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2008 Toyota 4Runner

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Review

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Few SUVs are held in such high regard as the Toyota 4Runner. Generation after generation has come to love this midsize SUV for its near-bulletproof reliability, excellent build quality and strong resale value. Although the 4Runner has grown larger and more luxurious over the years, at its core it remains a versatile and rugged SUV, as comfortable traversing a boulder-strewn desert as a four-lane highway. Still, it is easy to find newer SUV and CUV designs with more interior room, smoother rides and more electronic goodies. Budget-conscious buyers will probably suffer sticker shock, as even the most basic 4Runner model starts around $29,000.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2008 Toyota 4Runner provides ample space for four adults and their gear but, in a pinch, can fit seven people. If you're looking for a rugged, powerful midsize SUV that has a reputation for superb reliability and great off-road manners, the 4Runner should be at the top of your list. It also has some exclusive features not found on other SUVs, such as an opening back window.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're one of those people who needs an SUV more for its interior accommodations and sheer size than its ability to leave civilization behind, the 4Runner may not be the best choice.

What's New for 2008

Every 4Runner now has roll-sensing side-curtain airbags as standard equipment.

Driving the 4Runner

Driving Impressions To help the driver remain in control under all driving conditions, Toyota has equipped all 4Runners with a feature known as HAC (Hill Start Assist Control). The HAC system prevents...

the 4Runner from rolling backwards when starting to climb a hill from a start. Also standard on all four-wheel-drive 4Runners is the DAC (Downhill Assist Control), which combines the vehicle's brakes with engine braking to avoid unwanted downhill acceleration. Four-wheel-drive models have a Torsen limited-slip center differential which transfers the bulk of the engine's torque to the rear wheels, thus helping the vehicle remain stable in both off-road and slippery situations. These features complement the 4Runner's standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and traction control.

Rear Back-Up Camera
The 4Runner's rear backup camera option allows you to see objects out of the range of your rearview mirror.

Flip-Up Third-Row Seating
The 4Runner's flip-up third-row seating lets you convert from cargo hauler to people hauler in just seconds.

2008 Toyota 4Runner Details
2008 Toyota 4Runner photo Interior

The 4Runner's dash is typical Toyota: Handsome, functional and assembled of the finest materials with the tightest tolerances. The seats are wide and tall to better accommodate full-sized adults. There is more headroom, shoulder room and, most importantly, rear legroom than in previous models. Toyota adds the option of third-row seats on SR5 and Limited models. A rearview backup camera is optional. It's linked to the optional GPS navigation viewscreen and engages when the vehicle is placed in reverse. For vehicles not equipped with navigation, standard cargo area backup mirrors built into the rear pillars provide a low-tech solution to better rear visibility.

Exterior

The 2008 Toyota 4Runner uses a compilation of bulging fender flares, blocky front and rear bumpers and a wide-slat grille to convey its message of stylish off-road capability. Standard rear privacy glass hides valuables from prying eyes, and the back window that rolls down into the liftgate is a real bonus. With coil springs front and rear, available auto-leveling rear air shocks (Limited V8 only) and about nine inches of ground clearance, the 4Runners' off-road capabilities are not in doubt. Dealer-installed options such as a front skid plate, ski attachments for the roof rails and seven-pin to four-pin adapter for towing further add to the 4Runners rugged image.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 4Runner is available in three trims: SR5, Sport and Limited. Standard features include a V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Hill Start Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control and traction control, side-curtain airbags, front side airbags, automatic air conditioning, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, fog lights, dual power mirrors, three-in-one audio with MP3-compatible CD player, side running boards, cruise control, tilt wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include a V8 engine, four-wheel drive, leather interior, auto-dimming rearview mirror, onboard navigation, rear backup camera, rear DVD entertainment system, JBL audio, upgraded wheels, off-road package and a power glass moonroof.

Under the Hood

The 4Runner's V6 is more than adequate to move this vehicle with gusto. For those who need to tow a heavy trailer, the V8 makes perfect sense, but it does use more gas.

4.0-liter V6
236 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD), 16/20 (4WD)

4.7-liter V8
260 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
306 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 (2WD), 14/17 (4WD)

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2008 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 889 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Very dependable and reliable SUV.

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, economical on gas, fun to drive."

Cons: "Can't think of any!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car continues to impress me with its reliability and superb engineering. Just the name speaks for itself. My mileage is considered high but not necessarily so with this particular model. With properly scheduled maintenance it will go another 200k without a major overhaul. These vehicles are built to last, but do your part and have it serviced regularly, such as oil changes, coolant, belts, and so forth. I really like all model years of the 4Runner and intend to keep mine for a while."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "didn't come with nav in 03"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car! the only reason why I would get rid of it is to get another one a newer one. I have the 03 4runner with 135K and my wife has the 01 4runner with 260K both vehicles are running strong and take very little money other then the oil changes, brakes, and tires. even then the brakes seem to last 60-80K"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The best vehicle I have ever owned!

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 245,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Always starts, completely reliable!"

Cons: "I have 2X4 not good in snow, I will get 4X4 next."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this 4-Runner brand new and have only had to do tuneups, oil changes, tires and brakes! It runs like the day I bought it and has 245,000 miles on it. I love this SUV and will be buying another one!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned!

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, strong, reliable."

Cons: "Kind of hard to handle in extreme wind."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned my 4runner for 9 years and can honestly say, "its been GREAT!" I've had no repairs. The only thing I've changed are the tires, wiper blades and break pads. It's strong and durable on and off road. I've driven it under conditions of ice and snow, extreme heat, through the desert sand and two tracking in the woods. It's amazing! The only drawback that I have found is it is a vehicle that must be "held onto" in extreme wind. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for something extremely reliable."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Outstanding ride and comfort. Safety is Tops !!

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks great and is fun to drive."

Cons: "Absolutely NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Second 4Runner. overall mileage is 20 mpg. Super safe and comfortable with the sport Seats. Tows my Bass boat with ease. Wife's car . Rides as well as my Lexus. Great trip car of family car. I'll buy another 4Runner..... Quality and cost effective"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this SUV!

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love the electric back window!"

Cons: "nothing!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this SUV loving the electric back window and fell in love with the comfort and ease of driving a midsize SUV. The steering radius is so much better than my daughter's Infinity car and with all the miles on it, I have nothing but praise for the mechanics on my SUV! When I am ready to sell this one, I know I will get a good re-sale price because it has held it's value even with the higher mileage. This was the best vehicle purchase I have ever made! I will buy another Toyota 4Runner for my next purchase!!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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