2001 4Runner New Car Test Drive
The Toyota 4Runner represents one of the tougher trucks in Toyota's lineup. While the newly redesigned RAV4 and the all-new Highlander are car-based SUVs, the 4Runner, like the Land Cruiser, provides the two-speed transfer case and suspension travel needed for serious off-road driving. The 4Runner has all of the sturdy stuff you need to venture beyond civilized roads.
It can also be fitted with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and other luxury features.
Overall, the 4Runner is easy to drive, gives a comfortable highway ride, secure handling, and provides lots of storage room. The standard V6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission delivers snappy acceleration performance.
Traction control for rear-wheel drive models, anti-lock brakes, and stability control are all standard features for 2001.
All 4Runners come in a four-door body style. They are available with two- or four-wheel drive, in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited.
The four-cylinder engine was dropped for 2001, leaving the excellent 183-horsepower V6 as the standard powerplant. The five-speed manual transmission was also discontinued; a four-speed electronically controlled automatic is standard.
Prices range from the $26,335 SR5 two-wheel-drive 4Runner to the $36,105 Limited with V6, four-wheel drive, leather and power everything.
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