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2014 Toyota 4Runner Overview
Take Toyota’s capable Land Cruiser sport ute, downsize it a bit, give it some added tweaks to the profile and cabin features, and behold the 2014 Toyota 4Runner midsize SUV.
Again available in three trims, the base SR5, the terrain-taming Trail and the top-shelf Limited, this capable ute sports seating for 5 in all trims, with the SR5 and Limited eligible to be delivered with available third-row seating for a total capacity of 7 folks, though those in the available third row ought to be small children. Once again, the SR5 and Limited variants come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), while the Trail is offered only in the full-time 4-wheel-drive (4WD) configuration, with a part-time 4WD system available to the other trims as optional equipment.
For this year, Toyota’s beginner-level sport-ute has been given a new grille and front fascia, revamped headlights and LED taillights outside, with a few added features, like upgraded accents, Entune smartphone apps, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a roof rack now packed into the SR5 as standard equipment. The Limited, additionally, now offers new projector-beam headlights as part of its 2014 facelift. Don’t worry, though, all trims retain a hefty 89.7 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seats folded.
Standard power for the 2014 4Runner lineup, a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 4.0-liter V6 engine, remains unchanged from last year. Mated with the standard 5-speed automatic transmission, this peppy six-banger puts out 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, and remains estimated to get 17 mpg city/22 highway in RWD editions and 17/21 in 4WD-equipped variants. Towing, finally, is maxed out at 4,700 pounds with the standard Class II hitch and wiring.
The base 4Runner SR5 sports standard 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a roof rack (new for 2014), heated power-adjustable mirrors and skid plates outside to go with its controversial new look, while the inside remains adorned with cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat (new for 2014), full power accessories and reclining rear seats. Upgraded leather and simulated alloy cabin accents, meanwhile, are complemented by cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a remote garage door opener and rear parking sensors. Once more, all of this is embraced by manually operated air conditioning and soothed by a single-CD player with 8 speakers and satellite radio, while the just-added Entune infotainment with smartphone apps are offered via a USB connection. Oh, and Bluetooth hands-free calling also comes standard.
The midlevel 4Runner Trail comes with essentially the same standard bling as its SR5 sibling, with the addition of standard 4WD that flaunts a driver-selectable CRAWL system boasting automatic throttle and braking control for heavy-duty off-road travel. Additionally, Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, with its articulated suspension technology, is now available and, when selected, will allow the Trail to tackle some serious rock climbing.
The high-end 4Runner Limited, meantime, offers everything in its stablemates as well as 20-inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, auto dual-zone climate control and suspension damping.
As mentioned, one of the more popular options for the 2014 4Runner lineup is the split-folding third-row seat offered with the SR5 and Limited trims. Hard-drive-based navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment and a power moonroof are further options, as are a rear-view camera and power-folding step running boards.
Standard safety equipment adorning all 2014 4Runner trims includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear (and third-row, if equipped) airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Turn- signal-integrated mirrors also remain standard, as do daytime running lights and front fog/driving lights, while a remote antitheft alarm can be selected as an optional security item.
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