• Aug 30, 2009
Thanks to one particularly sleuthy Autoblog reader, we now have a ton of useful information about the upcoming 2010 Toyota 4Runner, including the fact that its powertrain options will consist of a 161-horsepower four-cylinder and a 268-horsepower six. The new body-on-frame SUV is slated for debut at the State Fair of Texas later in the month, but the boys at Car and Driver managed to obtain a set of spy photos that shows the truck both inside and out.
We can clearly see that Toyota will be endowing the 2010 4Runner with an upright, squared-off look, reinforcing the vehicle's position as one of the brand's off-road capable offerings. Those looking for a more sedate ride and swoopier appearance can choose from Toyota's car-based Highlander or Venza crossovers, but the 4Runner figures to be in the thick of the off-road capable hunt, along with the Land Cruiser and FJ Cruiser. Expect the next-gen 4Runner to go about its business with a number of new features that add to both its off-the-road credibility and the luxuriousness of its interior, the latter of which has fallen well behind the curve ahead of the new model's arrival. Full details will be released on September 24, so stay tuned.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Acres and acres of fake plastic "chrome" and shiny black plastics for the interior and a heavy bloated looking body to trundle it around. It's looking more like the monstrosity that is the latest Land Cruiser than a true off-road capable SUV.

      Toyota has lost it's way. The quality of their materials (especially the interior) is slipping badly and I don't think there's a single vehicle in their lineup that was engineered as a drivers car. Did they fire anyone with a soul or a sense of passion about auto design? The current lineup (with the possible exception of the FJ Cruiser) is about as interesting as eating warm paste and about as fun to drive.

      A few years ago I never would have imagined myself saying this, but I was much more impressed by the offerings from Ford than I was with Toyota while car shopping this summer. When driving the '09 4Runner I felt like I was actually inside Bob Ross (sorry Bob).
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks a bit bulky. Toyota might wanna take it back to the drawing board.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear does remind me of a Honda Pilot. The styling overall is too bland--even for Toyota. It looks like a slightly modernized 4runner from the early 90s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefullly the "Trail" trim level will take was so great about the FJ (its trail trekking capabilities) and make the 4Runner an off-roader again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where the hallibit is the V8 ???
      Can't offer a body-on-frame SUV w/ no V8 option!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Highlander? Can't be a 4Runner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does Toyota hire clowns to design their cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always think it's crazy how many SUVs Toyota has, especially in this car-buying economy. RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia. And they are all capable of holding 7 or 8 passengers. (I'll excuse the FJ)
        • 5 Years Ago
        judging by the amount of new highlanders i see on the road, people like clown cars.

        highlanders are freaking huge now, and the 4runner ought to follow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like a Sequoia hobbit..
        • 5 Years Ago
        More criminal than the hideous design is the fact they took away the V8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      4-cylinder needs a stick shift, but I know they're not going to bother making it an option in the States... :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Horrible!
      TyTy
      • 5 Years Ago
      it look like a SUV version of a Charger/Magnum
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have been a huge fan of the 4Runner since the second gen. came out in 1990. I am one who wants an SUV to be a real SUV. I want a truck based vehicle that can be taken out in the mountains for some fun over the weekend. I want a truck based SUV that can pull my boat while looking like a man's vehicle. This is why I am not a fan of the CUV takeover in recent years. It is great to see that Toyota still has the Land Cruiser and 4Runner for people like me. However, this new fifth gen. is somewhat wimpy and CUV like in the styling department. They should have kept the wheel choices between 16-18 inches and left the 20's for the Highlander. And whats going on with the low look? The lower bumpers/spoilers is a huge turn off on what is suppose to be a "real" SUV. Either way, I am looking forward to seeing a Trail Edition 4x4 in person and being able to buy a new gen. 4Runner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice to see off-road capable SUV's instead of poseurs.
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