With an off-road capability unmatched by any other rugged body-on-frame SUV, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is serious contender in its class. However, it comes a bit short in terms of cargo capacity, outstanding off-road capability, and a strong V6 engine. The Toyota 4Runner USA release date should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
The Last Of Its Kind
Moreover, the Toyota 4Runner redesign has brought an improved interior that features a responsive infotainment system and upgraded upholstery. For starters, nosy, truck-based and off-road SUVs were once the fiercest segment in the market. No sooner had buyers realized the mediocre fuel economy figures than they started opting for the car-based light utility vehicles that were similar to SUVs in most ways.
Those vehicles ushered the crossover SUV class, and it pretty much looked like the body-on-frame SUVs but it lacked the ruggedness. To their credit, they were easy to ride and they offered impressive fuel economy figures. Fast forward to 2017, the Toyota 4Runner seams to be one of the only remaining breeds of these species, as the rest are either out of production or are now built on the car-based platform.
Even Base Model Is Rich With Equipment
The new 4Runner SR5 is the basic model and even with it, Toyota offers lots of technologies and features for the money, you get features like skid plates, mud guards, hill descent control, and dual-range transfer case depending on whether it is a RWD or a 4WD. Spend an extra or opt for a top-of-the-line model and you get yourself advanced driver aides for more precise off-roading.
There Are Flaws
Rumors say the Toyota 4Runner Limited model – the top-of-the-line model – comes with a buffed towing capacity in addition to the dizzying changes and redesigns. But even so, weaknesses do exist, nevertheless. Its ride quality is not that good, its fuel economy ratings are terrible, and its third-row bench is cramped.
That said, prudence typically dictates that you check out other alternatives before coming to its downsides. The “A” rated Toyota Highlander is one option to consider. The 2017 Toyota Highlander price starts from an MSRP of around $29,990, and value is offered through its refined interior appointments, functional cabin design, smooth and strong V6 engine, quiet and compliant ride, and an eight-seating capacity. The Toyota Highlander release date should be expected sometime this year as a 2017 year model.
Other options include the Dodge Durango, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. But if you’re hellbent on getting a rugged off-roader, nothing on the market beats the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Review of Trims
Four trims are offered for the 2017 Toyota 4Runner: TRD Pro, Trail Premium, SR5, and the top-of-the-line Limited trim model.
Interior And Exterior Design Details For 2017 Toyota 4Runner
Some of the standard accessories include roof rails, foglights, hill start assist, slid plates, seventeen-inch wheels, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, keyless entry and ignition, heated exterior mirrors, hill start assist, mud guards, reclining and folding rear seats, a navigation system, a six-way power driver seat, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, a power liftgate, cloth upholstery, heated exterior mirrors, and HD and satellite radio.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Trail offers an improved suspension articulation system, the optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system, a locking rear differential, selectable drive modes, unique seventeen-inch wheels, and sliver exterior trim.
Additional features, packages, and standalone options will be provided on its release date.
Something About The New Toyota 4Runner Engine
Beneath the hood, there is a 4.0L V6 engine good for 270 hp and 278 lbs. ft. of torque. Pairing is done with a five-speed automatic system. Both the TRD Pro and the Trail are 4WD, while the SR5 and the Limited are either 2WD or 4WD.
EPA estimates the fuel economy for the 4WD 4Runners to be 17/21/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/22/19 mpg for the RWD models.
More engine specs will be updated on the post as new details are released by Toyota.
When And For How Much?
Rumors allege the new Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro will likely go for sale sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner price starts from an MSRP of around $33,810.