2006 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I researched the 4Runner and found it reliable, also good looking (even the older ones). Went to Roseville to find one with the 3rd row seating and we spotted one, a white SR5 4WD, 3rd row, sideairbags, spoiler, tow package and some 17" wheels. Was going to get a 2005 but I'm glad I got a 2006. I love the projector headlights, chrome handles and grill. The inside is rugged and basic, keeping it simple. The cloth seats are supportive; no major blind spots. It looks big on the outside, but once you start driving it's like a car. On a few bumps it will remind you that you're in a 'truck'. Smooth, power.
I love the gated shifter, it becomes second hand now; don't even have to look down to see what gear I'm in. 3rd row okay,watch your head on the bumps. It's versatile, can fold them outboard or take them out. 2nd row can recline back and tumble forward. Lotsa cupholders. Classic rugged
Writing pad is useless. Front bin under HVAC should store CDs. Gas mileage, but what can you do about that. Better shift knob. Double compartment center console storage. Offer 18" wheels on all models. Trash bag holder?! Rear side airbags should be standard.