Rugged, sporty, and bold are some of the words that come to mind when describing the 2017 Toyota 4Runner. Toyota has a long history in this province with a strong following making it an outdoor icon for the past thirty years.
The large grille opening and molded headlights look like a big mouth bass jumping on up out of the water and biting down on your lure, how’s that for adventure? The good thing is there is no limit on how many you can take.
The 4Runner has 2 rows of seats, with an optional 3rd row, available on the upgrade and premium packages.There’s an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, four-way adjustable passenger seat, 40/20/40 split second-row seats, and 40/20/40 split third-row seats which include an optional one-touch walk-in feature to ease access to the back. All the knobs and dials have a rubber texture to emphasize the outdoor theme.
The standard model comes with an eight-speaker, 160 watts AM/FM/CD system with an XM satellite-ready antenna, while the premium version receives a premium JBL AM/FM/CD/4 disc in dash changer that puts out 660 watts of power.
The premium package includes; a subwoofer, 15 speakers, iPod connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, and the Entune multimedia bundle. Entune includes destination search, iHeart radio, movie tickets.com, open table, Pandora, and Facebook... Just great, now we're going to hear “honestly officer, I was just posting a picture of you walking towards my truck on Facebook”.
The Toyota 4Runner should be on every outdoor enthusiast wish list. Time to put on the red sports coat and jump!
There are 3, 12-volt DC power outlets located in the; center console, glove box, and cargo area. The Trail edition and limited models feature a 400watt AC power outlet. Also, there is an available sliding rear cargo tray that holds up to 200 kg and comes in very handy when camping.
The Toyota 4Runner has dual stage driver and passenger airbag, front seat mounted side airbags, roll sensing front and rear head/side curtain, driver and front passenger knee airbags and active front headrests with whiplash protection. Included also is front and rear parking assist sonar.
Powering the 4Runner is a 4.0-litre V6 dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i ) V6 engine that produces an impressive 270 hp and 278 lb ft of torque.
Whenever I have a chance to test drive a Toyota 4Runner, I always talk about its legendary off-road capabilities, especially here in BC. What I don’t always talk about is the great on-road driving capabilities. This Toyota 4Runner hugs the road just like the bucket seats hugging you. It is very comfortable to drive and you feel safe driving it. The suspension and shocks give you a firm ride but not enough to give you that washboard effect. Vision while driving is superb, with little to no blind spots. The thick steering wheel and responsive steering make you feel like you’re driving a car. Now, all we need is a Hybrid model.