2004 toyota 4 Runner

2004 Toyota 4 Runner: In a world developed for crossovers, the 4Runner is among the last mid-size SUVs to share DNA with a pickup truck. That's excellent for chauffeurs that require a 5000-lb tow score or that invest weekends off-roading; for those accustomed to the smooth trip and also swanky insides of car-based crossovers, nevertheless, the 4Runner could fail. Offered with simply one powertrain-- a 4.0-liter V-6 with 270 hp and also 278 lb-ft mated to a five-speed automatic transmission-- this beast is outdated as well as a little slow.

When carbon-dating a cars and truck's age, there are a couple of alternatives for taking the essential samples. Consider this Toyota 4Runner. You might know that it's old due to the fact that the vehicle's fundamental framework (spruced up with new designing for the 2010 design year) can be mapped to its last complete redesign for 2003. Or possibly you would certainly notice that its order form lacks even the alternative to include progressively common safety and security features such as automated emergency braking, lane-departure caution, or blind-spot tracking, all of which are offered-- mostly as common devices, also-- on nearly every other Toyota.

Instead, the 4Runner has a guiding wheel, accelerator and also brake pedals, windows to see out of, four-wheel drive, as well as large ground clearance for off-roading. The emphasis is even narrower with the TRD Off-Road trim degree tested here; the biggest upgrade on this version for 2017 is a name change from the previous Path. Sitting simply beneath the hard-core TRD Pro as well as above the base SR5 on the 4Runner's performance pyramid, the Off-Road lacks the Pro's Bilstein shocks, special springs, and TRD-branded (Toyota Competing Development) skid plates and black-painted wheels. Nevertheless, it's established to get dirty with a common online locking rear differential, Toyota's Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control digital traction help, and substantial Dunlop Grand Expedition tires.

For an extra $1960, the TRD Off-Road is offered in Premium trim (previously, this was referred to as the Trail Minimal model), including standard goodies such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation, faux-leather seat furniture, warmed front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and TRD text on each front-seat headrest. Our non-Premium model had the $345 Entune Premium Sound as well as Navigating package, which brings the aforementioned 6.1-inch infotainment system.


2004 Toyota 4 Runner


Engage Your Very Own 4x4

Much more important to the 4Runner's objective, however, is the TRD Off-Road's part-time four-wheel-drive system, which is activated by means of a muscle transfer-case lever as well as calls for the transmission be placed in neutral to change between two-wheel drive as well as four-wheel-drive high or low range. Our examination Toyota was more optioned with the $1750 Kinetic Dynamic Shock Absorber (KDSS), which digitally disconnects the anti-sway bars to liberate more wheel expression throughout rocky trips. Choosing this trick hardware triggers a $750 "Maintain it Wild" discount rate, which more than countered our vehicle's $350 moving rear freight rack that can prolong beyond the tailgate available to reduce packing and unloading.

All-in, our trail-ready 4Runner came to $40,240, rather reasonable offered the vehicle's equipment (absent security gear regardless of) as well as the ever-increasing rates seen among crossovers as well as SUVs. You 'd have to invest one more $10K to drive off in the basest Land Vagabond Exploration.

The Toyota's MSRP invites contrasts to Jeep's four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Both are amongst the dwindling handful of SUVs efficient in leaving the shopping center parking area the verdant way, both have four doors, both are comparable in size, as well as both price about the same when optioned in a similar way. They have actually both been around for a lengthy while, also, with the JK-generation Jeep dating to 2007 (however there's a brand new Wrangler coming for 2018). One more distinction: The Toyota's roofing system doesn't come off, but its back home window-- the one in the tailgate-- can withdraw for semi-open-air motoring ... or to make it easier to poke one end of a surfboard from the freight hold.

The Toyota's 9.6 inches of ground clearance and also 33-degree approach as well as 26-degree separation angles aren't as extreme as the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon's 10.0-inch and 42.2- as well as 32.5-degree measurements. Still, they permit the 4Runner to scamper over the sort of challenges that would certainly leave most modern-day crossovers panting as well as begging for mercy. We dirtied the 4Runner at a regional off-road park as well as barely strained its capability. In any event, the Toyota likewise is much more livable than the Jeep thanks to its set roofing system, independent front suspension, and also better-appointed (and also quieter) inside.

Refined Is a Family Member Term

Nonetheless, the old-school 4Runner experiences most of the exact same imperfections as the Jeep. Its typical ladder frame requires the flooring up high and also reduces cabin area relative to unibody crossovers. The meaty tires hum on the freeway and dish out especially inadequate hold; we were also able to chirp them during not especially tough stopping in traffic. As well as the strong rear axle blends awkwardly with the independent front suspension, the arrangements delivering roly-poly handling as well as considerable body dive under stopping. A minimum of trip top quality is generally comfy.

The steering has obscure on-center action, so you'll spend plenty of effort on lengthy journeys nudging the wheel to and fro. Quiting needs pushing one's foot via a squishy dead zone that spans most of the brake pedal's long stroke to the floorboard. Naturally, the TRD Off-Road's 183-foot braking distance and also 0.76-g grip figures are unimpressive, and driving it difficult cause upsetting body lean and also howl from the tires. This is just how SUVs used to drive.

You'll locate much more webs under the hood, where an old 270-hp 4.0-liter V-6-- no turbos or straight gas shot right here!-- deals with a five-speed automatic transmission to relocate the 4Runner. This average combination labors versus the TRD Off-Road's substantial mass when pressed, yet otherwise it discolors right into the history in regular driving. That ye olde V-6 presses the Toyota to 60 miles per hour in 7.5 secs is frankly quite impressive, as is the 17-mpg average we tape-recorded throughout our examination, which matches the EPA's city price quote.

Created to Stay Together

Other positives? The cargo location is big at 47 cubic feet-- and that's just behind the second-row seats. The dashboard is pleasantly straightforward as well as easy to use, particularly the climate and audio controls, both which have knurled handles as well as big buttons quickly adjusted by gloved or damp hands. It is leagues much more civilized inside compared to the Wrangler, a minimum of partly because-- unlike the Jeep-- it isn't created ahead apart (i.e., the doors, roof, as well as other little bits aren't removable). The products inside are at the very least two generations behind Toyota's zeitgeist, but they're still all right.

So, much like the usual topics of carbon-dating tests, the Toyota 4Runner is a relic, albeit one with a specific niche usage for the best buyer. This TRD Off-Road iteration marks a wonderful middle ground in the 4Runner lineup, as well as one can ratchet up the burliness by opting for the TRD Pro or down with the even more fundamental 4Runner SR5 or luxe Limited. In any case, every 4Runner is a throwback to when SUVs existed under the pretext of off-road ability, not as the family-hauling minivan choices that they have actually become. With Nissan's discontinuation of the Xterra after 2015, the choices for a budget-friendly, four-door four-by-four have diminished to, well, the Wrangler Unlimited as well as the 4Runner. If you have one-track mind for an SUV of this ilk, the Toyota is the friendlier everyday companion.