Pros: "Quality Built, good fuel mileage, comfortable ride"
Cons: "interior designed poorly, cargo area small"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"We bought new, Limited 4 wheel drive, with majority of the bells and whistles. It didn't come with the power running boards so we had the fixed running boards installed at time of purchase. What a joke! A child may be able to utilize the running board but they are so far under the vehicle that one cannot use the board as a step to enter the vehicle. I complained and was told they are more for decoration than functionality. The interior is boxy and you have very little room in the cargo area if you want to carry chains, tool kit and winter gear. You cannot recline the front seat if the rear seat is down utilizing the whole cargo area (we usually travel with two miniature schnauzers so want to make it comfortable for them). We have owned a 2003 Ford Excursion (which I regret selling); a 1999 Chevy Suburban and a 1996 Ford Explorer and feel this has the least interior room of all of them. The unit is quality and we usually get 20-22 mpg but there is probably more room in the Toyota Highlander than the 4 Runner. We didn't want the expense of the Sequoia and were looking for a bit better fuel mileage but the interior has really been a disappointment."
"After my car totaled in an accident, I found myself in the marker for a new car. I needed an AWD car with at least 7 passengers, that could haul a lot of stuff, including my family. My option were the Sienna AWD, Highlander AWD, Sequoia AWD, and Land Cruiser AWD. I later added the 4Runner AWD with the help of the salesman. I narrowed it down to the Sienna (sliding doors and cargo space, the Land Cruiser (split trunk), and the 4Runner. I ended up choosing the 4runner because it handled well in terrain,looked nice, and could fit lots of cargo.I was convinced to get it after seeing the window like power down liftgate glass. It could go up of down to let air or cargo in, and helped my dogs when they were in the back. The interior is very luxurious for an off road SUV. I bought the top of the line Limited. It has 7 seats (5 of which can fold down for cargo.) I do wish that the screen could be bigger. Another con is that there is no power tailgate, even thought the rear glass kind of makes up for it. When I drive to the mountains to go skiing or snowboarding, it handles like a pro on all types of terrain. It looks really nice on both the outside and inside."
Pros: "off road does very well. carries all we need"
Cons: "a bit of road noise, but it's not a luxury sedan"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"i have owned many different SUVs by many manufacturers. i was believing the jeep cherokee was the best. i wanted a part time four wheel drive, low range, easy clean interior. was getting ready to go back to jeep when i saw the advertising pamphlet for a Trail 4runner. took a while and finally got to sit in one and test drive it. we ordered ours the next day.
we go out one to three days a week. mountains, desert, rocks, with the standard set-up we have gone places many would consider extreme off roading.
the damage done? scratches to the paint only. no dents, or breakages.
107K, still running like new."
"Growing up I always wanted a 4Runner. Not only for it's design but for it's unequaled reliability! When Toyota came out with the 5th Generation 4Runner I was even more impressed by the design so we eventually bought one.
The ride quality on this 4Runner is very different from most true off-road sport utilities. The Limited comes with Toyota's X-REAS system and it acts like a sports car when driving on asphalt but off-road it still performs the way it should.
Our only complaint is the lack of space when there is a car seat (but that's not Toyota's fault). Also, there is very little compartments to keep change, keys, etc. other than the glove box and center arm rest. Most vehicles have little pockets to keep stuff. I can only assume they do not have these because it's meant for off road and any open compartment wouls be emplty of it's contents pretty fast!"
Pros: "Comfortable, Reliable, Great Valu, Nice Appearance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought this vehicle new. Amazing SUV! Looks and runs great. Cannot tell it is 6 yrs old. We do take good care of our vehicles so they last longer than most. Have had no problems with it and it is very reliable. Had numerous calls recently to see if I wanted to sell it. NO WAY!"
Cons: "not as stylish and definitely with less options"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Having owned several Grand Cherokees and now a 4Runner, I feel that the former gives you more bang for the buck. I know, or I'm told, the resale value or value retention of the 4Runner is far more superior than the competition, the aforementioned Grand Cherokee. However, the 4Runner, even the Limited, which is what I have, has subpar features that I consider pretty standard for even lesser "quality" vehicles. In comparison to the Limited Grand Cherokee (I owned 2 of those), the 4Runner has far less options. The interior layout of the GC is also much more stylish with a ton of options the 4Runner doesn't offer. The 4x4 knob on the 4Runner just looks out of place, as opposed to that of the GC, which looks pretty slick. Finally, the factory remote start on the 4Runner is a joke because it kills the engine once you unlock the doors."