With SUV expansion and higher and higher demand, even some “old” SUV’s are catching the benefit. One of the best examples is Toyota’s 4Runner. Around fifteen years ago, this SUV sale numbers reached over 100k. And while over the years they have plummeted to reach under 20k number in 2009, now they have risen once again over 100k. And while major redesign was in 2014, for 2017 model year, Toyota added off-road trims. So now, we have 2018 Toyota 4Runner completely unchanged.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Design
The styling of this brute is how to put it, a strange and rocky path. It looks good, but viewed from some angles, especially from the back, it looks unbridled. The front bottom side is deeply sloped inside, which makes it good for the off-road approach. It is available in six different trims SR5, SR5 Limited, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. SR5 and Off-Road trim are the same with a two-tier grille which stands out. The Limited has more chrome added to it, including the stripe on the front bumper and comes with 20-inch wheels instead of 17-inch ones.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Roomy Interior
On the inside, there is certainly plenty of room, but the front occupants might get a little claustrophobic feeling. That is due to the shallow dashboard, the windshield is too close to, so occupants can get a feeling that there is little room, while the truth is they have plenty. Maybe just behind the second row of seats, we can see space adequate only for smaller occupants. Controls are nicely arranged, but we can see that it the interior is outdated.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – One Engine
As for the powertrain, all 4Runners come with a V6 engine. It is 4.0-liter with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Five-speed manual transmission is also the only option. While drive layout is either 2WD or 4WD. Since this SUV really shines on muddy and uneven terrain, the 2WD 4Runner misses the point.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Safety Still An Issue
The downside of this vehicle really is safety. Unlike other models from Toyota lineup which now usually come standard with Toyota Safety Sense, it lacks more advanced safety tech. 4Runner comes with stability control, eight airbags, rearview camera, antilock brakes, and active head-restraints. But that’s about it. Even without all the safety technology, there is also a problem with crash zones. While in all tests 4Runner scored “G” (good), which for a vehicle this size isn’t that surprising, in small overlap crash test it scored “M” (marginal). And it won’t be any better until next generation 4Runner arrives.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Price
The new model is already available, the base SR5 trim starts at $34.410, SR5 Premium at $36.240. TRD Off-Road’s starting price is $37.535, TRD Off-Road Premium comes at $39.495, the Limited at $42.725, while the top offer TRD Pro comes with starting price of $42.675.