Rutledge Wood asks stunt driver Andy Bell to show us the difference between 4Runner's dial-type and lever-type transfer cases.
Dial-type transfer case is a standard dial on 4Runner SR5 and Limited 4x4. Lever-type transfer case is a standard manual lever on 4Runner Trail. Both transfer case types allow you to adjust your 4x4 settings to adapt to the off-road terrain you encounter.
.In the world's first off-road Google+ Hangout, host Rutledge Wood and stunt driver Andy Bell answer expert and fan questions and demo the 4Runner on the trail. See what it means to Keep It Wild.
.Rutledge Wood asks stunt driver Andy Bell to demo how 4Runner can help you find your way back from deep in the wild.
Route Trace is a feature that leaves "bread crumbs" as you navigate uncharted territory and rugged off-road trails. Follow the dropped pins to help find your way back. This is a standard feature on every 2014 Toyota 4Runner with navigation.
Rutledge Wood and stunt driver Andy Bell give off-road advice for 4Runner drivers to Keep It Wild on all kinds of rugged terrain.
The Toyota 4Runner is designed to meet most off-road driving requirements, but off-roading is inherently dangerous. Abusive use may result in bodily harm or vehicle damage. Toyota encourages responsible operation to help protect you, your vehicle and the environment. Seatbelts should be worn at all times.
For 2014, Toyota has subtly restyled the 4Runner. The Limited model seen here benefits from a unique grille treatment, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and tons of chrome. Overall the 4Runner is a great looking SUV. This is still an off-road vehicle and the 4Runner gets skid plates on all models. The base price for the SR5 trim is $32,820 and the top of the line Limited will start at $43,400.
Under the hood is a 4.0 liter V-6 engine that makes 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 17 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. The 4Runner has a 3rd row and thus can seat 7 passengers. The inside is very comfortable with easy to operate controls.
The 4Runner is designed first and foremost to go off-road. Thus this SUV can go anywhere at any time. If you are the type of person who loves the outdoor lifestyle then the 4Runner is a great choice. For the rest of the commuters out there the Toyota Highlander is a better choice.
The Toyota 4Runner is one of the last of its kind, meaning it has shunned the move toward a car-based chassis and continues on with the same rigid body-on-frame design that, 28 years ago, spawned the original 4Runner. Is there a spot in today’s marketplace for a traditional SUV? KBB’s Zach Vlasuk finds out in this video.