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Pros: The 4Runner exudes quality; the Japanese still hammer us Americans and our domestic vehicles.
Cons: High step in and running boards don't really help with ingress or egress.
Advice: Rent one for a few days before you buy and you will be sold like I was.Recently rented a 4Runner while visiting Arizona(rented in Phoenix, drove to Grand Canyon for 3 day visit). This was my first experience with a 4 Runner; I have always been an Explorer owner. I was very impressed by the quality of the 4Runner. Excellent ride for a truck based SUV, very good noise suppression, good acceleration from the standard V6, even at altitude. Great interior. My wife loved this vehicle also. Next purchase will definitely be a 4Runner.
Cons: Not very many features...but not a biggy!
Advice: Defienetly look into a 4 Runner. I purchased a used one....1 because I couldn't afford a new one and 2 because you actually lose if you purchase any vehicle new.I absolutely LOVE my 4 Runner. I am so glade that me and my husband decided to go with this. My mother-in-law purchased a new one in 2004 and we have driven hers in Colorado (we are from Texas) and we loved the way that it drove and how smooth of a ride it was. Hers is a V8 and we purchased a V6 and can't tell a difference. The V6 has pleny of go for us and we don't do much pulling. We didn't even consider any other vehicles. I would recommened test driving one to anybody. My 4 Runner is for sure worth what I paid for it!
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.