The Toyota 4Runner in its natural habitat in the Everglades National Park
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sport-utility vehicle (n.)- “a rugged vehicle with a trucklike chassis and four-wheel drive, designed for occasional off-road use”. Dictionary.com couldn’t have stated it better. There is no better explanation to define the Toyota 4Runner. An off-road champion that had created its own subculture of the sport utility. Those who get it, get one, and use it normally to its full potential. Created for the active lifestyle customer, the 4Runner couldn’t have positioned itself any better.
Upon first glance, it’s easy to see why the 4-Runner has been around for nearly three decades. A recently revised, more aggressive look from the front introduces the rugged theme used throughout. The test vehicle was painted in a bright red that not only captures attention, but also illustrates the 4Runner’s vibrant personality. A very high under body clearance promotes very capable off-road potential.
On the interior, luxurious appointments adorn the surface of each seat, while the ruggedness of the nomenclature of 4Runner remains prominent. The dashboard contains large knobs and controls that are intuitive and functional. A supplemented raised center mounted roof console houses all off-road function controls.
Florida flat lands present a great barrier to enjoying the 4Runner to its full potential. With limited properly positioned off-road terrain, flat surfaces become quite mundane. Yet, the 4Runner still offers a smooth ride with seamless shifting delivery to appreciate daily driving. While I had my time with the 4Runner, it took every ounce of me not to go through grass, or hop curbs or medians. This truck begs to be off road.
The Toyota 4Runner has become the benchmark to the sport utility and has set the development of innovation for many of its competitors. Yet, when taking a look into its competitive set, the competition remains quite scarce. The 4-Runner has been able to create its own niche in an industry filled with other sport utility vehicles. And while many take styling cues, technologies, and off road capabilities from the Toyota, no one does it quite like them.
Even if you don’t lead an active lifestyle with off-road adventures with sport packed cargo, the Toyota 4Runner can still be a candidate for you. Combining luxurious appointments with intuitive controls, mild efficiency with wild capabilities, the 4Runner is bound to strike a chord of attraction for most buyers. Give the 4Runner a try, and your bound to run into all types of discovering possibilities. For more information, visit the 4Runner at Toyota.com.