2000 4Runner New Car Test Drive
With so many new sport-utilities coming out, it's easy to overlook the Toyota 4Runner. But that could be a mistake because the 4Runner has a lot to offer. Everything is easy to operate. There's enough room in back for a ton of gear and it's flat enough for sleeping. The luxurious Limited model comes with comfortable seats swathed in leather. And the optional V6 engine delivers snappy acceleration performance.
But our overriding impression of the 4Runner was of crisp handling and impressive high-speed stability. It instills security and confidence whether hurtling down dry Interstates or negotiating back roads in near-hurricane conditions. Add to that Toyota's reputation for reliability and durability, and you've got some solid reasons to check out the 4Runner.
All 4Runners come in a four-door body style. They are available with two- or four-wheel drive, in three trim levels: base, SR5 and Limited. Two powerplants are available, a 150-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 183-horsepower V6. A four-speed electronically controlled automatic comes standard on Limited models and is available on some of the other models for approximately $900.
Prices vary widely, from the $21,938 base two-wheel-drive 4Runner with five-speed manual gearbox to the $36,468 Limited with V6, four-wheel drive, automatic, leather and power everything.