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David, 12/28/2015
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
44 of 46 people found this review helpful

If you dont live or drive in a rural or wild area, the alot of the virtues of this vehicle may be meaningless to you. I think thats why alot of the magazine reviews call it "old school" body on frame, needs more power, more gears, etc. IMHO, the 4Runner is the real deal if you need to transport moderate quantities of horse (2) dog(2) and human supplies, have to go "off road" regularly ...to pass oncoming vehicles on our country roads and pull a 3000 gvw utility trailer when needed. Cheap to own and operate. Great VALUE for the dollar. Clean it up and it looks and drives good enough to go anywhere including 1200 mile trips from PA to FL twice a year with 2 Labs in the back. Understand, I am in a bit of a downsize mode. The suburbans, 4-door duallys and gooseneck trailers are gone, but we are just a 2 horse operation now and the kids are gone. Had an interlude of X-5 BMWs' and M and GL Mercedes too. Great in many ways but overpriced and over-complicated for what I really need a vehicle to do. If you like good value and understand and appreciate good engineering and design, 4runner will work for you. If you need to keep up with the Jones's there are a ton of other choices out there.

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The 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is the best 4x4 of the year

nothing_better, 04/14/2015
TRD PRO 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
26 of 27 people found this review helpful

I was first attracted to the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro because I loved it's appearance; especially in the Inferno Orange color. After driving it, I fell in love with it. Ignore the other reviews that claim it is less than enjoyable to drive on the road; that just isn't true. This truck is just awesome. It's comfortable, handles well on road AND off, and the stereo system is the best sounding stereo I have ever heard in any vehicle. The TRD suspension, shocks, wheels, tires and 1/4 inch thick skid plates underneath it make it a street legal urban tank. You will see heads turning and get lots of thumbs up from total strangers. I wanted a FUN vehicle for once in my life, and I got it!

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Toyota Quality - Not Just A Catchphrase

bobindenver, 03/01/2015
Trail 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
35 of 37 people found this review helpful

First the obvious - it's a Toyota. If you take care of Toyota's they will run forever. My beloved 2002 4Runner Sport had 115K miles on it when I traded it in. The factory battery lasted 11 years. Original exhaust. Burned less than a cup of oil in 3k miles. No rust. You can't ask for much more than that. I decided it was time for that new car smell and traded it in on a 2015 4Runner Trail in Attitude Black Metallic. I got the KDSS suspension and the Entune Upgrade sound/media system. I have not had a chance to test out the KDSS offroad in the mountains yet, but the truck has done very well in snow (as expected) thus far.

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2015 Trail, Purchased new in March 2015

The Annoyed Man, 08/16/2017
Trail 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

ABOUT 4WD: I spend 99.99% of my time on paved roads, so I seldom have need to access this vehicle's 4WD features. That said, I have used it for off-road/dirt-road driving while hunting, and for driving on snow/ice. I haven't really had to fiddle with any of the various traction controlling features while in 4WD. The Edmunds review above is dead wrong in one respect: it says that both the Trail and Trail Premium models have full-time 4WD. That just not true. My trail spends most of its time in normal 2WD at the rear wheels. It has a 4WD shifter with high and low ranges, located next to the automatic transmission shift lever. It has to be manually switched into 4WD mode by use of the 4WD shifter. You can shift on the fly into the 4WD High range so long as your rolling at a reduced speed. Switching into the Low range requires coming to a full stop before pushing the lever into position. The differential and hubs lock automatically. ABOUT FUEL ECONOMY: Actual mileage for me has varied from as high as 24 mpg (rarely) while on extended road trips on the interstate, to 10 mpg while pulling a travel trailer with a GVRW of 3,850 lbs. I average between 15 and 17 mpg of mostly suburban street driving around town. ABOUT TOWING CAPACITY: The 4Runner may have a towing rating of 4,700 lbs, but I can tell you that towing 3,850 lbs at high speeds makes the engine feel a bit anemic, the transmission spends a lot of time shifting around, and highway speeds are seldom ever spent above 4th gear, let alone overdrive. This was on a trip from the DFW area to Los Angeles and back, so it covered everything from hills and mountains to long straight desert stretches. ABOUT HANDLING: My previous vehicle was a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD. The 4Runner Trail is a slightly bigger vehicle, and it drives like one. It's a little more ponderous in slower corners, and not quite as confidence inspiring in faster corners. In highway driving, I am not aware of the "business" that Edmunds noted in their review. At straight line highway speeds, the 4Runner seems stable and planted. If you mash the gas pedal, the 4Runner is capable of brisk acceleration, which will reward you with poor mileage if practiced too often. I use and monitor the in-dash fuel economy features to help me improve my mileage figures. A HANDLING CAUTION: Braking is good for an SUV of this size and weight, but I'll throw in a cautionary note..... several times I have been surprised by the anti-lock system engaging while braking, for no apparent reason, over clean pavement, without intending to execute a panic stop. I am not a habitual "late-braker", but this bug has led me to modify my driving accordingly by getting out of the gas sooner than I otherwise would, letting the vehicle coast down, and applying my brakes sooner and more gently than I am used to having to do. This is the only vehicle I've ever had that problem with. My wife currently drives a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Edition, also purchased new in 2015, and her vehicle does not exhibit this trait, despite having many of the same features as my 4Runner. When my anti-lock system has kicked in like that, the 4Runner has hauled itself down PDQ, while tracking straight, but it worries me that if someone is tailgating me when this happens, that I might get rear-ended. ABOUT COMFORT AND INTERIOR: The front seats are comfortable and have enough adjustment range to fit all sizes. The driver's seat has adjustable lower lumbar support. The dash layout is easy to understand and is traditionally laid out. Everything is a little more spartan than in my wife's Cherokee - more "truck-like" compared to the Cherokee's "car-like". I test drove the Grand Cherokee before buying the 4Runner and Edmunds is correct that the Grand Cherokee, for all of its creature comforts, has nowhere near the interior room of the 4Runner. I prefer the Jeep's "UConnect" compared to which the Toyota's "Entune" interface seems a bit clunky. The Jeep's screen is larger and has better color management than the Toyota's. That said, Entune is a fully functioning suite of apps, and they all seem to work as advertised. My one complaint is that the navigation app's latency between screens is too long, so that entering an address into the app can take longer than it should. But once the information is entered, the app works just fine. OTHER: Almost 2-1/2 years later, the AC still blows nice and cold (a BIG deal here in Texas). The paint is holding up just fine. The tires are still in good shape (but in all fairness, I am retired now and I don't drive nearly as much as I used to). Nothing has broken. Maintenance has been at regular intervals, and thanks to warrantee, I haven't had to pay for an oil change yet. The SUV still looks sharp, and I get a lot of compliments from others about it. Overall, this 4Runner is a keeper, and as little as I drive now and at my current age (65), it is likely the last vehicle I'll ever buy. I love it.

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Love my 4Runner

todd_d, 01/25/2015
Trail 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
37 of 41 people found this review helpful

Living in Colorado, I needed a vehicle that would get me to work in extreme snow storms, take me to the mountains for recreation, and still be refined enough to use as a daily driver. The Toyota 4runner does this better than any other SUV out there. Ride quality with the KDSS system is outstanding, off road and on road. Dash is layed out well and very intuitive. Cabin is extremely quiet. Upgrade to NAV was comparatively cheap, and the stereo rocks! Very comfortable cloth seats, this is the first car seat I've had that has more lumbar support than I need. Price is very reasonable.

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