Used 2016 Toyota 4Runner SUV Consumer Reviews

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Honeymoon is over - and I still LOVE THIS 4RUNNER!

D Johnson, 12/25/2015
Trail Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
81 of 83 people found this review helpful

Simple review: Buy one if you want to off-road more than the average bear! Reason for purchase: 4x4 alone quite often and needed a reliable vehicle to get me into the middle of nowhere. As an amateur astronomer, I also needed room for dry/clean storage. Also needed an interior long enough for sleep (I don't tent). To me it's a truck with extra seating and storage. The 4x4, including crawl, locker, and terrain select have been used quite extensively by this driver. I've been in back country fresh snow (a few times now), mud, and desert. The factory Dunlop GrandTrek tires remain as the Achilles heel when playing in fresh deep snow or mud. So far (knock-on-wood) the 4Runner has taken everything I've thrown at it. Of course keep in mind being alone miles from nowhere I've had to keep a conservative approach to things! Engine: (in my opinion) - this is a truck with a large but factory choked V6. Toyota probably keeps it detuned for long lasting and reliable reasons! I'm certain this rig is easily capable of 325+ HP if tuned. Transmission: The 5 speed is dated (albeit reliable as it approaches the end of the development cycle). Even with these minor noted issues, there are no driving complaints. There are no issues merging with traffic or anything like that. I have not towed with it (probably never will), so I can't comment on the 5000 lb rating. Interior - seats are great, heated too. No issues with steering or controls in general. Surprisingly no rattles yet; however I anticipate them as the vehicle ages and is used for intended purposes. Touch screen could be a little bigger. Love the dual map mode - use if often. Audio system is a non-issue - works great. Be nice to have more USB ports. REAR WINDOW DROPS. Yeah, capital letters there - big deal, that rear window....a BIG factor in my purchase of this vehicle. Hauling lumber in an SUV - no prob here. See if you can name all the current SUV's that can drop the rear window? I could type forever and bore you with details for which you will not really 'get'. Let's just say if you want a capable vehicle that will 'mostly' keep up with a stock Wranglers the 4Runner may be your ticket. 6/26/17: Yes, I still own this rig. Still drive it daily. This 4Runner is taken off-road frequently. 4WD is locked in (high and low along with ATRAC, DIFF LOCK, Crawler mode, etc) often. While the truck has accrued a few deep brush scrapes, the mechanical and operational, along with safety systems, has remained flawless. I have no qualm with taking this 4Runner, fully loaded, on a weekend excursion of any kind. Snow is nothing but fun! Only modification is WeatherTech floor liners - - great for snow especially if panning in remote creeks. Buy one, now.

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Love my new Trail Premium

Joseph, 11/13/2015
Trail Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
61 of 63 people found this review helpful

l had a 2005 Outback XT wagon (which I loved) for about 10 years and it was time to look for something new. The question I faced was, do I get another outback, or do I go with something new. I wanted a truck, but I do a lot of commuting in the city, so it wasn't really an option. I decided to drive a 4runner and that is what sealed the deal. I liked all the features of the trail premium, especially the 4 wheel drive options, so I settled on it with the addition of KDSS. I read a lot of reviews about KDSS that said it was worth it, and I have to agree. I love being up higher than previously in my outback, and I love the truck-like ride. The seats in the premium are very soft and comfortable. The interior is pretty much perfect, with real knobs for the radio and heat controls. I love the reclining rear seats, which are a really nice feature for the passengers in the back. There is definitely enough room with the rear seats folded down to be able to sleep in the back. I had a great experience working with the Mark Miller Toyota dealership in SLC and they were able to get me exactly the setup I wanted. While I loved my Subie, I really love my new Toyota. I look forward to easily driving this thing for 10 years or more. **A year later and 15,000 miles update** I still love my 4runner. It has performed solidly and it hasn't had a single issue. The 4-WD behaved perfectly last winter, so I look forward to more of the same this winter. The only real difference that I notice between it and my old Outback is the stiffer ride and it doesn't corner so well. Besides that, I am really pleased with it and am happy with my decision to purchase it. ***Two years later and 30,000 miles and I still love my 4runner. I have had the chance to finally get it off road, and the thing is amazing. Two Utah winters, and never one worry about getting up the canyons to ski. I haven't had a single problem with it. It is a great truck, and I wouldn't change anything about it. I would buy it again without a second thought.

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SR5 Premium a Great Value

Robert, 05/19/2016
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
42 of 43 people found this review helpful

I purchased a 2016 SR5 Premium 4Runner with 4WD. This SUV is a better value than the Limited model which, due to its larger tires and full-time 4WD has a harsher and noisier ride than the SR5 Premium. The SR5 Premium has a smooth and comfortable ride, far from truck-like. There is also no difference in comfort between the faux leather seats in the Premium and the real leather in the Limited; the only difference is that the faux leather is more durable and easier to clean. The engine is smooth and has adequate power, while the transmission shifts smoothly. However, it could use an extra gear (or two) as the fuel economy is poor. Have only managed close to 15 mpg in town (2 mpg under the EPA rating), and that is driving modestly to keep the revs in the Eco zone. Highway mileage appears closer to the rated 21 mpg. The brakes are also soft, and require a significant amount of force to stop promptly. When you roll the rear window down and open up the sun roof the ventilation is incredible. Rear seats are easy to fold down and the space it creates is immense.

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4 Runner Won Me Over

Terry Dymek, 01/05/2016
SR5 Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
64 of 68 people found this review helpful

looking for a vehicle that delivers better 4WD performance than your typical 'Crossover'? Well the 4 Runner sure fit that bill for me. Looked at EVERYTHING in this segment and found the 4 Runner to be the best overall in terms of comfort, performance, quality and value. Don't be put off by reviews that talk about how body on frame vehicles cannot deliver the same ride and handling quality as the typical unibody. The 4 Runner does not ride or handle like a truck ( I have a 2105 Chevy Silverado so I know what a real truck ride is like). While certainly not car-like, the 4 Runner rolls down the road smoothly and confidently. My main requirement was to be able to drive up a very steep and long driveway during New England winters. Other AWD vehicles (Subaru, Rav 4, etc) could not handle the job if there was more than a couple of inches of snow on the ground. The 4 Runner has absolutely no problems with any snow depth. Sure, I could have bought and Audi Q series but for the money and maintenance costs over the long run, you just can't beat the Toyota 4 Runner

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Owners' Reviews Speak for Themselves

Ben Kenobi, 12/07/2016
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
25 of 26 people found this review helpful

I think that if you're looking for a car and have read reviews online, you've realized it's hard to trust even major sources. This is hands down one of the best VEHICLES you can buy today. When major sources review cars, they go through a Matrix and index values based on arbitrary variables. They don't spend that intimate time you need to really get to know a car. Cars with a lot of bells and whistles will stand out on the testing circuits, but only a handful of cars can really stand the test of time. The new Toyota 4runner is that car and an impeccable one. It may not get the fuel efficiency of modern crossovers, or have the luxurious amenities of today's crossover SUVs. But this car will literally stand through the all tests the earth provides without too much compromise. Rain or shine, snow or ice, mountain or overpass the 4runner will deliver a fun, safe ride with the utmost confidence. I would recommend lifting it a couple inches, getting new wheels and all-terrain tires -- then it will be unstoppable. Literally a beast, that's not overdone like modern American trucks with huge in your face, cringeworthy macho-man-grills. The 4runner is absolutely one of the best cars made today, with just the right amount of brawn and style. Don't trust the Car and Driver tester types that can't understand this type of need and segment. These guys nailed it, and I sadly think the secret is out, as I'm seeing more of them on the streets. The absolute best SUV if you want something to last and plow you through any condition, any time, any place. Wish it had a V8 Diesel and cornering lights!

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