2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
I bought one of the first 2003 4Runners, SR5 with V8, before the V6 became available. Main reason for the purchase was the great powerful V8 and silky smooth ride. I still like it, but wished I had waited a couple of years and bought a used one, since the value dropped so quickly. The car is so reliable and well built, even after almost 7 years it seems like new, so I think that picking up a decent pre-owned one seems a pretty safe bet. Anyway, the 4Runner is not for tall people and it is not the most spacious SUV out there. If you have a big family, I would go for it's big brother, the Sequioa, or the Honda Pilot, if you don't need the V8 power.
V8 power, quiet ride, decent fuel economy, good reliability.
- Interior is fairly small, not good for tall people, especially with sun roof. - Sun roof is badly designed and practically useless, lots of wind noise. - Rear seats are pretty tight and there is very little space for feet under front seats. - Cargo space is tight - Toyota service is bad