1997 Toyota 4Runner Consumer Review: Great SUV!!!

1997 Toyota 4Runner - Consumer Review

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Limited 4dr SUV (3.4L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic)

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Great SUV!!!
By wb07 on


1997 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


I decided to sell my Mustang to get something I could drive 30,000 miles or more per year in snowy/rainy weather. I bought a 4Runner & loved it! It was fun to drive in all seasons; it was very reliable for my long commute; the highway visibility was SO much better than in my Mustang. In the snow, it was wonderful. I think there was one occasion all winter where I slid on an icy bridge, but overall, the push- button 4WD is great. Sadly, my 4Runner was recently totaled in an accident- not my fault. I plan to buy another one as soon as possible & I highly recommend a 4x4 LTD 4Runner to anyone who is looking for a sharp, reliable, fun SUV.

Best Features

Sliding Rear Window- awesome!!!; Leather Seats; Easy fold-down rear bench seats for hauling lawn mowers, etc; Fabulous Paint (Black) looked BRAND NEW every time I washed it; Push Button 4WD; Smooth ride at 120,000 miles; kept me unharmed when I broadsided a Ford pickup at 40 mph

Worst Features

Power Antenna died & made a terrible grinding sound every time ignition started; had a mysterious exhaust odor at certain times, but nobody could tell me why; cupholders are unbelievably awful; Dash/Display/Odomoter seems antiquated for a 1997- Overall, a great vehicle to own
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