It seems like every year there is a new midsize SUV on the road or a redesigned midsize SUV that claims better fuel efficiency, more space, and modern styling. One thing that usually gets swept under the rug is off-road performance, which is ironically one of the reasons most people buy an SUV. The newly redesigned 2014 Toyota 4Runner, however, achieves all of these goals without forgetting its roots.
The new 4Runner has a 4.0-liter V6 engine that pumps out plenty of power (270 hp & 278 lb-ft) while achieving EPA estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 17/23 MPG in 4×2 models and 17/22 MPG in 4×4 models. All-new exterior styling brings this classic SUV into the modern era and adds an athletic flare. Inside, quality materials, an optional third row, leather steering wheel & shift knob, and plenty of other touches of refinement step up the comfort level.
All the parts that really matter in an SUV like the 4Runner (chassis construction, suspension components, and driving aids) have been built to withstand demanding situations and to be comfortable on the road. Coil-over gas shocks at all four corners help keep the 4Runner under control and composed on any surface. In the rear, four-link suspension components allow for maximum articulation without compromising rear-passenger comfort. Limited models come with the X-REAS system which automatically monitors and adjusts shock damping for flatter cornering, and better handling on rough terrain. The A-TRAC system, standard on all 4×4 models, can distribute power to any single wheel for maximum traction. There are countless other features, like the CRAWL function, that make this one of the best and most comfortable off-road SUVs available. Check one out at Cumberland Toyota when they are available later this summer.