• Oct 18th 2009 at 8:01PM
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2010 Toyota 4Runner - Click above for high-res image gallery

Looks like Anaheim was the next stop on the wagontrain from the Texas State Fair this year, at least for a couple of 2010 trucks we had been waiting to see in person. At the 2009 OC Auto Show in Anaheim, we saw not just the 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup, but also the 2010 Toyota 4Runner. This wider and longer 4Runner offers a third row of seats inside and an optional 2.7-liter 4-cylinder underhood. Of course, you can always stick with the 4.0-liter V6, which pumps out a healthy 270 hp. We're not sure how many true SUV buyers are left given current economic condition and ongoing environmental debate, but the few who are out should probably keep this new 4Runner or their short list.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      What off-road ability?
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this new 4Runner looks good. I saw it a the Long Island Car Show this weekend and it is a great improvement over the last 4Runner. The outside looks like a "real" truck, the inside is actually nice now - it doesn't look & feel cheap anymore.
      I say way to go Toyota, they created something that looks different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First Pilot, then GMC Terrain, now this.... Next I should just attach wheels to my couch and call it an off roader. Heck, it'll probably look better than this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, I just got home from there. Didn't even see the 4 runner, oh well I'm sure I'll see a million of them a year from now
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is certainly boxy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IT will certainly age better this way
      • 5 Years Ago
      Train Edition looks way better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Trail Edition looks better than either the SR5 or Limited, but none of them are great. As the owner of a 2003 V8 4WD 4Runner, there are a number of things that I'm disappointed about in the 2010 4Runner.

      First, only the Limited gets the Torsen limited slip, lockable center differential. The SR5 and Trail Edition get a simple transfer case. The full-time 4WD in the Limited is much more useful when roads are partly clear/partly snow covered than the part-time 4WD in the SR5 and TE. This is a significant step backwards from the 4th generation 4Runner.

      The 4 cylinder is a joke. This is a 4700 lb truck and the 4 cylinder results in a 0-60 time over 10 seconds, all so that it can get 1 mpg greater than the V6. Completely pointless.

      Another sign of Toyota's decontenting is the stalk antenna. They've also dropped the LED tail lights and projector beam headlights.

      One criticism of the 4th gen was that headroom was not very good. They've made the 5th gen taller, but the figures that I've seem say that it has no better headroom than the 4th gen.

      Now the Limited edition only comes with 20" wheels. I just don't get it. 20" wheels make it ride worse, are more expensive (for both tire and wheel), are far more fragile, and are completely useless offroad. I take my 2003 Limited offroad. If I bought a 5th gen, I'd have to spend money to replace those idiotic rapper wheels.

      In all, I think Toyota has missed the boat on this one. Midsize SUV sales are in toilet at the moment, and this refresh isn't going to help the 4Runner much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The main highlight of the auto show is its enormous analysis of the alternate fuel & great mileage vehicle. The Toyota 4runner SUV is come in the market along with the Nissan Leaf car a lightest car, hybrid BMW. Their will be stronger competition but plus point is it is SUV a three row sitting arrangement car. The thriller vehicle should a nick name.

      • 5 Years Ago
      check your eyes
      thi thing is Aztek ugly
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's ugly
      no doubt
      just check your eyes
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