The Toyota 4Runner two door SUV was introduced for the 1984 model year and was based upon the Toyota Truck platform. As more and more manufacturers produced sport utility vehicles, Toyota joined the ranks with their 4Runner, with all models equipped with a 2.4 liter engine and available with four wheel drive. The first few generations of 4Runner were definitely more 'truck like' than 'car like' in both design and utility, unlike the luxury SUVs of today.
To accommodate the American marketplace, the 4Runner was redesigned for the 1986 model year, changing the solid front axle to an independent front suspension to improve the on road handling at higher speeds. Some off road capability was decreased with this change, but in the American marketplace the now slightly larger vehicle with a more responsive and comfortable highway ride was clearly a more important feature with the majority of American SUV buyers.
In 1990, the 4Runner was introduced looking less like the Toyota Truck it was originally based upon and more like the SUVs being manufactured by the competition and intended for practical every day use. The new body style was available with two or four doors and a variety of engines, including a turbo diesel. It was not until 1996 that the Toyota 4Runner was introduced as a more luxuriously appointed SUV - complete with lift up tailgate, rack and pinion steering and increased cargo and more comfortable passenger space.
Improvements and enhancements throughout the years have lead to the 2007 Toyota 4Runner mid size SUV, available in three trim levels ranging from well equipped SR5 base model to a sport accented model and a luxury edition with a variety of much appreciated comfort and convenience features. Two powerful engines are available, a 4.0 V6 and a 4.7 V8, in a choice of three trim styles and either rear wheel drive or four wheel drive, allowing for twelve distinctively different configurations to tailor the vehicle to individual user preferences and needs.
2012 Toyota 4Runner
Over the years Toyota has consistently produced arguably the best all-around vehicles available. The 2012 Toyota 4Runner is no exception to this generalization. At a starting MSRP of just $31,090, this quality SUV should be within the budget of many consumers. The 4Runner has maintained the same basic exterior shape over the years, with only slight modifications made each year. This year's 4Runner sports the classic Toyota front grille with bi-xenon headlights. The bi-xenon headlights are the latest in lighting technology for automobiles. They provide 70% better illumination of the road ahead, making whatever vehicle with them, one of the safest on the road. The three different models of the 4Runner offer various color options. All models offer 5 colors, but they do vary with each model. The Toyota 4Runner Limited comes with a large sunroof, so you can soak up some rays on those warm autumn days.
Inside the cabin, the 4Runner is lavishly decked out. It boasts a modern 6" GPS navigation screen that will provide the driver with turn-by-turn directions. more
2010 Toyota 4Runner
The totally redesigned 2010 Toyota 4Runner enters the mid-sized SUV class ready to get down and dirty! It stands taller, braces wider and stretches longer than it ever has before.
2009 Toyota 4Runner
The 2009 Toyota 4Runner is a carryover from the prior model year, so it maintains the same versatility and elegant exterior design. With generous powertrain options and the choice of 2WD or 4WD, the Toyota 4Runner can be built to meet each driver's unique needs.
2008 Toyota 4Runner
If there's one thing you can say that Toyota has accomplished with the 2008 4Runner it's wide-ranging choices. This four-door, seven-seater SUV comes in a staggering 12 trim levels starting on the bottom end with the SR5 4X2 and moving up to the Limited 4X4 V8.
2007 Toyota 4Runner
The 2007 Toyota 4Runner, a 4-door SUV capable of seating seven, comes in three trim levels, SR5, Sport Edition and Limited. Drive train on the 4Runner begins with a 4.0 liter V6 that grabs 236 hp @ 5200 rpm, 266 ft.-lb.