- suv 111,189
- below average 1,316
- 12,995 good
- Houston, TX
- 5 years
- below average 1,316 suv 111,189 gasoline automatic
2008 toyota 4runner review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Genuine off-road capability. introductionthe toyota 4runner is a rugged suv with impressive off-road capability. A full-framed truck with a solid rear axle, plus the latest in off-road electronics, the 4runner delivers everything it promises. Its traditional design gives it an advantage in long-term durability especially over rugged terrain. Properly equipped, it can seat seven people and tow 7300 pounds behind them. 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. for 2008, the 4runner adds roll-sensing side curtain airbags to its list of standard equipment, complementing an impressive array of active safety technology that includes abs, ebd, brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control. the 4runner brings electronic sophistication off-road as well. This is a truly amazing vehicle in the muck. This is an impressive display of technology and engineering. And with hill-start assist control, the 4runner is just as impressive climbing back up, as it maximizes any available traction. We recommend the v8 for drivers who tow. Those who don't tow, or tow only light trailers, such as an atv, should be more than happy with the v6, which provides 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 come mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is an epa-rated city/highway 17/21 mpg for a 4runner 4wd v6, 15/19 mpg for a v8 4wd. inside, the 4runner is roomy and comfortable. An optional third-row seat expands passenger capacity to seven, but 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. It can also help the driver spot a small child before backing up. Bluetooth is available, as is a factory-installed rear-seat dvd entertainment system. the 4runner is noted for its quality construction, durability and reliability. 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 28,015) and 4wd 30,290) come standard with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control; cruise control; power door locks and windows; six-speaker am/fm//cd stereo with auxiliary input and mp3/wma capability; remote keyless entry; skid plates to protect the underbody; integrated fog lamps; and 16-inch alloy wheels. The sr5 v8 2wd 30,030) and v8 4wd 32,305) models are similarly equipped but add power-adjustable front seats. the sport edition v6 2wd 30,325) and 4wd 32,600) are upgraded with high-contrast cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-telescope steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise controls, a leather-wrapped shift knob, power heated outside mirrors, cargo cover, x-reas sport enhancement suspension, bigger brake rotors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The sport edition v8 2wd 31,705) and 4wd $33,980) are similarly equipped. the limited v6 2wd 34,700) and 4wd 36,975) are upgraded with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats with memory functions, black woodgrain interior trim, premium stereo with 6cd changer, homelink universal garage door opener, auto-dimming inside mirror, engine immobilizer, automatic headlamps, a cargo management system, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Limited v8 2wd 36,460) and 4wd 38,735) list the same standard equipment. Limited models ride on the standard suspension, but can be ordered with the x-reas suspension 450). Additionally, v8 4wd models can be ordered with x-reas plus rear auto-leveling air suspension 950). the incongruously named urban runner package 1760) became available in february for sport edition v6 4wd only; it combines 18-inch wheels with unique colors, trim and badging. Inside, urban runners feature two-tone-gray alcantara seats with power adjustment, black woodgrain trim, bluetooth, and an integrated tom tom personal navigation device. The package will be released for sport edition v6 2wd in april. a third-row seat is available on sr5 805) and limited 1175), but not sport edition. Options available for all models include dvd navigation with bluetooth and a rearview video camera 2420-2840, depending on model), power moonroof 900), and a rear-seat dvd player 1580) with wireless headphones. Several satellite-ready stereo upgrades are also available, and many 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). front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and curtain-style head protection airbags for front and rear passengers are now standard on all 4runners, and are equipped with a rollover sensor and a cutoff switch. Other standard 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. All models come with a tire pressure monitor. walkaroundthe toyota 4runner is big and burly. Launched for the 2003 model year and last freshened for 2006, the current 4runner looks small only in relation to the even bigger toyota sequoia. With its massive front bumper, prominent overfenders, and body cladding, the 4runner looks off-road rugged and ready to hit the dusty trail. backing up that contention are skid plates for the engine, transfer case and fuel tank, which come standard on 4wd models. (even 2wd models get the engine and fuel tank skid plates.) a molded-in step adds a functional look to the broad rear bumper. visual cues distinguish the three trim levels. 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 or 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 cloth upholstery that comes standard 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, and is a result of the high floor, low roofline design for off-road use. a two-tone dashboard houses the instruments. Gauges illuminate in orange, set in three deep binnacles that prevent the front-seat passenger from reading them, and aiding legibility for the driver in bright sunlight. The fuel gauge uses an inclinometer for accurate readouts wh.
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