Advantages And Disadvantages of 2023 Toyota 4Runner

Overview

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner is nothing like the typical middle-sized crossovers and SUVs that are seen almost everywhere these days. Because its construction includes a pickup truck frame, it has an amazing capability of off-road driving with its underbody armor, electronic rear axle lock, enhanced suspension components and heavy duty tires. It’s more than just your everyday car; it was designed specifically to tackle any terrain!

Every model of the Toyota truck is equipped with a 270-hp V-6 engine and an automatic transmission, as well as your choice of rear- or four wheel drive. Though reliable in its performance, this powertrain fails to measure up against modern body-on frame rivals like Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler when it comes to fuel efficiency. The interior provides plenty of space for passengers and cargo alike; however, materials are sadly lacking in charm or style.

On city streets, this truck-based SUV maneuvers like a stiff and cumbersome vehicle: its handling is choppy and its ride is rough. The 4Runner can venture to places that other SUVs of the same class cannot reach, but beyond those unique situations it’s clearly outdated.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 4Runner gets its power from a 270-hp 4.0-liter V-6, paired with an outdated five-speed automatic transmission that delivers less than impressive acceleration – the last version taking 7.7 seconds to hit 60 mph – and requires hefty pedal inputs for downshifting. However, when compared against the Wrangler’s unwieldy frame, it still manages to feel more composed on pavement while also offering rear wheel drive along with full or part time four wheel drive options.

Our time behind the wheel of this off-road model clearly demonstrated its noteworthy ground clearance and body-on-frame construction, as it easily handled a range of terrain with its soft suspension. The 4Runner’s steering is light yet not overly precise – making for no sporty feel but great for trail crawling and maneuvering around parking lots.

Although the Toyota may feel dated in motion, its performance stacks up quite nicely among more modern competitors such as the V-6 Dodge Durango. This classic’s robust frame and torque-dominated engine also give it an edge when towing; it can tow a maximum of 5000 pounds which bests both Ford Edge and Wrangler but falls short of Durango’s 8700 pound capacity.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 4Runner is far from a fuel-sipping vehicle, with every model achieving just 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. As for comparison, V6 Wranglers can reach up to 19/24 MPG respectively. Although our last 4Runner test did exceed expectations by returning 22 MPG during our 75-mph highway fuel economy route tests, understanding more about its gas mileage is as easy as visiting the EPA’s website!

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Despite its dated switchgear, the interior of the 4Runner is surprisingly comfortable and spacious. Not only can it comfortably fit humans in both front and rear rows, but an optional third row gives you space to bring along a few extra kids! Plus with its flexible cargo area and several large storage cubbies in the front row, this vehicle has no trouble carrying whatever items you need for your adventures – whether on or off-road!

Effortlessly load and unload items weighing up to 440 pounds with the optional pull-out cargo deck, which can also double as a tailgate for seating. Although this reduces the height of your cargo hold by several inches, you’ll still be able to fit 14 carry-ons even when the second row is folded down! But beware: do not attempt to heave anything into your vehicle’s high off ground cargo bay without having a chiropractor on call.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Every model comes with a host of driver-assistance technology that includes automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, and more. For more information about the 4Runner’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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