2014 Toyota 4Runner Quick Spin
Innovation is to be applauded in the automotive industry, but there are times when it makes more sense to evolve a traditional approach rather than abandon it for the latest and greatest design. The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is the perfect example of this way of thinking, a four-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle that balances the need to deliver daily-driver comfort with a range of off-road strengths inherent in its body-on-frame chassis.
It might seem strange that Toyota would continue to avoid going the same unibody, car-based crossover route with the 4Runner that so many of its competitors have employed with their own mid-size SUVs - especially with the Toyota FJ Cruiser still in the lineup - but the Japanese brand understands better than most the fact that it's not just technology that sells an automobile, but also image. Perception is key when it comes to 4Runner customers, and scratching away its veneer of civility reveals a very rugged vehicle that speaks to the heart of sport-utility shoppers.