The Toyota 4Runner continues to be the "go-to" vehicle for SUV shoppers looking for a great daily ride while still a capable off-roader. The latter is especially true with the TRD Pro Series, which joined the lineup in 2015.
Toyota's advanced telematics and infotainment system is called Entune. All 2016 Toyota 4Runner models get the latest 2.5 version of the system which includes the Siri Eyes Free mode for iphones.
The Toyota 4Runner can be had in SR5, Trail, TRD Pro and Limited trim levels. All are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 good for 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmission is a five-speed automatic. Both the SR5 and Limited come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD). Four-wheel drive (4WD) is available. Trail and TRD Pro 4Runners come in 4WD configurations only.
Fuel economy ranges from 18 mpg in combined driving* in 4WD models to 19 mpg combined with RWD. Properly-equipped 4Runners have a tow capacity ranging from 4,700 lbs. to 5,000 lbs.
"Although it's no [Toyota] Highlander, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner's suspension and spring settings deliver a decent combination of ride comfort and cornering ability," writes KBB. "Thanks to a potent 270-horsepower V6 engine, accelerating and passing are never a worry, and the efficient 5-speed automatic always feels sure of its gear selection even when negotiating steep grades."
The 2016 4Runner comes with Toyota's Star Safety System. This means all models come with stability control, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes with electronic force distribution, brake assist and brake override as standard. Also standard are the eight airbags to protect passengers across all three rows. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars to the 4Runner in overall safety while the IIHS awarded it a top score of "Good" in crash tests like side-impact and roof-strength crashes.
Skid plates, Bluetooth connectivity and an eight-speaker audio system are just some of the notable features found standard in the SR5, the base trim level of the line. The Trail adds a part-time 4WD and an exclusive traction-control system called Multi-Terrain Select. The TRD Pro brings even more off-roading prowess like larger tires and off-road suspension. Finally, the Limited goes in a more comfort-oriented direction with luxury items like standard leather upholstery and keyless entry (i.e., "fob").
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.