- suv 101,087
- Auburn, NY
- 3 months
2006 toyota 4runner review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Tougher look reflects trail-worthy capability. introductionthe toyota 4runner has been face lifted for 2006, and now comes with more luxury and convenience equipment than ever before. But it's still the real deal, a traditional sport utility built on a truck chassis, thoroughly capable on truly rugged terrain. the 4runner is no car-based crossover station wagon. It's built on a rugged ladder frame with a solid rear axle. Toyota engineers went to great pains to prove that this durable, adventurous configuration need not compromise everyday comfort and convenience. The 4runner is quite comfortable around town and on the highway, with a nice ride quality, almost luxurious. An optional linked shock-absorber system called x-reas further improves handling in sweeping, high-speed turns. Active safety features include abs, ebd, brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control, all standard. though the basic design may be relatively traditional, the 4runner features the latest in off-road electronic technology, including hill start assist and downhill assist control. The v8 boosts the 4runner's tow rating to 7,300 pounds. Both engines benefit from a sophisticated variable-valve setup and drive-by-wire throttle, delivering strong, responsive acceleration out on the highway; the v8 was revised for 2005 for vastly improved performance. Both engines also benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission. the 4runner is noted for its quality construction, durability and reliability. An optional third-row seat expands the passenger capacity to seven, but the seat can be folded or removed for cargo space. The optional gps navigation system includes a rear-mounted video camera that lets the driver back to within an inch of the vehicle behind when parallel parking and can help the driver spot a small child before backing up. The navigation system on 2006 models features voice activation. Bluetooth technology has been added for 2006 as well, and a factory-installed rear-seat dvd entertainment system is now available. for 2006, the appearance of the 4runner has been revised. Grille, bumpers, and light clusters are re-styled for '06, as are the overfenders and lower body cladding. New trim provides more visual distinction among the sr5, sport edition, and limited grades. Yet it won't punish its owner in everyday use. It's smooth and quiet and highly sophisticated in terms of technology and features. A class iii receiver hitch with seven-pin electric connection is standard on v8 models and optional on v6s; it mounts directly to the rear frame crossmember. the sr5 v6 2wd 27,635) and 4wd 29,910) come standard with automatic climate control; cruise control; six-speaker am/fm/casette/cd/mp3 stereo; remote keyless entry; skid plates to protect the underbody; integrated fog lamps; 16-inch alloy wheels; black running boards; chrome grille; and body-colored bumpers, fender flares and lower cladding. The sr5 v8 2wd 29,650) is similarly equipped, and the 4wd v8 31,925) adds power adjustable front seats. the sport edition v6 2wd 29,975) and 4wd 32,250) add unique cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-telescope steering wheel with integrated cruise and audio controls, a leather-wrapped shift knob, power heated outside mirrors, x-reas sport enhancement suspension, bigger brake rotors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Externally, the sport editions are distinguished by a hood scoop, smoked-chrome grille and headlight bezels, graphite-painted roof rails with black crossrails, and tubular side steps. The sport edition v8 2wd 31,355) and 4wd $33,630) are similarly equipped. the limited v6 2wd 34,350) and 4wd 36,625) come with leather upholstery, heat and memory functions for the front seats, black wood-grain-style interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium stereo with six-cd changer, homelink, auto-dimming inside mirror, engine immobilizer, automatic headlamps, a cargo-handling system, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The grille is color-keyed and the running boards are illuminated. Limited v8 2wd 36,110) and 4wd 38,385) list the same standard equipment. Limited models ride on the standard suspension, but can be ordered with the x-reas suspension 450); v8 models can add pneumatic self-leveling 950). a third-row seat is available for the 4runner in a limited number of package combinations. a gps navigation system with a rearview video camera is optional on all 2006 models 2,420-$2,840). A power moonroof 900) and a new rear-seat dvd player 1,580) with wireless headphones is available for all models. Some limited-level luxuries are offered as stand-alone options for sr5 and sport edition. all 4runners come with toyota's star safety system, which includes vehicle stability control (vsc), traction control, anti-lock brakes (abs), electronic brake-force distribution (ebd) and brake assist. All models also feature a hill-start assist control (hac) while 4wd units add downhill assist control (dac). passive safety features include dual-stage front airbags; and three-point seat belts at all positions, with pretensioners and force limiters to reduce the chance of belt-related injuries. Front side-impact airbags and curtain-style head protection airbags for front and rear passengers are optional 650-$680) on all 4runners and are equipped with a rollover-sensing system and a cutoff switch. All models come with a tire pressure monitor. walkaroundback when toyota pickup trucks were sleek and compact, the 4runner looked like a sleek, compact wagon (with extra ground clearance) based on a toyota pickup. All that changed when the current-generation 4runner arrived in 2003, or at least the sleek-and-compact part did. It only looks small in relation to toyota's even bigger sequoia. styling changes for 2006 add still more visual muscle. The trapezoidal grille remains, but now it slashes into the bumper below; and one big, bold horizontal crossbar has replaced the two slimmer bars used previously. The more massive and bumpy front bumper sets a chunkier theme that continues through more prominent overfenders and body cladding (making the 2006 model an inch-and-a-half wider than the '05). Headlights and taillights have been more subtly re-shaped, with the teardrop effect of the former slightly exaggerated. more than ever, the 4runner looks off-road rugged and ready to hit the dusty trail. Backing up that contention are skid plates for the engine, transfer case and fuel tank, all of which come standard. (even 2wd models get the engine and fuel tank plates.) a molded-in step adds a functional look to the broad rear bumper. visual cues help distinguish among the three trim levels. Bumpers are body-color on all three models. On sr5, however, grille, door handles, and the license-plate trim are chrome, and running boards are painted black. The sport edition retains the hood scoop and is further distinguished by a smoked-chrome effect in its grille and headlamp trim, and by a graphite-and-black roof rack. Tubular side steps replace the sr5's running boards. The limited looks almost military with its body-color grille, black roof rack and black running boards (which are illuminated). The glass causes water to form large drops, which are quickly shed by gravity or wind. The side mirrors are angled out to increase the driver's field of view. The available moonroof includes a two-stage wind deflector designed to reduce wind noise when traveling above 55 mph. interiorthe toyota 4runner cabin is a good place to be in rugged terrain and nasty weather. For starters, it's roomy and comfortable. It's highly functional. The quality of materials and they way they fit together is good, and loaded models are quite luxurious.
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