If it's half as tough as my '95 4-runner was, it should be a long relationship
The truck is fairly new. The only problems I have had thus far are with the cheesy OEM tires Toyota put on the vehicle. The BF Goodrich Rugged Trails are a real wanna-be tire. When I can scrounge up the money, I will be swapping them out.
The 4.0 V-6 is very quick. The difference between it and the 3.0 six in my old 4-runner is night and day. It takes mountain passes without a problem and can keep up with V-8s with less gas consumption. 23mpg on a recent trip.
The TRD suspension is pretty Stiff, but I've always been of the opinion that you either want a truck or a car. The stiff suspension excels on back roads. I live at an altitude of 4400ft. and many roads are dirt or gravel.
The truck will tow about 6500 to 6800lbs without a problem. That's all I need.
The truck seems to have the same legendary 4wd ability as my old 4-runner. The push button electric for 4wd and locking diff seems weird. I miss the handle on the floor and still reach for it sometimes!
The interior is not too glamorous, but functional. The TRD interior package is a bit tougher than stock. There is a lighter, but no ashtray. I guess a lot of new rides are like that now. Stereo is nice although I haven't used the six cd option yet.
The truck looks sharp and gets the eye.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st October, 2006