota 4Runner has implemented all the possible ways to run the vehicle with least fuel consumption based on the understanding of how people generally tend to drive on highways. It maintainsa GPS-verified 75 mph using the cruise control to maximize the usage of fuelmimicking the driving habits of mostof the drivers during long trips.

Ride, Handling, and Steering

The Off-Road 4Runner TRD model rolls on pairs of 17-inch wheels that best suit that trim and the fat tires gracefully take the vehicle ahead making the rides softer.All you have with this vehicle is enjoying wandering rides whilemaintaining a consistently high speed. The result of riding a Toyota 4Runner is that it makes one feel as precise or agile like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The Limited models of 4Runner are having 20-inch wheels with slightly lower-profile tires thatmight not deliver as smooth a ride that we expect them to provide. Some off-road enhancements can be observed in the TRD models that includes a system allowing some extra suspension while traveling at lower speeds, helping the 4Runner stay steady on the road, as well, by minimizing the harsher effects of the potholes it comes across.

The helm of the 4Runner delivers an impressive driveon the roads that are generally not smooth. The controls respond with high accuracy to manual and sensor inputs.


As shared by the Toyota of Placerville dealer experts, Braking in the 4Runner, needs a good amount of runway that actually stops at a 22 feet shorter distance than the popular Jeep Wrangler, but because of a long zone free pedal travel, the brakes starts to respond more promptly whenever a request is made to stop the supply of power. Some novice drivers might experience a light poke at the pedal zone while some mighthave to place more aggressive inputs while piloting the 4Runner.

The Verdict

As an off-road prowess, the Toyota 4Runner holds on to the old-school charm with a spacious cargo to carry heavy loads. Even without the latest metrics on board the 4Runner continues to shine on and off-road.

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