Rear-wheel drive has its benefits—especially when it's on the 2012 Toyota 4Runner Limited. Although it ekes out only 1 more mile per gallon on the highway above its 4WD friends, the Limited boasts a suspension damper standard, and an optional X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension for improved car-like performance on paved surfaces. Notably exclusive features in the Limited include leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, remote entry/ignition, powered lumbar support, HD radio and an integrated rear-view camera.
Taking the top of the line has its perks—above and beyond a full-time 4WD system controlled by a center locking differential, of course. Featuring leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual climate control, remote keyless ignition/entry, integrated rear-view camera and so much more on top of Toyota's Entune infomatics, the Limited promises a world of perfectly reachable possibilities. The standard suspension dampers increase this particular model's road manners, but if you want improved bump and cornering confidence, opt for the X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension.
Basic as Toyota tries to make the 2012 4Runner SR5 sound, this "base" model is anything but skin-and-bones, with features like rear parking sensors, heated power-adjustable mirrors and all the trimmings for any type of haul up to 5,000 pounds. Driving on its rear wheels will add just 1 mpg on the highway, but surely a pretty penny will get to skip the trip to your insurance provider. Whether you choose the 5-speed manual or auto-manual, this chameleon's surprising road manners are sure to please.
For a "base" model, the 2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD sure does come with a mighty long list of standard features, and for 2012 you can finally opt for a 5-speed manual. In addition to one of the finest part-time 4WD systems known to automaking, the SR5 also fetches features like heated power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, rear parking sensors, power rear window, tilt-and-telescoping multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, roof rack, cargo tie-downs, two 12-volt power outlets, universal transmitter and even 3 months of XM satellite radio to go with the 8-speaker sound system, complete with features like iPod interfacing.
There's a lot of roads out in that great wide yonder, and the Trail 4WD is built to get you there with its unique 4-wheel-drive system. Above the standard rear locking differential, hi-lo electronic gear selection and auto-locking hubs, the Trail also features mud guards, water-repellant upholstery, skid plates, selectable terrain modes and Crawl Control. Opt for the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System to disconnect the front and rear stabilizer bars for extreme maneuvers, and while you're at it, get those optional off-road all-season tires, too, just to make sure you're ready for anything.