2017 Toyota 4Runner
There are very few capable off-road SUVs that exist outside of the Jeep brand lineup. Unfortunately, not every driver who craves all-terrain adventure appreciates the truck-like feel that those same vehicles offer on a daily basis. Luckily, Toyota has managed to corner the segment by creating a rugged off-road ready SUV that provides exceptional on-road drivability. The 4Runner was first introduced to the Toyota lineup back in 1984, and has continuously sold throughout the world over the past three decades. Earning multiple awards and accolades in recent years, the 4Runner was voted third in a list of the top 10 longest lasting vehicles in the United States by iSeeCars.com. The latest 4Runner model is no exception to the durability and reliability that the brand has cemented over the past several years, and is arguably the best version of the mid-size SUV to date. Currently deep into its fifth generation on the market, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner SUV is the perfect off-road option for drivers who crave both adventure, and practicality.
88 cubic feet
Before we even get into the performance side of this capable off-road SUV, it’s important to understand the 4Runner’s design. Built from the ground up in order to offer absolute toughness and superior off-road drivability, everything about the 2017 4Runner hinges on its body-on-frame construction. As other automotive manufacturers shy away from this type of construction method, Toyota relies on it in order to deliver the best possible off-road performance. The body-on-frame build of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner has been preserved despite competitors switching to a unibody construction method, because it is the only way to deliver ultimate off-road prowess and performance.
Even though the 4Runner has been designed as an all-terrain conqueror, the exterior design of the SUV is refined and tasteful enough for everyday driving. Each one of the six trim level options of the 2017 4Runner come with a distinct exterior appearance that reflects their intended purpose. The 4Runner Limited model, for example, features chrome door handles and front grille accents, and an outward appearance that is polished and refined. On the other end of the spectrum, the 2017 4Runner TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium models boast an exterior appearance that is as rugged as the SUV is capable. Unique 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels featuring black painted accents and brand new black badging, allow this off-road ready SUV to stand out from the rest of the 4Runner lineup.
The interior cabin of the 2017 4Runner SUV is tasteful and luxurious. With high-end premium materials available, drivers can customize their 4Runner to their exact liking and level of preferred luxury. With a brand new instrument panel shape, the interior cabin of the 4Runner is more functional and practical than it has been in the past. A 6.1-inch touchscreen display is standard on all 2017 4Runner models, along with enhanced Optitron instrumentation which allows for increased and clearer gauge visibility. With a standard 8-way power adjustable front driver’s seat in all 2017 4Runner models, and optional heat and ventilation – passengers can enjoy ultimate comfort while the rugged outside world passes them by.
Durability and Capability
Everything about the 2017 4Runner was precisely designed in order to exhibit toughness and ultimate off-road performance. The body-on-frame construction of the 4Runner lends itself perfectly to all of the enhanced features that this SUV has to offer. Powering the capable SUV is a standard 4.0-liter V6 engine capable of producing a 270 horsepower rating, and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. This standard engine block can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which means you don’t have to leave anything behind on your weekend adventure. The standard coil-spring independent double-wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and the coil-spring 4-link with lateral rod rear suspension with stabilizer bar, work to ensure that you and your passengers find comfort even on the most unforgiving trails.
Hill Start Assist comes standard on all 2017 4Runner models, while Downhill Assist Control is a worthwhile option for drivers who plan on spending most of their time climbing mountains and other terrain with steep and slippery descents. Protecting the under body of the 2017 4Runner SUV are standard skid plates, which work like armor to keep the engine and other critical components safe from the earth’s rugged terrain. Toyota left nothing to chance when it designed the newest 4Runner SUV, including the braking system. Standard ventilated disc brakes help keep the braking system cool, even during long descents. 2017 4Runner owners can have complete confidence in their SUV’s ability to conquer the biggest hill, and get safely back down afterwards.
Speaking of heading off the beaten path, the 2017 4Runner SUV is offered with two different four-wheel drive systems. The first comes on the SR5 4WD and TRD Off-Road models, and uses part-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control technology. The second four-wheel drive system comes with the Limited 4WD model, and uses a full-time four-wheel drive system with A-TRAC and Torsen limited-slip center differential with a locking feature. Both of these systems are incredibly capable, and simply boil down to personal preference and off-roading intent. In order to enhance these capable four-wheel drive systems, Toyota offers the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and Crawl Control. Both of these work by maintaining optimal traction, even when the terrain is uneven. A Multi-Terrain Select system, a lever/dial-type transfer case, and locking rear differential all combine to deliver the ultimate off-road performance on the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.
Aside from expecting your SUV to seamlessly transition from on-road to off-road, buyers in this segment also need a vehicle that delivers exceptional utility and convenience. The 2017 4Runner is no exception. With fold-flat second row seating, the rear cargo hold of the 4Runner transforms into a spacious area capable of accommodating up to 88 cubic feet of your favorite adventure gear. For drivers who need added passenger room, the SR5 and Limited models of the 2017 4Runner offer a third-row of seating which has 50/50 split capability for added cargo room and flexibility. An available sliding rear cargo deck makes accessing and loading your cargo easier and more convenient than ever before. Able to support up to 440 pounds, the sliding rear cargo deck extends in an outward gliding motion for a quick and easy way to load and unload your favorite gear. For grabbing an item or two from back cargo hold, the 4Runner also features a class-exclusive rear power glass window, which lowers at the simple touch of a button. The best and possibly the most useful feature of the 2017 4Runner’s cargo hold, is a conveniently placed 120-volt AC power outlet. Whether you need to charge your phone, or blow up your inflatable paddle board – this powerful charging station has you covered.
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Thanks to the introduction of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner, your search for a capable, durable, and practical SUV is over. Offering plenty of useful features and functional solutions, the 4Runner can easily go from adventurous off-roading, to a night out on the town. Rolling Hills Toyota in St. Joseph, Missouri has a full inventory of these ruggedly capable SUVs ready for you to take out for a test drive. Explore this incredible vehicle in person today, and discover what you have been missing out on. There has never been a better time to get behind the wheel of a brand new Toyota 4Runner, so be sure to run, not walk, into Rolling Hills Toyota today.