In a day and age where automakers are walking away from truck-based utility vehicles to more fuel-efficient, car-like utility vehicles also known as crossovers, Toyota is remaining true to form, with the next-generation 4Runner.
The refreshed 2014 4Runner features a redesigned front fascia that conveys a more rugged and aggressive appearance. This includes a muscular front grille, and edgier smoked headlamps for a more forceful look.
The 2014 4Runner will be available in three trims: the value-driven SR5; the top-of-the-line Limited, and a Trail grade for those who want maximum off-road capability. The 4Runner will be able to seat additional passengers with the optional third-row seats on SR5 and Limited models, which allow up to a seven-person capacity.
4Runner owners will have the choice of a rear wheel 4x2, part-time 4x4 or a full-time multi-mode 4x4 with a locking center differential. All models are equipped with a powerful 4.0-liter, 270-horsepower V6 teamed to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission and one of the few vehicles that continues offer a transfer case.
The 4runner is expected to arrive later this year. Look for more details in the future.