Changes for the 2015 Toyota 4Runner:
Toyota introduces the 4Runner TRD Pro Series, an off-road-ready version with plenty of capability and visual attitude.
The 2015 4Runner is available in SR5, Trail, Limited, and TRD Pro Series trim levels, each configured for a specific type of SUV buyer.
All 4Runner models are essentially based on the SR5 trim level, which can be optioned with a Premium Package containing leatherette seats, heated and power adjustable front seats, a power sunroof, navigation, Entune App Suite technology, and more.
The 4Runner Trail is designed for serious off-roading, with a look to set it apart from other models. A 4-wheel-drive system is standard, and is more sophisticated than what is available for the SR5. The Trail model also boasts higher ground clearance, greater approach and departure angles, a locking rear differential, Crawl Control technology, and a Multi-Terrain Select traction system. A Premium Package is available.
This year’s new Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro Series model is based on the Trail and equips the SUV with hard-core suspension, skid plate, and tire upgrades. It gets an unmistakable look, too.
The 4Runner Limited is based on the SR5 2WD with the Premium Package, equipped with a more sophisticated suspension, shiny chrome trim and big 20-inch aluminum wheels. Leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Smart Key entry with push-button engine starting, and a premium navigation and audio system with a larger touchscreen display are also included, among other upgrades.
Engines and Transmissions:
Every 4Runner has a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 4,700 pounds, and Toyota covers routine maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles.
Rear-wheel drive with an automatic limited slip differential is standard for the SR5 and Limited, while the Trail and TRD Pro Series feature part-time 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case and Active Traction Control (A-TRAC). This setup is optional for the SR5, but does not include the Trail and TRD Pro Series models’ locking rear differential, Crawl Control technology, or Multi-Terrain Select traction system.
A full-time, multi-mode 4WD system with a 2-speed transfer case and a locking center differential is optional for the 4Runner Limited, while the Trail model can be upgraded with a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) for improved handling both on and off of the pavement. Hill Start Assist Control is standard for all 4Runners, while Downhill Assist Control is included for 4WD models.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Get a 4Runner 2WD, and you can expect 19 mpg in combined driving. The 4WD models return 18 mpg.
In NHTSA crash tests, the 4Runner earns a 4-star overall rating, but note that front passenger frontal-impact protection and rollover resistance ratings measure just 3 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 4Runner “Good” rankings in all but the small overlap frontal-impact test, which produces a “Marginal” result.
All 4Runner models include a touchscreen infotainment system with a wide range of features. Subscription-based Safety Connect technology is offered only for the 4Runner Limited, and is free for the first year.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
October 16, 2014
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