2016 Toyota 4 Runner
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Most Reliable SUV I have ever owned

by from Middletown, Ohio on November 20, 2016

I have owned Toyota 4Runners for the past 16 years. Over the years I have always liked the style and build of this particular vehicle. It has a smooth, quiet ride & I have a third row so there's more ...
I have owned Toyota 4Runners for the past 16 years. Over the years I have always liked the style and build of this particular vehicle. It has a smooth, quiet ride & I have a third row so there's more than enough room for all of me & my daughter's belongings. I live in a small town & work 15 minutes away from my home, I purchase gas twice a month & it costs $40-$50 to fill my tank up depending on gas prices. I've had 1 major service issue over the 16 years & the dealership has always handled them quickly at no cost to me. I love the inside of the vehicle, the touch screen & navigation system are very user friendly. I would strongly recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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Frank The 4Runner

by from Flower Mound, TX on January 17, 2016

We love our new 4Runner! My husband drives it on the weekends over his Lexus sedan -the car is smooth and handles great on the highway - so much space - it has exceeded my expectations. The only compl...
We love our new 4Runner! My husband drives it on the weekends over his Lexus sedan -the car is smooth and handles great on the highway - so much space - it has exceeded my expectations. The only complaint I have is that we cannot connect the garage door to the factory installed GDO in the car. We have tried numerous times. Other than that - it's awesome!
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04toyota 4runner

by from Greer SC on July 1, 2016

it saved my life in a rollover I was hit on the left front side and it cause the 4runner to roll all of the air bags deployed II had to coral out the sun roof
it saved my life in a rollover I was hit on the left front side and it cause the 4runner to roll all of the air bags deployed II had to coral out the sun roof
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Exceptional, but not Perfect

by from Nashville, TN on June 10, 2017

Overall, this is an exceptional vehicle in all regards, but it does have a few imperfections that I will discuss. To begin, I will discuss the vehicle's strongest points. I believe resale value and ...
Overall, this is an exceptional vehicle in all regards, but it does have a few imperfections that I will discuss. To begin, I will discuss the vehicle's strongest points. I believe resale value and reliability are second to none. I have owned two 2016 Toyota 4Runners. The first was a 2016 SR5 and the second was a 2016 Trail Premium. I "upgraded" the the Trail Premium because I wanted some additional features (locking rear differential, KDSS, Softex seats, no third-row seats, improved exterior). The SR5 had almost 10k miles when I traded it in. I negotiated the sale price of both vehicles to ~ 85-90% of MSRP. The depreciation was so low, that I ended up "gaining" money on my trade in, as if the vehicle had lost no value. I made the transaction almost a year ago, so I don't remember exact details, but I was impressed with how well the vehicle held value. I look up the value of my Trail Premium every few months, and the value has been consistently around $34-35,000 (MSRP ~ $41,000, and purchased for ~ $37,900). It is pleasurable to drive around in a vehicle with positive equity. In summary, the vehicle depreciates much slower than average. To see proof, compare used 2015-2017 4Runner prices to brand new 4Runner prices. The reliability of my 4Runner(s) has been exceptional as well. In the 18,000 combined miles, I have not had a single mechanical issue. Nor have I had any defects from the factory. For comparison, I had a brand new 2015 BMW 3 series that had several "small" issues in the first year. The issues were the horn would not work, rear tail light housing came loose, and the radio buttons broke. I sold that 3 series back to dealer after less than two years of ownership. I also owned a 2013 Scion FR-S (traded in for the BMW). In the first year it experienced condensation in the headlights, door open/close sensors malfunctioned, and worst of all a major engine component failed (had to wait two months for a back-ordered part to arrive from Japan). My point is that among all of the new cars I have had, only the 4Runner(s) have been free of issues as delivered from the factory. I will now briefly discuss other positives of my 4Runner. It has excellent visibility, interior build quality feels excellent, seats are comfortable, it feels solid, has ample acceleration, very functional, very easy to lay second row seats down, and extremely resistant to becoming "stuck" when using in off-road or hazardous weather conditions. In addition, interior knobs/buttons are extremely intuitive and easy to use. As far as off-road performance, the Trail Premium is much stronger than the SR5. I managed to get the SR5 stuck a few times. The lack of locking rear differential (and the running boards) contributed to it being stuck. I should have taken the running boards off I just never got around to it because I didn't want to have to store them somewhere. This vehicle does have some room for improvement as well. I am 6'1" and the headliner does feel very close to the top of my head (if I don't have the seat adjusted just right, my head does hit the ceiling). I wish they would have offered the 2016 Trail Premium without a moon roof. Gas mileage is low (but expected). If I take it very easy on the throttle I can average up to 20.5 mpg (I exclusively use non-ethanol gas). The hood of the vehicle does have some flex/vibration when traveling above 45 mph (does not make any noise, but can be a visual distraction if you think about it). It would be nice if the second row of seats could slide back and forward (only the back of the seats are adjustable). Water can drip on to front seats when opening doors if it has been raining. Front passenger seat does not have as many adjustments as driver side (typical in automotive industry though). There is a limited number of interior colors. The Entune system is out of date. The navigation system is not intuitive and graphics are poor. Overall, when comparing this vehicle to others that have similar features and purposes (these are loose examples and have obvious differences, but Tacoma, Tahoe/Yukon, Pilot, Ridgeline, etc.), the 4Runner is hard to beat when looking at the total package of functionality, ability, reliability, and overall value (initial price and resale value down the road). I would absolutely buy another one. The only reason I may not recommend them to people is because I don't want to see too many people driving them when I'm out on the road!
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Number 4 .. for me

by from CA on January 23, 2017

This is my 4th. Did a brief try with a Honda CRV.. but couldn't transition. Love this truck- never going to switch again, they just keep improving on the ride and comfort.
This is my 4th. Did a brief try with a Honda CRV.. but couldn't transition. Love this truck- never going to switch again, they just keep improving on the ride and comfort.
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This car is a tank

by from Eldersburg, MD on January 16, 2016

I purchased this 2016 4 Runner Premium in December of 2015. We have not owned it very long, but the times I have spent driving it have been great. If you're looking for a luxurious ride in an SUV, thi...
I purchased this 2016 4 Runner Premium in December of 2015. We have not owned it very long, but the times I have spent driving it have been great. If you're looking for a luxurious ride in an SUV, this isn't your vehicle. Because it's built on a truck chassis, you feel as if you're driving a pickup truck without the bed. It's a great feeling to sit up high when cruising in this car and you feel like you could climb a mountain. I bought this car because of its track record of being the most reliable SUV on the road. My in laws have a 1997 4 Runner that is still in great shape and has never left them stranded. They won't get rid of it because it's bullet proof reliable. The instruments, dials and buttons in the cabin are so "old school" and easy to use. I also like the looks of the long hood from the cabin. Most cars today have a sloping nose and you can't see any car in front of you. The 4 Runner is big and bulky, which gives it a substantial feeling of metal in front of you. I calculated my gas mileage by miles driven versus gallons used and came up with 18.2 MPG in mixed driving (70% highway and 30% city). I'm very happy with my purchase so far and would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a rough and tough SUV.
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Last SUV Standing

by from on November 16, 2016

I have been looking to replace my tired Explorer for a few years now but was concerned that there are no equivalents on the market. All SUV's but the 4runner have gone unibody. I test drove the Grand ...
I have been looking to replace my tired Explorer for a few years now but was concerned that there are no equivalents on the market. All SUV's but the 4runner have gone unibody. I test drove the Grand Cherokee and it did have nice road manners but they have sacrificed cargo area for style as the roof and tailgate are angled inwards. 4Runner is wonderfully old-school boxy still much more cargo space than Grand Cherokee. Grand Cherokee had a deal breaking noise in the interior on rough pavement - very loud ear popping rumble, probably thanks to the unibody frame. 4Runner is body on frame and insulated from the road - very quiet. Surprisingly what clinched the 4Runner for me was that its exterior dimensions are nearly identical to the Grand Cherokee, I assumed it was much larger and wouldn't fit in my garage but it fits just fine. Oh and the tailgate window opens down into the tailgate and out of the way. Very nice to carry long items without the inconvenience and danger of bungee cording the lift-gate down like all other SUV-CUV's require.
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Good vehicle..

by from Arizona on February 22, 2016

I replaced my 2007 Tacoma TRD Off-Road double cab and 2010 wrangler with a 4x4 4Runner. Wife said “we have too many vehicles and her Prius was staying”. It's very similar to the Tacoma I traded in. My...
I replaced my 2007 Tacoma TRD Off-Road double cab and 2010 wrangler with a 4x4 4Runner. Wife said “we have too many vehicles and her Prius was staying”. It's very similar to the Tacoma I traded in. My fully loaded wrangler looked crude to the 4Runner. I considered the Jeep Grand Cherokee but I was concerned about reliability. I looked at a fully loaded 2016 Jeep Sahara Unlimited but it was a crude as my 2010 Wrangler. Also the price of the jeeps were very close to the 4Runner.
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Excited about this vehicle

by from South Bend IN on March 4, 2016

Having just purchased of course I rate it all 5s. I know coming from a CRV my gas mileage will take some getting use to!! Very comfortable and big!! Again I am comparing to the CRV. I purchased for...
Having just purchased of course I rate it all 5s. I know coming from a CRV my gas mileage will take some getting use to!! Very comfortable and big!! Again I am comparing to the CRV. I purchased for towing ability comfort and style!!
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Fun to drive Toyota

by from Pien Bluff AR on December 29, 2015

My Toyota 4 runner is everything I thought it would be. Fun to drive, comfortable and reliable with great features. All of the controls and features are easy to understand and simple to operate. Leath...
My Toyota 4 runner is everything I thought it would be. Fun to drive, comfortable and reliable with great features. All of the controls and features are easy to understand and simple to operate. Leather seats are very comfortable and look great. Performance is great, powerful and handles well with a very smooth ride.
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