Regardless of whether it's the
|No matter which model you choose, your 4Runner will be well equipped if not saturated with creature comforts and conveniences. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, Canadian Auto Press)|
base SR5 V6 model that is within a purchaser's sights, or the fully loaded V8 Limited version, the 4Runner will be well equipped if not saturated with creature comforts and conveniences. At minimum, all 4Runners are equipped with tilt power steering, power windows, power locks and rear hatch release, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, AM/FM/CD/cassette, 60/40 split folding rear bench, plus accessory power outlets.
The Limited status adds power adjustable heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, premium audio, 17-inch wheels and many other creature comforts and helpful conveniences. The third row seating is an option
|The supreme off-road competence of the 4Runner, combined with its ample creature comforts, makes it a wise choice. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, Canadian Auto Press)|
available on all but the base V6 model of the 4Runner.
I came away from the Toyota event with a reinforced appreciation for the differences between car-based SUVs and truck-based models. To say an SUV is an SUV, regardless of design and engineering, is like saying a brain surgeon is a brain surgeon, regardless of education and training. Buyers intending to purchase an SUV must give thoughtful and careful consideration to the needs their vehicle will be expected to fulfill. Under-buying or over-buying SUV capabilities can result in wasted money and disappointing performance. Wise buyers will fully research the pros and cons of car-based SUVs versus truck-based models and ensure their purchase is commensurate with their needs.