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2018 Toyota 4Runner Review


A veteran of the off-road and comfort driving, the Toyota 4Runner, makes a new appearance with its newest version the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Since 30 years of its inception, this athletic SUV is fulfilling the desires of adventure lovers. This vehicle aims to get you through the most difficult conditions, but without leaving the cosines to make that path a piece of cake.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner front

Toyota 4Runner 2018 Interior

The interior of new 2018 Toyota 4Runner is mostly plastic, it makes the cleaning of mud easier since this vehicle is supposed to take muddy paths, although it may be a problem if you are looking for a more luxury SUV. It also features a heated telescopic steering wheel. Unfortunately, the heated and cooled rear seats won’t be on this one, but you can get your front seats with this upgrade if you like, the seats have leather only with the Limited version whereas the Standard one is available with the old fabric-trimmed seats. Driver’s seat is 8 way adjustable. The Limited trim also gets a Smart Key System along with remote illuminated entry and Push Button Start feature.

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The new Toyota 4Runner 2018 is a luxury car from inside along with more space, lower floor, and a better driving position. It has a 6.1-inch infotainment system with iHeartRadio and Pandora. The SR trim has Entune Plus Audio with the connected Navigation app and 8 speakers, which is upgraded to Entune Premium Audio for SR5 trim. The Limited and TRD trims buyers will get Entune JBL Audio along with split-screen display feature and fifteen JBL Green edge speakers along with amplifier and subwoofer.

2018 Toyota 4Runner interior

And that’s not the end, there is the number of features that come standard with all trims of Toyota 4 Runner.
• AM/FM CD Player
• USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity
• SiriusXM Satellite Radio
• Auxiliary audio jack
• Hands-free phone capability
• Incorporated backup camera display with projected path
• Advance voice recognition
• Music streaming through Bluetooth
• Advance voice recognition
• Phonebook access

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2018 4Runner Changes, Exterior

We are getting used to of more angular designed vehicles, but the new 4Runner doesn’t about being mainstream, it keeps classic and functional, as Toyota said: “keep it wild”. So, the new Toyota’s big SUV, stick to its previous design. However, they have introduced a new set of colors, adding Cavalry Blue and Midnight Black Metallic, the “Super White” that used to be available only for the 2018 4Runner TRD Pro version is now accessible on the entire line up.

All Colors: Blizzard Pearl, Alpine White, Cavalry Blue, Classic Silver Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic

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With the new off-road pack, you get a crossbar for the roof, and some other interior upgrades, the TRD package includes 17 inches gray (P265/70R17 all-season tires) with mate finishes wheels and an aluminum front plate. For the Limited version, it gets a little bigger with 20-inch wheels (P245/60R20 all-season tires) with X-REAS suspension, standard wheels are 17 inches aluminum alloy. Limited trim comes with the chrome grill and door handles. This new SUV is 190.2 inches long and 45.8 inches wide. Its height is 71.5 inches with a wheelbase of 109.8 inches. Towing capacity is 2,268 kg or 5,000 lb.

Engine

The all-new 2018 Toyota 4Runner has a DOHC 4.0-liter V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission with an output of 270 ponies @ 5600 rpm and 278 pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm, delivered to the front or back wheels independently, and also with the all-wheel drive mode of course. This SUV isn’t fast, given its intention as an Off-Road vehicle. It is awesome on off-road tracks, but driving it around the city isn’t its strength, that sloppy steering isn’t a problem on irregular roads, but at the city can be a little uncomfortable.

It has a two-speed transfer to go through irregular roads, the TRD package features a cruise control that can activate the brakes in the case is needed, to go through obstacles ahead, the TDR can also lock the rear differential to improve the traction. As referred to fuel economy the Toyota 4Runner 2018 consumes more than other similar models, with a rate of 17 mpg on the all-wheel drive to 20 mpg on the highway. On front wheels drive, it is better on fuel, only 20 mpg – city /24 mpg – highway /21 mpg – combined. Fuel tank capacity is 87 liters or 19.1 gallons.

Safety Features

The next-gen 4Runner isn’t great when it comes to safety, similar models display many innovative safety features, but this one only comes with the basics, such as the rear-view camera, airbags, stability control or active head restraints. We were expecting maybe a blind-spot monitor or some collision safety tech. But this vehicle doesn’t just keep the exterior classic, it lacks many of the latest driver safety aids, and classic when it comes to safety isn’t a good thing.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Price and Release date

The Toyota 4Runner is expected to be presented late this year, and released by the beginning of the next year, but there is no substantial information about it yet, the pricing starts at $36,285 for the SR5 (4×4 4.0L V6 5-Speed Automatic), $38,115 the SR5 Premium (4×4 Premium 4.0L V6 5-Speed Automatic) and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited for $44,760 (4×4 4.0L V6 5-Speed Automatic).

2018 Toyota 4Runner photos

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