2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A)
I love my new 4Runner! I compared all mid-sized SUVs out there and the only one I liked better was the Lexus RX 400, which was hard to find used and too expensive brand new. I bought one with a V8 and still am not sure if that was a wise decision or not. Handles on the paved road awesome and even better off the road. I havent really tested it in serious offroad conditions yet but definitely plan to. I love the little extra amenities like the 115V plug-in, digital readouts for MPG and fuel distance calculations, and the rear audio remote and readout. I debated between the Limited and the Sport and then realized the only diff was leather seats and some options.
Love the intuitive adaptable throttle control (it adjusts to the driver). I was pleasantly surprised by the gas mileage of a V8 (22 mpg on average). I think the adaptable throttle control has something to do with that. I also love the all-time 4 wheel drive - it really stabilizes the ride.
I am not an automatic tranny fan and would have opted for a manual if one were available. They really need to install a rear hatch release under the dash, or at least some way to open it without needing to use the key (esp. if vehicle is running).