It’s not the handsomest sport utility vehicle on the trail, but it’s one of the most rugged, allowing you to go just about anywhere that a comparable Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can travel. The four-wheel-drive option gets you a part-time system with a two-speed transfer case (it has a low range) in the SR5. Meanwhile, the luxury-skewed Limited’s 4×4 option is a full-time unit with a locking center differential controlled by a console switch. The standard 270-horsepower V6 isn’t too hard on gas, considering 4Runner’s 4,400-pound curb weight (perhaps an update to a six-speed automatic transmission from the current five-speed would help in this regard). Hill Start Assist that keeps the 4Runner from rolling backward when stopped on an incline and Hill Descent Control that prevents unintended out-of-control acceleration on a downward slope are standard. For maximum off-road capability, the rugged and sporty TRD Pro Series comes with TRD-spec springs, Bilstein-brand remote-reservoir shocks, unique 17-inch black alloy wheels, and more aggressive Nitto-brand off-road tires.
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