"I have really enjoyed this vehicle. I bought it because I like to fly fish in the mountains and drive on dirt roads and rough terrain. The 4-Runner handles the rough stuff like a dream. Drove it 7,000 miles across country to fly fish Montana. No problem. It has lots of hauling room. This vehicle drives like a truck, not like a car. Comfort is good for me at only 5' 1" but marginal for big people, as the seats are medium in padding and size. I like that I can see over the hood, even though this is a tall vehicle. Headroom can sometimes be problematic for those over 6' tall. Its handling is good for a truck-type vehicle, but it leans on steep banking interstate ramps. Has plenty of power when you need it and braking is good. Gas mileage on my Montana trip was 22mpg overall with regular fuel. Had one mechanical problem in 5 years and 79,000 miles-- fixed under warranty."
Pros: "Exquisite interior and exterior (in Limited trim)"
Cons: "Gulps gas when it should be sipping"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After previously owning a 2005 4Runner Limited several years ago, we eventually up-sized to a 2012 Tahoe LT. Ironically, the features between the two were on par. After test driving the 2015 4Runner Limited, the Tahoe felt rather analog in comparison. We were quite impressed at its on-road manners - we purchased the vehicle in Kentucky and drove it all the way back to Texas. You'd think a smaller vehicle would be more cramped. That wasn't the case at all. What's crazy is how well they packaged the seats. The second row in this 4Runner adds several more inches than the full-size Tahoe bench seats. I won't speak of the third row as we didn't have to use it. Clearly it suffices for those 10 and under as our daughter fit nicely in the back in her attempt to see how comfortable it was when we purchased it from the dealer. Also, the soft leather touches are contrasted well and looks lavish in Redwood leather trim. The dashboard and buttons aren't complicated and easy to reach. And I can see my blindspots again (a challenge with the Tahoe as the rear set headrest would cover my right rear quarter panel). Several critics give it a sub-par rating on pavement - even with the standard X-REAS system. I'd like to disagree as its well mannered on-road, especially considering the fact that we drove it over 1,700 miles upon purchasing it and use it regularly for daily driving. We haven't taken it off-road yet; but I'm sure it can manage more-so than your slew of car based crossovers claiming to be SUVs that've flooded the market as of late. Now no vehicle is perfect. The MPG match our faithfully departed Tahoe which not only has 2 more cylinders; it also has almost a liter in a half in displacement as well. It also needs another gear as you'll tend to notice the needle flying up and down the tachometer when in traffic in its attempt to find the right gear. At the end of the day we were looking to go back to our roots and purchase another 4Runner to see if Toyota stepped up there game both aesthetically and athletically. In the looks department, they did (specifically in Limited trim) as I still haven't gotten used to the aggressive face of the SR5s, Trails, and TRD Pros. If you can get passed the face and plan on going the off-road route regularly, then opt for the TRD Pro or Trail Editions to see what everyone's talking about regarding the "S" in "SUV." If you're looking for a nicely equipped, daily driven, on pavement for most of the time body-on-frame SUV that can still impress off-road look no further."
Pros: "Dependable, capable, large cargo capacity."
Cons: "Paint, technology, overpriced"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I mean, I'm not a Toyota hater, and I've owned this car for three years. I like it a lot, but I feel like Toyota's cost saving methods are showing. The paint is cheap. I have no chips or dings, but rust started to come through from under my tailgate paint in three places. Toyota said it wasn't covered by the 5 year paint warranty, but they were so kind to fix it any way. Probably because they know it's junk. The truck also feels underpowered at times. I feel like all those horses should be felt a little more. I think that the antenna could be more modern and that the nav system could work faster.
Other than that, it runs and drives as perfectly as a truck should. For the price, I would have liked to see some seat memory and maybe some heated mirrors, but I can't complain. The Bluetooth is very consistent and the truck still runs like new. It has great ground clearance and in 4x4, it can go anywhere."
"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!"