Rugged and capable, the Toyota 4-Runner is a mid-sized SUV better suited to off-roading than city driving. Its body-on-frame construction offers high ground clearance and flexibility on uneven terrain but makes the Toyota 4-Runner less competitive when it comes to fuel economy and safety. While this truck-based SUV may not offer as comfortable or efficient a ride as the Toyota Highlander, it does feature generous cargo space, available seating for up to seven and excellent off-road capability.
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Evolution of the Toyota 4-Runner
The first Toyota 4-Runner, which debuted in 1984, was essentially a modified pickup truck. With two doors, two rows of seating and a fibreglass shell over the cargo bed, the original design was utilitarian rather than comfortable.
Second-generation Toyota 4-Runners, produced from 1990 to 1995, added available rear doors for passenger convenience.
The third generation launched in 1996, offering a redesigned body style and added interior comforts for both on and off-road adventures. Now into the fifth generation, which runs from 2009 to the present, newer models are more powerful and luxurious than earlier Toyota 4-Runners.
While all generations offer off-road capability and body-on-frame construction, allowing drivers to tackle challenging terrain, newer vehicles are equipped with more advanced tech and safety features.
Toyota 4-Runner features to look for
When considering purchasing a Toyota 4-Runner in Edmonton, it can be helpful to know what to look for. As with any vehicle, features and technology vary between model year and trim level.
The 2021 Toyota 4-Runner offers a 270 horsepower V6 engine with 5-speed automatic transmission and part-time four-wheel drive, which allows drivers to switch between rear-wheel and four-wheel drive to match road and weather conditions.
This powerful SUV can tow up to 2268 kg and has a maximum payload of 737 kg. When it comes to driver convenience and comfort, look for features like heated power seats, dual-zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
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