Unlike the wash of new reveals Toyota’s luxury arm presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2010 Toyota 4Runner will debut later this fall completely deserving of all the PR hype. Attempting to strike the perfect middle ground between the rugged FJ Cruiser and the suburban-friendly Highlander, the new 4Runner boasts enough trail-rated features to make the Land Cruiser proud while still managing to make the traditionally stiff body-on-frame ride a smooth one.
Boasted Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Division, “Backed by a quarter-century of heritage combined with the integration of the latest comfort, convenience and performance technologies, the all-new fifth-generation 4Runner has evolved into one of the most advanced mid-sized truck-based SUV’s on the market while at the same time staying true to its roots as a rugged and durable off-roader.”
To strike that coveted middle ground between the military-grade FJ Cruiser and the far more sedate Highlander, Toyota expanded the versatility of its trim models by adding a third option alongside the Limited and SR5, appropriately dubbed “Trail.” All three options are available with either a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain (part-time 4×4 for the SR5 and Trail, full-time 4×4 for the Limited), with Toyota’s wall-climbing A-TRAC grip system and Downhill Assist Control standard on all 4×4 models. For Trail models, Toyota takes it a step further with Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select System.
Engine options include one old favorite: the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder rated at 157-horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, and one newcomer: the V8-replacing 4.0L V6 rated at 270-horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Available only on 4×2-equipped models, the 2.7L achieves an EPA estimated 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway while 4×4 V6’s average 17 mpg city/22 highway mpg (4×2 V6’s 17 city/23 hwy).
Pricing for the 2010 4Runner will not be announced until later this fall, but expect to see the same price increase that usually accompanies a total overhaul.