By Jim Z on
1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD
I've owned this vehicle for nine years and 165,000 miles so far. The only habitual problem with this truck are its front disks - they warp much too quickly (on third set). I, also, get around 18 mpg in mixed driving (20 on highway trips), but this vehicle is made for off-roading so its suspension and drive train are beefy. Handles snow great (4WD), but squirrelly in rain (2WD). Very tough truck. My wife was in an accident, ended up going down an embankment, hitting a tree and bending the frame. Not hurt. Through it into 4WD, drove back up the hill and drove home. You can add a lot of gear in back without throwing off its handling. Very comfortable on trips. Well designed dash and console.
Interior design. Retractable rear window. Storage room. Nice room for rear seat passengers. Electric rear heater (very nice in the winter). Heated side mirrors. A/C and heater work quickly. Exterior doesn't look dated.
Front disks warp too easily! Not a good choice for very tall people. Older people have a hard time climbing in.