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2003 Toyota 4Runner - Tech

Posted in How To on February 18, 2007
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Recently, we added yet another vehicle to the lineup of four-wheel-drive machines here at 4WD&SU. We'd like to tell you about the fourth-generation '03 Toyota 4Runner we recently acquired. First, you may be asking, "Why a newer 4Runner? That's a street vehicle."

Well, not really. The Toyota comes equipped with an advanced four-wheel-drive system, and there are a great number of aftermarket manufacturers that offer accessories for this vehicle.

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Our first impressions of the vehicle have been very positive. Like the majority of Toyota vehicles, the 4Runner is comfortable and very fuel-efficient, has unobscured visibility from the driver seat, is packed with more than enough horsepower under the hood, and is a pleasure to drive.

The 4.0L, all-aluminum, DOHC, four-valves-per-cylinder V-6 cranks out an impressive 245 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque. Believe it or not, the V-6 in the '03 4Runner actually produces more horsepower than the optional V-8. Highway travel in this vehicle is also enjoyable due to the smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

We aren't going to tell you that this vehicle, even modified, can dance around the tough obstacles of a rockcrawling course, but we will say that this is the perfect vehicle for family outdoor activities. Once lifted and fitted with recovery gear, without a doubt the 4Runner would easily negotiate the types of trails found around Moab, Utah, or Silverton, Colorado.

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The list of electronics is long and distinguished, resembling the types of components you would see in a luxury vehicle. To us, this makes a lot of sense because we're sure there is some carryover from Lexus engineering.

In the next few issues of 4WD&SU, we will show you what aftermarket performance accessories are available for this Toyota. All-Pro Off-Road makes a very functional suspension system for the vehicle that includes front coilover shocks. ARB has just released its new Deluxe Bull Bar Winch Bumper. As you know, ARB produces absolutely top-shelf equipment. We will also review the Superwinch EP9.0 9,000-pound winch, which fits neatly inside the ARB Bull Bar Bumper.

If there is anything you would like to see on the Toyota 4Runner, please feel free to e-mail the staff here at 4WD&SU to let us know.


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