2018 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is a thoroughly modern SUV, but it is also a throwback to another era. Indeed, the 4Runner is based on the same body-on-frame arrangement as the Toyota Tacoma, with both models providing a level of durability not common elsewhere.

The 2018 4Runner is a five- or seven-passenger, midsize SUV powered by a V6 engine and available in two- and four-wheel drive configurations.Every competitor of the 4Runner has left the segment or made the transition to a crossover.

Crossovers use car-based platforms and generally do not have the ability to tackle off-road pursuits as does the Toyota.

A few exceptions exist, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. As for the Toyota 4Runner, we've pulled out some of the highlights that make this model worth your consideration.

1. Room for five...or seven. Typically, the Toyota 4Runner is known as a five-passenger model, but it can be ordered with a pair of third-row jump seats too. The extra seats come in handy, especially when you're in a pinch. Such as when the grandkids come to visit and you need the extra space. Of course, most of the time you'll want the seats to remain flat to enjoy the 1300 litres of standard cargo space. Fold down the second-row seat and your storage capacity increases to a generous 2500 litres.

2. A powerful engine. The last thing you want when taking your SUV off road, is insufficient power to get you where you're going and continue going. The 4.0-litre V6 engine powering the 2018 4Runner generates 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. This proven 24-valve engine features dual variable valve timing and sequential multi-force electronic fuel injection. It is efficient when it has to be and powerful always. Toyota pairs this engine with a five-speed automatic transmission.

3. Your choice of drivetrains. You could order the 4Runner as a two-wheel drive SUV and leave it at that. In its standard capacity, the 4Runner is a stout on-road performer. When equipped with winter tires, it'll take you where you want to go all season long. Most Canadians opt for four-wheel drive and for obvious reasons. Not only are many people desirous of following their off-road hearts, but they want an extra measure of control on road.

Here, Toyota provides two choices -- a part-time four-wheel drive system or full-time 4WD. With a part-time system, you can operate the 4Runner in two-wheel drive, in 4-Hi or 4-Lo. With the full-time system, power is sent to all four wheels at all times. It also comes with a locking differential, supplying optimum control on ice or snowy roads and for off-road use.

4. Lots of standard features. The 2018 4Runner comes packed with such items as heated and power-controlled side mirrors, roof rails, a power moonroof and 17-inch aluminum wheels. You'll find imitation leather seats, heated front seats and power front seats with driver lumbar support. Other outstanding items include a power liftgate, a touchscreen display with navigation, satellite radio, eight speakers and a rear backup camera. Air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column and a tonneau cover are also included.

There are package options available too, including an Off-Road Package and a very special TRD Pro Package delivering oversized all-terrain tires and the extra protection you need as you ford rivers and test your approach, break over and departure angles. For more information about the 4Runner or to schedule a test drive, reach out to your Toyota Northwest Edmonton dealer and we'll set you up.

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