Toyota’s 4Runners have been favorite with off-roaders since at least 3 decades and the 2018 4Runner is all set to fuel your passion for adventure with its enhanced beefy looks, options like the bold and unique Toyota front grille and promise of an extra thick aluminum skid plate you can’t help but notice, invite you to hit the dirt and tame that muddy, rocky beaten trail.
As described by the Caldwell Toyota dealer, the body-on-frame styling is inspired from its predecessors and not too experimental and this is complemented with 4.0-litre V6 that aids the Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select features that attempt to enhance performance and driving pleasure both off-road and on-road.
The Engine and Transmission
The cheeky 4.0-Litre V6 DOHC engine combined with a 5-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission powers this beast churns out a Horsepower of 270 working at 5600RPM which might just fall slightly short of its closest rivals, the Nissan Pathfinder or Ford Explorer, but this combined with either a Part-time 4WD with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) on the SR5 models or a Full-time 4WD with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Torseslip center differential with locking feature on the limited edition results in a 278 at 4400 RPM Torque matched only by none other than the makes such as the Jeep Wrangler.
All that power, all that muscle could mean more visits to the gas station and more refuels as the 4Runner declares a modest 17 miles to the gallon in city conditions and 20 on the highway. This is quite modest compared to its other close competitions from Nissan and Ford but who’s counting when you wallow in your passion as you take in the nature, cut across that beaten road crossing that shallow brook on that off-road adventure you indulge in to massage your senses.
Interiors and Infotainment
The interiors through mostly plastic laden and toned down are still something to take advantage and lean towards practicality of with a 6.1-inch touch screen display, heated and ventilated front seats and a ton of other features to make you comfortable while you enjoy the wild rides.
The 4Runner’s interiors is simply spacious with a 5-seater accommodation that offers comfortable seating that help during longer drives. Premium materials are used liberally, and you have the option for full leather seats in the Limited edition. The driver seat is 8-way power adjustable and 4-way power adjustable front-passenger seat. The front seats in the limited edition have additional ventilation and heating control. Options such as a Power Vertical Sliding Rear Window and space for 8 speakers make it lucrative choice when choice of interiors add weight to your buying decision.
The 4Runner features an optional sliding rear cargo desk that makes it easy to access your stuff and this is accompanied with the power rear glass with a button to operate so you can access your stuff in the cargo hold. The second-row seats can be folded making ample boot space. As shown by the Caldwell Toyota dealer, the third-row seats on some of the SR5 and Limited models have a 50-50 split capability to make more space.
The 4Runner is seriously built for off-roading experience has a hefty steering that graces the vehicle providing it better control and adds to the driving pleasure of feeling the road quite well.