The Toyota 4Runner is built for durability and all-terrain capability. Using rugged body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner is intended to be a tough and reliable sport utility for the more adventurous owner.
All 2012 Toyota 4Runners are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg City and 22 mpg Highway with 4WD. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, enough for light boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles.
Two-row and three-row seating configurations are available, for five or seven passengers.
The 2012 Toyota 4Runner comes in three distinct models, each with specialized equipment packages, to suit a variety of luxury, recreational capability, and affordability priorities. All are sturdily built, with an extensive suite of safety features, flexible seating, and multiple cargo options.
The 4Runner SR5 is the standard grade with cloth upholstery, automatic air conditioning, and 17-inch wheels, while the Limited is loaded with leather, dual-zone climate control, and 20-inch wheels. The mid-range Trail Edition is designed to maximize off-road performance with superior approach and departure angles, high ground clearance, and an array of functional upgrades for the most demanding active outdoor enthusiast. It is distinguished by a unique hood scoop, unique 17-inch wheels, black side mirrors, front and rear bumper guards and dark smoke treatment on the head lamps and tail lamps.
All three models benefit from equipment upgrades for 2012. The 2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5 and Trail Edition come standard with SiriusXM satellite radio, a USB port with iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth phone capability and music streaming. Standard on 2012 4Runner Limited, and optional on SR5 and Trail Edition, is a new audio/navigation system whose 6.1-inch touch screen offers access to all the latest digital-electronic candy, including Sirius and HD radio, iTunes Tagging, Toyota Entune service, and much, much more. Still available for Limited only is a premium 15-speaker system from JBL. 2012 SR5 and Limited now offer the option of automatic retractable running boards.
We found the 4Runner has good on-road dynamics with rack-and-pinion steering and well-proportioned disc brakes. It may be as nimble as the lighter-duty Highlander crossover. But the key point here is that the 4Runner is far more capable and much more durable for use on rough terrain. That durability factor is crucial for owners who frequently drive on rough, unpaved roads or over rugged terrain. Compared to the FJ Cruiser, the 4Runner is more versatile and more passenger-friendly, and nearly as capable off-road.