2017 Toyota 4RunnerChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- High seating position
- Easy-to-use climate controls
- Ride isolation on rough pavement
- Off-road capability
- Cargo versatility
- Tall step-in height
- Lacks crash avoidance features
- Engine refinement
- Fuel economy
- Tow ratings
- On-road body lean
- Body-on-frame SUV
- Automatic or manually selectable transfer case
- TRD Pro version available for max off-roading
- Seats five or seven with optional third row
- Rear- or four-wheel drive
- V-6 engine standard
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is an affordable, no-frills, off-road-capable SUV with a hint of weekend-toy fun factor.
Versus the Competition
If the 4Runner TRD Off-Road were a Jeep, its capabilities and luxuries would fall somewhere between the primitive-but-capable Jeep Wrangler and the more refined Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is slowly becoming one of a kind thanks to a focus on off-road capabilities and ruggedness rather than the refinement, passenger comfort and crash avoidance technologies that are prioritized in competing models. If you'd like the latter, there are a plethora of car-based SUVs out there, like the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, to get the family around in comfort. The 4Runner, on the other hand, has hardware better suited for weekend camping trips, mountainous exploration or, as I found, oddly good maneuvering of an urban landscape.
What makes it so capable? The 4Runner retains body-on-frame construction, a once-common chassis type that's given way to lighter — and less-capable — unibody SUVs (commonly called crossovers or car-based SUVs)
New Name, Same SUV
For 2017, the Toyota 4Runner Trail trim level has been renamed TRD Off-Road. The 4Runner trims are now SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro and Limited. I tested a TRD Off-Road Premium that stickered at $39,835 including destination charge, $350 sliding cargo floor and a Toyota Keep It Wild saving discount of $750.
Toyota's Keep It Wild discount applies to all 2017 4Runners and was initially introduced in 2014 to celebrate the 4Runner's 30th anniversary, but Toyota kept the discount going. It continues to discount the base and TRD Off-Road by $500, the SR5 and TRD Off-Road Premium $750 and the Limited by $1,000.
How It Drives
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