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The Toyota 4Runner is a midsized SUV perfect for off-roading. It has a body-on-frame structure that pays homage to its past life as a truck. Its rugged design parallels its rugged performance.

The Toyota 4Runner is a rugged midsize SUV that sets itself apart from the competition with a body-on-frame structure, resulting in sturdier handling for off-roading. The 4Runner stays true to its truck heritage while others in the class use a car-based platform.

The Toyota 4 Runner takes second place in the midsize SUV class at the 2016 Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards thanks to its ample cargo space, a comfortable cabin, optional third-row seating and a powerful V6 engine.

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The Toyota 4Runner has kept the same basic wagon shape for several years now. It has a high beltline, a downward sloping rear pillar, squared off corners and an aggressive truck-like front-end. The 4Runner has three trim levels: SR5, Trail and Limited. SR5 and Trail are available with standard and premium sub-trims.

The base model SR5 comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, skid plates, mud guards, a tow hitch, fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, LED tail light, roof rails, a power liftgate window, windshield wiper de-icer and keyless entry. The Premium version adds a sunroof and upgraded exterior mirrors.

With the Trail trim level, you get a unique set of 17-inch wheels, hood scoop and silver exterior trim accents. The Limited model upgrades the wheels to 20-inch alloy wheels. The Limited model also has automatic headlights, front and rear parking sensors, as well as keyless entry and ignition.

Other options include; fixed running boards, automatically deploying/retracting running boards, sliding rear cargo floor (for the two-row model) and roof-rack crossbars.


Power and Performance:

There is only one engine offered on the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. It is a very capable 4.0 liter, V6 engine that outputs 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque with a five-speed automatic transmission. The SR5 and Limited models are available with either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (4WD) while the Trail and TRD PRO are 4WD only.

The SR5 model with 4WD has a part-time 4WD system with low-range gearing. The Limited model uses a full-time 4WD with low-range gearing and a locking center differential. The Trail model come standard with the part-time 4WD system and also include a locking rear differential, crawl control and selectable terrain modes. While it may look heavy and clunky, the 4Runner's ease of maneuverability is surprising. Fuel efficiency rating is at 14.2/11.1 L/100 km (City/Hwy)


Interiors and Special Features:

The base model includes a six-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, power features, cruise control, rearview camera, hill-start assist and hill-descent control (4WD only), air conditioning with second-row vents, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel and 40/20/40-split folding and reclining rear seats. Standard electronic features include mobile app connectivity via Toyota's Entune services, Scout GPS Link cell phone navigation integration, an eight-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, voice controls, a CD player, HD and satellite radio, a USB port, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming.


Safety features:

Standard safety features on Toyota 4Runner include anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and active front head restraints. All 4WD models feature an off-road traction control system known as A-Trac, which helps keep the vehicle moving on slippery terrain by redirecting engine torque to the wheel(s) that have traction.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 4Runner with a rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. Head restraints were also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear-impact crashes. Comparatively, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), awarded four stars overall, as well as four stars in frontal crash and five stars in side crash tests.

Overall, the Toyota 4Runner continues to be among the top competitors in the midsize SUV segment simply because it is not a car disguised as an SUV. It embraces its truck roots and continues down the path with specific focus on off-road performance.