New 2018 Toyota 4Runner – Release Date and Review

 

The new 2018 Toyota 4Runner just like the vehicle it is replacing, the new model is a rugged body-on-frame SUV that capitalizes much on passenger and cargo space, and off-road performance. Additionally, it comes with a powerful V6 engine that offers ample power and towing capacities. The Toyota 4Runner 2018 my however fall short in terms of refinement. More about its release date, interior equipment, engine specs, and pricing is covered below.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Release Date & Price

Toyota is yet to say when the 4Runner release date will be and for how much it will go for. This of course has left its fans speculating on the same. Credible reports allege it will be offered for sale sometime mid-2018 for an MSRP starting from $33,000.

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Review

Rowdy, truck-based, and off-ready vehicles were once the hottest thing on the market. But with increasing fuel costs and the advent of luxury vehicles, consumers finally realized that they were getting a raw deal and needed an alternative way to save fuel costs and at the same time enjoy a smooth ride quality. This therefore led to the advent of a new breed of vehicles known as the “crossovers” that offered lighter utility functions, were easy riding, and offered exemplary fuel economy ratings. What lacked however, were the rugged looks.

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Very few of such vehicles are still in existence today, and one such vehicle that is unabashedly a rugged, off-road ready, truck-based SUV is the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. But even with a seemingly uninspiring review in terms of fuel economy and bumpy ride quality, these vehicles are arguably the honchos when it comes to serious off-roading, and passenger space. What’s even more, the 4runner is well-known for its reliability and a spacious cargo hold, in addition to the aforementioned features.

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Standard equipment are overwhelming even for the base 4Runner SR5. Some of the features include a dual-range transfer case, mud guards, hill start assist, advanced electronic aids, hill descent control, skid plates, and mud guards. Spend an extra and you get yourself a slew of advanced features and driving aides. Certain concessions have to be made in order to better certain features. In the case of the Toyota 4Runner 2018, most of the effort seems to be heavily invested on utility functions such passenger and cargo space, and off-roading capability, however, this has been achieved to the detriment of fuel economy, ride quality, and maneuverability.

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Competitors

For those who don’t need such immense capabilities, there’re a couple of alternatives that come close to the Toyota 4Runner such as the Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Toyota Highlander.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Interior Spy Shots & Exterior Pictures

Exterior colors include Nautical Blue Metallic, Super White, Barcelona Red Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, and Classic Silver Metallic. Trim levels offered: Limited, TRD Pro, Trail, and SR5. TRD-Pro-exclusive color: Cement

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Some of the standard accessories offered for the 4Runner SR5 model include a rear privacy glass, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, foglights, hill-start assist, skid plates, a six-way power driver seat, a windshield wiper de-icer, Bluetooth connectivity, Scout GPS Link cell phone navigation, cloth upholstery, LED taillights, a rearview camera, mud guards, roof rails, voice controls, HD and satellite radio, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, an auxiliary audio jack, keyless entry and starting, smartphone app integration, a power front passenger seat, upgraded exterior mirrors, a rear view auto-dimming mirror, an eight-speaker audio system, iPod/USB audio interface, and cruise control.

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2018 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the Toyota 4Runner 2018 is a 270-horsepower – generating 4.0L V6 engine that also produces 278 lbs. ft. of torque. Towing capacities are rather meagre. A fully loaded 4Runner Limited RWD model is rated at 5,000 pounds. There are rumors that a more powerful V8 engine will also be offered but Toyota is yet to substantiate the claims.

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Safety Features

When we come to the safety of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, expect the vehicle to come equipped with child-seat anchors, tire pressure monitor, 4-wheel ABS, traction control, blind-spot monitor, and stability control. According to governement-conducted NHSTA tests, the 4Runner got four stars out of the possible five for overall crash, four for side crash, three for rollover, and five for overall side.

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Specifications

Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 190.2 in
Width: 75.8 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume (all seats in place): 47.2 cu.ft (maximum 89.7 cu.ft)
Curb weight: 4400 lbs
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 7,5 sec
MPG: 17/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Barcelona Red Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Super White…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs

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