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2018 Toyota 4Runner Walk Around


The 4Runner looks like what it is, a brawny SUV, not what it’s not, a crossover. It also looks like a surly catfish, with its nose that belongs on a truck. Which means it’s where it belongs, because the Runner is a truck. It doesn’t pretend to be sleek, although the boxy body has some chrome flash.

The windows are high and rear pillars slope downward toward 1986.

The TRD Pro Series takes the mad fish look one step farther with its mouthy grille and skidplates like silver scales under the chin.

Interior

Overall, the interior is nice, but still less refined than the Explorer or Durango. The cabin isn’t fancy but it’s detailed well, with simple and sensible controls that are chunky yet still precise. Unlike the exterior, the interior avoids chrome. There are fewer controls on the centerstack, because the offroad controls are overhead. The steering wheel has audio and Bluetooth buttons.

The front seats are wide and supportive, and with the optional perforated leather, they look great and are comfortable for long trips.

Second row passengers will find decent room at the outboard seats, a flop-down armrest, and backrests that adjust 16 degrees. Three abreast is a bit tight, but not unreasonable.

A third row is available for the SR5 and Limited, but it’s difficult to climb back there. It folds flat when not in use, leaving a fat 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space; or with the second row folded, there’s 90 cubic feet. A sliding floor that pulls out for easy loading is optional, and popular. It takes just one cubic foot of cargo space, and is a relief, given the height of the floor.

4Runners don’t have a power tailgate, but they do have a useful power rear window. It’s nice for tossing in small items, and pleasant to drive with the window down around town.

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