2013 Toyota 4Runner

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Pros: Utility and capability; wide selection of equipment options; optional third-row seat; comfortable cabin.

Cons: Truck-like feel on pavement; not the most fuel efficient; no optional V8, cramped third-row seat.

Overview
As many crossovers continue to flood the market many have become fluffy in an effort to appeal to vast audiences. The 4Runner however sticks to a more traditional work ethic and is built primarily for ruggedness and lasting durability.

It offers good power and impressive acceleration that is generated by a 4.0L V6 producing 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 is mated to a smooth shifting 5-speed automatic transmission and offers a max towing capacity of 5000 lbs.

As with any other vehicles in this segment the 4Runner earns itself an “average” fuel economy rating that falls the mid-20’s.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner is available in three well-equipped trim levels- SR5, Trail and Limited.

Standard features on the entry SR5 includes a power rear window, an integrated towing receiver hitch, a USB port with iPod® connectivity, fog lamps, windshield wiper de-icers, and skid plates to protect the engine, front suspension, fuel tank and transfer case on 4×4 models.

The exclusive 4×4 Trail grade 4Runner adds Crawl control, a locking rear differential, and a Multi-terrain Select System. It also provides a high ground clearance, downhill assist control and hill start assist control making it a great companion on remote camping trips.

Stepping up to the Limited will add leather upholstery, heated front seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, Toyota’s Smart Key system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated backup camera and an upgraded infotainment system with smartphone integration, navigation, and many other high tech goodies.

Other options include automatic running boards, roof rail cross bars and a voice activated touch screen DVD Navigation system. Many features on the Limited and Trail editions are also available as options on the SR5.

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, and active front head restraints. The Limited comes equipped with Safety Connect, Toyota’s emergency assistance system that includes a stolen-vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.

Warranty Information
The Toyota 4Runner comes with a complimentary free Maintenance Plan and Roadside Assistance (includes lockout protection, flat tire changes, jump starts, fluid delivery, and towing) for 2 years or 25,000 miles; a 60 month or 60,000 mile Powertrain Warranty;  a 36 month or 36,000 mile Basic Warranty; and a 60 month/unlimited mile Anti-Corrosion Warranty.

2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail
2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail

 

MSRP   

Available Trims MSRP
2013 4Runner SR5 $31,490
2013 4Runner Trail $37,155
2013 4Runner Limited $38,995
Similar Vehicles Base MSRP 
2013 Ford Explorer $29,100
2013 Nissan Pathfinder $28,650
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee $28,795

Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

SR5 & Limited

4.0-liter V6

RWD

5-speed A/T

17/22

Trail

4.0-liter V6

Part-time 4WD

5-speed A/T

17/21

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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