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2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

You won’t have any problems gearing up for the outdoors with this SUV

With a manufacturing facility sitting deep in the heart of the state, Toyota is always a lock to be in attendance at the Texas State Fair. Past years have shown the automaker debut models like the Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Edition to go with SX versions of the Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma.

This year, Toyota is returning the to the fair with a more functionally inclined special edition model called the 4Runner Venture Edition. The exclusive touches are mostly of the cosmetic variety, but there’s enough of them in the 4Runner Venture Edition to go around to pique the interests of prospective owners of the special edition SUV. The Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition is already available for order so if you’ve got an eye for a new roof rack, among other things, you can buy Toyota’s latest special edition SUV for a tidy sum of $45,405.

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2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition

2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition

A splash of black for the Japanese off-roader icon

For the last three-and-a-half decades, the Toyota 4Runner has been one of the go-to models for practical body-on-frame SUV adventure and outdoor cred. Now, the Japanese automaker is offering a new upgrade for the top Limited trim level. It’s dubbed the Nightshade Special Edition, and it adds a fresh coat of aesthetic appeal to the mid-size utility vehicle.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition

2018 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition

If you want your 4Runner to look stealthy, you need to take a good, long look at the Nightshade Special Edition

Toyota has unveiled the 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition at the Texas State Fair. Based on the Limited variant of the 4Runner, the Nightshade Special Edition features aesthetic changes on the full-sized SUV. A series of black details highlight the changes, a lot of which give the 4Runner a darkened appearance. The 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition $1,740 to the 4Runner’s sticker price of $43,225.

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2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Minor upgrades keep the 4Runner competitive

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is one of the capable SUVs on the market today. While most SUVs have softened into crossovers with unibody chassis, the 4Runner continues its body-on-frame tradition matched with the even-more-capable TRD Pro suspension system. Yet, for 2019, Toyota is turning up the heat.

The 2019 4Runner TRD Pro gets upgraded Fox Racing Shocks that help better handle high-speed desert running while providing a civil ride around town and a new roof rack offers more storage for dirty gear. A few other changes inside and out help keep the 4Runner fresh as interest explodes for its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler.

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2015 - 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – Driven

2015 - 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – Driven

The ultimate 4Runner

The 2015 – 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is Toyota’s most rugged and capable SUV. Thanks to some clever engineering in the Toyota Racing Development labs, the 4Runner enjoys a truly hard-core off-road version that usurps even the venerable Trail Edition 4Runner. Heavy duty Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, thick coil springs with a 1.0-inch suspension lift, upgraded wheels and tires, and a tank-like front skid plate makes the TRD Pro a natural in the dirt. All the same off-road tech on the 4Runner Trail Edition carries over to the TRD Pro, too. This includes the electronic locking rear differential, manual transfer case, and Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system.

A unique front grille with the blocky T-O-Y-O-T-A lettering sets the TRD Pro apart, along with TRD Pro badging on the C-pillars and bespoke TRD Pro wheels and all-terrain tires. Things inside aren’t much different than other 4Runners, beside a TRD gear shifter and some like-branded floor mats. So how does the TRD Pro handle everyday life and the sandy trails of Central Florida? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full review.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

Toyota renames the Trail & Trail Premium trims

Beyond the name change, the 4Runner remains basically intact. The trim level lineup still contains the base SR5, the better-equipped SR5 Premium, the luxury oriented Limited, and the all-out off-roader, the TRD Pro. Positioned above the SR5 Premium grade, the Off-Road and the Off-Road Premium trims will bring an extra level of ruggedness to the 4Runner without driving prices skyward.

Of course, Toyota has yet to announce official pricing for the trim levels; 2017 is still a ways off. Nevertheless, expect the renamed trims to follow the previously laid groundwork. That suggests the 4Runner Off-Road will start around $37,000 while the better-equipped Off-Road Premium carries a $40,000 price tag. While pricey, it’s still less expensive than the 4Runner TRD Pro, which itself will likely get a price hike to $42,000.

Expect the 2017 Toyota 4Runner with its new trim levels to hit showrooms in the fall of 2016. We’ll bring updates on pricing and availability when Toyota releases the info.

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2015 Toyota 4Runner – Driven

2015 Toyota 4Runner – Driven

They say honesty is the best policy, and in the world of SUVs, it doesn’t get any more honest than this. The Toyota 4Runner has foregone the popular changeover to a unibody structure, keeping instead its old-school, body-on-frame design, solid rear axle, and manual transfer case (at least in the Trail and TRD Pro models).

The 4Runner has been around since the dawn of time – or at least Toyota’s influx into the U.S. back in the 1980s – and was derived off Toyota’s pickup truck line, which is now the Tacoma. The 4Runner’s genealogy continues today, with it sharing much of the underpinnings and powertrain of the last-generation Tacoma.

Though the 4Runner is due for an update following the 2016 Tacoma, the 2015 model soldiers on unchanged since its last update in 2014. Still present is the old 4.0-liter V-6, and five-speed automatic transmission. The pair certainly isn’t known for its fuel economy, but the engine and transmission offer rock-solid operation and get-there-and-back reliability. No turbos, no fancy direct injection – just a no-nonsense powertrain.

The same is true for the rest of the SUV. Practicality and function win out over appearances and luxury. Sure, the 4Runner can be had with leather seats, navigation, an electronic transfer case, and other niceties, but that’s just a bandage on top of its ruggedness. As Taylor Swift says, “Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes,” so neither do the luxuries take away from the 4Runner’s macho presence. That’s something sorely missed in today’s lineup of soft crossovers and road-biased SUVs.

So what’s it like to live with such an undomesticated beast? Well, it’s easier than you might think, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review

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2015 Toyota 4Runner - Driven

2015 Toyota 4Runner - Driven

They say honesty is the best policy, and in the world of SUVs, it doesn’t get any more honest than this. The Toyota 4Runner has foregone the popular changeover to a unibody structure, keeping instead its old-school, body-on-frame design, solid rear axle, and manual transfer case (at least in the Trail and TRD Pro models).

The 4Runner has been around since the dawn of time – or at least Toyota’s influx into the U.S. back in the 1980s – and was derived off Toyota’s pickup truck line, which is now the Tacoma. The 4Runner’s genealogy continues today, with it sharing much of the underpinnings and powertrain of the last-generation Tacoma.

Though the 4Runner is due for an update following the 2016 Tacoma, the 2015 model soldiers on unchanged since its last update in 2014. Still present is the old 4.0-liter V-6, and five-speed automatic transmission. The pair certainly isn’t known for its fuel economy, but the engine and transmission offer rock-solid operation and get-there-and-back reliability. No turbos, no fancy direct injection – just a no-nonsense powertrain.

The same is true for the rest of the SUV. Practicality and function win out over appearances and luxury. Sure, the 4Runner can be had with leather seats, navigation, an electronic transfer case, and other niceties, but that’s just a bandage on top of its ruggedness. As Taylor Swift says, “Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes,” so neither do the luxuries take away from the 4Runner’s macho presence. That’s something sorely missed in today’s lineup of soft crossovers and road-biased SUVs.

So what’s it like to live with such an undomesticated beast? Well, it’s easier than you might think, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review

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2015 Toyota 4Runner Tonka

2015 Toyota 4Runner Tonka

Ford is no longer the biggest manufacturer in the game of building life-sized Tonka trucks. Injecting a bit of fun into its SEMA booth, Toyota brought the Tonka 4Runner, a customized SUV that’s designed to play in the same sandbox as the Mighty Ford F-750 Tonka concept and the limited-production 2014 Tonka F-150 by the Tuscany Motor Company. The Tonka 4Runner is just begging to be played with, gotten dirty, and left out in the rain.

Built in conjunction with Funrise, who manufactures Tonka toys for Hasbro, the Tonka 4Runner is a high-riding, adventure-oriented off-roader. It’s the second collaboration with Funrise for Toyota, following the Tonka Tundra fire truck. The Tonka 4Runner is an extreme truck, with a dizzying ten-inch suspension lift, huge off-road tires and a roof tent in addition to familiar Tonka graphics. From a distance, it looks like you could just pick this one up and play with it. Although it’s inspired by toys, it’s also been designed to be a very functional expedition vehicle. The modifications to the suspension and body have been made to improve capability and versatility. There’s even a roof-mounted fuel can.

Licensing restrictions mean that production is unlikely, but as a functional, adult-sized toy, the Tonka 4Runner is a good inspirational vehicle.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota 4Runner Tonka.

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2015 Tonka 4Runner

2015 Tonka 4Runner

For most of us, Tonka might bring back childhood memories of playing with that big, yellow dump truck in the sand box, but the company isn’t exactly toying around these days. Tonka now has a motorsports team – aptly named Tonka Motorsports – that runs a full array of trucks in the exciting Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, and to drum up some added publicity, it has developed a bunch of cool new trucks, like the 2016 Ford F-750 Tonka, to show off at races and other events.

The company’s latest creation is a monster of a Toyota 4Runner, which was introduced this week on the sprawling property of Tonka’s Pro2 driver, Myan Spaccarelli. Although I wasn’t among the select members of the media that were able to attend the event, I was able to talk to Kevin Bloomfield, Tonka’s vice president of product development, to get a little more insight about this crazy-looking 4Runner. As he put it, “Nobody makes aftermarket anything for the new 4Runners,” so essentially the entire truck has been fully customized by various companies (mostly off-road parts suppliers) to transform this stock 2015 4Runner SR5 into what you see here. In addition to the 4Runner pictures, Tonka also supplied some bonus images of its equally awesome Ford Super Duty affectionately known as T-Rex. Enjoy.

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2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD

2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD

With the Baja 1000 quickly approaching and Toyota preparing to race a Tundra TRD Pro in the Full Size Stock class, the automaker needed a few support vehicles to assist the team. That’s where off-road truck builder N-Fab came in and helped modify three vehicles for the event; a Tundra TRD, a Tacoma TRD, and this 4Runner TRD. All three chase trucks will be following the competing Tundra over the treacherous, 1,000-mile race, assisting with extra fuel, supplies, and replacement drivers and navigators.

N-Fab started with a standard, four-wheel-drive 4Runner and swapped out its grille for a 4Runner TRD Pro grille. The wheels get the same treatment, with the matte-black, six-spoke TRD Pro units replacing the standard wheels. The story continues with the suspension. TRD Pro coil-over shocks keep the terrain under submission and aftermarket BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires hold the whole thing off the ground.

Behind that updated grille is a 30-inch light bar while a 40-inch unit is mounted on the roof rack. An ARB shade tent rides up top as well, giving crew members a respite from the extreme desert sun. A cooler inside the 4Runner offers a few cold drinks. The rear of the roof rack is also decked out with two, 10-inch light bars colored in amber and clear.

In case the going gets extremely tough, a Smittybilt XRC winch hides behind the front bumper, rated to pull 9,500 pounds. Rock rails with removable steps help protect the 4Runner’s rocker panels.

The 4Runner’s interior gets updated with TRD-embroidered headrests, a carbon-fiber trim kit, an RCI case radio, and a Lowrance five-inch GPS system mounted atop the center stack.

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Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro vs. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro vs. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The Jeep Wrangler has long been the king of off-roading machines. It’s two solid axles, manual transfer case, gracious ground clearance and never-ending supply of aftermarket parts have made the Wrangler the stuff of legend. What’s more, its removable doors and top put passengers closer to the elements and heightens the thrill of the trail.

Of course, for all good champions, a new challenger is never far behind. Enter the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. This is Toyota’s latest version of its (almost unchanged) 4Runner design. Thanks to some clever engineering in the Toyota Racing Development labs, the 4Runner now enjoys a truly hard-core off-road version that usurps even the venerable Trail Edition 4Runner.

Heavy duty Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, thick coil springs with a 1.5-inch suspension lift, upgraded wheels and tires, and a tank-like front skid plate make the TRD Pro a natural in the dirt. All the same off-road tech on the Trail Edition carries over to the TRD Pro as well. This includes the electronic locking rear differential, manual transfer case, and Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system.

Differentiating the TRD Pro series 4Runner from the standard models is a unique front grille with TOYOTA spelled out in block letters. Appropriate TRD Pro badging follows suit, attached on the C-pillars and bespoke TRD Pro wheels. Things inside aren’t much different than other 2015 4Runners, beside a TRD gear shifter and some branded floor mats.

So how does the 4Runner stack up against the stalwart Jeep Wrangler? Head on past the jump for the full rundown and videos.

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2013 Toyota 4Runner - Driven

2013 Toyota 4Runner - Driven

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

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2014 Toyota Rock Star 4Runner TRD Pro Series

2014 Toyota Rock Star 4Runner TRD Pro Series

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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2014 Toyota 4Runner Ultimate Dream Ski

2014 Toyota 4Runner Ultimate Dream Ski

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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2014 Toyota 4Runner

2014 Toyota 4Runner

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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2010 Toyota 4Runner Backcountry by Wheeler Magazine

2010 Toyota 4Runner Backcountry by Wheeler Magazine

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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2009 Baja 1000 Toyota 4Runner

2009 Baja 1000 Toyota 4Runner

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 4Runners.

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.

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2010 Toyota 4Runner

2010 Toyota 4Runner

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. 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.

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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2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition Urban Runner

2008 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition Urban Runner

Toyota revealed at the Chicago Auto Show, the all-new Sport Edition Urban Runner, a new package that adds new dimension in style, value, and upscale luxury to the capable SUV. Sales will begin in early February at a price of $34360.

Standard exterior features include 18-inch six-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, unique rear spoiler, color-keyed grille, Urban Runner badging, XREAS Sport Enhanced Suspension badging, chrome exhaust tip, and black-painted tubular side steps and tubular roof rack with crossbars. The 4Runner Urban Runner is available in only three exterior colors, Black, Titanium Metallic and, new to 4Runner, Blizzard Pearl.

Inside, the Urban Runner features a new audio system with an integrated portable Tom Tom personal navigation device, a Toyota first. With a paid subscription for additional services through Tom Tom, the device can keep users informed with real-time traffic and weather updates. An optional Tom Tom power kit and mounting device makes it easy to transfer the navigation unit to other vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

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2006 Toyota 4Runner

2006 Toyota 4Runner

The fourth-generation Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle (SUV), which received V8 powertrain enhancements for 2005, gains freshened styling and interior upgrades for the 2006 model year. The Toyota 4Runner was named the "Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Initial Quality StudySM (IQS)*, and the "Most Dependable Midsize Sport Utility Vehicle" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS). The VDS measured problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old (2002 model-year) vehicles.

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