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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.
Cons: front seat head room w/ sunroof (I'm 6'3'')
Advice: Pay invoice, no more. Stick to the V6 unless towing something massive often. Forget the sunroof if not absolutely necessary. 6 disc changer rocks - upgrade to JBL stereo if into music. If in S. Carolina area, buy from Dick Dyer Columbia- good ppl.Polished SUV that is capable on road. Quiet even at 80mph, good JBL stereo/disc changer, smart layout of buttons, heated leather seats are key, love the smooth transmission and V6 power/fuel econ. mix, power rear window, dual climate control, simple and smart engine layout, standard Vehicle stability control (the new important safety feature), non-buffetting sunroof design, tows up to 5k lbs. w/ no problem (did it last weekend), work horse in a fitting exterior, powertrain is unmatched in this catagory, and go anywhere attitude is nice piece of mind. Its lesser points, which it only has a few and they're minor, are a high floor and low roof creates cockpit like interior - not major though. No lumbar support for passenger???? Pretty big miscue for a 35k car. Toe room tight in back but leg room OK. Inside of rear doors collect dirt from outside somehow -- a head scratcher. Running boards stick out and create a dirty pant leg entry/exit -- not big issue though. That's it. Overall, as an SUV with decent milage (19.5 mpg after 4k miles of mixed driving), this truck is ready for anything you throw at it. V8 seems unnecessary to me - V6 gets to 60 in under 8 seconds and has plenty of highway passing punch (unless towing over 5000 lbs. consistently, the tried and true V6 has all the power most people need with better milage). Toyota's rep. for reliability and resale value, 4runner's off road ability and its composed on road daily handling means this is going to be a long lasting, good looking, confidence inspiring truck that stays in my garage for 6 years minimum (and will then sell for much more than some GM at that age). I look forward to climbing in it each time - especially when the road ahead is uncertain bc this machine is ready for it all.
Pros: appearance, performance, handling
Cons: front seats could be a bit larger
Advice: Dealers are loaded with hundreds of 4Runners. Check the pricing and pay no more than invoice. For once, Toyota is willing to cut some really good dealsThe V6 has plenty of power to run any Colorado mountain highway. The V8 is only needed for heavy towing or if you prefer, lower gas mileage and a $1,500 additional expense. Plenty of space to haul gear in the back.
Pros: V6 is plenty powerful.
Cons: No tranny dip stick
Advice: get better price. try to get some options.Have very few miles on auto at this time. I will update if possible, later regard my '05, 2wd sr5 4 runner... Pros are: v6 has lots of pep. ride is decent for this suv. entry is easy. It is a drive to work auto.Good ground clearance..... Cons are: No options for this pricy auto. Most manuf. give more options at this price. Gas mileage could be better.. Not enough front leg room, so long trips can be uncomfortable. No tranny dipstick on new 4runners, at all. Not much cargo space. 3rd seats only for kids.