2016 Toyota 4Runner
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is a mid-sized SUV that unfortunately doesn’t stack up well against its counterpart, the Highlander. What does stand out is its off-road capability and that’s where it really shines. On the road the 4Runner has poor fuel economy and lower than average safety standings.
The Toyota 4Runner has a starting price of $34,010 and comes in four different models, the SR5, the Trail, the limited and the TRD Pro. Fuel economy for the base model is 17 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. The 4Runner is available as a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive model. You’ll definitely want the four-wheel drive version for any off-road excursions.
The 4Runner seats 5 people and has pretty good cargo space. While the 4Runner is very good off-road vehicle it struggles with a bland interior, rough ride and poor handling. For this reason it’s probably not the best choice for city driving.
Reviewers aren’t all that impressed with the performance of the Toyota 4Runner saying that the transmission is unimpressive and the ride is rough. It comes with a 4.0 liter V6 engine that makes 270 horsepower. You’d think this would be enough power for most drivers although but the 4Runner suffers with poor fuel economy.
The V6 engine has an estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg while driving on the highway. This puts it a little lower than other SUVs in the same class that have better fuel economy while delivery more power. The Nissan Murano for example has only slightly less power but gets 21/28 mpg in the city/hwy.
While the review for on-road driving is fairly negative, where the 4Runner excels is with off-road driving. It features automatic limited-slip differential but make sure you don’t get stuck in the mud and hill start assist. The higher trims also offer Crawl Control for moving at low speeds and a locking rear differential. The 4Runner Limited comes with 4-wheel drive as an optional extra.
Sadly the interior of the 4Runner is also lacking in a few creature comforts. The cabin comes with some hard plastics that are rugged but not as comfortable as other models. The 4Runner is more rugged than elegant and lacks the soft surfaces of other SUVs.
The 4Runner has seating for up to 7 people and comes with an option 3rd row. With all seats up the cargo area in the back is around 9 cu. ft. With the 3rd row down you’ll have 47.2 cu. ft. and with all seats folded forwards you’ll get 89.7 cu. ft. of space. The third row of seats is smaller than other SUVs and is really only suitable for children.
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner comes in 4 trims with a starting price of $34,010 for the base trim, the SR5. The other trims are the Trail, Limited and the TRD Pro. The highest trim has a starting price of $41,850.
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner ranks poorly among its competitors due to its rough ride and poor on-road performance. For some other alternatives have a look at the 2016 Toyota Highlander, the Nissan Murano or the Kia Sorento.