Since it was introduction in 2003, the Toyota 4Runner has been a capable off-road vehicle with poor fuel economy and a sub-par highway ride. For 2010, the Toyota 4Runner has become a more accomplished off-road runner as well as a more fuel efficient daily driver. At a time when most carmakers are converting their SUVs into smooth riding crossovers, Toyota is taking a stand with the 2010 4Runner.
The 4Runner has been redesigned for the 2010 model year and has stayed true to its truck roots. The 2010 4Runner comes in three trims: the base SR5, the luxurious Limited, and the new off-road ready Trial. Under the hood, the 2010 4Runner packs a more fuel efficient 4.0-liter 270 horsepower V6 engine that makes a whopping 34 more horsepower than the 2009 model It's also paired with a five speed automatic transmission, and the optional V8 is no longer offered. Offered is the 2.7-liter 157 horsepower four cylinder engine in 2WD on the SR 5 models only.
Power is excellent from the new V6 engine, and the improved fuel economy is welcomed. The EPA states that the 2WD will achieve 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. The exterior appearance of the 2010 4Runner has become more aggressive and masculine. Inside, the cabin of the 2010 4Runner is pleasant. Seating in the 4Runner is excellent and the SR5 base comes with cloth trimmed seats, while the Limited upgrades to leather. The Trail model comes with water resistant fabric. One standout feature is the optional third row, but the seats tend to be extremely cramped.
The interior layout has been received well, and comes with a host of standard amenities like climate control, an auxiliary audio jack, keyless entry, and 10 cupholders that come in handy if you're transporting lots of children.