Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2013 Toyota 4Runner , and while it missed Toyota’s 2014 mild refresh , it still had the guts of a true off-roader and honest-to-goodness sports utility vehicle. My 4Runner was decked out with the Trail package that included part-time four-wheel-drive, a locking differential and Toyota ’s KDSS suspension system with Multi-Terrain Select. With all the right option boxes checked, this 4Runner was set to live up to its name.

It was 1984 when the 4Runner began making its name known to Americans as the SUV adaptation of Toyota’s popular pickup. In fact, the 4Runner was basically a Toyota pickup, or Hilux as its known outside the U.S., with a removable fiberglass camper shell over the bed and a removable rear seat installed inside. It competed directly against the Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer and won a loyal following with its nimble size and bulletproof powertrain.

Over the years, the 4Runner has undergone many changes and became its own vehicle apart from the pickup. But that body-on-frame construction, four-wheel-drive, and nimbler size still lives on. Even in a time when the traditional SUV is becoming an endangered species, the 4Runner hasn’t lost its rugged appeal. The crossover crowd has the Highlander , and that’s just fine, as it leaves the 4Runner to cater to a more adventurous crowd who still use low range and the trailer hitch.

Click past the jump to continue reading our review of the 2013 Toyota 4Runner

Toyota ’s Racing Development team recently pulled the covers off this hardened version of the popular 4Runner SUV with a new off-road packaged called TRD Pro. It puts together some stout suspension equipment for handling some of the toughest terrain around and a few cosmetic upgrades to make the looks match its capabilities.

Starting with a 1.5-inch suspension lift in the front, the TRD Pro 4Runner gets an extra inch of wheel travel thanks to remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks that help the 4Runner with added ground clearance and help smooth out rough terrain. Remote-reservoir Bilsteins also find a home in the 4Runner’s rear suspension.

All-new, 17-inch TRD alloy wheels are murdered out in all black and wrapped with more aggressive off-road tires. Although Toyota doesn’t specify, the 4Runner in many of the pictures appear to be wearing modified Falcon tires.

Appearance wise, the 4Runner TRD Pro only comes in three colors: Black, white, and an all-new Inferno Red. The unique grille prominently displays "TOYOTA," a throwback to the old FJ40 and more recent FJ Cruiser. Strong aluminum skid plating with a stamped "TRD" logo visible under the front bumper provide the necessary protection needed off road, while TRD Pro-specific bumpers give the 4Runner a menacing look.

Toyota left the interior almost untouched except for a TRD shift handle, TRD Pro-stitched floor mats, and red-stitched seats throughout the cabin along with red stitching on the center console.

The TRD Pro package will also available on the 2015 Tundra and Tacoma . There’s no word yet on pricing, but the trio of trucks go on sale this fall.

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Back in September, Toyota announced the first details on its "Dream Build Challenge" launched for this year’s SEMA Show . Back then we only got a sneak peek at the models to be displayed in Las Vegas, but now we have the chance to see them in all their glory.

One of the models entering the "Toyota Dream Build Challenge" was designed by freestyle skier Simon Dumont in cooperation with Oakley Design.He specially designed the 4Runner for the needs of a man capable of doing double front flips 100 feet in the air, and then landing in one piece.

His concept is based on the recently revised 4Runner that now has an aggressive and sporty look, and an interior equipped with all the comforts appreciated by an athlete at the end of a long day. The name is also very suggesting: "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner."

Click past the jump to see just how the pro skier muscled up the 4Runner.

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Off-roading can be just as challenging, scary and life-changing as a high-speed track session with a supercar .

With supercars, the chances of a costly mistake are present but manageable. The tracks are typically perfect, the guard rails are there to keep you out of the trees in the case of a spin out, and generally, backing off the throttle is enough to recover control before anything goes *crunch*.

Off-roading, however, brings a real chance that poor driving or the wrong car will result in serious damage to both that driver’s confidence and the car’s rolling ability.

While most racetracks are filled with other cars to help you get home after putting yours into a wall, the situation out on desolate off-road trails is much more grim is something really breaks. Being stranded becomes a real possibility, with bad results almost a sure thing.

After popping three tires and cracking an alloy rim of the 18-inch wheels and 35-section tires of my (poor, abused) Subaru Legacy GT wagon in Oak Ridge, Tennessee a few years ago, I had to limp down the mountain on two hideously-bent donut spare steel wheels. Tires sheared off long before, so it was a clunky and scary ride to a place that a tow truck could find me.

It was this moment I finally realized something: as with everything challenging, to go off-roading the right way, you need the right tools.

Those tools have adjustable suspensions, huge wheel travel, and tires so knobby that a 65 mph cruise on the highway sounds like a Monster Truck.

Great A/C, comfy seats and mechanical reliability are also key parameters for this list.

Click past the jump for the full Top-Ten Best Off-Road SUVs, featuring everything from Bowler Land Rovers to the Nissan Xterra .

Toyota is coming back to this year’s SEMA Auto Show , and it’s bringing along the Dream Build Challenge for an encore run.

Last year, the competition was won by NASCAR racer Kyle Busch, who took home the title for his work on the 2013 Toyota Camry , or as he later on christened it: the Rowdy Camry .

This year, another NASCAR driver, Parker Kligerman, will team up with Kyle Busch Racing to be one of the four participants in the complete custom build of four unique Toyotas. In the case of Kligerman, he has the task of using another Camry and create a rally-inspired version that has been dubbed the "CamRally".

Meanwhile, freestyle skier Simon Dumont will be teaming up with Oakley to work on a Toyota 4Runner , or as it will be built and called, the "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner".

Representing the world of Supercross are a pair of the sports biggest stars, Justin Brayton and Josh Grant, both of whom will collaborate with Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross to build the "Let’s Go Moto Tundra " pickup.

And finally, BMX rider Drew Bezanzon has the Toyota Corolla all to himself. He’ll still get help from Skullcandy to build what we can only imagine to be an audio box on wheels, thus its aptly named handle, the "Corolla Crusher".

All four entries will be in attendance at the SEMA Auto Show where just like last year, the fans get to decide which build stands out ahead of the pack.

Click past the jump to read about last year’s winning build, the 2013 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition by Kyle Busch

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The fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner was unveiled in 2009 and now the company is preparing to release a revised version for this generation. After teasing it for a few weeks, the revised 2014 4Runner made its debut this weekend at the 2013 Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif., near Palm Springs.

The 4Runner has been a staple in Toyota ’s lineup for about three decades now and since its launch, it has been one of the few fully capable SUVs available in its segment. The SUV is available in a variety of configurations and in three models: a well-equipped SR5, top-of-the-line Limited, plus a Trail grade for amazing off-road capability.

Updates for the 2014 model year will include updates to both the exterior and the interior, and updates to the SUV’s comfort and convenience without sacrificing its hallmark performance capability and excellent value.

Updated 04/29/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 09/03/2013: Toyota has officially unveiled the pricing details on the 2014 4Runner. It starts at $32,820 and caps at $43,400. See all of the details after the jump.

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The second concept car to be displayed at the SEMA Show is a Toyota 4Runner SUV customized by Wheeler Magazine. Called the 4Runner Backcountry, this SUV comes packing some serious features that will allow just about anyone to take a successful trip of hiking, camping, or just plain exploring through any and all roads.

The 4Runner Backcountry features an ARB Steel Touring Style Roof Rack - used to mount the ARB Series III Simpson Rooftop Tent and ARB Awning 2000 -, HID driving lights, and a rear tire and Expedition One Geri fuel can carrier that moves the spare tire from under the vehicle to the back. More cargo space out back was achieved by modifying an Old Manu Emu (OME) suspension system and lifting the SUV by about three inches higher than a standard 4Runner. This tweak made it possible to fit P285/70R17 Falken WildPeak A/T tires mounted to 17x8 Teflon-coated ATX Mojave wheels to the vehicle.

The interior of the 4Runner Backcountry doesn’t get much changed, but there’s a ton added to make those trips that much more convenient. The 4Runner gets a Cobra CB radio and a dash-mounted Garmin GPS system, along with factory switch blanks to clear out the dash. The SUV also gets a rear cargo area-mounted Power Tank on-board air system for airing up tires and an ARB Fridge Freeze for those yummy snacks.

Press release after the jump.

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Motor Trend is reporting that sources within Toyota have said that the four-cylinder version of the 4Runner is being discontinued after just one year. The smaller engine model hasn’t sold well at all, as the V6 model has accounted for over 90 percent of sales.

Part of the reason for this was that the smaller motor didn’t help the fuel economy numbers all that much. Not to mention drivers have to sacrifice 113 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of toque. That small motor in a vehicle that weighs as much as the 4Runner just isn’t going to work out. With that four-cylinder being forced to carry such a large body, the fuel economy numbers were only 1 mpg better than the V6. On the plus side, the smaller motor did save buyers $4,000.

Toyota has not announced sales numbers for the four-cylinder 4Runner, but we would assume they’re pretty low. That would make this model quite rare and a shocking flop for the company.

Source: Motor Trend

Off road racing in Southern California is one of the most popular and demanding forms of motor sport in the region. As part of the racing organization’s annual rounds of competition, their season always ends with the SCORE Baja 1000, a grueling 672 mile loop that must be completed in no more than 31 hours. This last race of the season is scheduled for November 20-21 and when all the buggies and trophy trucks line up in Ensenada, Mexico, Toyota will be on hand with one of their brand new fifth generation 4Runner s.

The Baja 1000 is a test of both man and machine, "historically, only half of the racers finish this incredible test of man and machine, but we’re confident the Fifth Generation 4Runner will be a major contender in the stock mini class and can handle the grueling course." The Japanese automaker feels that their latest product is up to the task, and ensuring that they make it all the way to the finish line, Toyota has hired the multiple champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart to pilot the 4Runner.

Press release after the jump.

First launched back in 1984, the Toyota 4Runner is currently entering its fifth generation of all terrain go anywhere toughness, this time with a more athletic look and a redesigned interior. Not to mention more power and better gas mileage, what is there not to like about the all new Toyota 4Runner Toyota 4Runner . For 2010 Toyota will offer the sport utility vehicle in three different trim levels; the first is the Trail Grade 4Runner, followed by the well equipped SR5 with the Limited model topping out the range. TAs part of the fun truck’s off road agenda it will be offered with a rear wheel biased 4x2 drivetrain, part time 4x4 as well as a full time multi mode 4x4 rock crawling system.

Toyota 4Runner

On the outside, the 2010 4Runner comes with more rugged looking bumpers, more aggressive headlamps and taillights and some bolder boxed fenders that frame a set of 17 inch alloy wheels. The Japanese design team has also added a few new color options to the 4Runner’s pallet to satisfy the more refined off road shopper with colors like: Shoreline Blue Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Classic Silver Metallic. All 4x4 equipped models will be powered by a 4.0 Liter V6 that cracks out 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque while the 4x2 models will receive the new 2.7 Liter four banger engine that produces a much lesser 157 HP and 178 lb-ft of torque.

With the all new 2010 Toyota 4Runner, the Japanese automaker is reaching out to younger more enthusiastic car buyers with a fun truck that looks rugged enough to cross over any mountain trail and still look cool parked on the streets of a concrete canyon. Toyota is offering the reasonably sized 4Runner with a host of different trim level and drivetrain combinations to fit any consumer’s budget.

Press release after the jump.


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