Now in its sixth generation, the Toyota 4Runner is one of the few remaining traditional SUV’s on the market. Utilizing a body-on-frame construction, it’s an incredibly versatile and rugged vehicle for those who like to do a little more than run down the street with the kids to get groceries.
The 4Runner has been updated for 2014 with a new rear bumper and LED tail lights, a refreshed front end, and some interior enhancements that include a new instrument cluster. Perhaps the biggest upgrade, at least for a techno-freak like me, is the addition of Toyota’s latest version of Entune. We are finally treated to a high-resolution touch screen, which operates with even greater speed and simplicity than GMC’s Intillilink system.
On equipped models, you can harness the data connection of your smartphone to perform a wealth of activities on the Entune system. From streaming Pandora and IHeartRadio stations, to getting real-time traffic updates, sports scores, movie showtimes, and fuel prices, it’s got some features that I guarantee you’ll use every time you hop into it’s comfortable cabin.
When the 4Runner first hit the streets in 1984, it was nothing more than a Toyota pickup with a cap on the bed. Today, it’s a surprisingly smooth ride with an unexpected level of refinement. Even the entry-level SR5 comes with tons of creature comforts, and stepping up to the Limited gives you the whole nine yards with features such as full-time 4WD, navigation, dual zone climate control. heated and ventilated seats, and push button start.
Many people who are shopping for family haulers tend to overlook 4Runner, but it’s a more than solid contender when compared to the likes of the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, and GMC Acadia. Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges, but isn’t that what an SUV is supposed to be? Oh, and what other vehicle in America has a ‘Party Mode’ button on the dash?
Take one for a test drive, I think you’ll be surprised!
To schedule a test drive or get more information, call Joe or Cody at (419) 353-5721. Joe McEwan wrote this fabulous article, and Cody Baerlin was the model (because we think Cody’s mug and Joe’s writing ability will make you want to come in and drive). Thank you, Cody & Joe!