It is difficult to express just how much I love this vehicle. I have had it just under two years now, and I am absolutely honest when I say that I love driving it every day.
I had a brand new Infiniti G35 luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles (read my review under 2008 G35), and while it was a fast and beautiful machine, the visibility was absolutely atrocious. I always felt like I was about to have an accident in that car. I often changed lanes, not having seen an oncoming car. I got lots of honks and dirty looks, and a couple of fingers.
When we got pregnant, I decided we needed a larger, bigger vehicle with better visibility. So we found this 4Runner at a good price (they are often overpriced since they are popular) and we bought it.
At first, it felt huge to me and I missed the agility of my G35. But that didn't last long. The visibility is excellent. The acceleration (I have the 6 cylinder) is great and it's powerful. It rides smoothly and passengers always comment on the comfort. I have driven it from Albuquerque to Colorado five times, and now I cannot imagine not using this vehicle on a road trip.
I've also tried minor four-wheeling in it, and it performed beautifully. The long wheelbase makes it feel very stable, and it climbs without slipping. The powerful brakes are reassuring on steep declines.
I really love this vehicle. It feels like a great family vehicle, without going into the dreaded minivan territory. I honestly want to drive this until it falls apart. I have never enjoyed a vehicle as much as this one EVER in my experience.
My ONE complaint is the gas mileage. It's large, it's powerful, and it has a huge tank. So when gas prices are extra high, it's an expensive vehicle to drive. But even a cheapskate like me can put that to rest when I consider my family's comfort and safety.
I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat. If (heaven forbid) if were totaled, I would instantly look for an identical vehicle.