2010 4 Runner missing some past plusses
By mel-ind on
2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I drove my 2002 4Runner into the ground and bought a 2010 4WD. After a few thousand winter miles in the Rockies I got a better ride and better gas mileage than the '02. XM radio and MP3 input are nice. But there are minuses. The rear window gets dirty fast. The overhanging "spoiler" creates a vacuum in the rear that sucks dirt off the road (the '02 has a deflector that pushes clean air down over the window). The rear wiper covers only half the window and you can't clean the window near the spoiler with a gas station squeegee. The interior is wider, more passenger leg room in back. But center console is a big bucket where crap gets lost. Kept the '02.
XM radio, input for MP3, gas mileage 22- 25 MPG on interstate, 18-19 in town with V6. Very comfortable ride and driver seat (full leather package). Spacious interior. 110 volt outlets.
Redesign center console compartment. Redesign rear spoiler, bigger wiper in back window. Change interior trim texture, shows scratches easily (dash and shift console) Move driver window controls, can pinch fingers in window. Scrap the slide out platform in rear, tough to keep area beneath clean.