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2014 Toyota 4Runner Preview

Pro
4Runner may look like it belongs in the city, but underneath it can handle off-road situations as well as any vehicle in its class.

Con
With time comes civilization and what started out as a basic hard driving 4X4 is now gentrified and a bit on the soft side.

Toyota 4Runner
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Price
MSRP for the 4Runner starts at $37,900 and carries up to $48,445 for the 7-passenger Limited..

Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined in l/100 km)
12.7/9.4/11.2

Improvements and changes
Basic MSRP is lower than in 2013 with more standard features. Stylistically, the 4Runner follows the cues of the new Tundra with a more muscular look that comes from the front fenders and wheel arches.

Exterior Changes
Styling cues are now specific to the three available grades, SR5, Trail Edition and Limited. SR5 and Trail edition get a more muscular look while the Limited retains the muscular look it gets the added up market trim.

Inside
Available in 5 and 7-passenger versions, the 4Runner has second row seats that slide and recline. Second and third row seats are now equipped with one touch walk in function for easier ingress and egress. An additional benefit is that there is more leg and foot room for third row occupants. Like the exterior styling hints and grade of materials follow the attitude of each grade.

Cargo/towing/payload capacity
Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 2,268 kg (5,000 lb). Maximum cargo capacity is 254 litres behind the 3rd row (if equipped), 1,300 liters behind the second row and 2,500 liters with the second row folded down.

Powertrain
The only engine used in the 4Runner is a DOHC, 24-valve, 4.0L V6 with double variable valve timing (VVT-i) that produces 270 horsepower and 278 ft.lb. of torque. The only transmission used is a five-speed automatic. Purchasers can choose between a part-time 4X4 system with electronic touch controls or a full time AWD system. In addition multi-terrain crawl control is available. Active traction control, Down Hill Assist, Hill Start Assist, automatic disconnecting differential and skid plates to protect the important parts are standard.

Safety
Dual front, front seat side impact, front knee and full length side curtain air bags are standard. Child proof rear door locks, LATCH system of anchoring child seats and child-proof rear door locks are standard. Tire pressure monitoring system is standard. STARS system of safety includes, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, stability control, electronic brake force control, brake assist and smart stop technology.

Comparables
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and XL, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Ford Edge, Kia Sorrento, Nissan Pathfinder, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot.