• Sep 10, 2009
2010 Toyota 4Runner - Click above for high-res image gallery

Those anxiously awaiting the scheduled September 24 reveal of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner are going to want to take a good look at the gallery below, which contains a few more high-resolution images of the Japanese automaker's body-on-frame SUV.

As we noted the last time we saw spy shots, the next 4Runner will push forward with a boxy, square-jawed look that reinforces this SUV as the rugged, off-road capable midsizer in Toyota's lineup, leaving the unibody Highlander and Venza to take on the rest of the burgeoning CUV crowd.

When the 2010 4Runner hits the market, it will be equipped with the buyers choice of either a 161-horsepower four-cylinder or a 268-horsepower six. The current V8 engine option will no longer be available, but Toyota promises its 'ute will be more luxurious and capable than ever before. We'll find out exactly what that means in exactly two weeks. Stay tuned!



[Source: Toyota-4Runner.org via The Car Lounge]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another vehicle that looks way worse than the previous model. I owned a 4runner and loved it. This one is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, but it's a shame they are so obviously aiming squarely at the Honda Pilot. I mean come on, squint your eyes and tell me they aren't similar!
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMG YOU'RE RIGHT! When I squint my eyes they both look like SUVs!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      No V8 No Sale! what happened Toyota?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So what are we looking at for a nicely appointed 4runner with the 6 I wonder? Between $40 and $45K? I like the looks of it, that's for sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yuck, why should i buy this over the new expedition, please someone answer me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would you cross-shop a 4Runner with an Expedition? The Expedition is a huge, full-size SUV. The 4Runner is a mid-size.

        That's like asking why anyone would buy a Jetta over a Taurus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        because the sequoia is an ulgy POS
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they HAVE to give it the headlights from the Highlander? They have effectively neutered the only semi-masculine-looking model they had....and no I HAVEN'T forgot about the Tundra, which merely looks like a plus-sized drag queen (no offense to the drag queens out there that actually invest the time in looking nice, which is more than Toyota did)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better than the current version, that's for sure.

      Probably 3rd in line behind the 1st and 3rd generations, though.

      Hopefully they'll still offer a proper locking rear diff and not some silly ABS-based traction control claptrap.

      Prognostication: Given how much more butch this edition looks, and the contraction in the body-on-frame (real) SUV market, I suspect they'll let the FJ Cruiser die without a refresh and let the 4Runner carry the "people who actually use their SUV" market by itself. Fine by me.
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        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the current model looks good also. My friend has one black with very dark tinted ad that's it. Looks really good not to mention its a strong SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it! Reminds me of the older 96-02 4runners. And the v8 was not needed because the v6 gave it plenty of go for any needs even towing.

      i hope it still has the capabilities like the other 4runners.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never been much for SUVs, but the 4Runner is one of my few exceptions and looks to continue the trend on account of it paying some homage to the ruggedly handsome 96-02 trucks. Here's to hoping that the interior does the same. I've never sat in one of the 4Runner's larger brethren (Tundra, Sequoia, Land Cruiser) but pictures suggest that all three have some goofy and even contrived attributes that dull their appeal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, Trucks and SUV's SHOULD be square, I hate rounded off trucks and SUV's. To me, the aesthetic of a curvy truck/SUV is the same as that of a crossdresser/transvestite.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I liked the older 4runners and dislike the current design, but this is an improvement over the current, at least for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it me or are these toyota suvs getting way too big?

      the highlander is huge, and this looks like it's approaching land cruiser size.

      anyway, it's an improvement on the current generation, which is a little too curvy and bulbous for my tastes. squared off fenders are a good look.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "approaching land cruiser size"???

        Are you serious? Is it the bike helmet or the galoshes that give the size away? I mean, you might be able to tell by the blank white background how big it is, but I sure can't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the 1998 Land cruisers were 189" inches long, the current 4runner is 189" inches long. I think the first gen 4runner was around 174" inches long.... I hope they dont increase the size with this next model.

        And I like that they are going back to 4 and 6cyl!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        you are correct, they are all getting bigger. The current 4Runner is as big as a 90's Land Cruiser. The current Highlander is actually bigger than my 87 4Runner.

        http://autos.msn.com/research/compare/exterior.aspx?c=0&n=3&i=0&ph1=t0&ph2=t0&tb=0&dt=0&v=t105350&v=t10943

        Whoever came up with "bigger is better" got it wrong.
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