"This is a traditional body on frame design. The suspension dives in the front and needs to be replaced with Bilstein OEM replacement shocks (5100 adjustable) in order to drive well. I replaced the Geolander tires after 50,000 miles with MICHELIN LTX M/S2 275/55R20 on the Limited stock rims. They are a huge improvement. I run Nokian SUV R2 studless in the winter. This is a great vehicle that retains it's value. I purchased it for $42,000 and with 55,000 miles it's still worth $32,000. I have decided to keep it because I had it serviced ahead of schedule from day one when it had 8 miles on it. This is a good vehicle with an outstanding reliability history in Consumer Reports. These are still made in Japan as indicated in the VIN. The TRD Offroad version of this (2015 model) comes with Bilstein shocks / struts for a reason....though that model will not had the leather seats."
Pros: "solid value, a real SUV, not a "car like" poser"
Cons: "They won't give me a free one :("
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned two 4runners and will buy another soon. My '88 had 184k when I sold it to a friend who drove it four more years before selling it to someone who is still driving it. My current 2000 model has 150k and is still smooth, quite, rattle free and dead on reliable. I don't even know who the local service manager for Toyota is...never met him. The best bad weather, bad road vehicle you can buy. If you want a trouble free, all purpose SUV to drive for the next 10,15 years or even more, get yourself a new 4Runner...I am!"
"The 4runner or as I call it, Tunner... Is a big suv that has every feature you could ever need. It can go off road, go 100mph on the highway and not know it, and take the kids to soccer safely. This car is my replacement for a 2004 gx470 and has proven to be to the same lexus quality I desired. The only issues is it doesn't have the v8 sound, same comfort as air ride of a lexus, or the pick up. But, this is an amazing suv than can out perform any competitors in its class. Looks great, drives amazing, and pulls anything you need it to."
"I've owned my 2014 4Runner SR5 Premium 4X4 since December 2013 and it is by far the best all around vehicle I have ever owned and I've owned many over the last 20 years. This is the first truck, and I'll call it a truck since it has a real frame, that I want to keep and enjoy for years to come. These trucks are built to last with quality through and through.
It's been through two fairly rugged Wisconsin winters, a 2,000+ mile road trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota towing a motorcycle on a trailer and made a full up family trek to and from Pittsburgh without a hiccup or issue.
I typically see anywhere from 19-21 MPG on the interstate and ~17 MPG in mixed city driving. Overall sight lines, comfort and conveniences get top marks. Everyone who takes a ride in the T4R comments on how upscale and tight the truck is.
I only have two real areas that are easily fixed and I've addressed the first. The Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires that come from the factory on this truck are horrible. I think they're there simply for MPG impact as they have been mostly useless in any snow over 4" deep this winter. The 4WD system is outstanding and highly capable and these tires simply take away from that. I've since swapped them out with General Grabber AT2 M/S tires that grip like a billy goat. My second issue that I'll deal with in the coming months is the porpoising that the front end does under hard acceleration and braking. Nose dive is exaggerated and something that a good set of Bilstein shocks all around should address. If you're in the market for a true SUV with many of the comfort and conveniences of all the car based SUVs, you couldn't do much better than a 4Runner. To boot, their reliability and resale value are simply unmatched. Look for yourself."