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It is what it isn't
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By urbanadventur
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2012 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Dollar for dollar, the latest generation 4runner is the best body on frame suv ever. Obviously, this is not a car. It is not a crossover which is nothing more than a tall car in suv clothing. The 4runner eats rocks and mud for breakfast and then with one pass through the car wash rolls down main street with class and style. It is not designed to slalom like a sedan. This is intentional. The 4runner ride is exceptionally smooth and the off road capabilities and reliability are not comparable to any other vehicle in this price range. If you want nothing more than a tall car buy a Durango, Equinox, Cherokee, Explorer or even a Highlander. If you want a real suv buy a 4runner.


Best Features

Silky smooth ride. Rugged good looks. Sliding rear window. Power throughout entire rpm band. Unmatched Toyota reliabilty. Definitely stands above the crowd.


Worst Features

The Toyota marketing department has been complacent. Most reviewers seem to compare the 4runner to crossovers. As for the vehicle itself, the radio sounds great but the layout is a little awkward. Also, the antennae is a step down from the previos generation integrated antennae.


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It's a Truck!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By toytruck1
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2012 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Had my 2012 for 10 months with 8,200 on the clock. Be aware: the 3 models have different suspensions; the SR5 being the softest. I didn't need the Trail, the Limited was a bit pricey, so I opted for the SR5. I swapped out the soft factory shocks for Bilstein HD's all around. Well worth it. No more nose dive or side to side wallowing. Gas mileage excellent. I consistently average 19.5-20 mpg. T4R is built like a tank and very tight; no squeaks or rattles. A few caveats: a few interior bits are cheap (door grips), transmission is quick to upshift, could use more sound deadening. Engine feels like it has less than 270 hp, but mash the pedal and it scoots. No problems to date. Nice truck!


Best Features

-One touch windows (back window & sunroof too) -Pearl white paint -Vault like feel -Size and ease of parking -Backup camera with parking sensor -Part time 4WD -Competent brakes -Fuel efficiency for a large 4WD


Worst Features

-Better materials on console and door grips -More sound deadening in doors -Transmission cooler should be included -Deeper hitch receiver (spare location prevents this) -Better location for 7/4 pin hookups (hard to reach)


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Makes Me Laugh!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By pipes3
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2012 Toyota 4Runner SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I laugh every time I read the reviews about the 2012 4runner because they are all way off!! People, please remember this is not a sports car or a preppy crossover which all of the experts unfairly compare this truck to. What these so called experts do not realize is that there is nothing out there comparable to this burly, reliable, beast of an SUV. Consumer reports with the 4-foot red-head who bashes the 4runner is ridiculous! She has the truck going through a slalom and says there is too much body roll! Really!! This truck is solid as a rock, will run for 300,000 miles and looks tough as nails. Do yourself a favor and test drive this truck and do not listen to the bad reviews....


Best Features

Reliability, Exterior look, Interior room, 20"rims, JBL radio, off raod prowess


Worst Features

V8 engine option


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Got What I Expected...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By eglzfan
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2012 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased a 2012 4Runner 6 months ago. After 10K mi. the vehicle still performs as it did on day 1. The 4L engine is the largest V6 available in a mid sized SUV. Fuel mileage avgs 19-20 mpg with the best at 23 on longer road trips. If you actually test drive this SUV you will notice a stiff ride, similar to that of a truck...that's what I like about it. Ample storage space satisfies the needs of our family and all our stuff. Dashboard electronics work as expected and nav system got me up north without a problem. Biggest complaint would be lack of headroom. At 6' I'm at the upper limit without hitting my head on the roof. Compared to similar SUVs out there this is a great buy.


Best Features

Exterior appearance is a perfect combination of rugged road off looks with a touch of luxury urban cruiser. Shift on the fly 4WD is smooth and allows ME to be in control of when the vehicle goes into all wheel drive mode.


Worst Features

2 inches of increased headroom would open up a whole new market for this vehicle. Seat adjustment memory for 2 seperate drivers. Clear paint protective film at front 8-10 inches as standard.


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Not as good-fun as my 2008 4Runner
17 of 27 people found this review helpful
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By magluk
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2012 Toyota 4Runner SUV SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Like all new cars it's nice but not as good as my 2008 SE model. This SUV is way over priced and under equipped (no mud flaps, running boars, gate assist) poor plastic and cloth inside. It seems under powered and under developed. If it's your first Toyota you will be happy for a year or so but like me this is my third Toyota. The quality has gone down hill and price has gone uphill. I wanted to buy a 2012-2013 4Runner for my wife but it's not family friendly SUV. The jeeps looks nice and so does Honda Pilot. It will be a hard and tough choice but it's wont be Toyota this time around.


Best Features

I like the body style of the SR5 and Trail and I like the hidden rear wiper.


Worst Features

Toyota and Toyota dealers if you are bold to charge 38+K for SR5 or 45+K for Limited then I will suggest that you put in mud flaps, running boars, gate assist like on Venza, Sienna, Sequoia. Take out the ugly pointy antenna and do like you did it on 2003-2009 models. Make the car stronger the engine seems worse then my 08 model. Make a better product or stop charging so much!!


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