Capable, well-rounded truck
Driver-front CV axle (at 115000).
Wheel alignment (frequently required).
I bought this truck based on my requirements for a capable towing vehicle with 4 wheel drive and high reliability ratings. Consumer Reports rated this vehicle very high on nearly all aspects. With a towing capacity of ~7200 lbs and full-time 4 wheel drive, this vehicle ticked all the right boxes. After racking up around 3k miles split between towing our 5,000 lb trailer and 30 hours on highway driving without the trailer, I'd say it was the right choice. I snagged this 4Runner up for $9.5k and knew it would need some maintenance, however after a timing belt, CV axle, new tires, new fluids, and a couple of wheel alignments, I still spent less than what many dealerships were wanting.
Power is plentiful from the small 4.7 V8, and for a body-on-frame design it rides quite well. The seats lack proper support for long distance drives, but it's a truck. The dogs love the roll-down window on the back hatch, and I love how it's rugged enough to handle two large dogs.
Gas mileage varies based on use, but on highway we average 17 MPG, and while pulling our trailer about 9 MPG.
If there was a new version of this same truck available, I'd consider it as a follow-on to this truck. Unfortunately Toyota has dropped the V8 on the 4Runners following this body style. I intend to get 300k out of this truck if all goes well. Maybe by that time Toyota will come to their senses and build a proper successor to this beast.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th December, 2013