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Pros: what I really like in my SR5 is the smooth ride.
Cons: I wish it had a better sound system.
Advice: I would suggest if you decide to get a 4runner, you might skip the base model SR5 and go to the Sport Edition which is better equiped.Over all driving for me it was a nice smooth ride, gas milage was 'OK' at about 22MPG, the fuel tank holds 23.5 gallons of gas....it costs about $75.00 to fill up. I was very pleased with the interior room with a lot of leg space for me....I enjoyed my 2005 SR5 4runner so much, I bought a 2006 Sport Edition 4runner ....
Advice: Drive vehicle for a extended period of time before purchaseDon't like the transmission seems to jerk a lot when starting and stoping. Idle speed is very erratic.
Pros: The sunroof has one-touch open and close.
Cons: It does not have power seats standard
Advice: Seriously look at Toyota when considering a 4x4. It is basically the same vehicle as a lexus for a lot less money.The v-8 drives extraordinary around corners and up hills. The value is really something when you compare it to the Lexus GX470. The one negative it does not have enough torque.
Cons: vibration in steering wheel rotten egg smell
Advice: Test drive several times and more than one vehiclePurchased a 05 in November 04, I have various problems with wheel shake and vibration. It seems to happen only when its cold. I have brought it back several times but it seems to never do it when I get it there. Also, have rotten egg smell was told its the gas and i have had prior poblems with the tire pressure light.
Pros: It's a Toyota. It will run forever.
Cons: It's a Toyota. Not a lot of extras and features.
Advice: You can't go wrong, but some American-made alternatives give this vehicle a run for its money.I thought I would end up buying a 4Runner Limited. It's a class vehicle. Ride is smooth and the V8 engine really responds. In the end, I selected a GMC Denali Envoy. The GMC had more syle and features for the money. Bottom line, you cannot go wrong with this vehicle. Resale value is through the roof and the quality is Toyota. In the end, it just wasn't a fit for me. Also drove the Sequoia. It just felt like a boat. Smooth ride, but I might as well have been driving a van.
Pros: Comfort and the way its tracks on the road.
Cons: High step up.
Advice: Your getting a high quality vehicle that should last years along with a high resale value.An excellent riding SUV.
Pros: whole package - fit , finish, engine/drivetrain
Cons: seats - length - a bit short.
Advice: shop it and unless you are towing a larger trailer/boat - found the v6 very nimble- I over power everything and the 6 was great.2005 limited v-6 w/4000 miles. Love it and glad I got the v-6. Plenty of power and smooth ride. Only fault - small one, is that seats could be a bit larger. Fixed this with a ergonomic seat cusion I had purchased previously to use for long trips. Can't say enough about the vehicle at this point. Dealer and sales person was great - tri-county toyota in limerick pa. (ask for John - internet sales - tell him tom price recommended him - only doing this as this person was head and shoulders above a couple of other sales folks at other toyota dealers. I went 20 miles further to purchase because of 'difficult' internet sales person at nearby dealer who really tried to hose me on trade. John gave me price bit over list , threw in stripe and I got 2000.00 more for my 1996 ford explorer trade in. I'll see how service works out and will report back. Initially was going for lexux 330 or highlander-- then was hot on jeep - hemi --- glad I went with 4 runner- prefer the ruggedness of truck- but smooth ride and on road handling characteristics.