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2014 Toyota 4Runner Review

Toyota consistently produces some of the most popular and trusted vehicles on the road, The 4Runner is one of the few mid-size SUVs that really can be a working vehicle as well as the family car. The 2014 4Runner features a redesigned front end—updating the 4Runner’s classic, easily recognizable look for the next generation of drivers.

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner arrives with a bold new look bound to polarize 4Runner traditionalists and casual observers alike. An expanded grille is set atop a pronounced bumper chin and flanked by vertical air intakes with inset foglights. Narrower headlights replace halogen lamps with projector beams and LED accents.

The 4Runner comes standard with seating for five, while an optional third row of seats boosts capacity to seven. Cloth seats and a six-way power driver’s seat are also standard. Leatherette upholstery or real leather is optional, as are heated front seats. It's available in : SR5, Limited, and Trail.

The Trail trim is the most "rugged" of all, with the most off-road capability available. SR5 and Limited models get optional third row seating. Several drivetrains are available: rear-wheel drive, part-time 4×4, and full-time 4X4, but each will be powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower, mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Standard for all trims is a roof rack. Trail drivers will get over fenders and (color) keyed bumpers. Along with the SR5, the Trail will also feature a front bumper with fog lamps and 17-inches alloy wheels (while the Limited drives on 20-inches alloys).

All models are offered in an array of color choices. New for this year are Super White, Nautical Blue Metallic, Attitude Black Metallic, and Barcelona Red Metallic; carrying over from last year are Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Black.

Standard features in the 2014 4Runner include a backup camera, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, an auxiliary input, a USB port, Bluetooth and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, which includes Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Optional features include navigation, HD Radio, a 15-speaker JBL stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power sunroof.

Behind the second row of seats, the 4Runner offers up to 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Lowering the second row increases cargo capacity to 89.7 cubic feet. Models equipped with the optional third row have 9 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. The 4Runner is also available with a pull-out cargo deck that Toyota says can hold up to 440 pounds of cargo.

Reviewers generally like the 4Runner’s standard Entune infotainment system for its ease of use, and they note that the 4Runner also has straightforward climate controls. Other standard features include a backup camera, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo. Major options include navigation, a 15-speaker JBL stereo and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner goes on sale in late summer.
SR5 4X2 V6$32,820$30,19317 / 22 mpg
SR5 4X4 V6$34,695$31,92017 / 21 mpg
Trail 4X4 V6$35,725$32,86817 / 21 mpg
SR5 Premium 4X2 V6$35,740$32,88017 / 22 mpg
SR5 Premium 4X4 V6$37,615$34,60517 / 21 mpg
Trail Premium 4X4 V6$38,645$35,55317 / 21 mpg
Limited 4X2 V6$41,365$38,05517 / 22 mpg
Limited 4X4 V6$43,400$39,92817 / 21 mpg

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