I must be right in the age group that Toyota is aiming for with the new 4Runner because the car has a lot of items that appeal to me. It has off-road capability for those camping trips up north, slide-down rear-hatch window for those large projects around the house, and a new "party mode" for those wild tailgating gamedays. And with a 5000-lb towing capacity, it's entirely possible to load the trailer up, and take the racecar to the track.
For as great as its amenities are, however, on the road the 4Runner drives just ok. The steering feel is rather numb and the vehicle is very susceptible to cross winds. On the highway the 4Runner tends to wander in the lane and wind noise is bothersome. And the brake pedal is very touchy and reminds me of the FJ Cruiser.
The exterior styling is rigid and masculine while the interior has a rugged look and feel, but still provides comfort. Engine power is sufficient; our SR5 4x4 test unit's 4.0-liter V-6 with 270 hp. Toyota also offers a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine for the 4Runner with 157-hp; that's not much oomph for a vehicle that weighs just shy of 4300 lbs. Plus the fuel economy benefit is just one mpg.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator