2014 Toyota 4Runner

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What's New for 2014:
  • Revised styling
  • Standard roof rack, rearview camera, and power driver's seat
  • Attitude Black Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Super White, and Nautical Blue Metallic paint colors
  • Upgraded interior materials
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats with memory
  • LED taillights
  • Updated infotainment system

The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a body-on-frame SUV with seating for 5 to 7 passengers, up to 89.7 cu.-ft. of cargo space, rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD), and five trim levels. All versions are equipped with a V-6 engine. Like all Toyotas, the 4Runner is backed by a 2-year/25,000-mile free factory-scheduled maintenance plan and roadside assistance. Competitors include a wide variety of SUVs and more mild-mannered crossovers, among which are the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra, Subaru Tribeca, and the Volkswagen Touareg.

Models and Features
Toyota offers the 2014 4Runner in several configurations, starting with the SR5, available as a standard RWD model or equipped with a part-time 4WD system. Though effectively the lineup's base variant, the SR5 features a tow package, 17-in. alloy wheels, LED taillights, fog lights, heated power turn signal mirrors, skid plates (4WD only), power driver's seat with 6-way adjustment, 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, and an 8-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a USB port.

Next up is the 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium, a variant that earns its name thanks to a standard power tilt/slide moonroof, upgraded upholstery, heated front seats, rear 120-volt household-style outlet, auto dimming rearview mirror, and a 6.1-in. touch-screen infotainment system offering HD Radio service, song tagging, text-messaging capabilities, and navigation.

Similar to the base SR5 is the 4Runner Trail, though this more off-road-ready model is made distinct with its upgraded brakes, crawl control setting, and exterior enhancements including a hood scoop, smoked headlight and taillight housings, and silver roof rack. A Trail Premium trim level is also available, and boasts the same amenities as its SR5 counterpart.

For a more luxurious experience, 4Runner shoppers might want to take a look at the top-of-the-line Limited, home to front and rear park-assist sensors, sport-tuned suspension, 20-in. alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, leather upholstery and trim, and power heated and ventilated front seats. The list of creature comforts goes on to include a 15-speaker audio unit combined with the 6.1-in. touch-screen infotainment system.

Options and Packages
Fortunately for those most interested in the base 4Runner SR5, some of the upgrades available on the higher trim levels are available as options, such as the 6.1-in. touch-screen infotainment system. Other 4Runner add-ons include a rear sliding cargo floor, running boards, 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, and an advanced dynamic suspension system offered only on the Trail model.

Under the Hood
Though past models have been available with a selection of power plants, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is offered only with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard, but buyers can upgrade this RWD SUV with either a part-time 4WD system featuring an available locking rear differential or a full-time 4WD setup with a locking center differential. Toyota claims the 4Runner can tow loads weighing up to 4,700 lbs.

Fuel Economy
Rugged SUVs are not known for stellar efficiency, and the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is no exception. According to EPA estimates, drivers can expect to average just 17 mpg in the city, up to 22 mpg on the highway, and about 19 mpg combined. On the plus side, Toyota recommends filling the tank with 87-octane gasoline, so there's no need to pay extra for premium-grade petrol at the pump.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Toyota 4Runner received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 4Runner received a \"Marginal\" rating for small overlap front-impact protection.

Standard safety features on the 2014 4Runner include 8 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, front active head restraints, hill-start assist, and hill-hold control (certain 4WD models only).


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