As promised Toyota unveiled an all-new version of its rugged 4Runner SUV at the 2013 Stagecoach Music Festival in Palm Springs, California. Describing the new model, Toyota still puts a big emphasize on it being “Rugged”, but they also seem adamant that it is “Refined” as well. This one then must be less agricultural than the previous models.
The 2014 4Runner features a body-on-frame construction and a new X-REAS suspension that Toyota says provides ride quality on the par with small corssovers, while maintaining the off-road qualities you’d expect from a SUV of this caliber. 4Runner owners will have the choice of a rear wheel 4×2, part-time 4×4 or a full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking center differential.
Powering the new Toyota 4Runner is a 4.0-liter, 270-horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque V6 mated to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. It does an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for 4×2 models, and 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for 4×4. Towing capability is 5,000 lbs.
Visually, the car comes with a new design that is not particularly pretty, but reflects its ruggedness with features like a muscular front grille, buffed up fenders, and smoked headlamps. 2014 4Runner is available in three grades: a well-equipped, value-driven SR5; top-of-the-line Limited, and a Trail grade version customized for off-roading.
The 4Runner comes with a whole host of safety and convenience systems, including the optional Entune Audion Plus system with 7-inch display, third-row seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and eight-way adjustable power seats.
In terms of safety, you get Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake-override system.