The 2018 Toyota 4Runner may not look much different from the existing model, as far as exterior styling is concerned. The 4Runner is among the vehicles sold by Toyota that has been on the roads for a very long time. From 1984 till date, it has a long lifecycle and despite several updates, it now looks a bit dated beside rival models from stables of Ford and Nissan. It may not be as stylish as some compact and midsize crossovers, but its off-roading prowess is what makes it sell in good numbers. Toyota has updated the compact SUV for 2018.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Design and Features
The 4Runner is sold in the trims- SR5, TRD Pro, TRD Off Road, and Limited. For 2018, the vehicle gets new exterior colors. The Limited trim gets exterior chrome accents. The model gets 17-inch wheels barring the Limited which gets larger 20-inch wheels.
The interior is rather Spartan in most trims and even in Limited trim, you can find a lot of hard plastics. The seats are fine but third row is strictly for the kids. Most rivals sport a more stylish and upscale interior.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Under the Hood
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine that makes 270 hp. It also gets a 5-speed automatic gearbox. The off roading prowess is remarkable and the TRD Off Road trim gets special multi-mode traction control. TRD Pro variant gets Bilstein shocks and all-terrain tires that add to rough terrain handling capability. Towing capacity is 5000 pounds. TRD Off Road and TRD Pro have the company’s much touted Crawl Control which is like off-road cruise control. It is excellent when you are handling slippery roads.
It is in safety tech the 2018 4Runner starts lagging behind the rivals. Toyota is yet to equip it with latest technologies that help to evade collisions. All trims get airbags, rearview camera, stability control, anti-lock brakes.
The SR5 trim gets 6.1-inch infotainment display, 17-inch alloy wheels. The SR5 Premium gets the navigation system, front seat heaters, and synthetic leather upholstery. Toyota offers some packages for the 4Runner trims. The Wilderness Package brings rubber floor mats and roof rack cross bars. 4Runner Limited gets leather upholstery, automatic climate control, JBL sound system.
2018 Toyota 4Runner – Price and Availability
The 2018 4Runner pricing starts at $35,000 approx. It will go on sale soon.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner gets moderate updates but it still lags in safety technologies. The excellent off roading performance helps it redeem the image though.