2015 Toyota 4Runner

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What's New for 2015:
  • TRD Pro Series variant debuts, equipping the 4Runner with additional off-road equipment, unique trim, and more

Few off-road-ready SUVs remain available, and the Toyota 4Runner is one of them. A midsize model equipped with standard 5-passenger seating and an available third-row seat that brings occupant count to 7, the 2015 4Runner competes against the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Xterra, and Volkswagen Touareg.

Models and Features
With the arrival of the new 4Runner TRD Pro Series, there are four different versions of the SUV on sale for the 2015 model year.

The SR5 is the least expensive version and can be upgraded with a Premium package of options that includes turn signal indicators and puddle lights for the side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, programmable universal remote control, power sunroof, and SofTex leatherette seating surfaces. The Premium package also includes Entune App Suite technology, navigation system, enhanced traffic and weather services, real-time information services, cache radio capability, and satellite radio.

Based on the 4Runner SR5, the 4Runner Trail is designed for more serious off-road excursions. It adds a standard part-time 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Downhill Assist Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control technologies, locking rear differential, and the ability to shut off the stability control system. Visually, a hood scoop, silver trim on the front and rear bumpers, and unique aluminum wheels distinguish the 4Runner Trail from the SR5. A Premium package is an option.

New for 2015, the TRD Pro Series version of the 4Runner comes in black, white, or unique orange paint with unique matte-black wheels and revised suspension tuning. Based on the Trail version, it includes blacked-out exterior trim, unique grille design, automatic headlights, and an aluminum front skid plate. The Premium package is standard for this version of the SUV.

Buy a 4Runner Limited for added luxuries. In addition to SR5 and Premium package equipment, the Limited includes a more upscale exterior appearance with revised front styling, chrome exterior trim, automatic headlights, and a set of 20-in. aluminum wheels. Perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, memory for the driver's settings, and a power front passenger's seat are also standard for the 4Runner Limited, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, premium sound system, power sunroof, and passive keyless entry with push-button engine starting. This version also supplies Safety Connect services with a free one-year trial subscription, front and rear park-assist sensors, and a \"sport enhancement\" suspension.

Under the Hood
Every 2015 4Runner is equipped with a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine. The SR5 and Limited have rear-wheel drive, while the Trail and TRD Pro Series are equipped with Toyota's part-time 4WD system. This is optional for the SR5, while the Limited is exclusively available with a full-time 4WD system.

Depending on the trim level and selected equipment, a 2015 4Runner is equipped with hill-start assist, downhill-assist control, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select technology, and locking center and rear differentials. The Trail is exclusively offered with a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that can increase wheel travel and articulation for tough off-roading situations.

Fuel Economy
The impact of the 4WD system on the 4Runner's fuel economy is minimal. Those versions get 17 mpg in the city while the rear-drive models achieve 22 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
All four versions of the 2015 4Runner come with a 6.1-in. touch-screen infotainment system. Toyota's App Suite connectivity and a navigation system are optional for the SR5 and Trail and standard for the TRD Pro Series and Limited.

Exclusive upgrades for the 4Runner Limited include Safety Connect services including automatic collision notification, 15-speaker premium sound system, and Smart Key passive keyless entry with push-button engine starting.


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