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2016 Toyota 4Runner specs / review

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2016 Toyota 4Runner

Engine & Transmission
Base Engine4.0L V6 24 Valve Gas Regular Unleaded 1GR-FE
TransmissionAUTOMATIC 5A
Drivetrainrear wheel drive
Horsepower270 Horsepower
Torque278 ft-lbs.
Fuel Efficiency (CTY/HWY)17 MPG City / 22 MPG Highway
Fuel Capacity23.0
Fuel Typeregular unleaded
Turning Circle37.4
Front Suspension Classificationindependent
Rear Spring Typecoil springs
Independent Suspensionfront
Rear Suspension Classificationsolid axle
Front Stabilizer Barstabilizer bar
Front Spring Typecoil springs
Rear Stabilizer Barstabilizer bar
Exterior Dimensions
Overall Width Without Mirrors75.8 in.
Minimum Ground Clearance9.0 in.
Wheelbase109.8 in.
Overall Length190.2 in.
Overall Height71.5 in.
Interior Dimensions
2nd Row Leg Room32.9 in.
1st Row Hip Room56.5 in.
2nd Row Shoulder Room57.8 in.
2nd Row Head Room38.6 in.
1st Row Leg Room41.7 in.
1st Row Head Room39.3 in.
2nd Row Hip Room55.7 in.
1st Row Shoulder Room57.8 in.

Toyota sells the 4Runner in SR5, Trail, TRD Pro Series, and Limited trim levels. The SR5 and Trail models can be upgraded with Premium option packages containing leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a power sunroof, and other nice-to-have features. It is important to note, however, that Toyota’s SofTex leatherette doesn’t breathe well on hot days.

Each 4Runner features a 4.0-liter V6 making 270 horsepower. A 5-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels in the SR5 model, unless you get the part-time 4-wheel-drive system that is included for the Trail and TRD Pro Series models. The 4Runner Limited has an exclusive full-time 4WD system with a locking center differential.

Hill Start Assist Control is standard for all 4Runners, while versions with 4WD add Downhill Assist Control. Trail and TRD Pro Series variants get a locking rear differential and Toyota Crawl Control, which regulates the SUV’s accelerator and brakes while traveling at low speed on difficult terrain, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering.

Trail models also have Multi-Terrain Select technology, which adjusts the 4WD system to specific types of terrain. A Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System is an option for the Trail model, providing extended wheel travel and articulation when 4-wheeling and reducing body roll when taking corners on pavement.

Trail models have a more rugged look than the SR5, while the Pro Series model includes a front skid plate, off-road performance suspension tuning, off-road performance tires, special black aluminum wheels, and a unique grille treatment. Limited models are decked out in chrome and feature 20-inch aluminum wheels, and also ride on an X-REAS adaptive suspension, which reduces pitch and yaw for a more comfortable and composed ride.

An optional third-row seat expands passenger capacity from five to seven people. Without it, cargo space behind the 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat measures a generous 47.2 cu.-ft. Fold it down to create 89.7 cu.-ft. of space, which is almost as much as a Chevy Tahoe. The Tahoe tows more weight, though, the 4Runner good for tugging a trailer weighing up to 5,000 pounds.

Able to support 440 pounds, an optional pullout cargo deck is available for models without a third-row seat. Toyota supplies a 120-volt power outlet to help electrify tailgate parties, and the 4Runner’s rear window powers down. Lower it in combination with the other windows, open the available power sunroof, and the effect within the cabin is not unlike that of a convertible.

If all of this sounds good to you, allow me to pour some water onto your fire. In federal government crash tests the 4Runner gets a 3-star frontal-impact protection rating for the front seat passenger, and a 3-star rollover resistance rating due to its tall center of gravity. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that the 4Runner supplies “Marginal” protection for the driver in the small overlap frontal-impact test.

Unfortunately, these mediocre crash-test results make the 4Runner a lousy family vehicle.

Alternatives to the Toyota 4Runner

Now that Nissan and kicked the Xterra to the curb, the 4Runner’s primary competitors are the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and Volkswagen Touareg. Because a 4Runner is nearly as large inside, you can add the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon to the list, too.


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