First Look at New 4Runner
Toyota has just staged the world debut of the redesigned 2014 Toyota 4Runner at the 2013 Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California. This marks the automaker’s first-ever public reveal at a major music festival and after nearly three decades and five generations, the Toyota 4Runner continues to be a fully capable SUV!
Through the first three months of 2013, Toyota 4Runner sales have numbered 13,073 units, up 30-percent over the same period in 2012, outselling the Venza, FJ Cruiser, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser.
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is still built with true body-on-frame construction while offering a smooth riding suspension for better on road handling. One of the biggest differences you'll notice between the new 4Runner and the previous 4Runner model are the aggressively redesigned HID projector headlights and rear combination LED lamps.
The 2014 4Runner is available in three grades: a well-equipped, value-driven SR5; top-of-the-line Limited, and a Trail grade for those who want maximum off-road capability. Optional third-row seats on SR5 and Limited allow for up to seven-person capacity.The SR5 and Trail grade come standard with comfortable fabric-trimmed seating available in either Sand Beige, Graphite or Black. SofTex seats are also optional for those who want the ultimate in plush comfort. Both the SR5 and Trail grades will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with a new wheel-design for both, while the Limited continues to ride on 20-inch alloy wheels, which are now painted black prior to machining to add contrast. All new 4Runners continue to come standard with a full-size spare tire.
The new 4Runner is also available in either rear wheel drive, part-time 4x4 or a full-time multi-mode 4x4 with a locking center differential. All models are powered by the 270 horsepower V6 that delivers 278 pound feet of torque to a ECT-i five-speed automatic transmission. All this power allows the 2014 4Runner to tow 5,000 pounds with a standard integrated tow-hitch receiver.
The Trail grade offers an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). KDSS significantly improves terrain-following ability by dynamically disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain. The Trail grade also features a Multi-Terrain Select system that dials in wheel-slip control to match the terrain. In loose terrain such as mud and sand, more-than normal wheel-slip is permitted, allowing wheel-spin to work in the vehicle’s favor. On bumpy moguls, or solid rock, wheel-slip is minimized and the system acts more like a limited-slip differential. The Mogul setting is for any extremely uneven terrain, such as V-notches, slopes, and ridges, uphill or down.
Fuel economy for the 4Runner is still fairly decent delivering an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for 4x2 models and 22 mpg highway for 4x4 models.
The new 4Runner will be available in eight different exterior colors that include new additions: Super White; Attitude Black Metallic; Barcelona Red Metallic; and Nautical Blue Metallic. Carryover colors include: Blizzard Pearl; Classic Silver Metallic; Magnetic Gray Metallic; and Black.
So, what do you think about the 2014 Toyota 4Runner's new styling?