The Toyota 4Runner has a reputation for off-roading prowess and traditional engineering. Its build and features have long made it a top choice for those conquering the unbeaten path.
For 2014, the Toyota 4Runner returns under the same guise, only newer and better. While the 4Runner has been completely redesigned, the elements that have made it the off-roading beast that it is today remain the same.
Here are the top 7 reasons to the love the 2014 4Runner:
1. Bold New Design
As they say, out with the old, in with the new. Busting into the 2014 model year, the 4Runner makes a statement with a bold new front-end design, featuring a signature expanded grille with vertical air intakes on either side. The front bumper is more prominent and the headlights narrower. The end result is one truly unique and inspired SUV.
2. Body-on-Frame Construction
Paying tribute to a heritage of off-roading adventure, the 2014 4Runner keeps the body-on-frame construction. This build enables the 4Runner to travel on even the most intimating terrain, without issue. While other SUVs have jumped ship on this kind of construction, the 4Runner holds true to its roots and keeps on delivering the performance off-roaders crave.
3. One Powerful V6 Engine
Standard on the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a mighty 4.0-liter V6 engine, which achieves a hearty 270-horsepower and 278 lb-ft. of torque. The V6 is matched by an equally capable 5-speed automatic transmission and available four-wheel drive. And for those who spend most of their time on the trail, the Limited trim offers standard full-time four-wheel drive.
4. Max Towing Capacity
We’re not trying to brag here but the 4Runner is a towing whiz. Just because it can climb the steepest of ranges doesn’t take away from it towing capabilities. When properly equipped, this bad boy can tow up to 4,700 pounds. So don’t worry about ditching the cargo when heading for the trail – the 2014 Toyota 4Runner has got you covered.
5. Entune Audio Plus Suite
With standard Entune Audio Plus, you’ll experience a high resolution touch-screen display that connects you to your favorite radio stations, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, CD player selections, and songs streaming from your iPod. Plus, this same touch-screen display transforms into a rear backup camera for added safety when reversing.
6. Crawl Control
Driving up and down steep and rocky terrains can be quite complicated and daunting. Thanks to Toyota’s Crawl Control System, however, you won’t have to worry. This system basically drives the car for you by controlling the throttle and brakes at one of five selected speeds. That leaves the driver free to steer the 4Runner, assured that the Crawl Control is handling the rest.
7. Hill Start and Descend Assist
Off-roading provides a real rush but it can also be dangerous. That’s why Toyota has equipped the 2014 4Runner with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Hill Start Assist ensures that the 4Runner doesn’t roll backward on steep inclines while Descent Control improves vehicle and speed stability on downgrades. Both ensure that you are as safe as possible in your 4Runner.
This is just a cross section of everything the 2014 Toyota 4Runner has to offer. The important thing to remember is that this new and improved model still provides all the off-roading power and performance you could ever ask for. Not to mention it looks pretty cool too.