- suv 116,044
- Houston, TX
- 5 years
2007 toyota 4runner review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Amazing off-road capability yet comfortable around town. introductionbucking the trend for mid-size suvs, the 2007 toyota 4runner is no car-based crossover station wagon. It's a traditional sport utility built on a rugged ladder frame with a solid rear axle. While some consider this design dated when compared to the latest suvs or cuvs, which use unit-body construction and independent rear suspensions, the 4runner's more traditional design gives it an advantage in long-term durability and on truly rugged terrain. yet the 4runner is no rough-rider. It's quite comfortable around town and on the highway, with a nice ride quality, almost luxurious. An optional linked shock-absorber system called x-reas further improves handling in sweeping, high-speed turns. Active safety features including abs, ebd, brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control are all standard. the 2007 toyota 4runner carries over with no changes from 2006. though the basic design may be traditional (relatively), the 4runner features the latest in off-road electronic technology, including hill start assist and downhill assist control. This is a truly amazing vehicle in the muck. And it's just as impressive going uphill, maximizing the smallest bit of available traction. The v8 boosts the 4runner's tow rating to 7,300 pounds and we recommend it for drivers who tow. Those who don't tow or only tow light trailers, such as an atv, should be more than happy with the v6, which delivers excellent performance. Both engines benefit from a sophisticated variable-valve setup and drive-by-wire throttle, delivering strong, responsive acceleration out on the highway. Both engines also benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission. the 4runner is noted for its quality construction, durability and reliability. An optional third-row seat expands the passenger capacity to seven, but the seat can be folded or removed to gain additional cargo space. The optional voice-activated gps navigation system includes a rear-mounted video camera that lets the driver back to within an inch of the vehicle behind when parallel parking and can help the driver spot a small child before backing up. It's also a good alternative for owners who tow but don't want a full-size suv. lineupthe 2007 toyota 4runner comes in three trim levels: sr5, sport edition, and limited. A class iii receiver hitch with a seven-pin connector is standard on v8 models and optional on v6s; it mounts directly to the rear frame crossmember. the sr5 v6 2wd 27,635) and 4wd 29,910) come standard with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control; cruise control; power door locks and windows; six-speaker am/fm/casette/cd/mp3 stereo; remote keyless entry; skid plates to protect the underbody; integrated fog lamps; and 16-inch alloy wheels. The sr5 v8 2wd 29,650) and 4wd v8 31,925) models are similarly equipped and get power adjustable front seats. the sport edition v6 2wd 29,975) and 4wd 32,250) are upgraded with unique cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-telescope steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise controls, a leather-wrapped shift knob, power heated outside mirrors, x-reas sport enhancement suspension, bigger brake rotors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The sport edition v8 2wd 31,355) and 4wd $33,630) are similarly equipped. the limited v6 2wd 34,350) and 4wd 36,625) are upgraded with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats with memory functions, black wood-grain interior trim, premium stereo with 6cd changer, homelink universal garage door opener, auto-dimming inside mirror, engine immobilizer, automatic headlamps, a cargo-handling system, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Limited v8 2wd 36,110) and 4wd 38,385) list the same standard equipment. Limited models ride on the standard suspension, but v8 4wd models can be ordered with a rear auto-leveling air suspension 950) combined with the x-reas suspension 450). a third-row seat is available on sr5 and limited models in a limited number of package combinations. options available for all models include gps navigation with a rearview video camera 2,840), power moonroof 900), and a rear-seat dvd player 1,580) with wireless headphones. Some limited-level luxuries are offered as stand-alone options for sr5 and sport edition. safety features that come standard on all models include vehicle stability control (vsc), traction control, anti-lock brakes (abs), electronic brake-force distribution (ebd) and brake assist. All models come with hill-start assist control (hac), while 4wd units add downhill assist control (dac). passive safety features include dual-stage front airbags and three-point seat belts at all positions, with pretensioners and force limiters to reduce the chance of belt-related injuries. Front side-impact airbags and curtain-style head protection airbags for front and rear passengers are optional 680) on all 4runners and are equipped with a rollover-sensing system and a cutoff switch. All models come with a tire pressure monitor. walkaroundthe current generation toyota 4runner is big and burly. Bumpers are body-color on all three models. On the sr5, however, the grille, door handles, and license-plate trim are chrome, and running boards are painted black. The sport is distinguished by its hood scoop and a smoked-chrome effect for the grille and headlamp trim, and by a graphite-and-black roof rack. Tubular side steps replace the sr5's running boards. The limited has a body-color grille, black roof rack and black running boards, which are illuminated. The glass causes water to form large drops, which are quickly shed by gravity or wind. The side mirrors are angled out to increase the driver's field of view. The available moonroof includes a two-stage wind deflector designed to reduce wind noise when traveling above 55 mph. the high floor and low roof are side effects of a practical suv design to pull the ground clearance up as high as possible while keeping the overall profile low for stability and clearance. interiorthe toyota 4runner cabin is a good place to be in rugged terrain and nasty weather. For starters, it's roomy and comfortable, and it's highly functional. The quality of materials and they way they fit together is good, and loaded models are quite luxurious. Overall, the cabin looks traditional suv. the standard cloth is nice, and the cloth seats in the sr5 and sport edition are comfortable, with side bolsters to keep the driver in place when cornering or driving off road. All seats offer adjustable headrests and the driver's seat adjusts eight ways, manually on the sr5 v6 and powered on all others. The driver and front passenger sit up high, as one expects in an suv, yet flatter to the floor, as in some low cars like a ford mustang. The driver's legs stretch out, rather than down, toward the pedals. It's a feeling we've noticed in some jeeps, going back quite some years. a two-tone dashboard houses the instruments. Gauges illuminate orange, set in three deep binnacles that prevent the front-seat passenger from reading them. The fuel gauge uses an inclinometer for accurate readouts when the 4runner is tilted in the rough. automatic climate control is standard on all models, while the limited comes with his-and-hers dual-zone temperature controls. The fan, airflow and temperature controls, are big and easy to locate; they are long on design and a little awkward at first, but become easy to use with familiarity. the stereo buttons are easy operate. The auto down button for the power windows is illuminated but the central lock button is not and can be difficult and awkward to find in the dark, leaving impatient, would-be pas.
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