2004 toyota 4 Runner

2004 Toyota 4 Runner: In a globe constructed for crossovers, the 4Runner is among the last mid-size SUVs to share DNA with a pickup. That's wonderful for drivers that require a 5000-lb tow ranking or who invest weekends off-roading; for those accustomed to the smooth ride and also trendy insides of car-based crossovers, however, the 4Runner may fall short. Available with simply one powertrain-- a 4.0-liter V-6 with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft mated to a five-speed transmission-- this monster is outdated as well as a little sluggish.

When carbon-dating an auto's age, there are a few alternatives for taking the needed samples. Consider this Toyota 4Runner. You may understand that it's old since the truck's standard structure (dressed up with new styling for the 2010 model year) can be traced to its last complete redesign for 2003. Or possibly you 'd notice that its order form does not have also the choice to add significantly typical safety features such as automated emergency braking, lane-departure caution, or blind-spot tracking, every one of which are offered-- primarily as basic equipment, also-- on almost each Toyota.

Rather, the 4Runner has a steering wheel, accelerator as well as brake pedals, windows to see from, four-wheel drive, as well as huge ground clearance for off-roading. The emphasis is even narrower with the TRD Off-Road trim level checked right here; the greatest upgrade on this version for 2017 is a name change from the previous Path. Resting just beneath the determined TRD Pro and also above the base SR5 on the 4Runner's performance pyramid, the Off-Road lacks the Pro's Bilstein shocks, special springs, as well as TRD-branded (Toyota Competing Growth) skid plates and black-painted wheels. Even so, it's established to get filthy with a common online securing back differential, Toyota's Multi-Terrain Select as well as Crawl Control digital grip help, and considerable Dunlop Grand Trek tires.

For an additional $1960, the TRD Off-Road is available in Premium trim (previously, this was referred to as the Path Minimal version), adding conventional goodies such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation, faux-leather seat upholstery, warmed pole positions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and also TRD lettering on each front-seat headrest. Our non-Premium model had the $345 Entune Premium Audio as well as Navigation plan, which brings the abovementioned 6.1-inch infomercial system.


2004 Toyota 4 Runner


Engage Your Personal 4x4

Much more important to the 4Runner's objective, nevertheless, is the TRD Off-Road's part-time four-wheel-drive system, which is activated by means of a muscular transfer-case bar as well as requires the transmission be put in neutral to switch between two-wheel drive and also four-wheel-drive high or reduced array. Our test Toyota was further optioned with the $1750 Kinetic Dynamic Shock Absorber (KDSS), which digitally disconnects the anti-roll bars to maximize more wheel articulation throughout rocky trips. Opting for this method hardware activates a $750 "Keep it Wild" price cut, which more than offset our truck's $350 moving rear cargo shelf that can expand past the tailgate open up to relieve loading and discharging.

All-in, our trail-ready 4Runner pertained to $40,240, rather reasonable offered the vehicle's tools (absent safety gear notwithstanding) and also the ever-increasing rates seen among crossovers as well as SUVs. You 'd need to invest one more $10K to repel in the basest Land Wanderer Exploration.

The Toyota's MSRP welcomes comparisons to Jeep's four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Both are among the diminishing handful of SUVs efficient in leaving the shopping mall car park the verdant method, both have four doors, both are similar in dimension, and both expense concerning the very same when optioned in a similar way. They've both been around for a lengthy while, also, with the JK-generation Jeep dating to 2007 (but there's a brand new Wrangler coming for 2018). Another difference: The Toyota's roofing system doesn't come off, but its rear window-- the one in the tailgate-- can retract for semi-open-air motoring ... or to earn it much easier to poke one end of a surf board from the cargo hold.

The Toyota's 9.6 inches of ground clearance as well as 33-degree technique as well as 26-degree departure angles typically aren't as severe as the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon's 10.0-inch and also 42.2- and 32.5-degree measurements. Still, they enable the 4Runner to scuttle over the type of challenges that would leave most modern-day crossovers panting and also begging for mercy. We dirtied the 4Runner at a neighborhood off-road park and also hardly strained its ability. In any event, the Toyota additionally is much more habitable than the Jeep thanks to its set roof covering, independent front suspension, as well as better-appointed (and also quieter) interior.

Refined Is a Relative Term

Nevertheless, the traditional 4Runner endures most of the exact same drawbacks as the Jeep. Its typical ladder frame requires the floor up high and also decreases cabin space relative to unibody crossovers. The weighty tires hum on the freeway as well as provide notably poor grasp; we were even able to tweet them during not especially difficult braking in web traffic. And the strong rear axle mixes awkwardly with the independent front suspension, the arrangements delivering roly-poly handling as well as considerable body dive under stopping. A minimum of flight quality is typically comfortable.

The steering has obscure on-center activity, so you'll invest lots of initiative on lengthy trips pushing the wheel from side to side. Stopping needs pressing one's foot via a squishy dead zone that spans most of the brake pedal's lengthy stroke to the floorboard. Predictably, the TRD Off-Road's 183-foot braking range as well as 0.76-g grasp figures are unimpressive, and also driving it hard results in disturbing body lean and also wail from the tires. This is how SUVs used to drive.

You'll discover extra cobwebs under the hood, where an ancient 270-hp 4.0-liter V-6-- no turbos or straight gas shot right here!-- works with a five-speed transmission to relocate the 4Runner. This average combo labors against the TRD Off-Road's substantial mass when pushed, however or else it discolors into the history in typical driving. That ye olde V-6 pushes the Toyota to 60 mph in 7.5 secs is truthfully fairly remarkable, as is the 17-mpg standard we videotaped during our examination, which matches the EPA's city estimate.

Designed to Stay Together

Various other positives? The cargo location is big at 47 cubic feet-- and that's just behind the second-row seats. The dashboard is pleasantly simple as well as easy to use, specifically the environment and sound controls, both which have actually knurled knobs and big buttons quickly adjusted by gloved or wet hands. It is leagues a lot more civil inside than the Wrangler, at least partially because-- unlike the Jeep-- it isn't designed ahead apart (i.e., the doors, roof, and various other bits typically aren't removable). The materials within are at least two generations behind Toyota's zeitgeist, but they're still okay.

So, similar to the usual subjects of carbon-dating examinations, the Toyota 4Runner is a relic, albeit one with a particular niche usage for the right customer. This TRD Off-Road model marks a wonderful middle ground in the 4Runner schedule, and one could ratchet up the burliness by opting for the TRD Pro or down with the even more basic 4Runner SR5 or luxe Restricted. In either case, every 4Runner is a throwback to when SUVs existed under the pretense of off-road capability, not as the family-hauling minivan choices that they have become. With Nissan's discontinuation of the Xterra after 2015, the selections for an affordable, four-door four-by-four have actually decreased to, well, the Wrangler Unlimited and the 4Runner. If you have tunnel vision for an SUV of this ilk, the Toyota is the friendlier daily companion.

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