Toyota introduces the all new completely revamped 2010 4Runner featuring new design, engines and equipments. Born in 1984, the 4runner has always been a versatile and rugged SUV, and for the new generation Toyota wanted to emphasize these qualities.
2010 4Runner is available in 4×2 and 4×4 models with different option levels. There is the limited edition which is the most luxurious version, the SR5 which is somewhere in the middle and the trail grade as the tough off-road prepd version coming with special equipments.
You can have the 4Runner with two 4 and 6 cylinder engines both upgraded for more power and better efficiency. The 2.7 liter four-cylinder has 157 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque and comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox. This engine is standard for entry-level 4×2 models. The better option is the 4.0 liter V6 with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque and a clever five-speed ECT-i transmission. Both engines has VVT-i system.
In comparison to the previous models both engines are now doing much better in terms of fuel efficiency. The six-cylinder has an average fuel consumption of 17 city/23 highway for the 4×2, and 17 city/22 highway for 4×4 models. These figures are 18 city/23 highway mpg for the four-cylinder 4×2 models.
2010 4Runner comes with a great number of electronic and mechanical systems to make it a better offroader. For example the A-TRAC system is now standard equipment on all 4×4 models. The system can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, making terrain irregularities and slippery patches transparent to the driver. Then there is the Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System which improves terrain-following ability by disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain.
We can also mention Toyota’s Crawl Control which is an electro-mechanical system that can be tuned to match the terrain by selecting any of five speed levels and minimizes the load on drivetrain and suspension components, Multi-Terrain Select system which allows the 4×4 operator to dial in wheel slip control to match the terrain, the Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control. As you see you got all kinda stuff to hit the dirt hard with piece of mind!
Toyota has also thought of your on-road safety and fits the car with systems to provide good road manners, such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC), an Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps to ensure stability by compensating for oversteer or understeer. The system uses selective braking and modulated engine output to keep the vehicle in line with the driver’s intended course. On 4×2 vehicles, the Auto LSD (Limited Slip Differential) system allows for better traction on slippery sections of roadway.
However, should this systems fail to operate and you got stuck anyway, do not despair because the 4Runner has a special SOS button which connects you to a response center so you can get help at any time. It also automatically sends notifications to the center in case of a crash.
The car also has a Party Button! Which provides outside music for tail-gating fun! How cool is that! All in all, the 4Runner has received a dramatic upgrade and we can already see a brilliant market ahead for it.