With its release date slated for early 2017, the new 2017 Toyota 4Runner comes with refreshing updates, including two additional trim levels – the TRD Off-Road and the TRD Off-Road Premium. That said, the model will now be available in six trims – SR5, Trail, Limited, TRD Pro, and the new ones – TRD Off Road and TRD Off-Road Premium. Want to learn more, this review provides an in-depth analysis of what buyers should expect from the new model including the engine specifications, feature set, interior and exterior redesigns, and pricing estimates. Be my guest!
Toyota seems to have read the mood in the segment. Almost all of the models offered for this year are all-new or have been refreshed. For instance, the Ford Explorer and the Nissan Pathfinder return sporting substantial refreshments that’ll offer the 2017 4Runner a run for its money. The rest of the competition – Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee – are slated for major makeovers, although their release dates have been left for speculation.
Other changes that should be expected for 2017 include an upgraded Multi-Terrain Select system, a high ground clearance, Crawl Control system, and an electronic-locking rear differential. The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Off-Road model gets a unique badging, black-painted wheels, and carbon-fiber center console and logo-emblazoned floor mats. The TRD Off-Road Premium model gets distinctive TRD lettering on the headrests.
This is what John Myers had to say about their latest offering, “Over the years, the Toyota 4Runner has garnered quite a loyal following, with dependability being a key factor. All of the 4Runners we’ve produced in the last decade, 90% are still on the road. Through extensive discourse between our customers and staff, we figured it’d be an excellent idea to create two models that will provide excellent performance off the beaten path.”
After all is said and done, some things will remain inseparable for the 2017 Toyota 4Runner – outstanding off-road performance, rugged body-on-frame platform, strong V6 performance, and impressive cargo volume. Despite such a charming profile, there’re reasons that have led most automakers from the body-on-frame platform in favor of the car-based one. Such reasons include a busy ride quality, poor fuel economy, cumbersome infotainment system, and low towing capacity.
But for those still looking for a rowdy, off-ready, hairy-chested, truck-based SUV, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner might be the only game in town.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Release Date & Price
Pricing for the new model remains unknown. Rumors however allege it’ll be offered for a price not exceeding $40,000 for the most basic model without options. Its USA release date has been confirmed to take place in early 2017.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Exterior
As is evident from the pictures, the new model sports a redesigned front fascia that conveys a more aggressive and rugged appearance. Such features that make for such conclusion include the edgier smoked headlights, and a muscular front grille. Some of the exterior features to expect include mud guards, 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a rear privacy glass, skid plates, LED taillights, a power tailgate, and foglights.
The 4Runner Trail model features new over-fenders and color-keyed bumpers. The TRD Off Road and the TRD Off-Road Premium models come with several distinguishing features. The TRD Off-Road Premium, for instance, comes with red TRD lettering on the headrests while the 4Runner TRD Off-Road gets unique badging, logo-emblazoned floor mats, and a special black-painted wheels.
The TRD Pro features one additional color option – Cement.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Interior
Complementing the exterior upgrades are touches of interior refinement. Even the basic 4Runner SR5 reeks of a premium aura. Although the pics here may not reveal the available accessories to expect, Toyota has made it clear in the past that the new 2017 4Runner will return with upgraded technologies for convenience, infotainment, and entertainment functions.
Some of the standard accessories buyers should expected should include a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leatherette upholstery, smartphone app navigation, heated front seats, and a dual-zone automatic climate control.
Six trims are confirmed for the 2017 Toyota 4Runner: TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, and Trail.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.8 in. (109.8 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 10.2 in. (190.2 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 3.8 in. (75.8 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume (all seats in place): 47.2 cu.ft (maximum 89.7 cu.ft)
Curb weight: 4400 lbs
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 7,5 sec
MPG: 17/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Super White…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs
Under the hood of the new 2017 Toyota 4Runner is a 270 horsepower, 4.0L V6 engine. Rumors of a V8 are rife although no confirmations have been made.
The existing model enjoys a top star rating for overall crash impact protection courtesy of the rigid body structure and slew of driver-assisting technologies offered. If the previous safety values are to be factored, it’ll be natural to expect the new model to return with the same excellent ratings.
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