2004 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
After debating between the Acura MDX
and the Toyota 4Runner, we chose the
4Runner (mostly becuase of cost). Our
previous SUV was a 1997 Ford Explorer.
So, all of my comparisons are between
the 4Runner and the Explorer.
The 4Runner is much quieter and has a
smoother ride. For a truck based SUV,
Toyota did a good job. The 4Runner has
much less body roll than the Explorer
especially over speed bumps in parking
Acceleration is much better than the
Explorer although Toyota should
improve the 4Runner to have a 5 speed
automatic next time.
Finally, the Explorer does have more
room in back, but hey, can't get
Oil filter is on top of the engine
(nice). Plenty of storage. Low tire
pressure alert is standard. Large
glove compartment! Smooth ride
compared to my 1997 Explorer and much
Fix the cup holders (add a dent for
the cup handles like Ford did). Any
cup that has a handle won't fit.
Add a passenger side key entry.
Climate control knobs are quirky,
stick with knobs. Keypad entry would
be nice. Had it on the Ford Explorer
and I miss it already.
2004 Toyota 4Runner SUV Sport Edition 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
I sold my Honda Pilot for obvious
reasons - The 4Runner is quieter,
drives better and awesome v8 power.
The Honda was on par but not as refined
nor as smooth. I had my Honda Pilot
almost two years and with 40k miles.
Its ride is harsh and on par with my
2004 honda civic.
It does everything better than the
Honda Pilot except room accomodation.
Best of all, it doesn't look like a
minivan. Dollar for Dollar, the
4runner overs alot more than the
Pilot. Has the latest technologies
Down Hill Assist, XREAS, and Up Hill
2004 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
The ride is really comfortable compared
to the Ford Explorer (which is what I
Sun roof is wonderful...and I love the
way the back window also rolls down.
And I almost forgot the gas information
panel is the BEST!
oscillating vents and a divider that
would keep boxes from sliding around in
the back of the SUV. Things roll out
when door opens.
Something removable that can slide
up and down similar to cover that
hides everything stored back there
would be very pracitcal and look good
2004 Toyota 4Runner SUV Sport Edition Rwd 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
Third 4 Runner, Last was a 2000. Have
owened 4x4's since 1969. This by far
the best engineered and best built car
of it type I have ever owned.
Interior: Bucket seats are
excellent.Added sheepshin covers to
releive the heat/cold of leather seats.
Controls are easy to see and operate.
(The Inst. Manuel at 401 pages,
well...) The A/C is good, not
excellent. The CD player is hard to
operate if Area Nav is installed. A
plus is the mini cam in the rear.
Paking it much easier adds to safty as
you can see see that no child is behind
you. Forward visability is excellent.
Rearward is poor. Without the mini TV,
backing up would be an adventure and
I have the V-8 and the ability to pass
or get into fast moving traffic is a
joy. The V-6 is underpowered. The rear
mounted mini TV, almost a must The
increased fuel capasity and the angle
of the filler which makes it much
easier to fill up.
The Fog lamps are a joke.Hard to
tell if they are on. They should
be yellow not white, mounted higher.
Will upgrade when after marked lamps
Rubber strips on bumbers to prevent
mini scratches to the paint. Make cloth
seats availablw. Leather is nice but
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