Swallowed my misgivings and bought this SUV with 118,000 on the odometer. Car now has 190k miles. 4Runners, I learned the hard way, have one generic flaw: rear axle seals. I have had to replace them twice. If there's gear oil in the rear brake drums, plan on spending $1000 to repair. Otherwise, no problems whatsoever. V6 gives decent mileage, too: 20 in city, as much as 26 on highway if you can drive a steady 63 mph.
Great for road trips, comfortable leather seats, great sunroof.
Cupholders a joke. Solid rear axle gives rough ride on bumpy roads.
The EPA's fuel economy rating is a joke, but the highway mileage given here is overstated. MPG is something more like 19-20 city, 21-23 highway, with the V6. Only time I saw 15 mpg (the EPA's low average) was when driving a steady 90 mph in West Texas. Worst ever was towing a 3000# boat; at 50 mph, it delivered about 12.5 mpg. Best ever was 26 mpg in Mexico, at a steady 50 mph (or so I think --- the dual conversion process of miles-to-kilometers and liters-to-gallons could have skewed the calculation done in my head).